EVENTS IN DECEMBER

Through Sunday, December 9
ELF THE MUSICAL
MAUI ONSTAGE AT THE HISTORIC ‘IAO THEATER, WAILUKU

Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Performances are Friday & Saturday 7:30pm; Sunday 3pm. Special matinee performances are at 2pm on December 1 & 8. Tickets & info: 242-6969; mauionstage.com.

Through Sunday, December 16
MAUI COUNTY HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE
QUEEN KA‘AHUMANU CENTER

Drop your unwrapped gift for keiki 0-18 years of age at the QKC Toy Drive Bin at Guest Services during mall hours. With every unwrapped gift valued over $5 or more, receive an entry for a chance-to-win a 4-night Las Vegas Package. Together we can bring the spirit of the season to our Maui County keiki, presented by QKC, Pacific Media Hawaii & Maui United Way.

Through Monday, December 24
HUI HOLIDAYS
HUI NO‘EAU VISUAL ARTS CENTER, MAKAWAO

The Hui’s highly anticipated holiday shopping event returns with a winter wonderland of local and handmade items for everyone on your list! During this magical Hui Holidays season, the Hui gift shop will expand to include even more one-of-a-kind handmade gifts by local artists and crafters like paintings, ceramic pieces, handblown glass ornaments, locally made beauty products, and more. Their elves are happy to help you check off your shopping list. By shopping local, you’ll take part in the season of giving by supporting local artists and Hui No‘eau. Shopping hours are daily from 9am to 6pm. Info: huinoeau.com.

Friday, November 30-Sunday, December 2
HAWAI‘I INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MAUI ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER MCCOY STUDIO THEATER, KAHULUI

As the vanguard forum of international cinematic achievement in the Asia-Pacific region, Honolulu-based Hawai‘i International Film Festival (HIFF) recognizes new and emerging talent, and facilitates dynamic cultural exchange through the cinema arts. The festival includes documentaries and film shorts, including premieres, experimental films, animation/digital works, and first features by new directors. HIFF selections and audiences reflect the diverse multicultural face of Hawai‘i—helping to enrich, enlighten, and broaden support for Asian and Pacific films. Tickets & info: 242-SHOW (7469); mauiarts.org.

Saturday, December 1
LIVING WREATH MAKING WITH NATIVE PLANTS
MAUI NUI BOTANICAL GARDENS, KAHULUI

Native plants provide more than just food and habitat for wildlife—they also provide great beauty all year long! Learn to make a living wreath from native Hawaiian plants in time for the holidays with MNBG Executive Director Tamara Sherrill and ‘ohana. 9am-12pm. Cost: $50; $25 for current garden members. Call 249-2798 or email info@mnbg.org for reservations.

Saturday, December 1
33rd ANNUAL HOLIDAY FAIRE
HALEAKALA WALDORF SCHOOL, KULA

This longstanding Upcountry tradition is Maui’s most festive holiday season event. Festive crafts, silent auction, food, keiki activities, live entertainment, and more are in store. The Faire features handcrafted items from more than 75 of Maui’s artists and artisans. A silent auction offers many valuable gift, home, and entertainment items from the local community and beyond. Besides holiday shopping, parents and children may participate in hands-on craft activities such as wreath-making, beeswax candle dipping, and ornament making. Many child-oriented activities are planned, including a petting zoo, puppet show, and obstacle course. An elf parade will start at 10am; each child wearing an elf costume will receive a free gift. Live entertainment includes live music, hula, and class performances. Ono food and Bake Shoppe, fresh squeezed lemonade and juices, and healthy options for dining are all on the menu. Admission is $5 for adults; children younger than 12 are free. The school is located across from the Kula Post Office. 9am-4:30pm. Info: waldorfmaui.org.

Saturday, December 1
LEI OF ALOHA 12 HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
THE OLD WAILUKU INN AT ULUPONO, WAILUKU

The 12th consecutive year of the Inn’s signature holiday event, Lei of Aloha 12, takes place on Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 1 to 4pm; tickets $40. This year’s theme is “It’s A Wonderful Time of the Year.” The open house and benefit for Hokulani Holt’s halau hula, Pa‘u O Hi‘iaka, includes a house tour of Maui’s award-winning bed & breakfast inn, music, hula, poetry readings, light snacks and beverages; and A Hawaiian Country Store with lots of gift items for purchase. And this year, the contemporary Hawaiian musical trio Ahumanu will release its new CD “Kahi Aloha” at the event! A glorious afternoon and the perfect Hawaiian way to usher in the holiday season. On Facebook, Lei of Aloha; 808-264-1820, shoopiicool@gmail.com for tickets.

