Island Events • February 14, 2019

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Makana during his Sunset Tour • Tonight at McCoy Studio Theater, MACC; LEXI MACKENZIE photo.

THURSDAY, FEB. 14

SHOW YOUR LOVE WITH A LITTLE ‘SLACK ROCK’

A protege of Hawaiian slack key guitar legends, Makana fans the flames of love with his distinctive fusion of bluegrass, rock, blues and raga — coined “slack rock” — at 7:30 p.m. in the McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Tickets are $35, $45 and $65 (plus applicable fees) with a 10 percent discount for MACC members and half-price for keiki 12 and younger. For tickets and more information, call 242-7469, visit www.mauiarts.org or head to the box office.

FRIDAY, FEB. 15

VEGAS-STYLE LAUGHS, LOCAL HUMOR AT MACC

Lena Morita holds Lori Leong, dressed in traditional Chinese attire, at Maui Chinese New Year Festival • Saturday at Queen Kaahumanu Center; courtesy Maui Chinese New Year Festival committee.

Edwin San Juan, the headliner at Planet Hollywood casino in Las Vegas, joins Jose Dynamite and local comics for a night of laughs beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the McCoy Studio Theater at the MACC. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 day of show (plus applicable fees). Call 242-7469, visit www.mauiarts.org or head to the box office for tickets and more information.

LOVE LIVES AT ‘WE HEART MAKAWAO’ TOWN PARTY

Enjoy ono eats, vendor booths, arts and crafts, Upcountry merchants and Komoda Keiki Zone from 6 to 9 p.m. at “We Heart Makawao” town party. Catch Benny Uyetake and Arlie-Avery Asiu perform on the main stage, as well as Relic and Isle of Maui Pipe band at other locations. Check out the new “Kui A Lei” workshop at Haku Maui. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.mauifridays.com.

‘WHALE TALES’ PROMISES WHALE OF A GOOD TIME

Don’t miss Whale Trust’s 13th annual Whale Tales multi-day expo today through Monday at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua with free presentations on marine mammals, benefit whale watch tours and keiki activities provided by Maui Ocean Center. Presentations require registration. A $20 per day donation is encouraged, and all proceeds help fund whale research in Hawaii. For more, see page 14 in this issue. For complete schedule or tickets, visit www.whaletales.org or call 572-5700.

SATURDAY, FEB. 16

REGGAE VETERANS UB40, JOSH TATOFI, KATCHAFIRE

Maui faves UB40, who helped define reggae for a generation, perform with special guests Josh Tatofi and Katchafire at 5:30 p.m. at A&B Amphitheater at the MACC (gates open at 4:30 p.m.). Tickets are $59 for general admission and $159 for VIP (plus applicable fees), with prices increasing day of the show. Call 242-7469, visit www.mauiarts.org or head to the box office for tickets and more information.

MAUI CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL FUN FOR ALL

Immerse yourself in the 20th annual Maui Chinese New Year Festival from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului. Check out Chinese food booths, Chinese arts and crafts, local products, calligraphy, martial arts demonstrations, lion dancers and so much more. Register infant to 12-year-old keiki in festival favorite, the Keiki Chinese Attire Contest, between 9 and 10 a.m. at the main stage (limited to the first 40 registrations), with contest at 10:30 a.m. For contest rules and festival information, call 242-6762 or email mauicnyfestival@gmail.com.

VISIT UPCOUNTRY ARTISTS IN THEIR CREATIVE SPACES

Maui Open Studios event continues with self-guided tours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Sunday of local artists’ studios and galleries located in Upcountry Maui. Many pieces are available for purchase at often discounted prices. The final weekend is Feb. 23 to 24 (South Maui). For maps and more information, visit www.mauiopenstudios.com.

AMATEUR PIANISTS SHOW ARTISTIC TALENT AT FEST

The third Maui Outstanding Piano Amateurs Festival, directed by Damira Feldman, features performances by classical non-professional musicians at 7 p.m. at Wailuku Union Church, 327 S. High St. in Wailuku. Admission is free. For more information, call (305) 588-0083 or email dfmusicmaui@gmail.com.

SUNDAY, FEB. 17

FUNDRAISER FOR 9TH LIFE HAWAII’S FELINES

Help defray costs of caring for 300 homeless kittens and cats at 9th Life Hawaii Furry Feline Fundraiser featuring a buffet lunch, silent auction and prizes from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cafe O Lei Banquet Room at the Dunes in Maui Lani. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling 572-3499 or mailing requests to 9th Life Hawaii, P.O. Box 476, Makawao, 96768. For more information about 9th Life Hawaii, visit www.9thlifehawaii.org,

VIOLIN VERSATILITY FOCUS OF ‘WINTER POPS’ CONCERT

Award-winning conductor and violinist Lawrence Golan joins the Maui Pops Orchestra to present a violin-centric program at 3 p.m. in the MACC’s Castle Theater. Tickets are $22, $35, $50 and $60 (plus applicable fees). Students 18 years and younger pay half price in all but the $22 price sections. Call 242-7469, visit www.mauiarts.org or head to the box office for tickets and information.

FAMOUSLY FUNNY GEORGE LOPEZ RETURNS TO MAUI

Actor and comedian George Lopez demolishes comedic barriers when his adult-themed “The Wall World Tour” busts out at 8 p.m. at MACC’S Castle Theater. Tickets are $49, $59 and $79, with a limited number of $99 premium seats available (plus applicable fees). Call 242-7469, visit www.mauiarts.org or head to the box office for tickets and more information.

TUESDAY, FEB. 19

MACC’S ‘CROSS CURRENTS’ EXPLORES MODERN DANCE

Amelia Couture, co-artistic director at Adaptations Dance Theater, leads an exploration of modern dance including introductory dance class and informative session from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Haynes Meeting Room at the MACC as part of the MACC and County of Maui’s Cross Currents adult enhancement series. Cost is $30 and includes the class, admission to Jacob Jones The Company performance Feb. 28 and the post-performance gathering. Register by Feb. 17 by contacting Aleah at Aleah@mauiarts.org or 243-4287.

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