TODAY, DEC. 26
TODDLER, PRESCHOOL STORYTIMES IN KIHEI
Special stories, songs and movements will be featured during free "New Year's Toddler and Preschool Storytimes" at 10:30 a.m. (ages 2-3) today and (ages 3-5) Friday at the Kihei Public Library. Visit www.librarieshawaii.org.
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JAZZ ARTIST BRENNA WHITAKER ON LANAI
Celebrated jazz artist Brenna Whitaker and her Little Big Band will make your holidays merrier during a performance from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Four Seasons Resorts Lanai at Manele Bay. She's playing a New Year's Eve celebration at the resort as well. For details or to make reservations, call (800) 321-4666.
FREE HAWAIIAN MUSIC CONCERT IN WEST MAUI
Young musician Dane Fujiwara, a Maui native who's shared the stage with Napua Greig, Kamaka Fernandez, Ikaika Blackburn other other Hawaii musicians, will showcase his love for Hawaiian music from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Baldwin Home Lawn in Lahaina. The Hawaiian Music Series, presented monthly by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation, is free; chairs, blankets and mats are encouraged for the outdoor concert. Visit www.lahainarestoration.org.
FRIDAY, DEC. 27
KINGWELL EXHIBITION, ART NIGHT IN LAHAINA
Check out Kingwell Art Studio as it kicks off the new year off with a creative bang. New oil and watercolor paintings will be unveiled from 5:30 to 9 p.m. during Art Night in Lahaina. Stroll through dozens of area art galleries from 6 to 9 p.m. for special shows, featured artists in action and refreshments all free and open to the public. Pick up a walking map of participants from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lahaina Visitor Center located in the Old Lahaina Courthouse.
PARTY ON SOUTH SIDE FOR FINAL 2013 FRIDAY
Spend your last Friday of the year in one of the hottest spots on the island during Kihei Friday Town Party. The free, family event kicks off from 6 to 9 p.m. at Azeka Shopping Center Mauka. Entertainment, arts, activities, music, vendor specials and lots of local food included. For details, see mauifridays.com/kihei/.
SATURDAY, DEC. 28
KEIKI'S STORY & CRAFT HOUR AT OCEAN CENTER
Children ages 3 to 12 are invited to storytime followed by a fun ocean-themed craft from 11:30 a.m. at the Maui Ocean Center's Hawaiians and the Sea Exhibit. Appropriate for all ages. Celebrate 12 Days of Fish-mas with Scuba Santa at 11 a.m. and Elf at 3 p.m. daily. For details, call 270-7000.
SUNDAY, DEC. 29
'A SOULFUL CHRISTMAS BENEFIT' SHOW IN KIHEI
Curtis Love and The Maui Eight Track Players are performing "A Soulful Christmas Benefit" for the Maui Farm from 5 to 8 p.m. at Kono's on the Green, Elleair Golf Course, in Kihei. Presented by Old Skool 98.4 FM radio, live music, dancing, food and more are included. Cover is $5. See www.omzonemaui.com or call 298-9022.
TUESDAY, DEC. 31
GET LOST: 'GYPSIES IN WONDERLAND' IN HAIKU
Get lost in the wonder of "Gypsies in Wonderland," a New Year's Eve party with Kit Kat Club Cabaret, and a stacked lineup of music, entertainment and more, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Gotel Manor in Haiku. DJs, fire and belly dancing, black light burlesque, aerialists, along with food, drinks and other vendors, will be included. Tickets range from $60 to $85. The event is invite-only: Share with the link: www.facebook.com/events/292863887505257/
NEW YEAR'S BASH AT MALA WAILEA
The New Year's Eve party to see and be seen will be held at Mala Wailea and its new MiGRANT bar concept. Enjoy full dinner buffet at 7:30 p.m. followed by music in the ballroom. Guest artists include Alice Cooper, Steven Tyler, Sammy Hagar, Weird Al Yankovic, Bob Rock and Pat Simmons. Emcee is Tom Arnold. Event benefits Maui Food Bank, Maui Arts & Cultural Center and Two-Thirds World for Philippines disaster victims. Cost is $550 per person. For tickets, email email@example.com.
SOPHISTICATION, STYLE AT FLEETWOOD'S NYE
Ring in the new year with glam and style during Fleetwood's On Front St.'s second annual New Year's Eve celebration starting at 8:30 p.m. Revel in the elegant glamour of the roaring '20s in "Great Gatsby" style. Included in the price of admission are party favors, new year champagne toast, balloon drop and a countdown streamed from Las Vegas with host Mick Fleetwood. Dinner and the show is $229 with upgrades available. Show only is $129. For details, call (808) 669-6425 or visit www.fleetwoodsonfrontst.com.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 1
BILL MAHER GETS 'REAL' TO RING IN NEW YEAR
HBO'S "Real Time" host and political funnyman Bill Maher returns to Maui for his third annual New Year's Day show at 8 p.m. in the MACC's Castle Theater. Maher's combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered 29 Emmy nods. Tickets are $65.50, $85.50 and $150.50. For details, visit www.mauiarts.org.