Saturday, December 1
MIRANDA LAMBERT & FRIENDS
MAUI ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER YOKOUCHI PAVILION/A&B AMPITHEATER, KAHULUI

Country superstar Miranda Lambert makes her Maui debut, headlining the 4th annual BMI Maui Songwriters Festival acoustic concert, Miranda Lambert & Friends. The concert will also include several special guests, including Pistol Annies, Randy Houser, Luke Combs, Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers, Lukas Nelson, Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, and Lily Meola. Miranda Lambert & Friends will be an acoustic performance filled with songs and stories. The popular format is similar to past BMI Songwriters Festival concerts at the MACC. 5:30pm; gates open at 4:30. Tickets & info: 242-SHOW (7469); mauiarts.org.

Saturday, December 1 & Sunday, December 2
22st ANNUAL LIGHTING OF THE BANYAN TREE
BANYAN TREE PARK, LAHAINA

The LahainaTown Action Committee will host the 20th Annual Lighting of the Banyan Tree in downtown Lahaina the first weekend in December. In keeping with tradition, Saturday Lahaina’s historic Banyan Tree will be lit at 6:30pm with 6,500 colored Christmas lights by a special member of the community and 800 Lahaina residents and guests in attendance. Keiki activities will kick off at 2pm with the arrival of Santa. Other activities include cookie decorating, face painting, and Christmas crafts. The LahainaTown Action Committee requests one canned or non-perishable food item for admission to the “North Pole” winter wonderland. Join in the fun with this Lahaina island-style event! Saturday 9am-7pm; Sunday 9am-5pm. Info: visitlahaina.com.

Saturday, December 1 & Sunday, December 2
MAUI BIRD CONSERVATION CENTER
ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE, OLINDA

The Maui Bird Conservation Center will hold its annual Open House on Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2. MBCC is a non-public facility that focuses on captive breeding and reintroduction of endangered Hawaiian birds, so now is your chance to come encounter and learn all about these native birds! Tours of the facility will be given on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 7:30am until 2pm. Please email the MBCC team at mbccopenhouse@gmail.com with any questions. Activities will include: presentations, keiki activities, and a guided tour of the birds, aviaries and grounds.

Sunday, December 2
MAUI MADE SUNDAY
QUEEN KA‘AHUMANU CENTER, KAHULUI

This is a fantastic showcase for Maui-made products that appeal to both kama‘aina and visitors alike. Showcasing products that are made, manufactured, grown, or created in Maui County. Enjoy live local music and Polynesian entertainment while shopping for Maui¬ Hawai‘i Made products at Center Court. 10am-5pm.

Sunday, December 2
JAZZ MAUI PRESENTS FIRST SUNDAY JAZZ CONCERT
QUEEN KA‘AHUMANU CENTER, KAHULUI

Jazz Maui presents First Sunday Jazz concerts as part of its annual East Meets West Festival and Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center’s Maui Made Sundays. Rising star artist Prem Brosio from Maui headlines Sunday Jazz with Friends on the main stage. As a professional guitarist and music educator, Prem trained as a jazz guitarist in Switzerland and earned a Bachelor of Education degree in Music from University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He teaches choir at Haleakala Waldorf School, performs around the island as a soloist, and is a member of the Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra and Maui Chamber Orchestra Chorus. He’ll be accompanied by local jazz musicians. 11am-12pm.

Sunday, December 2
TRILOGY EXCURSIONS
BLUE ‘AINA REEF CLEANUP

Start off with a land-based cleanup of Lahaina Harbor followed by a Trilogy catamaran ride to a nearby reef; location TBD based on weather conditions. Guests should bring their own snorkel gear and sunscreen. Hosted by Trilogy Excursions, the objective of Blue‘Aina is to clean and maintain Maui’s reefs, educate the community, and raise money for nonprofits. Breakfast and lunch provided. 8:30am-1:30pm. Reservations ($30) are required: facebook.com/blueaina.

Sunday, December 2
HOLIDAY POPS FEATURING HENRY KAPONO
MAUI ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER CASTLE THEATER, KAHULUI

Under the baton of music director James Durham, the 50+ member Maui Pops Orchestra extends an invitation to ring in the holiday season with a festive concert featuring Grammy Award-nominated and 14-time Na Hoku Hanohano award-winner Henry Kapono. The concert will feature some of his most-loved songs of the Islands, as well as many holiday favorites. Allow the joy of it all to draw you into the spirit of the season! 3pm. Tickets & info: 242-SHOW (7469); mauiarts.org.

