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Morikawa family

Scenemakers

Paia – Mom Jennifer (above), Dawson, Dad Robert and Jason Morikawa enjoy the Paia Mantokuji Mission Bon Dance July 8; photo by Melissa Tanji. Wailea – Mermaids Saundra Conoly (from left), Regina Padilla, Betty Russo, Inha Lu, Allaurah Bortoli and Alex Mitchell celebrate the inaugural ...

July 4 Scenemakers

Scenemakers

Lahaina – Pikake Rickard (from left, first photo), Toddy Liliko‘i and John Cote wait for the fireworks to begin on Fourth of July at Down the Hatch; photo by Catherine Kenar. Makawao – Two-year-old Benjamin Higuchi (left, second photo) crushes on the Makawao Rodeo 2017 Queen, Lorrie Ann ...

Tavares

Scenemakers

Makawao – Mandy Tavares (from left, first photo) holding Malia Tavares and Shaun Tavares holding Mia Tavares wait for the annual Makawao Fourth of July Parade in Makawao on July 1; photo by Melissa Tanji. Makawao – Amelia Couture (from left, second photo), Hallie Hunt, Nicole D. Yezzi, ...

MAKAWAO RODEO PRINCESSES

Scenemakers

Makawao – Makawao Rodeo Junior Princess Violet Aarona (from left, first photo), Princess Lilyana Ferguson, Queen Cassidy Asing and Keiki Princess Chaya Gomes promote the upcoming 52nd annual Makawao Rodeo at the Third Friday town party; photo by Lila Fujimoto. Kahului – Delmar, Cassidy, ...

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Pat Simmons (left) and Willie K jam together earlier this year; Photo courtesy the artists

Maui musicians busy as ever

Here’s something a little different this week as we catch up with some of our musicians and hear about their latest endeavors and a few of the artists and albums that they have been enjoying lately. In the midst of a summer-long co-headline tour with Chicago, Doobie Brother’s lead ...

Guitar phenomenon Andy McKee performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Tickets are $38 and $48 (plus applicable fees) and are available at the box office, by calling 242-7469 or online at www.mauiarts.org. Photo courtesy the artist

Andy McKee ‘drifting’ along

A guitar phenomenon, Andy McKee burst on the world stage with a video for his instrumental “Drifting,” which has racked up more than 56 million YouTube views. For a time, three of McKee’s videos were concurrently the three most watched on YouTube. The song, which he composed at age 18, ...

Ron Artis II and The Truth with guests Heavenly will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon in Paia. Tickets are $15 and $20 presale, and $25 at the door. Tickets are available at www.RonAndTheTruth.Eventbrite.com. Michael Piccirilli photo

Ron Artis II and The Truth

When he first played on Maui, Ron Artis II entranced audiences performing soulful, inspirational songs with his brother Thunderstorm Artis as an acoustic duo. Then he returned as Ron Artis II and The Truth, an electric trio that blew everyone away. This super talented Oahu-based ...

Maui Taiko’s 20th anniversary concert will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday at the MACC’s Castle Theater in Kahului. Leon Matsui photo

Feel the call of the drums

Known for performing at temples around the island during the Obon festival season, Maui Taiko will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the drumming ensemble with a special concert in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater on Sunday. The show will also feature ...

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Jena Mukai is Mulan in The Maui Academy of Performing Arts presentation of “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” • Peter Swanzy photo

Disney theater popular summer fare

In the early 1960s, a trumpet player named Ron Logan was hired to play for the Dixieland Band at Disneyland. Thirty years later he had risen to become an executive in the Disney organization and founded Walt Disney Theatrical. He had the idea to bring staged adapted musicals of Disney animated ...

Kathryn Holtkamp (from left on floor), Lina Aiko Krueger and Lia Krieg-DeSouza bond with a doobie after a bad day at the office in Maui OnStage’s season finale   production of “9 to 5 The Musical.” 
• Jack Grace photo

‘9 to 5 The Musical’ great ending to season of premieres

Set in the late 1970s, “9 to 5 The Musical” gets off to a scintillating start with its well-known title track and transitions wonderfully into “Around Here.” In this introductory number we meet Violet Newstead, an inspired interpretation by Lina Aiko Krueger, and Judy Bernly (Kathryn ...

