FRIDAY, JULY 8
AKAKU CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE
Maui's community television station, Akaku, holds a free Independance Celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. in its parking lot at 333 Dairy Road. Andy Bumatai will emcee entertainment by David Choy and Slam, Terri Garrison, George Kahumoku Jr., the Comedy Hui and more. Food and fun are also on the bill. For details, see Side Orders.
Photo provided by Ebb & Flow Arts.
Photo montage of Alii Chang provided by Alii Kula Lavender.
PAIA'S OBON FESTIVAL WITH FOOD, DANCING
Paia Mantokuji Mission Obon Festival, a colorful Japanese cultural event, starts with a service at 6, taiko drumming at 7:15 and dancing at 8 p.m. Obon is an annual summer festival held at Buddhist temples in remembrance of loved ones who have passed away. The mission is located at 5636 Hana Highway. For details, 579-8051.
MAUI ONSTAGE'S 'CHICAGO' OPENS
Maui OnStage's season finale performance, "Chicago," opens at 7:30 tonight at the Historic Iao Theater. For details, see Backstage.
SATURDAY, JULY 9
KE'ANAE KEIKI JAM FEST KICKING OFF
Ke'anae Keiki Jam Fest will feature entertainment, food, arts and crafts, and a keiki area with family activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Keanae Peninsula Park. Entertainment includes special guest Lei'ohu Ryder, Teomon & the Kryptones, Pekelo, Ka Pa O Ka Ulu Koa Keiki Hula Halau, Inside Out and Jah Residence. The Keiki Zone includes horse rides, train rides, bouncy castles, face painting, shave ice, popcorn and more. The inaugural event is a fundraiser for opening the old Ke'anae School as a Hawaiian Culture-Focused Charter School. Contact 281-7201, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUSTAINABLE ALOHA FEST AT AKL IN KULA
Entertainment, activities and education abound at the Sustainable Aloha Summer Fest from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alii Kula Lavender farm in Kula. The event will celebrate the life and legacy of AKL's founder, farmer and visionary Alii Chang, and will feature performances by Emma Veary, Paula Fuga, George Kahumoku and Brother Noland. There will also be a performance by halau Wehiwehi o Leilehua, directed by kumu hula Gordean Bailey, and a spirited show by Isle of Maui Pipe Band. A range of interactive activities to educate while encouraging more sustainable living will be offered. Admission will be $3 per person; children 5 and younger are free. For details, www.aklmaui.com, 878-3004.
HEALTHY LIVING THE FOCUS OF ISLE FAIR
Explore alternative healing and healthy lifestyle options at the Maui Health Explosion from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Maui Mall in Kahului. Admission is Free. Exhibitors span Maui's allopathic, Hawaiian and holistic healing practitioners and purveyors of alternative health products and services. Dance, music and fitness demonstrations will be held at center stage. For details, call 281-7645 or 669-9091.
'TRICKSTER TALES' AT KIHEI PUBLIC LIBRARY
"Trickster Tales from Around the World," with husband-and-wife storytellers and musicians Peter and Melinda Wing, will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Kihei Public Library. The program is geared toward children 5 and older. For details, call 875-6833.
PREVIEW FOR 'CAMP ROCK' IN LAHAINA
Theatre Theatre Maui summer cast members will present a brief preview of their upcoming show, "Disney's CAMP ROCK - the Musical," at 2 p.m. at the Lahaina Cannery Mall center stage. The show will open on July 15 and continue through July 17 in in the Haleakala Ballroom of the Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali. For details, call 661-1168 or email TTMWestMaui@aol.com.
OBON CONTINUES AT PAIA MANTOKUJI
Paia Mantokuji Mission Obon Festival continues with a service at 6, taiko drumming at 7:15 and dancing at 8 p.m. See Friday's listing.
FREE E&FA CONCERT WITH DUO DIORAMA
Ebb & Flow Arts' "A Little Summer Music, Please" continues with a performance by Chicago-based Duo Diorama at 7:30 p.m. at Seabury Hall Performing Arts Studio, 480 Olinda Road, Makawao. Admission is free. A multimedia production of Burton Beerman's "Gifts (for you)" features Duo Diorama, Lisa Buell and Jamy Woodbury, dance; Reece Pottorff and Peter Swanzy, video; and Todd van Amburgh, stage design and narration. Preconcert discussion starts at 6:30 p.m. Visit ebbandflowarts.org for details.
'GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK' AT HYATT
The Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa presents the "Great American Songbook," starring Dale Kristien and featuring a 30-piece orchestra based in Los Angeles, at 7 p.m. at the Napili Gardens. Kristien is a renowned singer chosen by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber to perform more than 1,800 shows in the lead role of Christine in "Phantom" with Michael Crawford. Entry is free.
'CHICAGO' CONTINUES AT IAO THEATER
Maui OnStage's "Chicago" continues with a show at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Iao Theater. See Friday's listing.
SUNDAY, JULY 10
'CHICAGO' SHOW TO TAKE IAO STAGE
"Chicago" takes the stage at 3 p.m. at the Historic Iao Theater. See Friday's listing.
MONDAY, JULY 11
ONO: 'A CELEBRATION OF SONG' FREE SHOW
Maui OnStage's One Night Only, a free monthly theater event, will feature "A Celebration in Song" with Steven Dascoulias at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Iao Theater. The free concert spans opera to John Denver classics, by Dascoulias, Clay Logue, Gilbert Emata, Patrick McDonald and Eric Molina. For more information, visit www.mauionstage.com.