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November & December in Maui County

November 1, 2012
 

November & December Special Events

November and December in Maui Nui are chock full of special events for the holiday Maui Invitationalseason. You can experience everything from world class cuisine and wine, to charming Town Parties, and Hawaiian music, song and dance. The Wizard of OZ and Santa will even make appearances in Maui County. We have listed just a few of the many holiday events for your enjoyment.

November

Ongoing Events

Soaring Voices: Ceramics Exhibit
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
October 20 – January 6
This touring exhibition makes its final stop in Hawai`i when Schaefer Gallery presents 86 exceptional ceramic works by 25 female contemporary Japanese artists inspired by the natural world. For more information please call: (808)242-7469 or go to www.mauiarts.org

Maui Makani Classic
Hookipa Beach Park, Paia
October 25 – November 3
Maui Makani ClassicThe American Windsurfing Tour is hosting the Maui Makani Classic windsurfing competition at Hookipa Beach Park this fall. This beach is famous for its massive North swells; it is not uncommon to see waves over 30 feet. The Classic is scheduled for October 25-November 3 (competition dates are depending on the weather). It will be the final stop on the American Windsurfing Tour (AWT) for 2012. For more information, please go to www.AmericanWindSurfingTour.com

Wailuku First Friday 
Market Street, Wailuku
November 2
First Friday in Wailuku events, MauiHistoric Wailuku is the county seat and site of fun 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: www.facebook.com/WailukuFirstFriday

TriLanai Triathlon
Hulopoe Beach Park, Lanai
November 3
Participants can enter as an individual or relay team. The race begins at 9:30am with a ½ mile open-water swim in Hulopoe Bay, followed by a 25km incline cycle along Hulopoe Bay switchback road. The final leg of the competition is a 4-mile race to the finish line. For more information, go to www.trilanai.com

Island Roots Bash
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
November 3
This event features Common Kings, Maoli, Ekolu, Josh Tatofi, Inna Vision, Manalii and Lia Live & The Kryptones with Kalisi & Leylani and other special guests. Enjoy an evening of entertainment with these talented performers on the MACC Event lawn. For tickets and more information, go to www.mauiarts.org

Home in the Islands
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
November 3
Henry Kapono presents Home in the Islands 2012 at 7:30 pm, in the Castle Theater. His full band, contemporary and Hawaiian dancers and a large cast of Hawaii’s top cultural entertainers join the Hawaiian music legend, Henry Kapono Kaaihue. For more information and ticket pricing please go to www.mauiarts.org

Henry Kapono on MauiUnder a Jarvis Moon
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
November 4
This afternoon Heritage Film Festival event features documentary that tells the true story of over 130 young men, mostly native Hawaiian students from Kamehameha Schools, who were sent by the U.S. government to occupy the remote Pacific islands of Howland, Baker and Jarvis from 1935 to 1942. For tickets and more information, go to www.mauiarts.org

Lahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina Town
November 9
The shops of this historic whaling village have been transformed into more than 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 complete list of the free live entertainment and special offers, please go to www.mauifridays.com/lahaina

Hula O Na Keiki KaanapaliHula O Na Keiki
Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Lahaina
November 9-11
The Hula O Na Keiki, a children’s solo hula competition, is held on the grounds of Kaanapali Beach Hotel. Though the event has grown over the years, from a single day affair to an entire weekend of Hawaiian arts and music, the objective has remained the same – to educate our children in the ways of our ancestors so the culture can be carried forward. For tickets and more information, go towww.hawaiianculture.com

Wine Dinner Series
Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele
November 10
The Four Seasons Resorts Lanai is proud to present the latest in a series of special culinary events.  Please join Executive Chef Kevin Erving and special guest Janet Trefethen, of Trefethen Family Vineyards, for an evening of exquisite food and wine pairings presented during a five-course dining experience, advance reservations are required please call: 808 565 2335.

