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Amazing August in Maui Nui

August 2, 2012

Amazing August in Maui Nui
Hana Hoolaulea 2012An amazingly wide range of activities and special events take place in Maui Nui this August. The events range from our lively Town Parties, to a Coffee Festival, to the first Annual Kaanapali Fresh festival, which takes place over Labor Day weekend. If you enjoy music you are in for a special treat as the August music events range from a Summer Soul Concert to Slack Key Festival on Lanai to Hawaiian music on the Baldwin House lawn in Lahaina. Those who like outdoor events will delight in August as it kicks off with a Relay For Life in Molokai, and goes on to a run on Lanai and ends with a Cycle to Sun up to Mount Haleakala in Maui. We have listed some of the options for you. More are available at

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Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
August 2

Come for a free hour-long video program at the McCoy Studio theatre on the freedom of expression and the way cultural differences effect communication and the arts. For more information, please go to

Wailuku First Friday
Wailuku First FridayMarket Street, Wailuku
August 3
Historic Wailuku is the county seat and site of fun for the first Friday of each month. Come for this special night, when Market Street is traffic free so everyone can enjoy the complimentary entertainment, delicious dishes, special offerings and Friday-only promotions from local merchants. For more information call: (808) 878-1888 or go to:

Relay for Life

Kaunakakai Ballpark, Molokai
August 3
Join Relay For Life and communities across the globe to fight back against cancer at the 2012 Relay For Life of Molokai.Walk from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. at Kaunakakai Ballpark. For more information please go to:

Maui Coffee Festival

The Shops at Wailea, Maui
August 4
Maui CoffeeAttendees at this free event will interact with Maui coffee growers, learn what makes the island’s coffee unique, and sample an array of brews and coffee-related offerings. For more information go to:
Maui Coffee

Hana Hoolaulea
Hana Store Fairgrounds
August 4
Hana Hoolaulea returns to the small town of Hana on August 4. The event commemorates the 100th year of Hana School and festivities include traditional Hawaiian music, hula, food, crafts and historic displays. Take the gorgeous drive to this sleepy town (considered one of the most beautiful drives in the world) and immerse yourself in the hookipa (welcome) of some of the friendliest people in all Hawaii. For more information, please go to: or call 808-248-8622

Maui Calls

Maui CoffeeMaui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului
August 10
Celebrate at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s gala benefit under the stars and swaying palms. Fresh flower lei and sweet island music greet guests entering the theme-decorated amphitheater. Stellar Maui chefs will deliver a bounty of innovative dishes paired with outstanding wines served by vintners from across the country. Musicians entertain and there will be live auction filled with unique offers. For tickets and more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit

Lahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina
August 10
The shops of this historic whaling village have been transformed into more the 40 art galleries and unique restaurants. Many historical and cultural treasures still exist in Lahaina for you to discover. We invite you to celebrate on Front Street and in the charming side streets of Lahaina every second Friday. You can also enjoy special discounts from Lahaina’s merchants and restaurants. For compete list of the free live entertainment and special offers please go to

Solo Artist Exhibition

Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, Makawao
August 10-September 21
The Hui Noeau Solo Artist Exhibition features two special artists in this juried show of contemporary art. The opening evening reception is Friday, August 10. View the exceptional show Monday through Saturday from 10am-4pm. Admission is free. For more information go to

Summer Soul Concert with The Shirelles & The Manhattans
Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului
August 12
Summer SoulThe Castle Theater features two of America’s most beloved soul groups, The Shirelles and The Manhattans, who will deliver nonstop hit songs in this Maui Summer Soul Concert! Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famers The Shirelles were the first major female vocal group of the rock era, defining the so-called girl group sound with their soft, sweet harmonies and yearning innocence. The Manhattans are R&B trailblazers who have achieved career longevity by adapting their style to fit changing times. Formed in the 60s as a doo wop-influenced R&B quintet, The Manhattans reinvented themselves in the 70s as smooth soul balladeers. For tickets and more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit

