THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2
TREE LIGHTING EVENT AT THE RITZ-CARLTON
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will cultivate the season of giving with its 17th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A benefit for the children of Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center, the event will feature holiday entertainment by The Maui Prep Academy Holiday Rock Band, The Children of Ka Hale A Ke Ola Hula Halau, The Lahaina Baptist Choir, Henry Kapono and Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom. Visit www.ritz cartlon. com/kapalua maui.com.
Kahului Elementary School students perform during the 2008 Na Mele contest.
Steve Brinkman Photography
MAUI SLAM POETRY TO PUT YEAR IN REVERSE
Put the year in reverse with Maui Slam Poetry's final slam of 2010: Rewind. Featuring special guests and performances from "voices that rocked the mic in 2010," the show starts at 9:30 p.m. at Casanova in Makawao. Music by DJ Boomshot and visual alchemy by Douglas Deboer and more are in store. Open poet signup from 9 to 9:30 p.m. See www.mauislam.com. Cover is $5.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3
34TH ANNUAL NA MELE TO SHOWCASE YOUTH TALENT, HONOR LEGACY
Experience some of the most talented young voices throughout Maui County as Hawaiian music, language and arts are cultivated. The 34th annual Na Mele O Maui Song & Art Competition from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center will showcase students from kindergarten to 12th grade in a Hawaiian language competition for prizes. This year's theme, Ka Ho'oilina Leo a Emma Veary, will honor the vocal legacy of Maui's own acclaimed songstress Emma Veary. Artwork inspired by the events, stories and places Veary sings about will be on display. Sponsored by Ka'anapali Beach Resort Association, the event is free. Donations will be accepted. For details, visit www.kaanapaliresort.com or call 661-3271.
LAHAINA'S LIGHTING OF THE BANYAN TREE
The 10th annual Lighting of the Banyan Tree will offer entertainment and events for the whole family at the historic Lahaina site off Front Street from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Organized by the LahainaTown Action Committee, the event is free. For details, e-mail scott@
visitlahaina.com or call 667-9175.
LAST FIRST FRIDAY OF THE YEAR IN WAILUKU
Don't miss the last First Friday of the year - the final 2010 monthly Wailuku block party that's filled with art, entertainment, food and other festivities. From 6 to 8 p.m., Market Street will close for Christmas cheer, with music by Vince Esquire Band on the Maui Thing Stage; Lily and Toby from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Wailuku Coffee Co.; Gene and Shea Argel at Cafe O'Lei; and Robbie Ray's Cocoland Jazz show at the Wailuku Banyan Tree Park. Native Intelligence's Christmas Luau will present the winner of the keiki Na Mele competition, the launch of Kealopiko's new makahiki line, a book signing of "Uncle Kawaiola's Dream" by Victor Pelegrino and custom-made Christmas wreaths by Na Hanona Kulike 'o Pi'ilani. Gallery Ha's monthly poetry slam will kick off at 8 p.m. The night will be stacked with other activities and, of course, lots of ono food. E-mail 1stFridayWailuku@gmail.com.
'A CHRISTMAS CAROL' TO TAKE IAO STAGE
Maui OnStage's "A Christmas Carol" will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Iao Theater. For details, see review on Page 4.
CHRISTMAS PARTY AND CONCERT AT SEABURY
Seabury Hall's 20th annual "Christmas Party and Performing Arts Concert" will open with a party at 6:30 and a performance at 7 p.m. For details, see Backstage on Page 4.
PAUL BARRERRE, FRED TACKETT AT THE MACC
Paul Barrerre and Fred Tackett will play at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center McCoy Studio Theater at 7:30 p.m. For details, see Maui Beat on Page 3.
'CHRISTMAS CAROL: A GHOST STORY' AT KSM
Kamehameha Schools Maui Drama Club will present "Christmas Carol:?A Ghost Story" at 7:30 p.m. at the KSM Keopuolani Hale. For details, see Backstage on Page 4.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4
HALEAKALA WALDORF HOLIDAY FAIRE SLATED
Holiday shopping, music and other merriment are in store at the 25th Anniversary Haleakala Waldorf Holiday Faire from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Kula. Handcrafted items from more than 75 artisans, a homemade bakery and country store and a silent auction will be offered. Entertainment will include Brown Chicken Brown Cow, Gail Swanson, and Lily Meola & Toby Couture. Admission is free from 9 to 11 a.m.; after that, adults are $3 and children 12 and younger are free. For details, call 878-2511 or visit www.waldorfmaui.org.
BANYAN TREE EVENTS CONTINUE IN W. MAUI
The 10th annual Lighting of the Banyan Tree will continue from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Lahaina. See Friday's listing.
