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Fascinating February Events in Maui Nui

February 1, 2013

Maui Friday Town PartiesFebruary is fascinating in Maui Nui you can experience amazing artwork and our wonderful Humpback whales. We welcome the annual Open Studio program where artists invite visitors and residents into their studios to share their creativity. Each weekend highlights different geographic locations on our beautiful Isle; you can see sculpture, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and much more. February events also highlight our largest visitors, the Humpback whales, you can see their antics from shore and you can honor them by participating in run, going to a parade and festival in their honor or by helping to count their numbers in Maui Nui.

Wailuku First Friday 
Market Street, Wailuku
February 1
Historic 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 up-to-date details, please visit

Historic IAO Theater WailukuFringe Festival 
Iao Theater, Market Street, Wailuku
February 1-3
Maui OnStage presents their third annual show of original plays by aspiring writers, dance and comedy performances may also take place. For up-to-date details, please visit

Run and Walk for the Whales
Makena Beach and Golf Resort, Maui
February 2
The Pacific Whale Foundation’s annual Run and Walk for the Whales, takes place in South Maui with the start and the finish on the beautiful property of the Makena Beach and Golf Resort. This year race line-up includes a 10K run or walk. There’s now a perfect distance for everyone: you can choose from a 5K run or walk, 10K run or walk, and half marathon run or walk.

Run for the Whales, MauiAll adult runners and walkers will receive a free quick dry race t-shirt and a free post-race breakfast. Children will receive a cotton shirt. There will be aid stations on the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon courses, offering water and Gatorade. All adult runners will have electric chip timing. The 2013 Run and Walk for the Whales supports PWF educational programs. To register go to: .If you have questions, please email

Maui Open Studio
Various locations in Maui
February 2, 9&10, 16&17 23& 24
The annual Maui Open Studio event spans 4 weekends in February and is free to the public. Come to the festive Opening Celebration and Preview Exhibition on Saturday evening, February 2 at the Maui Tropical Plantation. Over the next 3 weekends enjoy the many self-guided tours at the artists’ open studios and other satellite art locations. To review the schedule for the self-guided tours, artwork samples, and driving directions please go to

Judy’s Gang in SOS –Salute Our Soldiers
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
February 2
SOS! Judy’s Gang will honor the brave soldiers and veterans who have given so much to our country in a Salute Our Soldiers. Judy’s tap and jazz dancers, from ages 3 to seasoned citizens, will be saluting these great Americans with song and dance numbers from the “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boys” days through the “Danger Zone” of today’s conflicts with a special salute to Vietnam veterans. This year will also feature a special number with Jimmy C on drums and Al Scheck on guitar while the girls are tapping .For tickets and more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit

Giordano Dance Chicago
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
February 7
The Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC) is a jazz dance company, captivating audiences with dynamic performances and the wide appeal of its repertoire. GDC’s mission is to create and present new and innovative jazz dance choreography, and bring this invaluable American art form to audiences of all ages and from all ethnic backgrounds. Known for its high-energy, high-impact artistry, GDC continually receives critical and audience acclaim worldwide for tickets and more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit

Lahaina Second Friday MauiLahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina Town
February 8
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

Margaret Cho

Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
February 8
Controversial and hysterical, Grammy Award and Emmy Award nominated Margaret Cho brings her new stand-up show, the uproariously and aptly named MOTHER, which kicked off in September 2012, to Maui. According to Margaret, “MOTHER offers up an untraditional look at motherhood and how we look at maternal figures and strong women in queer culture. It’s probably my edgiest show to date, filled with riotous observations on race, drugs, sexuality – gay, straight, everything in between – celebrity, culture, politics – nothing is sacred – least of all this MOTHER.” For mature audiences only; a Tom Moffatt Production For tickets and more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit

Annual Molokai Keiki Expo
Mitchell Pauole Center, Kaunakakai, Molokai
February 8
Join Molokai’s Keiki (children) for their annual expo at the Mitchell Pauole Center in Kaunakakai. For more information, visit

Lanai Film Festival
Various locations, Lanai
February 8-10
The Lanai Film Festival will be held February 8-10, 2013 and will celebrate Hawaiian films, arts, culture and music throughout the weekend festivities. Entry is free to all events. For more information go to:

Chinese New Year at Maui MallMaui Chinese New Year
Maui Mall, Kahului
February 9
Celebrate the Year of the Snake with family fun, traditional Lion dances, martial arts, food, arts and crafts and cultural entertainment. For more information, please call (808) 878 1888.

Insider The Forest: WS Merwin
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
February 10
“Only a forest can make a forest,” says U.S Poet Laureate and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner W. S. Merwin. He will read his own work about the evolution of the forest and sustainable ideas. “Through timeless chants, we access the wisdom of the kupuna, and explore their relationship with the forest realm,” says Ulalia Woodside, kumu hula and land manager. She will chant Kau Ka Halia: A Memory Appears. Author and ecologist Joan Maloof will present tales of her journey to protect America’s forests, speaking about “A Path to Beauty: The Ecology of Ancient Forests.” Maui pianist and composer Gene Argel’s first ensemble work with 12 musicians, Alights on a Cloud, will premiere as a composition created for the forest as inspiration and portraying the musical sound of the forest. For tickets and more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit

