THURSDAY, MAY 5
CINCO DE MAYO BASH AT LIFE'S A BEACH
Party favors, cheap beer and even cheaper tacos will make Cinco De Mayo worth your while at Haui's Life's a Beach Cinco De Mayo Party all day today. Junior Lacuesta will play from 5 p.m. to close; then Rampage will close the night. For details, www.mauibars.com.
MAUI ONION FESTIVAL / WHALERS VILLAGE
FREERADICALS PLAY CINCO DE MAYO SHOW
Local band Freeradicals Projekt plays a Cinco de Mayo show at 9 tonight at Three's Bar & Grill in Kihei. For details, see Maui Beat.
FRIDAY, MAY 6
BLOOMING ART, FOOD, MUSIC AT 1ST FRIDAY
Wailuku is blooming with art, entertainment and ono local grinds during the island's favorite street party from 6 to 8:30 p.m. With the May theme of Mohala Mai, which reflects the blooming of a new flower and new life, the evolution of First Friday in Wailuku town features the second anniversary of Native Intelligence with entertainment by Olahou, Ikaika Blackburn and Kamakoa Lindsey. Lily Maeola and Toby Couture will perform at the Maui Thing stage; and Molten Soul will play at Wailuku Coffee Company and Maui Time stages. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for "My Mama Monologues 2011" at the Historic Iao Theater; show starts at 8. Artisans, crafters and more abound. For details, 878-1888.
'RATS!' TAKES STAGE AT PROARTS IN KIHEI
The final weekend of ProArts' "RATS! The Pied Piper Musical" takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. in Kihei. For details, see Backstage.
KKHS 'HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL' ONSTAGE
King Kekaulike Drama Club's Disney's "High School Musical, Jr." takes the stage at 7 p.m in the school's auditorium. For details, see Backstage.
'LIGHTS, CAMERA, BALDWIN!' BEGINS
Baldwin High School's third annual variety show "Lights, Camera, Baldwin!" shows at 7:30 p.m. at its Loudon Mini-Theater. For detais, see Backstage.
CASANOVA HOSTS BENEFIT CONCERT
As a benefit for Maui resident Jody Gonsalves, Casanova in Makawao will host a concert at 9:45 p.m. featuring Pawa'a, Island Soulz and Kua'aina. A $10 donation will help Gonsalves' medical expenses as the ICU patient battles a rare form of pneumonia, along with other complications. "Almost two months have gone by and Jody is still battling and is slowing showing signs of improvement," according to Casanova owner Giovanni "Steven" Cappelli. "Family and friends have come together to try and help with Jody's medical expenses and care for her children."
SATURDAY, MAY 7
BUTTERFLY EFFECT: DOWNWINDER, MORE
The fifth annual Butterfly Effect Maui is packed with activities from 8 a.m. through the evening. From the start of the noncompetitive, 5-mile down-wind ocean adventure on the north shore to the afterparty at Charley's in Paia, the day unites women and their passion for the ocean. The event kicks off with a community beach cleanup and includes the launch of the downwinder at 11 a.m., along with a fashion show at 6 p.m. and after- party at 9 p.m. To register, visit Flatbread Pizza in Paia from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. For more information, visit www.betheeffect. com.
TEARS OF JOY WITH ANNUAL ONION FEST
All things onion is cause to celebrate during the 22nd annual Maui Onion Festival in West Maui. The daylong event at Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants from 9:45 a.m. at 9 p.m. will feature celebrity chefs and free food samplings, the best Maui onion recipe contest, keiki and adult raw Maui Onion eating contests, food and product booths, local music and entertainment, retail offerings and more. Entertainment includes Tahitian hula shows, magician Brenton Keith, music by Benoit JazzWorks, the Air Force Band of the Pacific and others. For details and schedule, visit whalersvillage.com/onionfestival.htm
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY AT LIBRARIES
To mark Free Comic Book Day, libraries in Kihei and Lahaina will offer a free special comic book to patrons with a valid Hawaii State Public Library System card, while supplies last. Each participating HSPLS library will offer comic books for all ages, including editions from "Thor," "Batman," "Betty & Veronica," "Kung Fu Panda," and "Avatar: The Last Airbender." Kihei is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Lahaina is open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
'LIGHTS, CAMERA, BALDWIN!' CONTINUES
Performances at 2 and 7:30 p.m. See Friday's listing.
'RATS' CONTINUES AT PROARTS PLAYHOUSE
Performances at 4 and 7:30 p.m. See Friday's listing.
KKHS 'HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL' CONTINUES
Performance at 7 p.m. See Friday's listing.
LOCAL-MADE 'HAPAI' TAKES W. MAUI STAGE
Local comedy "Hapai" opens at 7:30 p.m. at Lahaina's Maui Theatre. For details, see Backstage.
SPOTLIGHT ON TOAD THE WET SPROCKET
Toad the Wet Sprocket performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Royal Lahaina Resort; The Eric Gilliom Band, and Jim Major will open. For details, see Maui Beat.
BANDS PREP FOR BATTLE AT STELLA
Rock the night away as local bands battle it out during the Jagermiester Battle of the Bands at 9 p.m. at Stella Blues in Kihei. The O.G. Mac Band takes the stage from 9 to 9:35 p.m.; Minor Setback plays from 9:55 to 10:30 p.m.; Abbey St. John plays from 10:50 to 11:25 p.m. and Buffalo Thunder plays from 11:45 p.m. to 12:20 a.m. Cover is $10. For details, www.stellablues.com.
SUNDAY, MAY 8
LAST CHANCES TO CATCH 'RATS' IN KIHEI
Final performances at 1 and 4 p.m. at the ProArts Playhouse in Kihei. See Friday.
ISRAELI FOLK DANCE PARTY UPCOUNTRY
Grace Church and The Israeli folk dancing group of Maui invites the public to a festive celebration party for Israeli Independence Day from 4 to 9 p.m. at Grace Church on Kula Highway. Israeli music, folk dancing and a potluck of Middle Eastern foods will be included. For information, call 280-1051.
'LIGHTS, CAMERA, BALDWIN!' CONTINUES
Performance at 5 p.m. See Friday's listing.
FINAL PERFORMANCE: OF KKHS' 'MUSICAL'
Performance at 3 p.m. See Friday's listing.
NEW LOCAL COMEDY 'HAPAI' CONTINUES
Performance at 3 p.m. See Saturday's listing.