Tuesday, December 4
TURTLE-RRIFIC TUESDAY
MAUI OCEAN CENTER, MA‘ALAEA

Meet the Hawaiian green sea turtles at Maui Ocean Center! Experience an up-close encounter with the honu during Turtle-rrific Tuesday as veterinarian Dr. Paul McCurdy and aquarists measure, weigh, and examine the turtles during their routine checkup at Nursery Bay. 2pm. Included with Aquarium admission. All ages.

Wednesday, December 5
JAZZ AT THE SHOPS FEATURING PHIL & ANGELA BENOIT
THE SHOPS AT WAILEA

Phil and Angela Benoit are back to wow fans, old and new, at Jazz at The Shops at Wailea on Wednesday, December 5, from 5:30 to 7pm in the east wing near Lululemon. Jazz at The Shops is a free concert series that is open to the public and features renowned jazz musicians. Angela was born in Pa‘ia, Maui to a musical family. She is gifted with extraordinary talent, and has been singing since she was a child. Phil was also born to a musical family from Southern California, and has been playing the guitar since he was a teenager. Together they have recorded and released three albums and one EP. Their goal is to continue to spread their music across the Islands and the world. Special validated event parking is available for $5 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting a local nonprofit organization.

Thursday, December 6
THE MERWIN CONSERVANCY PRESENTS LEWIS HYDE & MATTHEW ZAPRUDER IN THE GREEN ROOM
MAUI ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER MCCOY STUDIO THEATER, KAHULUI

The Merwin Conservancy presents an intimate evening with celebrated poet and former poetry editor of the New York Times Matthew Zapruder, in conversation with renowned scholar, MacArthur Genius Lewis Hyde, in The Green Room, an environmental and literary salon series that fosters a reverence for language, nature, and imagination in our community. The duo will talk about why art matters, how the arts sustain us, and reinvigorate the world. Guests are invited to join a book signing at a courtyard reception with refreshments, book fair, and music. 7pm. Info: 242-SHOW (7469); mauiarts.org.

Saturday, December 8 & Sunday, December 9
NUTCRACKER SWEETS
MAUI ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER CASTLE THEATER, KAHULUI

Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) presents Nutcracker Sweets, a delightful family-friendly adaptation of the treasured classic featuring 120 MAPA students. With sumptuous costumes and inspired choreography set to the timeless Tchaikovsky score, Nutcracker Sweets is a must-see holiday event for all ages. Performances are 7pm Saturday; 3pm. Sunday. Tickets & info: 242-SHOW (7469); mauiarts.org.

Sunday, December 9
MALAMA LAND & SEA: KEALIA POND
MAUI OCEAN CENTER

Join Maui Ocean Center and MOC Marine Institute to pick up litter from the beach and cut fishing line from the reef. Bring water, shoes, UV protective clothing or reef-friendly sunscreen, and a hat. To participate in the reef cleanup, bring a snorkel, mask, fins, rash guard, and a cutting tool such as scissors. Buckets, gloves, and collection bags will be provided. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 7-9am. Questions/RSVP: info@mocmarineinstitute.org.

Sunday, December 9
KANAIO BEACH HIKE
SIERRA CLUB, MAUI CHAPTER

Hike the Kings Highway from La Perouse Bay to south of the major lava flow and snorkel place. 6 miles r/t. Bring lunch, water, hat, and sunscreen. Bring bathing suit and snorkel gear (also water shoes for the rocky entry) if you want to snorkel. Meet at Kihei Community Center at 8:30am. A $5 donation ($3 for Sierra Club members) is requested of hikers over the age of 14. Register with leader Rob Weltman: robw@worldspot.com.

Wednesday, December 12
MARKET AT THE SHOPS
THE SHOPS AT WAILEA

Market at The Shops is committed to supporting agriculture on Maui by providing a place for residents and visitors alike to find, connect with, and learn about farm-fresh and sustainably grown produce, specialty foods, and artisanal goods. Market at The Shops is held on the ground floor from 4 to 6pm. 4-hour special event parking validations are available for $5, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting a local nonprofit organization.

Thursday, December 13
ALSARAH & THE NUBATONES
MAUI ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER CASTLE THEATER, KAHULUI

Alsarah & the Nubatones came together out of a collective love for Nubian music and a genuine belief that soul transcends all cultural and linguistic barriers. Inspired by the pentatonic scale, they blend a selection of Nubian “songs of return” from the 1970s to today with original and traditional music of central Sudan. Their concerts are a musical journey through diaspora and migration, fusing the sounds and styles of disparate cultures into music that is both modern and nostalgic. Band leader Alsarah describes herself as a practitioner of “East African retro-pop”—a lavish, joyful, era-spanning sound full of Arabic-language reflections on identity and survival. 7:30pm. Info: 242-SHOW (7469); mauiarts.org.