Elmo and his “Sesame Street” pals have to help Jenny the Music Teacher when her instruments go missing in “Sesame Street Live! Elmo Makes Music.” Performances are at 6:30 p.m. July 21, 10:30 a.m., 2  and 5:30 p.m. July 22; and 1 and 4:30 p.m. July 23 in the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Tickets range from $15 to $75 (plus applicable fees). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the box office, www. mauiarts.org or call 242-7469. Photo courtesy Sesame Workshop

‘Sesame Street Live!’

There are well over 7 billion people in the world and I’m guessing that if half of us sang “Sunny day, sweeping the clouds away. On my way to where the air is sweet,” most of the other half could reply, “Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?” The American PBS ...

Lina Aiko Krueger (clockwise from left), Lia Krieg-DeSouza and Katherine Holtkamp teach boss Jerry Eiting how to treat his secretaries in Maui OnStage’s premiere of “9 to 5 The Musical.”  Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays July 14 through August 6 at the Historic Iao Theater. “9 to 5” contains some adult material and may not be appropriate for children. Tickets range from $20 to $40. Call 242-6969 or visit online at www.mauionstage.com. Brett Wulfson photo

What a way to make a living

Nine years ago I began reading about Dolly Parton’s musical adaptation of “9 to 5” in “Variety.” The ongoing stories offered mixed reviews of its tryouts in Los Angeles, praising its stars Stephanie J. Block, Allison Janney and Megan Hilty, but suggesting the show was too long and not ...

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Fionn Whitehead stars in “Dunkirk”  •  Warner Bros. Entertainment / Ratpac-Dune Entertainment via AP photo

Latest Movies

These are Maui Scene’s minireviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews that are provided by studios and other sources. OPENS TONIGHT “DUNKIRK” PG-13, 1:46. Action, drama, history. Maui Mall Megaplex and Lahaina Wharf Cinema. Opens Friday at Kaahumanu 6. Allied soldiers from ...

Karin Konoval (left) and Amiah Miller star in “War for the Planet of the Apes.” Twentieth Century Fox via AP photo

Latest Movies

These are Maui Scene’s minireviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews that are provided by studios and other sources. OPENS TONIGHT “THE BIG SICK” R, 2:00. Comedy, romance. Kaahumanu 6. A couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows. Starring ...

Tom Holland stars in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Columbia Pictures via AP photo

Latest Movies

These are Maui Scene’s minireviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews that are provided by studios and other sources. OPENS TONIGHT “SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING” PG-13, 2:13. Action, adventure, sci-fi. Maui Mall Megaplex, Kaahumanu 6 and Lahaina Wharf Cinema. Several months ...

Megatron and Josh Duhamel in a scene from “Transformers: The Last Knight.” Paramount Pictures / Bay Films via AP photo

In ‘The Last Knight,’ round 5 for the Transformers

* “Transformers: The Last Knight” two stars out of four. The Associated Press A concussed serenity sets in somewhere in the middle of the ceaseless ballet of metal and machismo in Michael Bay’s “Transformers: The Last Knight.” Freed of concerns like plausibility or story, you ...

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“Sesame Street Live! Elmo Makes Music” at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center”; photo courtesy Sesame Workshop.

Island Events: Must See

Elmo and his “Sesame Street” pals have to help Jenny the Music Teacher when her instruments go missing. Performances are at 6:30 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Tickets ...

‘DISNEY’S MULAN JR.’ |  FRIDAY TO SUNDAY – Jena Mukai is Mulan (left) and Shandon Obregon is Mushu in the Maui Academy of Performing Arts production of “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” at the ‘A‘ali‘ikuhonua Creative Arts Center on the Seabury Hall campus in Makawao; Peter Swanzy photo.

Island Events • July 20 – 26, 2017

TODAY, JULY 20 AKAKU UPSTAIRS SALON SERIES SCREENS FILM Hannah Barnard, executive director and co-founder of Hawaii Wildlife Fund, will present the film “Red Turtle Rising” at 6 p.m. This film was produced by The Honu Project and was the winner of the 1999 Hawaii International Film ...

Watch the 19th annual Keiki Hula Festival Saturday and Sunday at Lahaina Cannery Mall; The Maui News file photo.

