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Island Events • January 30, 2020

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Joy Harjo is the first Native American to be named U.S. Poet Laureate. Thursday

THURSDAY, JAN. 30

KALEO PHILLIPS TO PERFORM AT MUSEUM

The free Hawaiian Music Series in Lahaina will feature Kaleo Phillips from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the front lawn of the Baldwin Home Museum at the corner of Front and Dickenson streets. Phillips has been a figure in the Maui music scene for over 30 years. Limited seating is provided and blankets, mats and low beach chairs are welcome. A paid parking lot is located behind the venue with access from Dickenson Street. Parking fees from the lot are used by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation to maintain and preserve the many historic sites in Lahaina.

US POET LAUREATE JOY HARJO IN GREEN ROOM

The Merwin Conservancy presents an intimate evening with current U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo in the Green Room at 7 p.m. in MACC’s McCoy Studio Theater. This event is part of a special “Memorial Series” of the Green Room, held in honor of the organization’s founder, the late W.S. Merwin. Harjo is the first Native American to be named U.S. Poet Laureate. The presentation will be followed by a book-signing at a courtyard reception with light dessert provided and drinks available for purchase. All profits from the event benefit the local nonprofit Merwin Conservancy. Tickets: $25 & $10/special student price w/ID (plus applicable fees). All attendees are invited to stay for the post-event hosted reception included in the ticket price.

Stand-up comedian Paul Ogata. Friday-Saturday

DIANE PATTERSON AT MANDALA CREATIONS

Contemporary folk musician Diane Patterson plays Mandala Creations in Paia at 7:30 p.m. with Al Torre on lead guitar and Hanzano Lidbrink on bass. Reviewing her latest album, FolkWords praised: ” ‘Open Road’ offers enough spiritual infusion to suggest it should be offered by medical practitioners for soul healing.” Admission is $15 and $20.

FRIDAY, JAN. 31

KUPAOA AND MARK YAMANAKA JOIN FORCES

Multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners Kupaoa and Mark Yamanaka join forces for an evening of inspired composition with exquisite harmonies at 7:30 p.m. in MACC’s McCoy Studio Theater. Kellen and Lihau Paik, known professionally as the duo, Kupaoa, have performed together for 15 years. During that time, they have released seven albums and received six Na Hoku awards. Yamanaka’s latest release, “Lei Lehua,” won five Na Hoku awards in 2019. Tickets: $30, $40, 10 percent discount for MACC members, and half-price kids under 12 (plus applicable fees).

A H0MECOMING FOR TWO STAND-UP COMICS

The “Maui LIVE Comedy Series” returns with Paul Ogata. Joining Ogata on the bill is opening guest Chino LaForge. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at Historic Iao Theater. Tickets are $25 general, $40 premium reserved. To purchase tickets for any Iao Theater event call 242-6969 or order online at www.mauionstage.com. This performance contains adult content and may not appropriate for children.

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENTS IN LAHAINA

Lahaina will celebrate the lunar New Year of the Rat with festivities for the whole family to enjoy. The Chinese cultural celebration at Wo Hing Museum & Cookhouse features a variety of free activities between 2 and 7 p.m. To kick-off festivities, Busaba Yip will present the history of Chinese New Year at 2 and special guest, Dennis Ryan, a collector, will tell the story of the rat: The first animal in the lunar calendar. Yip and Ryan will do a second presentation at 6. Lion dances will be performed in the museum yard at 858 Front St. at 5. After firecrackers are lit in the yard, the lions dance down Front Street. From 4 to 7 in the museum yard, kids can make Year of the Rat themed crafts. Cultural activities for all ages.

SATURDAY, FEB. 1

AN OPEN NIGHT OF BURLESQUE IN KIHEI

Cabaret and Cocktails presents “Pastie Premiers 2020: An Open Night of Burlesque.” Performance at 8 p.m. at ProArts Playhouse in Kihei. Tickets range from $25 to $35. For more information or to purchase tickets for any ProArts event, call 463-6550 or visit www.proartsmaui.com. This event contains adult content and is for audiences 21 and over only.

ENCHANTED ARTS EVENT AT MACC

Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s popular ArT=Mixx series, a fusion of performing and visual arts elaborating on ideas in the current exhibit in Schaefer International Gallery, will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. ENCHANTED is the name of this ArT=Mixx, which ties into the gallery’s current exhibit, ”The Woodworker’s Journey: Concept to Creation.” The exhibit runs through Feb. 23. ArT=Mixx is a free event, open to adults ages 21 and over. All attendees must have valid photo ID for entry. The ArT=Mixx VIP Lounge will be available for those wishing to enjoy a private indoor area and balcony overlooking the event and stage performances. A limited number of VIP tickets are available at $40, plus applicable fees.

SUNDAY, FEB. 2

INDIAN CONCERT WITH GINA SALA IN MAKAWAO

Gina Sala returns to Maui for her “Some enCHANTing Maui Evening,” a night of sacred music of India Concert / Kirtan at the Historic Makawao Union Church sanctuary at 7 p.m. She will appear with special musical guests, Daniel Paul on tabla, harmonica and backing vocals along with Maui violin maestro Don Lax. Sala is a renowned vocalist, composer, music director, sound healer, and teacher from Seattle, Wash. Advance concert tickets are $25 (plus fees) at eventbrite, otherwise $35 cash only at the door. General admission seating. Doors open at 6. Desserts and chai by Shamapriya beginning at 6.

CHINESE NEW YEAR BRUNCH CELEBRATION

Ka’anapali Beach Hotel will host a Chinese New Year brunch celebration in the resort’s Tiki Terrace restaurant from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Au’s Shaolin Arts Society lion dancers and fireworks will be staged at 10 a.m. and noon. There will also be live Hawaiian entertainment. Cost: $50 adults, $25 children (6-12 years old). Children 5 and younger eat for free with a paying adult. Reservations: 667-0124.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 5

FREE JAZZ AT THE SHOPS AT WAILEA

The Shops at Wailea welcomes back Maui’s own Angela and Phil Benoit to Jazz at The Shops at Wailea from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The talented jazz duo will perform a free concert in the upper level luxury wing benefiting the Maui Food Innovation Center, a unique first-in-state incubator fostering “Agribusiness and Foodpreneurs x-celeration and education.”