Friday, December 14
ISLAND BREEZE
MAUI ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER MCCOY STUDIO THEATER, KAHULUI

“Island Breeze” is a trio of world-class musicians, each masters of their own instruments, who have come together to create beautiful music. Grammy-nominated slack key guitarist Jeff Peterson, and shakuhachi master Riley Lee, have been working together for many years. They joined forces with taiko master Kenny Endo in 2012. The unique blend of slack-key guitar, taiko drums and Japanese flute is an inspired sound not to be missed. 7:30pm. Info: 242-SHOW (7469); mauiarts.org.

Saturday, December 15
OLD MAKENA ‘ULUPALAKUA ROAD HIKE
SIERRA CLUB, MAUI CHAPTER

Experience this famous historic road that has been closed for all use since 1985. Hike will begin on Kanaio-Kalama Road in Wailea 670, climb a slight grade, and continue downhill to the ocean on old Makena-‘Ulupalakua switchback road (leave cars at both ends). 4 miles total, mostly downhill. Bring hat, sunscreen, water, lunch/snack. Estimated time: 3 hours. Meet 8am at parking lot, across from Keawala‘i church. Limit 20 participants. A $5 donation ($3 for Sierra Club members) is requested of hikers over the age of 14. Register with leader Lucienne de Naie: laluz@maui.net or 214-0147.

Saturday, December 15
AMY & WILLIE K: HOLIDAY CONCERT
MAUI ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER CASTLE THEATER, KAHULUI

Celebrate musical magic this holiday season with two of Maui’s favorite entertainers, Amy Hanaiali‘i and Willie K, on stage together as a dynamic duo of Hawaiian music and song. Amy and Willie K are long celebrated as two of Maui’s favorites. Amy’s rich, sultry voice joins Willie K’s own exceptional vocal abilities and guitar prowess to create crystalline melodies and virtuoso instrumentals, along with plenty of good-natured camaraderie. 7:30pm. Festivities start at 5:30 pm, with local craft vendors and live music in the courtyard. 242-7469; mauiarts.org.

Saturday, December 15 & Sunday, December 16
MAUI CHAMBER ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY CONCERT
THE HISTORIC ‘IAO THEATER, WAILUKU

Maui Chamber Orchestra follows up Beethoven with the most famous work by the man Beethoven described as “the greatest composer that ever lived”—George Frideric Handel (1685–1759). Now a perennial Christmas favorite, Handel’s Messiah—which was composed in less than a month’s time—debuted in Dublin, Ireland, just after Easter in 1742. The tri-partite work describes the foretelling of Christ’s birth, his sacrifice for humankind, and his resurrection from the dead. Join the MCO for this joyous, uplifting concert, celebrating the message of peace on Earth! Performances are Friday 7:30pm; Sunday 3pm. Talk Story with Artists Sunday at 1:30pm.

Sunday, December 16
PEPPER AND STICK FIGURE
MAUI ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER YOKOUCHI PAVILION & COURTYARD, KAHULUI

Pepper is a three-piece rock band originally from Hawai‘i. The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Kaleo Wassman, vocalist/bassist Bret Bollinger, and drummer Yesod Williams. Stick Figure is an American reggae and dub band founded in 2006 and based in California. The concert will also feature the band Tunnel Vision. 6:30pm; gates open at 6. Tickets & info: 242-7469.

Sunday, December 16-Friday, February 15
SURFING HAWAI‘I
MAUI ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER SCHAEFER INTERNATIONAL GALLERY, KAHULUI

This exhibition shares the history of surfing in Hawai‘i—from its Native Hawaiian origins through to the evolution and popularity of surf tourism in the Islands today. Surfing history is told through traditional stories and the Native Hawaiian cultural, spiritual, and recreational relationship to the ocean, as well as from archives, ephemera, and surfboards from private collections. Tuesday through Sunday 10am-5pm, holidays excepted. Also open before/during intermissions for select Castle Theater events. FREE admission. Info: mauiarts.org.

Tuesday, December 18
TURTLE-RRIFIC TUESDAY
MAUI OCEAN CENTER, MA‘ALAEA

Experience an up-close encounter with the honu during Turtle-rrific Tuesday as veterinarian Dr. Paul McCurdy and aquarists measure, weigh, and examine the turtles during their checkup at Nursery Bay. 2pm.

Wednesday, December 19
JOYFUL JEWELRY DROP-IN WORKSHOP
HUI NO‘EAU VISUAL ARTS CENTER, MAKAWAO

In this workshop, students will learn to solder with sterling silver, shape the bangle, and polish and finish the pieces. Students may elect to add personalization with a nameplate and a message. $60 (non members $72.00). From 10am-2pm, register at huinoeau.com.