ONO at Maui OnStage
Iao Theatre, Wailuku
November 12
Maui OnStage continues its free theater series, ONO! The free ONO show is at the Historic Iao Theater, at 6:30 p.m. every second Monday of the month. For titles and show descriptions visit www.mauionstage.com or call Maui OnStage at 808 244-8680

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao Town
November 16
The combination of its pineapple plantation and paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) heritage along with a thriving arts community makes Makawao a uniquely enjoyable place to 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 www.mauifridays.com/makawao

Man, Women & Nature Series
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
November 15
Part 4 in the Man/Woman and Nature Series – Public conversations on the relationship of humans to the natural world – Despite plentiful land and year-round growing conditions, we import more than 85% of our food and have less than a seven-day supply of food in stores at any given time. Food security means having access to food that is affordable, safe, healthy and culturally acceptable produced in ways that are environmentally sound and socially just. Speakers are: Karen Washington, a front-line New York City community gardener and activist, and John Lind, a K?pahulu taro farmer. Moderated by Manulani Aluli Meyer; presented by Ala Kukui and MACC. For tickets and more information, go to www.mauiarts.org

On Ensemble
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
November 15
With Japanese drums at the foundation of its world fusion mix; On Ensemble takes the ancient instruments of taiko into new realms. Infusing the powerful rhythms of ensemble Japanese drumming with elements of hip-hop, rock and electronic, the band’s unique sound has been praised as “completely original.” For tickets and more information, go to www.mauiarts.org

Keola Beamer on MauiKeoloa Beamer – Malama Ko Aloha
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
November 17
Joining Keola Beamer on the Castle Theater stage are: R. Carlos Nakai, a Native American flutist and nine-time Grammy Award nominee, and jazz pianist virtuoso, Geoffrey Keezer, who has two Grammy Award nominations and has performed across the globe. Enjoy an evening of musical entertainment with these talented performers. For more information, go to www.mauiarts.org

EA Sports Maui Invitational
EA Sports Maui InvitationalMaui Invitational Basketball Tournament
Lahaina Civic Center, Lahaina
November 19-21
The Annual EA Sports Maui Invitational Collegiate Basketball Tournament will have a total of 12 teams. The Championship games will be played in Lahaina starting on Monday, November 19 and the tournament will go through Wednesday, November 21. For complete Tournament information, please visit www.mauiinvitational.com

Makahiki
Fairmont Kea Lani, Wailea
November 19
Enjoy a morning of free games and activities on the hotel’s Polo Lawn. The activities will include hula lessons, bracelet weaving, poi pounding and traditional Makati games. For more information, go to www.fairmont.com/kealani

Maui Film Festival
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
November 20-25
FirstLight Academy film screening at the Castle Theater. For tickets and more information go to www.MauiFilmFestival.com, or go to www.mauiarts.org

Sharing Manao and More
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
November 23
Storyteller, comedienne, radio and TV personality, Maui News columnist, “Tita” that is Kathy Collins has a lot to say. This one-woman show is, the McCoy Theater sure to please mature audiences. For tickets and more information, go to www.mauiarts.org

Wizard of Oz on MauiThe Wizard of OZ
Iao Theatre, Wailuku
November 23-December 9
The second show for the Maui OnStage 2012-2013 is “The Wizard of OZ” enjoy magic from over the rainbow at the Historic Iao Theater. For tickets and a detailed show description visit www.mauionstage.com or call Maui OnStage at 808 244-8680

Hawaiian Music Series
Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
November 29
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 www.lahainarestoration.org

Solo Sessions: Kealii Reichel
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
November 30
See an up close and personal side of Kealii Reichel, an award-winning kumu hula, chanter and a world-renowned recording artist, in the intimate setting of McCoy Studio as he shares his chants, songs and stories. Audience interaction and impromptu mele have become a signature of this popular series. For tickets and more information, go to www.mauiarts.org

