THURSDAY, AUGUST 18
JOHN KEAWE STAR OF SLACK KEY MASTERS
Acclaimed Big Island songwriter and slack key guitarist John Keawe is the featured performer of Slack Key Masters at 7:30 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's McCoy Studio Theater. Grammy Award-winner George Kahumoku Jr. hosts the monthly show and opens with his musical and storytelling talents. Keawe has released 10 albums in his career and was honored with Na Hoku Hanohano awards for 2009 Slack Key Album of the Year for "Hawai'i Island ... Is My Home" and 2011 Slack Key Album of the Year for "Play with Me, Papa." The hula of his wife, Hope, is an integral part of Keawe's shows. Tickets are $25 for standard seating and $45 for VIP seating with artist talk-story session, plus applicable fees. For details, visit www.mauiarts.org.
JOHN & HOPE KEAWE | KAHULUI
photo provided by Maui Arts & Cultural Center
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19
HENRY KAPONO PLAYS MACC SOLO SESSIONS
Henry Kapono will launch the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's second year of Solo Sessions concerts in the McCoy Studio Theater at 7:30 p.m. For details, see Maui Beat.
'DAMN YANKEES' TAKES THE STAGE
Maui Academy of Performing Arts' "Damn Yankees" takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. at Maui Tropical Plantation's Field of Dreams in Waikapu. For details, see Backstage.
MANALI'I CD RELEASE PARTY IN WEST MAUI
The Maui-based island reggae band Manali'i will perform at its CD release party at 9 p.m. at LuLu's in Lahaina; Righteous Youth and Homestead will open. For details, see Maui Beat.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20
'FIRE UP DA IMU' WITH LUNA ENTERTAINMENT
Lahainaluna High School's fourth annual "Fire Up da Imu" event, with food, entertainment and games, will precede the Lunas' preseason football game against Keaau at Boarders Field. The event, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., features entertainment by the school band and cheerleading teams. Food will be offered by Cool Cat Cafe and the Lahainaluna football team. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $4 for youth 12 and younger. For more information, visit www.re-dotheimu.com/.
OBON FEST MOVING TO THE NORTH SHORE
Don't miss the final obon festival of the season when dancing and drumming get under way tonight at the Paia Rinzai Zen Mission near Baldwin Beach Park on the north shore. The Japanese cultural festival, which is free and open to everyone, starts with a service at 6 and dancing at 7 p.m. For details, call the mission at 579-9921.
MAPA PRODUCTION OF 'DAMN YANKEES'
Maui Academy of Performing Arts' "Damn Yankees" continues with a show at 7:30 p.m. at Maui Tropical Plantation's Field of Dreams in Waikapu. See Friday's listing.
SPIN DOCTORS PLAY AT ROYAL LAHAINA
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Spin Doctors' landmark debut album, "Pocket Full of Kryptonite," the band's four original members - frontman Chris Barron, guitarist Eric Schenkman, bassist Mark White and drummer Aaron Comess - will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. outdoors at the Royal Lahaina Resort in Kaanapali. Tickets are $55. See www.royallahaina.com.
OAHU'S HUMBLE SOUL TO PLAY AT OCEANS
Oahu's Humble Soul will reggae rock the south side when the island band plays at Oceans Beach Bar & Grill at 10 p.m. Saturday. Rampage will open. Led by founder and lead singer and songwriter, Doug Bautista, the Hawaii-roots-reggae band has gathered a strong following from around the world, including Brazil, Japan, South Africa, England and beyond. Tickets are $10. For details, call Oceans, 1819 S. Kihei Road, at 891-2414.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21
PERFORMANCE SET FOR 'DAMN YANKEES'
Maui Academy of Performing Arts' "Damn Yankees" continues with a show at 7:30 p.m. at Maui Tropical Plantation's Field of Dreams. See Friday's listing.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24
HANA MUSICIANS SET FREE WAILEA CONCERT
East Maui comes to South Maui when Hana musicians Leokane Pryor and CJ "Boom" Helekahi bring their Hawaiian music to The Shops at Wailea during a free concert from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Leokane, a falsetto singer, and Helekahi, whose voice ranges from a soaring tenor to a falsetto. The two regularly collaborate to musically represent the beauty, simplicity and aloha of rural East Maui. For details, www.shopsatwailea.com.