Wednesday, December 19
CONCERTS AT THE SHOPS FEATURING NAPUA GREIG
THE SHOPS AT WAILEA

Napua Greig is both an award-winning kumu hula and Na Hoku Hanohano award winning-female vocalist, with a total of five Na Hoku Awards thus far. She began her solo recording career with the highly anticipated release of “Pihana” in August 2007. This debut album earned six nominations at the Na Hoku Awards, and later won the “Best Female Vocalist” award. Napua is also kumu hula for the award-winning hula troupe Halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka. Free event open to the public. 5:30-7pm in the first-level fountain courtyard. 4-hour parking validations are available for $5 with a portion of the proceeds to benefit a local nonprofit organization.

Thursday, December 20
‘UKULELE CHRISTMAS SHOW
KA‘AHUMANU CHURCH, WAILUKU

‘Ukulele teacher Mele Fong and her husband Richard Tom, performing as the duo The Hawaiian Serenaders, present a Hawaiian Style Christmas Show on Thursday, December 20, at 11am, as part of the Picnic for Poki concert series under the monkeypod tree on the grounds of Ka‘ahumanu Church in Wailuku. Enjoy the singing and playing on ‘ukulele and u-bass to Christmas classics and other songs unique to Hawai‘i at Christmas time. Info: UkuleleMeleOnMaui.com; 281-4981.

Friday, December 21
KIHEI COASTAL TRAIL & BEACH CLEANUP
SIERRA CLUB, MAUI CHAPTER

Stroll along the Kihei Coastal Trail between Kama‘ole III Beach and Keawakapu Beach while collecting trash before it makes it into our ocean and harms wildlife. Afterwards you can join a fun snorkel to remove fishing gear from our reefs. See plenty of green sea turtles and other ocean life from land and sea. Meet at Kama‘ole III Beach Park parking lot south end at 8am. A $5 donation ($3 for Sierra Club members) is requested of hikers over the age of 14. Register with leader Miranda Camp: mauimiranda@hotmail.com.

Friday, December 21
KAMA‘AINA NIGHTS
QUEEN KA‘AHUMANU CENTER, KAHULUI

Kama‘aina Nights is a free family event featuring popular Maui bands, store and restaurant specials, and prize giveaways from the stage. It’s a locally grown Hawaiian concert series occurring on the third Friday of every month!

Friday, December 21
GENERATIONS @ THE MACC: PAT SIMMONS 2
MAUI ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER MCCOY STUDIO THEATER, KAHULUI

Pat Sr. is an original member of the Doobie Brothers; Pat Jr. has grown up with music—on Maui, in California, and around the world on tour with his dad. The ability of the Doobie Brothers’ music to connect with the essentials of people’s lives in tuneful, affecting songs has developed an audience that spans generations today! This will be an evening of good-time music for all ages to enjoy. 7:30pm. Info: 242-SHOW (7469); mauiarts.org.

Sunday, December 23
MAKENA SHORELINE HIKE
SIERRA CLUB, MAUI CHAPTER, MAKENA

Join in this moderate and pleasant walk on “fisherman’s trail” road, sandy beaches, and rocky beaches past tidepools to Keoneuli. Beautiful views. 3 miles roundtrip. Hiking sticks are useful. Meet 9am in the public parking lot for Polo Beach near the entrance. This walk is almost entirely sun exposed, so please bring sun protection. Bring lunch or snacks to eat at Keoneuli. Limit 15 participants. A $5 donation ($3 for Sierra Club members) is requested of hikers over the age of 14. Please register with leader Rob Weltman by email at: robw@worldspot.com.

Monday, December 24
SANTA’S ARRIVAL AT POLO BEACH
FAIRMONT KEA LANI, MAUI

Keep an eye on the water at Polo Beach in Wailea from 12pm-1pm on Christmas Eve! Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and a few of their elves arrive on Polo Beach by outrigger canoe to spread holiday cheer to South Maui! Santa will be available for photos following his arrival. For more information please call Fairmont Kea Lani at 875-4100.

Wednesday, December 26
MARKET AT THE SHOPS
THE SHOPS AT WAILEA

Market at The Shops is committed to supporting agriculture on Maui by providing a place for residents and visitors alike to find, connect with, and learn about farm-fresh and sustainably grown produce, specialty foods, and artisanal goods. Market at The Shops is held on the ground floor at The Shops at Wailea from 4 to 6pm. Four hour special event parking validations are available for $5, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting a local nonprofit organization.

