Island Events • March 7, 2019

Featured events this week

MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPH’S /PEH-LO-TAH/ Tonight at Castle Theater at the MACC Marc Bamuthi Joseph and his performing crew; BETHANIE HINES photo

THURSDAY, MARCH 7

BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY WITH A BIT OF BLACK COMEDY

Laugh until your tummy hurts while enjoying two one-act plays, “Black Comedy” and ” ‘dentity crisis,” by award-winning playwrights beginning at 7:30 p.m. at ProArts Playhouse in Kihei. The former is an uproarious drawing-room farce where nothing is as it seems, and the latter presents an absurd, satirical look at identity, sanity and insanity. Tickets for this kamaaina night are $23 and can be purchased by calling 463-6550 or visiting www.proartsmaui.com.

ECLECTIC ARTIST TAKES ON HYPED SPORT OF SOCCER

Catch Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s /peh-LO-tah/ — a look at soccer or futbol as both sport and exploited corporate cash cow through spoken word poetry and soccer-inspired choreography– at 7:30 p.m. in Castle Theater at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Tickets are $25 and $35 (plus applicable fees) with a 10 percent discount for MACC members and half-price admission for children 12 and younger. For tickets and more information, head to the box office, call 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org.

LAHAINA WHALE AND OCEAN ARTS FESTIVAL Friday & Saturday in Lahaina Humpback whale illustration; courtesy Gilbert & Associates.

CAREGIVERS, COMPASSION FATIGUE FREE PROGRAM

Free program offers help for caregivers from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Akaku Upstairs (333 Dairy Rd.) in Kahului. Shirley Ramey, RN presents “How to Manage Compassion Fatigue in Caregiving — Introducing the I.C.A.R.E.” which provides tools for those caring for those with chronic health conditions. RSVP at conta.cc/2Ek2Nyq or call 871-5554.

FRIDAY, MARCH 8

TINSELTOWN HITS MAUI FOR MAPA ANNUAL GALA

Celebrate the glitz and glamor of Hollywood — MAPA style — during Maui Academy of Performing Arts’ annual fundraising gala featuring dinner, drinks, dessert and entertainment by your favorite local performers beginning at 6:30 p.m. at King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu. Tickets are $150 with funds raised benefiting MAPA educational programs. For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/toast-to-tinseltown-tickets-54318762882. For information, call 244-8760.

WHALES, OCEAN AND ART AT LAHAINA TOWN PARTY

Celebrate the migration of humpback whales at Lahaina Whale and Ocean Arts Festival during the weekly town party from 5 to 8:45 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Kamehameha III Elementary School. Both days feature live music, local artists, vendor and organization booths and marine-themed art and products. Keiki “Whale and Ocean” art contest display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday only. Admission is free on both days. For more information about Friday town parties, visit www.mauifridays.com or call 270-7710.

GOLDEN TICKET AND FUN FOUND AT BALDWIN PLAY

Grab your golden ticket and prepare to visit Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory in Baldwin Theatre Guild’s annual spring musical, “Willy Wonka.” Performances are at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays, opening Friday and running through March 17. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students ages 12 to 17 and $5 for kids 11 and younger. There are no reserved tickets. Box office opens 45 minutes prior to showtime.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

KEIKI INVITED TO EXPLORE NATURE IN FULL BLOOM

Children in kindergarten through second grade can witness nature in bloom, discover how plants produce fruit, why bees love flowers and why pollinators are so important to our ecosystem from 9 to 11 a.m. during Secrets of Flowers event at Hawai’i Nature Center in Wailuku (8785 Iao Valley Rd.). Cost is $20 per child or adult with HNC members receiving a 50 percent discount. To make a reservation, email mauibookings@hawaiinaturecenter.org.

TAVANA ASTOUNDS WITH HIS FULL-BAND SOUNDS

A one-man band from Honolulu, Tavana displays his innovative artistry at 7:30 p.m. in McCoy Studio Theater at the MACC. Using electronic drum triggers with his feet as he accompanies himself on guitar, banjo, lap steel, or ukulele, Tavana croons soulful, island-inspired rock and blues. Tickets are $30, $45 and $65 (plus applicable fees). For tickets and more information, head to the box office, call 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org.

CLASSICAL GUITARIST AT KIHEI PUBLIC LIBRARY

Ian O’Sullivan, a classically trained guitarist and composer from Oahu, performs from 3 to 4 p.m. at Kihei Public Library. Admission is free.

JOHN CRUZ PERFORMS AT ANNUAL CHURCH LUAU

Keawala’i Congregational Church presents its 28th luau from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on its historic grounds in Makena. Food, dancing, keiki zone, gift center and entertainment by Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner John Cruz and Na Hanona Kulike ‘O Pi’ilani. Tickets are $50 for adults and $10 for youths ages 12 to 17. For tickets, contact the church office at 879-5557.

EXPLORE REEFS, HISTORY ON GUIDED CYCLING TRIP

Maui Cycle Exploration Project, a monthly ride series, leads intermediate to advanced cyclists round trip to ‘Ahihi-Kina’u Natural Area Reserve from Kalama Park Pavilion in Kihei, peddling off at 7:45 a.m. from the park location. Open to residents and visitors alike who supply their own or rented equipment. Fee is donation-based. For more information, email maui@hbl.org.

SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOP FOR TEENS AND ADULTS

Maui Ki-Aikido will offer a Self-Defense Workshop open to adults and teens from 10 a.m. to noon at the Shunshinkan Dojo (194 South Market) in Wailuku, across from the Wailuku Gym. The workshop will cover fundamentals of awareness and calmness in movement, as well as a few simple self-defense techniques. The cost is $10, and no preregistration is necessary, although participants are asked to come by 9:45 a.m. to sign a waiver and register. For more information, call 357-5172 or visit www.mauiaikido.com.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10

BIG BAND ERA FETED BY MAUI POPS ORCHESTRA

Sal Viviano joins forces with Tony Award-winner Debbie Gravitte and the 50-member Maui Pops Orchestra in “The Sweet Sounds of Big Band” featuring selections by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and others. Tickets are $22, $35, $50 and $60 (plus applicable fees) with half-price admission for students 18 and younger. For tickets and more information, head to the box office, call 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org.

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