Ozomatli
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
November 30
Since 1996, celebrated Los Angeles hip-hop culture-mashers, Ozomatli have gone from being hometown heroes to being named U.S. Cultural Ambassadors. Their wide array of musical styles—a notorious urban-Latino collision of hip hop and salsa, samba and funk, East L.A. rhythm & blues, Jamaican reggae and Indian raga—has long followed a key mantra: taking you around the world by taking you around L.A. The concert will be held in the Pavilion Courtyard, for tickets and more information, go to www.mauiarts.org

Tree Lighting Ceremony
Fairmont Kea Lani, Wailea
November 30
Experience the magic of 23,000 lights as the hotel’s large Christmas tree is lit up. The ceremony will include Hawaiian musical entertainment, hula dancers, holiday treats and refreshments. For more information, go to www.fairmont.com/kealani

December Events

Ongoing Events

Soaring Voices: Ceramics Exhibit
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
October 20 – January 6
This touring exhibition makes its final stop in Hawai`i when Schaefer Gallery presents 86 exceptional ceramic works by 25 female contemporary Japanese artists inspired by the natural world. For more information please call: (808)242-7469 or go to www.mauiarts.org

The Wizard of OZ
Iao Theatre, Wailuku
November 23-December 9
The second show for the Maui OnStage 2012-2013 is “The Wizard of OZ”. Enjoy magic from over the rainbow at the Historic Iao Theater. For tickets and a detailed show description visit www.mauionstage.com or call Maui OnStage at 808 244-8680

December Events

Lanai Annual Christmas Festival & Tree Lighting Ceremony
Old Dole Administration Building, Lanai
December 1
This fun-filled event is open to everyone! Come and bring your children to take pictures with Santa and receive a Christmas goodie bag. Relax and enjoy local food, craft booths and activities. Enjoy Lanai style entertainment with lots of Christmas music on the front lawn at the Dole Administrative Building. For more information, please visit www.visitlanai.net

Holiday Lighting of the Banyan Tree
Lahaina Town, Front Street
December 1-2
Come celebrate the lighting of Lahaina’s historic Banyan Tree. On Saturday, the Banyan tree will be lit up with thousands of Christmas lights for the entire holiday season. Santa makes an appearance, island-style, and community choirs sing Christmas carols. See hula performances on stage. Enjoy a holiday arts and crafts fair along with Hawaiian musical entertainment. Free admission. For more information, please go to www.visitlahaina.com

Christmas Light Parade & Hoolaulea
Kaunakakai, Molokai
December 2
Santa comes to Kaunakakai with the annual Christmas Light Parade, featuring Molokai floats and marching units. Following the parade is the Hoolaulea (festival) with entertainment, contests, holiday desserts and great fun for everyone. For more information, please go to www.gohawaii.com/molokai/events

Maui Pops Orchestra
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
December 2
Maui Pops Orchestra and guest performers will share holiday favorites in a festive atmosphere during the annual Holiday Pops concert. Guest artist violinist Ignace “Iggy” Jang, concertmaster of the newly formed Hawai‘i Symphony, will perform movements of The Four Seasons by Vivaldi. Some of Maui’s finest musicians and vocalists will present holiday songs to cheer your heart and put you in the spirit of the season: Jerry Eiting, Jimmy Mac, Alexis and Steven Dascoulias, Erin Smith, Felicity Raugust, Jamie Lawrence and Lily Meola. A portion of the ticket sales will buy gifts for clients of the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center. For tickets and more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visitwww.mauiarts.org

Na Mele O Maui
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
December 3
Na Mele o MauiKa’anapali Beach Resort is proud to host Na Mele O Maui, a student song competition that showcases the talented and impressive youth voices of Maui Nui.  The competition will be from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Na Mele O Maui is a heartwarming annual contest and is one of Hawaii’s longest-running events, which continues to perpetuate Hawaii’s unique culture and heritage.  Hundreds of Maui County students from kindergarten through 12th grade compete prizes of cash and musical instruments. Na Mele O Maui also sponsors the High School Art Competition, a juried exhibit open to all Maui County high school students. Entries are original creations and reflect the designated theme from the year’s corresponding song competition. Winning artwork will be on display. For more information, please call the Kaanapali Beach Resort Association at 808-661-3271 or go to www.kaanapaliresort.com.