Thursday, December 27
HAWAIIAN MUSIC SERIES
BALDWIN HOME MUSEUM LAWN, LAHAINA TOWN

Relax under the stars and enjoy the FREE concert brought to you by The Lahaina Restoration Foundation. Chairs are limited; blankets, mats, and low beach chairs are welcome. The Baldwin Home Museum is located in the heart of Lahaina, on the corner of Front and Dickenson Streets. 6-7:30pm. Info: 661-3262; lahainarestoration.org.

Thursday, December 27
STEVEN TYLER
MAUI ARTS & CULT­­­­URAL CENTER A&B AMPITHEATER, KAHULUI

Steven Tyler is an award-winning singer, songwriter, philanthropist, author, and actor. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he has sold more than 150 million records, both as solo artist and as a member of the legendary rock band Aerosmith, and has won multiple Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, and Billboard Music Awards, plus an Emmy Award and the ASCAP Founders Award. As the lead singer of Aerosmith, Tyler stands as one of the most iconic rock stars in history. During the band’s remarkable career, he has played in front of millions of people and influenced artists from the worlds of rock, hip hop, country music, and beyond. 7pm; gates open at 5:30. Tickets & info: 242-SHOW (7469); mauiarts.org.

Saturday, December 29
SOLO SESSIONS: STEVE EARLE
MAUI ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER MCCOY STUDIO THEATER, KAHULUI

Rock/country/folk singer and songwriter Steve Earle began his career writing songs in Nashville, breaking to fame with the 1986 album, Guitar Town. He has released 15 other studio albums since then, received three Grammy awards, and his songs have been recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill, and Emmylou Harris. Steve Earle has been many things during his illustrious career, equally acclaimed as a folk troubadour, a rockabilly raver, a contemplative bluesman, a honky-tonk rounder, a snarling rocker, and even a bluegrass practitioner. 7:30pm. Tickets & info: 242-SHOW (7469); mauiarts.org.

Sunday, December 30
BILL MAHER’S 8TH ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S COMEDY EXTRAVAGANZA
MAUI ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER CASTLE THEATER, KAHULUI

he tradition continues! For the eighth year in a row, Bill Maher will be ringing in the New Year in Hawai‘i. Making the celebration extra special this year, Bill will be joined by two very special guest comedians and queens of late-night comedy: Natasha Leggero and Wendy Liebman. After sold-out shows for the past seven years, Maher continues to make good on his promise to be the “Don Ho of New Year’s.” This show may include mature subject matter. 7:30pm. Tickets & info: 242-SHOW (7469); mauiarts.org.

ONGOING EVENTS

Daily
MAUIWINE FREE HISTORICAL & WINERY TOURS
MAUIWINE, ‘ULUPALAKUA

MauiWine offers free daily tours at 10:30am and 1:30am of the historical estate of Rose Ranch and Maui’s winery. No reservations required. Info: mauiwine.com.

Daily
KIDS PLAY FREE AFTER 3 PM
WAILEA GOLF CLUB

At Wailea Golf Club, the Kids Play Free After 3pm program means one junior player (under 18 years old) gets to play free with each paying adult after 3pm. For more info, visit waileagolf.com, call 875-7450.

Daily
MARINE NATURALIST PRESENTATION
MAUI OCEAN CENTER, MA‘ALAEA

Educational marine naturalist presentations are available every day at Maui Ocean Center. Times are listed online and in the park. Included with Aquarium admission.

Daily
HAPPY HOUR
FAIRMONT KEA LANI, MAUI

Begin your journey by enjoying Happy Hour at Ko from 3 to 5pm. The fun continues at AMA Bar & Grill from 5 to 7pm, where you can watch the sun set over the horizon. Or grab a seat at Nick’s Fishmarket bar between 5 and 7pm. End your evening with an after-dinner delight at LUANA from 8 to10pm. Info: 875-2290.

Nightly (except Monday)
FREE SUNSET HULA SHOW AND HALAU FRIDAY NIGHTS
KA‘ANAPALI BEACH HOTEL, KA‘ANAPALI

Tuesday through Sunday at sunset, the blowing of conch shells signals the beginning of the nightly hula show in the Tiki Courtyard at KBH. Beginning at 6pm, enjoy Hawaiian music and a free hula show, followed by music for dancing under the stars until 9pm. Every Friday evening is Halau Friday featuring local hula schools. For more info, call 661-0011 or visit kbhmaui.com.

