THURSDAY, JAN. 26
MYSTIC ISLAND FEST KICKS OFF IN W. MAUI
The fifth annual Mystic Island Festival kicks off today and continues through Monday at Camp Olowalu. The four-and-a-half-day camping event features live music, DJs, dance, yoga, workshops, entertainment, community building, sustainability and green living efforts and more. Performance highlights include music by Chris Berry (Panjea) with Michael Kang (String Cheese Incident), Jaya Lakshmi, DJ David Starfire and DJ Kaminanda. Featured workshop presenters include Ram Dass, Dr. Joe Marshalla, Auntie Pua and Jacob Liberman. Cost is $225 at the gate. For details, visit www.mysticislandfestival.com or call 573-3003.
Hawaiian Music Series | Lahaina
Josh Kahula (left) and Preston Ako photo provided by The Lahaina Restoration Foundation.
Anuhea | Lahaina
Freda Payne | Kapalua
FREE HAWAIIAN MUSIC CONCERT IN LAHAINA
Live Hawaiian music continues on Front Street with the free Hawaiian Music Series concert featuring Josh Kahula and Preston Ako. The concert marks the new time for the ongoing monthly Lahaina Restoration Foundation series - from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the last Thursday of the month at the Baldwin Home Lawn in Lahaina. Ako is known for his Hawaiian music; he often performs with his father, Sam, and his brother, John, in the Ako Trio. Kahula, also an accomplished musician and leader of isle band Nuff Sedd, has performed with Hawaiian artists such as Keali'i Reichel. For more information, call Lahaina Restoration Foundation at 661-3262 or visit www.lahainarestoration.org.
'SHELLS' ON DISPLAY AT BAILEY HOUSE
Be entertained with the nature. Maui malacologist and author Mike Severns will give a presentation on land and sea shells of Hawaii and the process of creating his recently published catalog "Shells of the Hawaiian Islands" at 6 p.m. at Bailey House Museum. A small exhibit of shells from the Maui Historical Society collection, including rare and extinct Hawaiian land snail shells, will also be on view. The program is $10 for the general public and members of the Maui Historical Society are free. RSVP by calling the office at 244-3326 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
SLACK KEY MASTERS AT MACC'S MCCOY
Slack Key Masters, with an opening performance by host George Kahumoku Jr., will feature Dennis Kamakahi and Stephen Inglis at 7:30 tonight at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's McCoy Studio Theater. For details, see Maui Beat.
MAUI SLAM PRESENTS 'THE FUTURE SLAM'
Maui Slam's "Welcome to the Future Slam" kicks off at 9:30 tonight at Casanova in Makawao. For details, see Backstage.
FRIDAY, JAN. 27
IRISH FOLK GROUP PLAYS AT THE MACC
Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones, nominated in 2009 as Ireland's Best Traditional Irish Folk Group, will play at 7 p.m. at the MACC's McCoy Studio Theater. For details, see Maui Beat.
BEN VEREEN TAKES THE STAGE AT CASTLE
Ben Vereen will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. at the MACC's Castle Theater. For details, see Backstage.
JORMA KAUKONEN, CHRIS SMITHER AT IAO
Jorma Kaukonen and Chris Smither will play at the Historic Iao Theater at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m. For details, see Maui Beat.
SATURDAY, JAN. 28
SOJA, ANUHEA AND THE GREEN AT MACC
SOJA performs at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center A&B Amphitheater; The Green and Anuhea will open. For details, see Maui Beat.
SUNDAY, JAN. 29
'LYCHEE THIEVES' AT HERITAGE FILM FEST
The Heritage Film Festival presents "Lychee Thieves" at 4 p.m. at the MACC's McCoy Studio Theater. For details, see Movies.
MAUI POPS PRESENTS GERSHWIN SHOWCASE
Maui Pops Orchestra presents "Gershwin and Broadway" at 3:30 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Caslte Theater. The concert highlights the music of George Gershwin, along with guest pianist Hyperion Knight, who will perform "Rhapsody in Blue." The orchestra will play highlights from "Porgy and Bess," "Embraceable You," "S Wonderful" and more. For details, see Maui Beat.
SOLO PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW AT TIKI LOUNGE
Sean Michael Hower will be featured in a solo photography show at South Shore Tiki Lounge in Kihei, which opens with a public reception at 8 p.m. Kanoa will play at 10 p.m. The exhibition continues through the month of February. For details, visit www.howerphoto.com.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1
FREE TALK STORY WITH FREDA PAYNE
The 2012 Maui Invitational Music Festival presents singer and actress Freda Payne in a musical tribute in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Thursday, Feb. 2. As a prelude to her concert, Payne invites the public to join her on at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua for an intimate evening of talking story about her road to stardom and beyond. Best known for her 1970 hit single "Band of Gold," Payne has also appeared in films, television and Broadway. She has worked with such luminaries as Quincy Jones, Pearl Bailey and Bill Cosby, recorded 21 albums and toured around the world. Her acting credits include stage productions of "Ain't Misbehavin''" with Della Reese and movies such as "The Nutty Professor II " and "The Klumps." Following the talk story with Payne, all are invited to attend a gospel choir workshop at 7:30 p.m. Admission to both appearances is free. Tickets to Thursday's concert are $30, available at the MACC box office, www.MauiArts.org or242-7469. For more information, visit aecg.org.