THURSDAY, JUNE 10
RICKIE LEE JONES
Rickie Lee Jones makes her only Hawaii appearance tonight at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Vaulted into the national spotlight in 1979 with the hit song, "Chuck E's in Love," her self-titled album won the Grammy for Best New Artist. In 2007, she released the critically acclaimed "The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard," and last year's release, "Balm in Gilead," was another acclaimed work featuring collaborations with Ben Harper and Alison Krauss. In this year's world tour, Rickie Lee continues a tradition of blending pop with jazz and blues. Tickets are $25, $35 and $65, plus applicable fees; available at the MACC box office, 242-7469 or www.mauiarts.org.
Things are bound to get loud as Zenshin Daiko kicks off this year’s Taiko Festival Saturday at Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
HAWAIIAN MUSIC SERIES
Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Award winner Emma Veary will be the featured performer during this month's Hawaiian Music Series from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Baldwin Home Museum. Singing professionally since age 5, Veary has been dubbed "Hawaii's Golden Throat." The 78-year-old great-grandmother now lives a quiet life with family members on Maui. The lunchtime concert will be hosted by Allen Pokipala "Braddah Poki" of Pacific Radio Group. Everyone is welcome to this free concert. Join the "lei ladies" of the Lahaina-Honolua Senior Citizens Club as they string fresh flower lei and talk story under the shade of the kou trees. The museum is located on the corner of Front and Dickenson streets in the heart of historic Lahaina. For details or a series schedule, visit www.lahainarestoration.org.
FRIDAY, JUNE 11
OCEAN FILM SERIES
Take a dive off the deep end as Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary presents its first-ever Ocean Film Series featuring a collection of films, all major cinema documentaries, which collectively paint a picture of what's going on in the ocean today. The two-day event features "The End of the Line" at 6 p.m., "A Sea Change" 7:45 p.m. and "Addicted to Plastic" at 9:30 tonight at the National Marine Sanctuary Learning Center, 726 S. Kihei Road. Admission is free. For details, call 879-2818.
SATURDAY, JUNE 12
AG AND FARM FAIR
It's time to saddle up for the 30th annual Upcountry Ag & Farm Fair, featuring two days of livestock, vendors, entertainment and more from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oskie Rice Field & Arena in Makawao. This year, the 'Ohana Ranch Rodeo will take place each day along with a Bull Bash at noon. The rodeo features more than 250 contestants from around Hawaii. Other highlights include a cooking contest, a paniolo tent and live music by George Kahumoku, Jr., Uncle Richard Ho'opi'i and Marty Dread. Admission is free; parking is available for $5 in the field on Oskie Rice Arena Olinda Road. For details, call 870-9031.
Zenshin Daiko will just beat it during its 11th annual Taiko Festival at 7 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater. Enjoy the rhythms of Japanese taiko drumming with Hajicho Drummers from Japan, San Jose Taiko from California and Maui's popular ensemble, Zenshin Daiko. Tickets are $20, half-price for kids 12 and younger, $9 for Kaunoa seniors, plus applicable fees; available at the MACC box office, 242-7469 or www.mauiarts.org.
MAUI ROOTS FESTIVAL
Sicilian-born Alberto D'Ascola, aka Alborosie, will headline the Maui Roots Festival at Lahaina Civic Center. Gates open at 4 p.m. Alborosie's latest solo album, "Soul Pirate," was released in 2008 and provides a kind of sonic montage of his personal journey through his adopted Jamaican homeland. The album is an assembly of conscious reflections on life in Jamaica, a life he views as pirated, hence the name. The album also features Morgan Heritage, Jimmy Cozier, Luciano, and Ky-Mani Marley. Joining Alborosie on stage will be Humble Soul, Marty Dread, Inna Vision, HHB, BUBZ and Teoman. Tickets to this all-ages show are $35 at the gate or $27 in advance, available at Holy Smokes in Kihei, Request Music in Wailuku, Westside Vibes in Lahaina, Hana Hwy. Surf in Paia and online at www.gvpconcerts.com.
Enjoy one of Hawaii's most colorful traditions during an o-bon festival at Puunene Nichiren with a service to honor ancestors at 7 p.m., followed by dancing at 8 p.m. Now through August, residents and visitors will flock to Buddhist temples from Lahaina to Kula to experience one of Japan's most celebrated traditions. The temples come alive with glowing lanterns and booming taiko drumming, while dancers in colorful kimono circle the yagura tower through the night. Admission is free. For details, call 871-4831.
OCEAN FILM SERIES
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary's Ocean Film Series continues with free screenings of "Sharkwater" at 5 p.m., "A Life Among Whales" at 6:45 p.m. and "The Cove" at 8 p.m. For details, see Friday's listing.
SUNDAY, JUNE 13
AG AND FARM FAIR
The Upcountry Ag & Farm Fair continues from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oskie Rice Field & Arena in Makawao. See Saturday's listing.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16
MAUI FILM FESTIVAL
3, 2, 1 ... action! The 11th annual Maui Film Festival kicks off tonight at venues throughout the island. The five-day movie marathon also features star-studded tributes, parties, food events, a filmmaker panel and more. For details, see the movie and dining pages.