THURSDAY, JUNE 24
Jump aboard for a timber-shivering, plank-walking, pirate-talking adventure as Peter and Melinda Wing weave stories, songs andskits during "Pirates Ahoy!" at 10 a.m. at Makawao Public Library. The husband-and-wife team of storyteller/musicians present the show in celebration of this year's program theme, "Make a Splash @ your library!" Admission is free. For details, call 573-8785.
The Maui News / LEHIA APANA photo
The o-bon season rolls on with festivals on Friday and Saturday at Lahaina Hongwanji.
FRIDAY, JUNE 25
'ALL TOGETHER NOW'
Storyteller and balladeer James McCarthy will present "All Together Now" at 10:30 a.m. at Kihei Public Library and 2 p.m. at Wailuku Public Library. McCarthy will perform his popular "say what I say, do what I do" stories and songs in celebration of this year's program theme, "Make a Splash @ your library!" Admission is free. For details, call the respective library.
Enjoy one of Hawaii's most colorful traditions during an o-bon festival at Lahaina Hongwanji with a service to honor ancestors at 6 p.m., followed by dancing at 7:30 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 661-0640.
It's a new twist on an old tale as Pro-Arts, Inc. presents its musical adaptation of the classic "Sleeping Beauty." This "fractured fairy tale" begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Pro-Arts Playhouse in Kihei, featuring nine actors playing all the roles in this version of the classic Grimm Brothers tale. The musical is complete with a beautiful princess, a handsome prince with a magic sword, a doting king and queen and their storytelling assistant, a wise-cracking vulture, a psychic frog, good fairies to bring a happy ending, and one really bad fairy to make things difficult. Audience members are seated right next to the stage for a surround-theatre experience. All ages are welcome. Following the performance, the audience is invited to a meet and greet with the characters, completing this magical theatrical event. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for ages 10 and younger or 62 and older; available by calling 875-4367 or online at www.proartspacific.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 26
JAZZ AND BLUES FEST
The 2010 Maui Invitational Music Festival presents its Jazz and Blues Fest at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku. The concert will feature performances by the Highseas Dixieland Jazz Band, theMana'o Radio Orchestra featuring Vince Esquire, Omar & The Soultones, Jamallad, and the AECG student ensemble. Kathy Collins will emcee. There is a suggested $10 donation at the door. For details, call 283-3576 or visit www.aecg.org.
The o-bon festival at Lahaina Hongwanji continues with a service to honor ancestors at 6 p.m., followed by dancing at 7:30 p.m. For details, see Friday's listing.
Pro-Arts, Inc. presents its musical adaptation of the classic "Sleeping Beauty" at 4 and 7:30 p.m. at the Pro-Arts Playhouse in Kihei. For details, see Friday's listing.
SUNDAY, JUNE 27
KI HO'ALU SLACK KEY GUITAR FESTIVAL
Bring the lawn chairs, roll out a blanket, and enjoy an all-star lineup of Hawaii's best slack key guitar musicians during the 19th annual Ki Ho'alu Slack Key Guitar Festival from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Events Lawn. This musical tradition is one of the most popular events of the year. The best part - it's free. Hear the slack key stylings of George Kahumoku, Stephen Inglis, Makana, Kevin and Ikaika Brown, Dennis Kamakahi, Jeff Peterson, Bobby Moderow, Paul Togioka, David Kahiapo, LT Smooth, Donald Kaulia, Brother Noland, Dwight Kanae, Patrick Landeza, Keale and Chris Lau. For details, visit www.mauiarts.org.
Pro-Arts, Inc. presents its musical adaptation of the classic "Sleeping Beauty" at 1 and 4 p.m. at the Pro-Arts Playhouse in Kihei. For details, see Friday's listing.
TUESDAY, JUNE 29
'ALL TOGETHER NOW'
James McCarthy will present "All Together Now" at 11 a.m. at Hana Public School & Library. For details, see Friday's listing.