Ongoing
‘UKULELE LESSONS WITH MELE FONG
HALE HO‘IKE‘IKE (BAILEY HOUSE), WAILUKU

Adults and families are invited to gain a unique cultural experience learning to play Hawai‘i’s official instrument, the ‘ukulele, from a Native Hawaiian with over 50 years’ experience singing, playing, and teaching the joy of making music with the ‘ukulele. Lessons are held at the historic Hale Ho‘ike‘ike at the Bailey House in Wailuku. Students who get hooked can continue learning from home via online lessons, packaged song sets, & downloadable lessons. Info: UkuleleMeleOnMaui.com.

Monday
PAPA HULA AT THE SHOPS
THE SHOPS AT WAILEA

Gain a deeper appreciation of the traditional hula dance through the history, instruments, and basic hula footwork and hand movements. 1-2pm at the main fountain courtyard. FREE.

Monday
HULA HISTORY
MAUI OCEAN CENTER, MA‘ALAEA

Enjoy hula history with Maui Ocean Center’s Hawaiian Cultural Advisor Kahu Dane Maxwell and family. 12-1pm in the Hawaiians and the Sea exhibit. Included with Aquarium admission. Schedule subject to change.

Monday
FREE ‘UKULELE LESSON
WHALERS VILLAGE, KA‘ANAPALI RESORT

Enjoy complimentary lessons from 2-3pm and 3-4pm in the ABC Courtyard. Info: whalersvillage.com.

Monday, Tuesday & Friday
LAWAI‘A ‘UPENA
MAUI OCEAN CENTER, MA‘ALAEA

Fish net weaving is a skill passed down from generation to generation. Learn the art of net weaving and throw net fishing with Greg “Gigi” Gomes. 10am-2pm at Nursery Bay Hale. Included with Aquarium admission. Schedule subject to change.

Monday & Wednesday
LEI PO‘O MAKING AT THE SHOPS
THE SHOPS AT WAILEA

Lei making is open to both keiki and adults, and takes place on Mondays from 2:30 to 3:30pm, and Wednesdays from 1:30 to 2:30pm at the main courtyard. FREE.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday
TAHITIAN DANCE SHOW
OUTLETS OF MAUI, LAHAINA TOWN

Experience the beauty and excitement of Tahitian dance at this FREE show! 6-7pm Monday, Thursday & Saturday; 5:30-6:30pm Wednesday. Info: outletsofmaui.com.

Monday-Friday
FREE ‘UKULELE LESSONS
MAUI OCEAN CENTER, MA‘ALAEA

Learn how to play one of Hawai‘i’s most iconic musical instruments with Jason Macapulay. Five guests per class; appropriate for ages 12 and up. 11am-1pm at the Retail Plaza. Included with aquarium admission.

Monday, Wednesday & Friday
SHARK DIVE MAUI®
MAUI OCEAN CENTER, MA‘ALAEA

Dive among the Aquarium’s sharks, rays, and tropical fish in the 750,000-gallon Open Ocean exhibit. Learn about the significance of mano (sharks) in Hawaiian culture. The diver’s friends/family can watch from the exhibit’s viewing area and 54-foot-long acrylic tunnel. Includes same-day Aquarium admission for the diver and one guest. Additional viewing guests receive 20% off admission. Check-in at 8am; dive time is approx 40 minutes. Reservations are required. Starting at $199. Book online at mauioceancenter.com/shark-dive-maui or call 270-7075. Gear rental also available.

Monday & Friday
‘UKULELE LESSONS AT THE SHOPS
THE SHOPS AT WAILEA

This session is for seasoned, new and future ‘ukulele players out there who love to strum, sing, and play an ‘ukulele. Lessons are Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm and Fridays from 3 to 4pm at the main courtyard. FREE.

Tuesday
COCONUT HUSKING AT THE SHOPS
THE SHOPS AT WAILEA

Learn how the Hawaiians would use every part of the coconut from food, to crafting eating utensils, jewelry, and furniture. Takes place on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 3:30pm at the main fountain courtyard. FREE.

Tuesday
NAPILI KAI FOUNDATION KEIKI SHOW
NAPILI KAI BEACH RESORT, NAPILI

Founded in 1966, Napili Kai Foundation is a nonprofit organization that teaches local children the history, arts, crafts, language and dances of Polynesia. Every Tuesday evening, the students present a program of Polynesian song and dance. The program is from 5:30 to 6:30pm at the Hale Aloha Pavilion. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children six to 12 years old, and FREE for children five years old and under. Proceeds benefit the Napili Kai Foundation. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at the resort’s front desk. For more info, call Napili Kai Beach Resort at 669-6271 or visit napilikai.com.

Tuesday
FREE ‘UKULELE LESSONS
OUTLETS OF MAUI, LAHAINA TOWN

Learn to play Hawai‘i’s humble ‘ukulele. Lessons are free, and take place at the Maika‘i Woods store at 11am-noon. Info: outletsofmaui.com.