Keiki Hula Festival: Saturday & Sunday

MAUI’S KEIKI HALAU CELEBRATE HULA. The Lahaina Cannery Mall will host the 19th annual Keiki Hula Festival from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This cultural event will feature kahiko (ancient) and auana (modern) hula. There will be Hawaiian artisans and crafters demonstrating ...

Andy McKee, acoustic guitarist performs Friday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater; Bill Ellison photo via MACC.

Island Events • July 13, 2017

TODAY, JULY 13 AKAKU UPSTAIRS SALON SERIES SCREENS FILM Meet director Bob Stone and producer John Wehrheim at a prescreening of their documentary film, “Paradise Found: Taylor Camp, Kauai 1969-1977,” at 6 p.m. followed by Q&A session. RSVP at 871-5554 or email info@akaku.org. This ...

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Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center - Saturday: QKC says “Mahalo, Maui!” with live entertainment and prize giveaways from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Akua Speed Car & Truck Club, 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Karaoke Star Saturdays, 6 to 8 p.m.

Shopping Center Activities

LAHAINA CANNERY MALL. Thursday (today): Hula lessons, 5 p.m.; Na Kamali‘i Nani O Lahaina, 6:30 p.m. Saturday: Family Magic, noon; Hui! Lanakila, 1 p.m.; Yu-Gi-Oh card session, 3 p.m. Sunday: Halau Hula O Keola Ali‘iokekai, 1 p.m. Tuesday: Free ukulele lessons, 5:45 p.m.; Halau Hula O Keola ...

John Cruz free concert at The Shops At Wailea. The Maui News file photo

Shopping Center Activities

LAHAINA CANNERY MALL. Thursday (today): Hula lessons, 5 p.m.; Hui! Lanakila, 6:30 p.m. Saturday: Keiki Hula Festival, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Yu-Gi-Oh card session, 3 p.m. Sunday: Keiki Hula Festival, 11 a.m. to 4:30. Tuesday: Free ukulele lessons, 5:45 p.m.; Na Kamali‘i Nani O Lahaina, 6:30 ...

Full Moon Fire Bash from 7 to 8 tonight at Maui Mall. Photo provided by Maui Mall

Shopping Center Activities

LAHAINA CANNERY MALL. Thursday (today): Hula lessons, 5 p.m.; Halau Hula O Keola Ali‘iokekai, 6:30 p.m. Saturday: Family magic by Holden Mowat, noon to 1 p.m.; Halau Hula O Keola Ali‘iokekai, 1 p.m.; Yu-Gi-Oh card session, 3 p.m. Sunday: Na Kamali‘i Nani O Lahaina, 1 p.m. Tuesday: Free ...

Shopping Center Activities

LAHAINA CANNERY MALL. Thursday (today): Hula lessons, 5 p.m.; Hui! Lanakila, 6:30 p.m. Saturday: Family magic by Holden Mowat, noon to 1 p.m.; Hula show, 1 p.m.; Yu-Gi-Oh card session, 3 p.m. Sunday: Hula show, 1 p.m. Tuesday: Ukulele lessons, 5:45 p.m.; Hula show, 6:30 p.m. MAUI MALL. ...

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Maui Music

WEST MAUI DOWN THE HATCH, 658 Front St., Lahaina, 661-4900. Daily: Live music, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. DUKE’S BEACH HOUSE, 130 Kai Malina Parkway, Kaanapali, 662-2900 Thursday (today): Ben Deleon, 3 p.m.; Garrett Probst and Keali‘i Lum, 6 p.m. Friday: Garrett Probst, 3 p.m.; Damon ...

Maui Music

WEST MAUI DOWN THE HATCH, 658 Front St., Lahaina, 661-4900. Daily: Live music, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. DUKE’S BEACH HOUSE, 130 Kai Malina Parkway, Kaanapali, 662-2900 Thursday (today): Ben Deleon, 3 p.m.; Garrett Probst and Keali‘i Lum, 6 p.m. Friday: Garrett Probst, 3 p.m.; Henry ...

