THURSDAY, JUNE 30
'HOT SUMMER MUSIC SERIES' AT THE HYATT
Free live music will heat up the summer as the Hyatt Recency Maui Resort and Spa kicks off its "Hot Summer Music Series" featuring Citrus College Performing Arts and special guest Dale Kristien. The series starts with "A Jazzy Summer" today, where residents and resort guests have free access to hip, high octane poolside entertainment at Umalu, easy evening jazz at Japengo, and jazzy, swingy, swanky parties in the Ballroom. For a list of concerts and times, call 667-4727.
FREE 'IRISH FOLK TALES' FOR KEIKI
Renowned traditional Irish storyteller Niall de Burca will perform "Irish Folk Tales" in conjunction with the 2011 HSPLS Children's Summer Reading Program. The free events will be held at local libraries today, including: 10 a.m. at Makawao; 3:30 p.m. in Kihei; and 6 p.m. Wailuku. Also, De Burca will perform at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Molokai Public Library. The 45-minute performance is recommended for ages 5 and older. For more information, call the hosting library.
'SING ALONG WITH UNCLE WAYNE'
Wayne Watkins will perform his "Sing Along with Uncle Wayne" at 10 a.m. at Makawao Public Library and at 2 p.m. at Kahului Public Library. He will also play at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Kihei Public Library. The free performances for ages 3 and older will "inspire children to get up and move" to the songs. For details, call the hosting library.
START YOUR WEEKEND WITH FREEDOM SLAM
Kick off the Fourth of July weekend with Freedom Slam, the slam poetry and open mic night at Casanova in Makawao dedicated to showcasing powerful poetry and performances that "creatively define, debate and celebrate 'Freedom' and 'Independence.' " Cover is $5 before 9:30 p.m.; $10 afterward. Including Kit Kat Club Cabaret; dance party with DJ Boomshot. For details, www.mauislam.com.
FRIDAY, JULY 1
JAZZ AND BLUES FEST KICKS OFF IN WAILUKU
The 2011 Maui Invitational Music Festival presents the two-day Jazz and Blues Fest in Wailuku featuring performances by High Seas Dixieland Band, The Moonglow All Stars Swing Band, Mana'o Radio Orchestra, Vince Esquire Band, Teri Garrison and Friends and the Usual Suspects. The festival kicks off from 3:30 to 6 p.m. with a performance by Teri Garrison and Friends, followed by the Usual Suspects from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Entry is free. The Maui Invitational Music Festival is presented annually by Arts Education for Children Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for artistic and cultural enrichment. For more information, call 283-3576 or visit www.aecg.org.
HENRY KAPONO AND BAND'S CD DEBUT
Henry Kapono and his band will debut songs from his new CD at 5 p.m. at Duke's Beach House Maui in the Honua Kai Resort & Spa; entry is free. For details, see Maui Beat.
SNEAK PEEK: MAUI ONSTAGE'S 'CHICAGO'
Maui OnStage will offer a free sneak preview of "Chicago" at 7:30 p.m. with musical excerpts featuring the Maui OnStage cast, followed by a free screening of 1942's "Roxie Hart" at the Historic Iao Theater. For details, see Backstage.
WILLIE K, MAUI THING BASH AT FIRST FRIDAY
Willie K returns to Wailuku First Friday to celebrate clothing company Maui Thing's third anniversary, the highlight of the popular once-a-month block party that spills through Market Street when it closes to traffic at 5 p.m. The isle musician will take the Maui Thing stage around 6 p.m., and a fashion show will reveal the Wailuku-based company's latest designs. Other First Friday entertainment includes Olimon, then Glavor Snow and Toda at Banyan Tree Park; Joel Katz Hawaiian Steel Guitar at 33 N. Market St.; and Gene and Shea Argel at Cafe O'Lei, among performers. Don't miss Swan Interiors featured artist Jan Kasprzycki; Native Intelligence plant sale; Gallerie Ha's Matsumoto Retrospective exhibit; and Exhale at Body Alive Yoga and Movement Studio. For more information, find Wailuku First Friday on Facebook or email 1stfridaywailuku @gmail.com.
SATURDAY, JULY 2
JAZZ AND BLUES FEST CONTINUES
The 2011 Maui Invitational Music Festival's Jazz and Blues Fest continues with a free Jazz Jam from 1 to 4 p.m. at Wailuku Coffee Co. Later, a concert hosted by Kathy Collins and featuring High Seas Dixieland Band, The Moonglow All Stars Swing Band, Mana'o Radio Orchestra and the Vince Esquire Band will keep the entertainment going from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Historic Iao Theater. Admission donation requested. See Friday's listing.
FLOATING LANTERN, DANCING AT OBON
A color-filled floating lantern ceremony will highlight the Lahaina Jodo Mission's annual obon festival. The service starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by the latern procession and ceremony. Dancing starts at 8 p.m.; the Maui Taiko group, led by Kay Fukumoto, will perform live music. Food booths open at 6 p.m. The mission is located at 12 Ala Moana St., Lahaina.
NAWAN KHECHOG AND PETER KATER CONCERT
Nawang Khechog and Peter Kater will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Makawao Union Church. For details, see Maui Beat.
SUNDAY, JULY 3
'ON THE RADIO' ONE NIGHT PERFORMANCE
King's Cathedral's one-night-only live stage production, "On the Radio," gets under way at 6 p.m. "On the Radio" features famous hits that span decades and genders, performed by the in-house choir, live band, singing ensembles and dance groups. Admission is free; seating is limited. King's Cathedral is located at 777 Mokulele Highway, Kahului. For more information, call 871-7311.
TUESDAY, JULY 5
KY-MANI MARLEY AT OCEAN'S FOR SHOW
Grammy-nominated reggae musician Ky-Mani Marley plays at 9 p.m. at Ocean's Beach Bar & Grill in Kihei. Tuesday. For more information, see Maui Beat.