THURSDAY, JULY 31
GUITARISTS TO PERFORM FREE MAUI CONCERTS
Virtuoso Benjamin Verdery and other smokin' hot guitarists from Hawaii and the Mainland will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. at Keawala'i Congregational Church at 5300 Makena Road in Makena.
Friday – Artist Reception
Acrylic on Canvas by Suzy Papanikolas courtesy Viewpoints Gallery
Friday – Break Dance at Wailuku First Friday
Photo by Lois Whitney
IKAIKA BLACKBURN AT FREE MUSIC CONCERT
Lahaina Restoration Foundation continues its free Hawaiian Music Series with a concert featuring Ikaika Blackburn and Friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Baldwin Home Museum. A limited number of chairs will be provided; blankets, mats and low beach chairs are welcome.
FRIDAY, AUG. 1
'LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL' GOLDEN PLAY
Maui OnStage continues its golden performances at the Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku. "Legally Blonde: The Musical" offers final performances at 7:30 today and Saturday evening; and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $17 to $28. For tickets, call 242-6969 or visit www.mauionstage.com.
FOR NEW ART EXHIBIT
An opening reception with the artists featured at Viewpoints Gallery will be held at 5 p.m. Artworks will include acrylic paintings on canvas by Suzy Papanikolas, oil paintings by Lisa Kasprzycki, ceramics by Mary Ann Leigh, kapa by Denby Freeland-Cole and wood turnings by Todd Campbell. The exhibit continues through Sept. 14.
SWISS FEST FEATURES FOOD, YODELING, MUSIC
An all-you-can-eat buffet of Swiss delights, yodeling and music will be offered at the 19th annual Swiss Fest. Starting at 6 p.m. at Brigit & Bernard's Garden Cafe in Kahului, the event will also include a yodeling and trivia contest. Cost is $38 with no cover, with a la carte platters offered with a $5 cover. Call 877-6000 for more information.
BREAK-DANCE CONTEST SET FOR TOWN PARTY
The sixth annual Uptown Getdown break-dancing competition will be featured at Wailuku First Friday, held from 6 to 9 p.m. The competition, presented by Requests Music, will start at 6 p.m. Other performers at the event include Daniel Shishido, Jason Arcilla, Joel Katz and more.
DO THE BON DANCE AT WAILUKU HONGWANJI
Check out this week's round of bon dances at 8 p.m. today and Saturday at Wailuku Hongwanji Mission at 1828 Vineyard St. Guests are welcome to come early for the service at 6:45 p.m. Tasty meals including chicken, chili and teriyaki plates will also be available. For more details, call 244-0406.
PFW CRUISE FEATURES SHOW BY MARTY DREAD
Get on board for fun, food and dancing on Pacific Whale Foundation's Island Rhythms Sunset Cruise, featuring local reggae star Marty Dread, from 5 to 7 p.m. The cruise sails from Maalaea Harbor and features appetizers and cocktails with a sunset backdrop. Call 249-8811, ext. 1, or visit www.pacificwhale.org to book.
BATTLE OF THE BANDS SEEKS UNKNOWN TALENT
The Mill House and 97.3 K-Rock are searching for Maui's best unknown talents at a Battle of the Bands. An eclectic lineup of musical genres will be featured in Round 1 starting at 8 p.m. Doors open at Maui Tropical Plantation at 7:30 p.m. Must be 21 or older.
SUNDAY, AUG. 3
ENJOY LOVE STORIES, MUSIC UNDER STARS
Join renowned storyteller Leah Lamb for a journey through "Epic Love Stories" under the night sky at the Haiku Mill from 7 to 9 p.m. Music by Andrea Whales and Rasa Priya. Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door. Visit www.ilovestories.org for more information.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 6
HIROSHIMA, NAGASAKI REMEMBRANCE EVENT
Writer and teacher Melinda Clarke will speak on long-term peace-building at this year's Hiroshima and Nagasaki remembrance event at the University of Hawaii Maui College. Clarke lived and worked in Hiroshima for many years and interviewed more than 50 A-bomb survivors. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with origami peace crane-making in the Pilina Building and will also feature performances by the Maui Taiko drummers, koto musicians and Yosakoi dancers. For more information, visit www.mauipeace.org.
MAUI'S NEW CHAMBER ORCHESTRA TO DEBUT
The Maui Chamber Orchestra will present its debut concert Aug. 8 at the Historic Iao Theater. "The Birth of an Orchestra," featuring the Maui Masterworks Chorale, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8 and 3 p.m. Aug. 10. Tickets range from $25 to $45, with half-priced tickets available with a valid student ID. To purchase tickets for any Iao Theater event, call 242-6969 or order online at www.mauionstage.com.
STORY OF LOVE, LOSS FROM 'MISS SAIGON'
Maui Academy of Performing Arts will present "Miss Saigon," the haunting and heart-wrenching love story of a Vietnamese bar girl and an American Marine during the fall of Saigon. Performances, held in the Castle Theater, will be at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Aug. 15-16 and Aug. 22-23 and at 2 p.m. Sundays Aug. 17 and 24. For more information, visit www.mauiacademy.org.
LANAI SLACK KEY GUITAR FEST AT FOUR SEASONS
The Four Seasons Resorts will present the free fourth annual Lanai Slack Key Guitar Festival, a tribute to Hawaiian legend Dennis Kamakahi, featuring Kevin Brown, Benny Uyetake, Damon Parillo and Darren Lopez. Performances will be held at the Lodge at Koele at 7 p.m. Aug. 8, at 6 p.m. Aug. 9 and at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 10 (with Brown only). The musicians will also play at venues in Lanai City. See full schedule at www.LanaiSlackKeyFestival.com.