Ron Artis II and The Truth with guests Heavenly will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon in Paia. Tickets are $15 and $20 presale, and $25 at the door. Tickets are available at www.RonAndTheTruth.Eventbrite.com. Michael Piccirilli photo

Maui Music

WEST MAUI DOWN THE HATCH, 658 Front St., Lahaina, 661-4900. Daily: Live music, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. DUKE’S BEACH HOUSE, 130 Kai Malina Parkway, Kaanapali, 662-2900 Thursday (today): Ben Deleon, 3 p.m.; Garrett Probst and Keali‘i Lum, 6 p.m. Friday: Garrett Probst, 3 p.m.; Damon ...

Maui Music

WEST MAUI CANE & CANOE, Montage Kapalua Bay, 1 Bay Drive, Kapalua, 662-6681 Thursday (tonight): Piilani Arias. Friday: Kapali Keahi. DOWN THE HATCH, 658 Front St., Lahaina, 661-4900. Thursday (today): Kendell & Armadillo. Friday: Ronnie Lawrence. DUKE’S BEACH HOUSE, 130 ...

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Three’s Bar & Grill partner Travis Morrin (left) with Guy Fieri during a taping of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” for the Food Network. • Photo courtesy “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”

Side Orders • July 20, 2017

IN THE SPOTLIGHT . . . Just like clockwork, Maui will be featured on television, again. Host Guy Fieri of the Food Network will highlight a Kihei hot spot on the next episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” The “Barbecue, Batter and Beer-Can Chicken” episode will air at 9 p.m. ...

Chris Kaiwi just launched a new wine and new summer menu items at Taverna in Kapalua. Photo courtesy UH-MC

Side Orders • July 13, 2017

AROUND TOWN . . . I was going through my spam emails the other day when I came across one from the Museum of Food and Drink in Brooklyn. Ready to hit “delete,” I opened it instead. Lo and behold, its August calendar lists Sheldon Simeon, chef-owner of Tin Roof on Maui, giving a speech ...

Food Network host Guy Fieri (at left) with Bernard Weber (right) and others filming of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” in Kahului.

Side Orders • July 6, 2017

ISLE SPOTLIGHT . . . In March, the Food Network contacted a few Maui restaurant and food truck owners — and in April, it filmed on island. On Friday, Season 27, Episode One of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” will put the German-Swiss fare of Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe in Kahului ...

A couple of well-known  hoteliers enjoy the Taste of Summer at Grand Wailea last week. Chris Luedi (left) and Mike Jokovich are regional vice presidents for Fairmont and Andaz, respectively. The Maui News / Carla Tracy photo

Side Orders • June 29, 2017

MEN OF THE MOMENT . . . It was hard to miss standup paddle-boarding champ Kai Lenny on the current cover of Modern Hawaii Luxury magazine. Inside, the Men of the Moment included Michael Lofaro, chef at Humuhumu at the Grand Wailea, looking James Bond-like as the “dashing gourmet” in suit, ...

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All photos on this page were taken at February’s ArT=Mixx: Metamorphosis and reflect the thematic elements of transformation in costumes and acts. J. Anthony Martinez photo

ArT=Mixx: GODDESS

American author Susan Vreeland noted “ . . . art begets art. Painting feeds the eye just as poetry feeds the ear, which is to say both feed the soul.” On Maui, the artistic soul is encouraged not just in the beauty of everyday life, but twice a year in conjunction with the exhibits featured ...

“View of West Maui from Thompson Ranch” by Michael Clements. Photo courtesy Viewpoints Gallery

Viewpoints Gallery 2017 Spring Show

If spring feels like it slipped right by, people can still get a sense of its beauty by visiting the Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao for its 2017 Spring Show. This show will feature the work of Maui artists Michael Clements, Betty Hay Freeland, Carleton Kinkade and Casey McLain. Michael ...

“Cane Fire” by artist Karen Scarborough. Photo courtesy the artist

Lahaina Arts Society features plein air artist

Lahaina Arts Society’s featured artist this month is plein air painter Karen Scarborough. Her vibrant, original oil painting exhibition reflects the unchanging beauty of Maui and the end of the sugarcane era in Hawaii. An opening reception is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday during the ...

