THURSDAY, JULY 8
'KANIKAPILA WITH POKI'
Pull up a beach mat for the lunchtime outdoor concert hosted by Braddah Poki of KPOA and featuring Kealaokala with Jason Sadang from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Baldwin Home Lawn in Lahaina. The event is part of Kanakapila with Poki, the Hawaiian music series in Lahaina, which is organized by Lahaina Restoration Foundation. Sadang started playing music at age 8 and has played with renowned island musicians such as The Danny Kapoi Trio, The Waiehu Sons, Ohana Kahaialii, Keali'i Reichel and Uluwehi Guerrero. Owner of record label Kealaokala Records and J-Dawg Productions, Sadang plays traditional Hawaiian music, R&B, jazz, reggae and island music. Kanakaila with Poki is sponsored by the County of Maui Office of Economic Development and Hawaii Tourism Authority. For a full series schedule, visit www.lahainarestoration.org or call 661-3262 for more information.
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Maui audiences will get an up-close-and-personal take on ukulele star Jake Shimabukuro during “Peace Love Ukulele” next Thursday, the first in a series called “Solo Sessions” at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater. For more information, See Page 9.
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“I’m so excited about this new concert series. The McCoy has always been one of my favorite venues because it’s casual and intimate with a lot of class. The acoustics in the McCoy are nothing short of fantastic and the atmosphere is warm and inviting – like sitting in grandma’s living room. I’m thrilled about the show’s concept — casual and relaxed — just like playing for my mom and dad when I was a little boy.”
— Jake Shimabukuro, on “Solo Sessions” at the MACC
FRIDAY, JULY 9
Paia Mantokuji Mission Obon Festival starts with a service at 6 p.m.; dancing follows at 8 p.m. at the Paia Mantokuji Mission, 5636 Hana Highway. For information, call 579-8051.
'SOUTH PACIFIC' OPENING
"South Pacific" opens tonight and runs two consecutive weekends at Maui Tropical Plantation; showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors (62+) and $18 for students. WWII veterans may attend free of charge. For tickets, information and special needs seating arrangements, call the MAPA box office at 244-8760.
'THE WEDDING SINGER' PREMIERE
Maui OnStage's "The Wedding Singer" opens tonight at Wailuku's Historic Iao Theater and runs weekends through Aug. 1. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets - available at the Iao Theater box office by calling 242-6969 or online at www.mauionstage.com - are $20 for general admission, $40 for preferred seating and $15 for bargain matinees. For a delicious date night, try the dinner packages with Cafe O'Lei (next door to the theater).
SATURDAY, JULY 10
CATCH UP WITH 'FOLLOW THAT RABBIT'
Theatre Theatre Maui summer cast members will present a brief selection of scenes of their upcoming show, "Follow that Rabbit, " a version of Lewis Carroll's classic Alice in Wonderland at 10:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble in Lahaina and at the Lahaina Cannery Mall center stage at noon. Next weekend, four shows with the 42-member cast directed by Kristi Scott will be staged in the Haleakala Ballroom of the Westin Maui Resort & Spa. Call 661-1168 or TTMWestMaui @aol.com for more information.
SUMMER BASH FOR KEIKI EDUCATION
Piilani Village Shopping Center's Summer Bash from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at center stage is highlighting ways to help education in the community while offering music by Willie K, among other event features. Donate to the school supplies drive and enjoy performances by the Halau Te Tiare Patitifa at 11 a.m., Derick Sebastian at 11:30 a.m. and Willie K at noon. Also, viewers will get a ride down memory lane with a classic car show set to showcase 75 classic models.
SUNDAY, JULY 11
MUSIC FOR A GOOD CAUSE
A benefit concert and silent auction from 6 to 10 p.m. at Studio Maui in Haiku will help Auntie Nahi Guzman, a Kihei resident and kupuna who is healing from cancer. The event features music by by Marty Dread, George Kahumoku, Lei 'ohu Ryder, Keaolani, Wesley Furomoto, Mele Mo 'o Land Band, Alan Cohen and Robin Youngblood. Activities and services will be offered in the silent auction; food and beverages will also be served. Donation is $20. For more information, call Rev. Robin Youngblood at 575-9887.
THURSDAY, JULY 15
UP CLOSE WITH UKULELE STAR
Get up close and personal with ukulele star Jake Shimabukuro during "Solo Sessions" at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The sessions, a new series of intimate musical performances in the McCoy Studio Theater that are designed to highlight artists in a relaxed setting, kick off with Shimabukuro's show, "Peace Love Ukulele," starting at 7:30 p.m. Shimabukuro, a recent recipient of the 2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards for Favorite Entertainer of the Year and Instrumental Album of the Year, will take the small stage with stories, songs and lightening-fast strumming in his signature ukulele style. "Solo Sessions" with Shimabukuro will continue Aug. 5 and Oct. 7. Tickets are available for $25 standard seating and $45 VIP, which includes premium seating, early access to the theater for a sound check and a meet-and-greet with the artist. For tickets, call the MACC Box Office at (808) 242-SHOW (7469) or visit MauiArts .org.