Jo Koy: Comedy
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
February 10
Born in Tacoma, Washington to an American father and Filipina mother, Jo Koy credits his mother for his comedic and acting talents. Her encouragement led to a Las Vegas coffee house, then a move to Los Angeles and finally a performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2005. Jo became one of the select few to ever receive a standing ovation on the show. From filling clubs across the nation to being seen weekly as a regular guest on the TV show Chelsea Lately, Jo Koy has come a long way. Jo’s infectiously explosive energy on stage, insightful jokes and family inspired humor cross all boundaries and led Daily Variety to name him one of the “10 Comics to Watch.” For tickets and more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao Town
February 15
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

World Whale Day
Kihei, Maui
February 16
Maui’s largest celebration of whales is an all-day family event that starts off with the Parade of Whales at 9 am along South Kihei Road. The celebration continues through 6 pm at Kalama Park, on South Kihei Road. The day features live entertainment by some of Hawaii’s top performers, great food by Maui restaurants, activities and bouncy rides for kids, a huge “Made on Maui” artisans fair, environmental displays and more. For more information, go to

Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational
Maui various locations
February 16-24
Saturday February 16th the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational kicks off at Fleming Beach in Kapalua. Watch 25 premier artists paint at various West Mau locations. All events are free and open to the public for viewing for more information, please visit

Kealii Reichel’s Kukahi 2013
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
February 16 & 17
Renowned as one of Hawaii’s most popular recording artists, Kealii is the award-winning kumu hula of Halau Kealaokamaile. His music and chants represent some of the best of Hawaii’s traditional and contemporary poetry today, earning multiple N? Hoku Hanohano Awards in addition to a top spot on world music charts. Halau Kealaokamaile has brought home top awards from the prestigious hula competition, Merrie Monarch Festival, and Kukahi is their annual fundraiser at the MACC. For tickets and more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
February 21
Nrityagram Dance Ensemble is regarded worldwide as one of the foremost dance companies of India. With exceptional synchronicity, compelling physicality and emotional honesty, the ensemble has earned national and international acclaim for its ability to redefine both dance and theater, communicating with powerful imagery and captivating movement. For tickets and more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit

Lea Salonga
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
February 22
Lea Salonga, soprano singer and actress from the Philippines, is renowned for originating the lead role of Kim in Miss Saigon, for which she won Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Theatre World awards. She has been a Broadway star and has also provided the singing voice of two official Disney princesses: Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan from Mulan. Lea was named a Disney Legend in 2011 for her work. For tickets and more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit

NOFX concert
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
February 22
Three decades ago, NOFX sharpened their teeth in the hardcore Los Angeles punk music scene, and in 1989, they joined forces with Epitaph Records and went on to release a string of crucial skate-punk albums. Since the debut of their full-length album, Liberal Animation, they have sold over six million records, achieved gold status with their 1994 milestone Punk in Drublic, and have recorded the second longest punk rock song in American history with “The Decline” (clocked in at 18 minutes and 23 seconds). In September of this year, the group released its 12th full-length album titled, Self Entitled. In a return to their aggressive roots, the record’s 12 tracks embrace the hostile early L.A. sound while maintaining the trademark technical and melodic sound that NOFX is renowned for. Presented by BAMP Project in association with Rick Cooper Music For tickets and more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit

Kihei Fourth Friday
Kihei, Maui
February 22
The party will take place from 6:00-9:00pm with fun for all ages. Come join us for the festivities on the fourth Friday of every month. For up-to-date details, please www.visit

The Great Whale Count
Various locations in Maui
February 23
Volunteer for this citizens’ count of humpback whales that can be seen from Maui’s shores, led by Pacific Whale Foundation’s research team. The public is invited to assist in this annual count. All training and materials are provided, and it’s a great way to learn about whales and whale research. There’s no cost to participate. To volunteer, email

Seeds of Hope: film screening
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
February 24
Na Kupu Mana Olana (Seeds of Hope) is a documentary that tells the story of Hawaii’s return to local and traditional methods of growing food within the context of the state’s growing food insecurity. According to the film, “for over 1,000 years the Hawaiian people produced enough food to support an estimated population of one million. Today, 85% of our food is imported.  If current trends continue, Hawaii’s last agricultural lands will be gone by 2040.” Seeds of Hope offer an in-depth look at the history and future of Hawaii’s agriculture. The film includes interviews with more than 50 farmers, ranchers, scientists and educators who provide a wealth of information about Hawaii’s agricultural history and an inspiring vision for the future. For tickets and more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit

Catalyst Quartet
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
February 24
The Catalyst Quartet is comprised of top Laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players. This young ensemble advances diversity in classical music and inspires new audiences with dynamic performances of cutting-edge repertoire by a wide range of composers. Catalyst quartet features Karla Donehew Perez and Jessie Montgomery on violin, Christopher Jenkins on viola and Karlos Rodriguez on cello. For tickets and more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit

Hawaiian Music Series
Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
February 28
The Hawaiian Music series features different artists the last Thursday of month from 6:00 to 7:30PM on the lawn of the historic Baldwin House. For more information call 808 661 3262 go to

Santana at the MACCCarlos Santana
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
February 28
Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana was the first act to perform in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s outdoor amphitheater in 1994.  Now 19 years and 10 Grammy® Awards later, Santana returns to perform in the new Yokouchi Pavilion/A&B Amphitheater on February 28 For tickets and more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit

by Lynn on January 30, 2013