DAY OF MERRIMENT IN MAKAWAO TOWN
Makawao town will experience the magic of the holidays during its annual "A Hawaiian Holiday" from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The old-style Christmas celebration will be decked out with carolers, pony rides, festive shops, music, food, local artists and a visit from Santa. For more information, call 344-0247.
MAKAHA SONS TO PLAY AT PIILANI CENTER
Giving and receiving is the theme of Celebrate Christmas at Piilani Village Shopping Center in Kihei this weekend. The event combines free entertainment and a canned food drive for The Maui Food Bank from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Award-winning Makaha Sons will perform, along with the Vince Esquire Band. Participants who donate canned goods will be eligible to enter a drawing for a decorated live Christmas tree and other prizes. For details, call 878-1888.
SONG, DANCE AT LEI OF ALOHA 4 IN WAILUKU
Celebrate the genteel Hawaii of the 1930s with a tour of the historic Old Wailuku Inn and music and hula by Hokulani Holt's halau hula during Lei of Aloha 4. Holt's Pa'u O Hi'iaka will perform, and poem readings and traditional craft demonstrations will be offered at the event from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door; a portion of the proceed will benefit the halau. Bring a handmade ornament to help decorate tabletop trees for Hospic Maui patient families. The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono is located at 2199 Kahookele St., Wailuku. For details, visit www.mauiinn.com.
THE FOUR SISTERS' SOUNDS OF OKINAWA
The Four Sisters will again bring the soothing sounds of Okinawa to Maui with a benefit concert at 3:30 p.m. at Baldwin High School Auditorium. One of Okinawa's most respected traditional music groups, the shima-utu (Okinawan folk song) quartet, comprising sisters Sadako, Kumiko, Midori and Chieko Iha, will perform for the fifth time in Hawaii with their "Tinsagu nu Hana: Our Indelible Heritage" show. For many issei (immigrants from Okinawa), the sisters' voices spur memories of the home left behind when immigrants came to Hawaii to start a new future for their families. Proceeds from the show will help perpetuate Okinawan cultural programs on Maui. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai at 242-1560 or visit www.ukwanshin.org/blog.
'WILLIE WONDERLAND' CD RELEASE PARTY
Willie K will offer a special Christmas concert to celebrate the release of his new CD, "Willie Wonderland," at 6 p.m. at the Maui Tropical Plantation. Musicians CJ Helekahi and Leokane Pryor will also perform, and Alaka'i will emcee. Doors open at 5 p.m. For details, see Maui Beat on Page 3.
'WINDSURFING MOVIE II,' 'REVOLVER' AT MACC
A "Revolver" and "Windsurfing Movie II" double feature will screen at the MACC Castle Theater at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16. For details, see Movies on Page 8.
CHRISTMAS PARTY AND CONCERT AT SEABURY
Seabury's "Christmas Party and Performing Arts Concert" will feature a party at 6:30 and a performance at 7 p.m. See Friday's listing.
'CHRISTMAS CAROL' CONTINUES AT KSM
"Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story," a production by Kamehameha Schools Maui Drama Club, continues at 7:30 p.m. at its Keopuolani Hale. See Friday's listing.
MAUI ONSTAGE'S 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL'
Maui OnStage's production of "A Christmas Carol," adapted by Tom Frey and directed by Lehua Simon, continues at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Iao Theater. See Friday's listing.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5
FESTIVE DAY OF FOOD, MUSIC IN ULUPALAKUA
Upcountry will provide the backdrop for a festive day of food, music and shopping with "Ulupalakua Sparkles" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Maui's Winery and Ulupalakua Ranch Store. Live entertainment includes award-winning musicians Amy Hanaiali'i and Jeff Peterson from noon to 1 p.m., then Peterson solo from 2 to 4 p.m. Also, guitarists Indio and Avi Ronen will play at the store from noon to 3 p.m. For details, see Maui Beat on Page 3.
'CHRISTMAS CAROL' CONTINUES AT IAO
"A Christmas Carol" continues with a matinee showing at 3 p.m. at the Historic Iao Theater. See Friday's listing.
MAUI POPS ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM AT MACC
The Maui Pops Orchestra will present a Holiday Pops concert at 3:30 p.m. in the MACC's Castle Theater. For details, see Maui Beat on Page 3.
ONE DAY ONLY OF MAPA 'NUTCRACKER SWEETS'
For one day only, Maui Academy of Performing Arts' "Nutcracker Sweets" will take the stage at 3 and 7 p.m. at The Maui Theater in Lahaina. For more information, see Backstage on Page 4.