TriLanai 21K/10K/5K
Lanai City, Lanai
August 11
TriLanai offers half-marathoners and shorter distance runners including the keiki a great way to intimately experience lovely Lanai City. The course starts and ends in Dole Park in Lanai City and offers nearly traffic-free running regardless of the distance you sign up for! For more information and to sign up go to

Ono Theater Reading

Iao Theater, Wailuku
August 13
Maui OnStage presents a free theatrical reading at the historic Iao Theater. For August The Owl and the Pussycat written by Bill Manhoff will be presented. A would-be actress working part-time as a prostitute shares an apartment with a more educated aspiring writer. They come to like each other despite their differences. Genie Calagna and Charles Cook will read the play. Join Maui Onstage for their monthly ONO (one night only)?book in hand presentations the second Monday of every month. For more information call (808) 244 8680 or go to

Biomimcry, Learning from the Natural World
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
August 16
The McCoy Theatre presents an educational evening discussion will take place about the genius of nature and a sustainable future with experts in the field. This is part 3 of the Man/Women & Nature series. For tickets and more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit

Second Annual Lanai Slack Key Festival
Four Seasons Resorts Lanai
August 17-19
The Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, in partnership with the Lanai community, and Jazz Alley TV, is hosting the second annual Lanai Slack Key Festival. The alluring sounds of the slack key guitar will sweep the island – from the beaches of Manele Bay, to Dole Square to the upcountry region at the Lodge at Koele. Throughout the three-day free event, legendary performers and musicians will treat you to complimentary performances. Please call the concierge for more information, 808-565-2388 or go to

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao
August 17
The combination of its pineapple plantation and paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) heritage along with a thriving arts community make Makawao a uniquely enjoyable place spend the third Friday of each month. You will be delighted with a host of special discounts and mini-parties in the shops around town and unique activities for the whole family. Come join us on the third Friday of every month to celebrate. For up-to-date details, please visit

A Reflection of Kalaupapa: Past, Present and Future
Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului
August 19-September 30
The portraits of Kalaupapa residents and their families by Wayne Levin and archival documents tell the story of this remote peninsula on the island of Molokai. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with Ka Ohana O Kalaupapa, with the support of HTA. For more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit

Slack Key Masters with Ledward Kaapana
Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului
August 23
The McCoy Studio Theater presents Grammy Award winner George Kahumoku, Jr and special guest Led Ka‘apana who is known as a master of stringed instruments, particularly slack key guitar. His extraordinary baritone and falsetto voice have made him a musical legend. For tickets and more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit

Paia Fourth Friday
Hana Highway, Paia
August 24
The picturesque plantation-era storefronts of Paia are home to many ethnic eateries and dozens of colorful boutiques offering unique gifts, surf gear and a variety of locally produced art, jewelry and clothing. Celebrate on Maui’s north shore every fourth Friday as musicians, performers, dancers, artists, and chefs put forth their best efforts for you and your family to enjoy. For a complete list of free performances, activities and discount details go to:

Cycle to the Sun
Hana Highway, Paia
August 25
Cyclists from around the world compete in a legendary 36 mile uphill race on Maui from beachside Paia to the 10,000 foot summit of Haleakala.The race, often described as the planet’s longest, steepest race course, starts at 6:30 a.m. Riders can register individually or as a three person relay team due to National Park limitations, there can be only 200 entries total. For more information go to: visit

Hawaiian Music Series
Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
August 30
Relax under the stars and enjoy the free evening concert with great live Hawaiian music the last Thursday of each month. This concert is part of The Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s ongoing Hawaiian Music Series program. For more information, go to

Kaanapali FreshKaanapali Fresh
Kaanapali Beach Resort, Lahaina
August 31-September 3
This summer the Kaanapali Beach Resort will present the first annual Kaanapali Fresh, a new three-day culinary experience that will highlight grown on Maui products. For a complete list of festival events and tickets a go to:

by Lynn on August 2, 2012