Folau Tupou with tiki. Photo courtesy Maui Hands Gallery

Resident artist at Maui Hands Gallery in May

Wood carver Folau Tupou will be present at the Makawao Maui Hands Gallery located at 1169 Makawao Ave., from 1 to 4 p.m. on May 22 and 29; and from 4 to 8 p.m. on May 19. Born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, Tupou learned the art of tiki carving at the age of 15 from his Uncle ...

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June 29 to July 5, 2017

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Sommelier Richard Olson III stands outside the iconic Lahaina Grill with its famous nautical ship’s bow figurehead. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Lahaina Grill

Looking back in time, I was right on the money when I called Lahaina Grill “the restaurant of the decade” after it opened its doors on Feb. 14, 1990. In its 27 successful years of business, it’s gone on to be one of the top 25 restaurants in tripadvisor; among the 100 best restaurants ...

Tickets now on sale for Maui Calls

Tickets are now on sale for Maui Calls, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s signature annual wine and food tasting fundraising gala with delectable culinary selections created by chefs from stellar Maui restaurants, premium wines from boutique wineries throughout the world, entertainment ...

Aloha Mixed Plate manager Robert Lorenzo serves a sumo-sized Ali‘i Plate with kalua pig, laulau, lomi lomi salmon, poi and haupia. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Aloha Mixed Plate is ‘local favorite’

The New York Times says that it’s, “paper plate meets million-dollar view.” On a recent visit to West Maui’s favorite local hangout, Aloha Mixed Plate, service was on real, sumo-sized plates under the umbrellas and shade trees oceanfront in Lahaina. Situated next to its sister ...

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Dozens of culinary parties and seminars will take place all over the tourist town of Whistler, British Columbia from  Nov. 9 to 19. -- Cornucopia photo

Whistler, B.C., tempts with Cornucopia culinary event

Mark your calendars, tickets are now on sale for Whistler’s favorite culinary event, Cornucopia, which is presented by BlueShore Financial. Located in the resort town of Whistler, British Columbia, this 11-day showcase fulfills its mission to put the famous ski town in the winter and ...

Whistler Village in the autumn is a colorful and mellow place to vacation as it’s between the high tourist seasons of summer and winter. -- Tourism Whistler photo

British Columbia tourist town of Whistler beckons with events

Whistler, British Columbia, will be jam-packed with events throughout the rest of summer into fall. Wanderlust Whistler will be a yoga lover’s dream come true Aug. 3 to 6. This four-day retreat offers a lineup of world-renowned yoga teachers, speakers, meditation instructors, musicians ...

Thrift Stores

The following is a listing of nonprofit organizations that sell an assortment of used and donated goods. For changes or new listings, call 242-6343. • Goodwill Retail Thrift Store, 250 Alamaha St., Ste. N-9, Kahului, 442-8989, Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ...

Looking Back Through The Maui News

100 Years Ago 1917 — The shutting down of the Kaupakulua and other wine manufacturies in anticipation of the advent of prohibition has left tons of grapes to rot on the vines. If the people of Hawaii are willing to drink imported grape juice, why should they not support a grape juice ...

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McMillan / Grad

Matthew Grad and Kyra Grad (formerly Kyra McMillan) were married on April 18 in Las Vegas. Kyra Grad was raised in Kula. Matthew Grad has lived on Maui for over 10 years and is from Bismarck, N.D.The couple live in Makawao with their 1 1/2 year old daughter and are expecting a boy in October.

Sacapanio-Baisa/Lee

Jessica Nohealani Lee, daughter of Derek and Evalani Lee of Kahului, and Marshall Pomaikai Sacapanio-Baisa, son of Terrie Baisa and the late Michael Sacapanio, were married on Oct. 11, 2014, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Pulehu Chapel in Kula. Bishop Mark Kaaa performed the ...

Corretjer Meader

Nina Meader and Ivan Corretjer were married Sept. 5 on a "secret" Maui beach after eight years of dating. Originally from Washington, D.C., Nina is currently living on Maui and Ivan is living in San Diego. They plan to continue the early part of their marriage together on the island sometime in ...

Heck-Long

Robert Heck and Ginny Heck (formerly Ginny Long) were married on Anini Beach, Kauai, on May 28. Robert Heck was born on Maui and raised in Kihei, where his family resides. The couple live together with their daughter, Eve, in northwest Arkansas.