Wailea Wine & Food Festival
Wailea Resort, Wailea
December 6-9
Wailea Maui Wine Food FestivalWailea’s inaugural resort-wide Wine and Food Festival will be featuring the culinary artistry of Wailea’s talented chefs and the creativity of special winemakers. Here’s a preliminary list of events: Thursday, VIP Opening Night Reception at the Fairmont Kea Lani; Friday, Wine Encounters during the day and Evening Winemakers Dinner at various Wailea Resort restaurants; Saturday, Wine Encounters and DaVine Experience (Signature Festival Event) in evening at the Grand Wailea at the Oceanfront Reflections Pool Lawn; Sunday, Wine Encounters during the day and evening Winemaker Dinners at various Wailea Resort restaurants.  For more information on locations, tickets and times please go to www.waileawineandfoodfestival.com

Wailuku First Friday 
Market Street, Wailuku
December 7
First Friday in Wailuku events, MauiHistoric Wailuku is the county seat and site of fun 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: www.facebook.com/WailukuFirstFriday

Makana by Moonlight
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
December 7
Enjoy a holiday concert at the by Makana who has dazzled the world as a solo artist with his phenomenal slack key guitar style. Now this innovator and virtuoso adds an exciting, new dimension to his music, teaming with acclaimed percussionist Lopaka Colon and Lono on bass and vocals. For tickets and more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org

Festival of Harps
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
December 7 & 8
One of Maui’s most beloved holiday events, the Festival of Harps returns to the intimate McCoy Studio Theater stage to celebrate the magical sounds of the holiday season. Featuring harps from different ages played by Maui’s finest harpists and the Festival Harp Ensemble, this year’s program creates the sound of winter holidays in a journey through time from the Middle Ages to the present. A benefit for Hospice Maui For tickets and more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org

MAPA’s Nutcracker Sweets
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
December 7 & 8
Maui audiences are in for a sweet treat when Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) presents Nutcracker Sweets, a delightful, family-friendly production of the treasured classic, featuring 150 MAPA students and alumni. With sumptuous costumes and inspired choreography set to the timeless Tchaikovsky score, Nutcracker Sweets is a must-see event at the Castle Theater for all ages this holiday season. For tickets and more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org

Willie Kalikimaka
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
December 9
Enjoy a holiday concert at the Castle Theater with Award-winning recording artist, Willie Kahaialii, known for his extensive vocal range and guitar talents. For tickets and more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org

ONO at Maui OnStage
Iao Theatre, Wailuku
December 10
Maui OnStage continues its free theater series, ONO! The free ONO show is at the Historic Iao Theater, at 6:30 p.m. every second Monday of the month. For titles and show descriptions visit www.mauionstage.com or call Maui OnStage at 808 244-8680

Lahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina Town
December 14
The shops of this historic whaling village have been transformed into more than 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 complete list of the free live entertainment and special offers, please go to www.mauifridays.com/lahaina

Makawao Third Friday
Makawao Town FridayBaldwin Avenue, Makawao Town
December 21
The combination of its pineapple plantation and paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) heritage along with a thriving arts community makes Makawao a uniquely enjoyable place to 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 www.mauifridays.com/makawao

Santa’s Arrival
Fairmont Kea Lani, Wailea
December 24
See Santa Claus; along with Mrs. Claus and their elves arrive on Polo Beach via outrigger canoe. Santa will be available for photos following his arrival at approximately noon. For more information, go to www.fairmont.com/kealani

Hawaiian Music Series
Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
December 27
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 www.lahainarestoration.org

by Lynn on November 1, 2012