Tuesday
POLYNESIAN SHOW AT THE SHOPS
THE SHOPS AT WAILEA

Honoring the hula kahiko (traditional), hula ‘auana (newer) versions of Hawaiian hula and Tahitian performances. The show takes place on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30pm at the fountain courtyard. FREE.

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
MAUI FRESH FARMERS MARKET
QUEEN KA‘AHUMANU CENTER, KAHULUI

Featuring local, farm-grown vegetables, fruits, baked goods, local fish, plants, fresh-cut flowers, gourmet foods, honey, and so much more! 8am-4pm.

Tuesday & Thursday
FREE LEI-MAKING CLASS
WHALERS VILLAGE, KA‘ANAPALI

Enjoy a complimentary lei-making class from 11am-1pm in the ABC Courtyard. Info: whalersvillage.com.

Tuesday & Sunday
THE FEAST AT MOKAPU
ANDAZ MAUI AT WAILEA RESORT

Experience a beautifully curated cultural and culinary experience set amidst a grassy lawn and the sandy shore of Mokapu Beach. Follow the historical journey of our Polynesian ancestors as they arrived on Maui and settled in our ahupua‘a (land division), while gaining insight on Hawaiian values focusing on the love of, connection to, and kuleana (responsibility) to the land. While enjoying interactive story-telling, indulge in an ‘ohana-style meal, beautifully plated and executed by Executive Chef Isaac Bancaco. Handcrafted and personalized cocktails are available to enhance the culinary experience. 5:30-8:30pm. Reservations: feastatmokapu.com.

Wednesday
GEORGE KAHUMOKU JR.’S SLACK KEY SHOW:  MASTERS OF HAWAIIAN MUSIC
NAPILI KAI BEACH RESORT, NAPILI

Enjoy performances of legendary musicians from the two-time Grammy winning album, “Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Concert Series.” Hawaiian “Renaissance Man” George Kahumoku Jr. hosts the weekly program, which features Hawai‘i’s most renowned slack key artists as well as other traditional forms of Hawaiian music. The event starts at 7:30pm. For reservations, call toll-free (888) 669-3858 or visit slackkey.com.

Wednesday & Sunda­­y
CULTURE AND NATIVE PLANT GUIDED WALK
MAUI OCEAN CENTER, MA‘ALAEA

Explore the flora of Hawai‘i and discover the connection among Hawai‘i’s plants, marine life, and culture. Tour the Aquarium’s landscape, and learn about the history and traditional uses of native Hawaiian and Polynesian plants. 10-11am. Included with admission. Reservations recommended: mauioceancenter.com/native-plant-cultural-tour.

Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday
GUIDED TOURS
MAUI NUI BOTANICAL GARDENS, KAHULUI

Guided docent-led tours of the Gardens are available at 10am by appointment only. These tours cover the natural history, conservation, and ancient uses of native Hawaiian and Polynesian-introduced plants, as well as the Gardens’ current projects in these areas. $10 per person. Call 249-2798 or email info@mnbg.org to make a reservation. Self-guided walking tour brochures are also available for $4, as well as self-guided audio tour wands for $5, Monday-Saturday from 8am-4pm.

Wednesday & Friday
ISLAND WOOD CARVINGS
THE SHOPS AT WAILEA

Learn about aspects of Tongan and Polynesian culture on Wednesdays from 10:30am to 1pm and Fridays from 12:30 to 3:30pm at the main courtyard. FREE.

Wednesday & Friday
BEACH BUDDIES VISITOR PROGRAM
MAUI HUMANE SOCIETY, PU‘UNENE

Visitors can offer one of Maui Humane Society’s chosen “Beach Buddies” a day of fun out of the shelter every Wednesday and Friday from 11am to 4pm. Upon arrival at the shelter at 11am, participants will be greeted by a staff member or volunteer at the main entrance. A “Beach Buddy” backpack will be ready with supplies, and the dog will be bathed and ready to go! A suggested donation of $20 is greatly appreciated, and helps to offset costs associated with operating the program. Advance reservations required: MauiHumaneSociety.org. The shelter is located in Pu‘unene (Central Maui), on Maui Veterans Highway between Kihei and Kahului.

Wednesday, Friday & Sunday
HAWAIIAN CRAFT MAKING
MAUI OCEAN CENTER, MA‘ALAEA

Learn the art, history, and cultural significance of lei making and lauhala weaving with Cultural Practitioner Ko‘i. Includes hands-on demonstration, and each participant will receive a free lei or weaving to take home. 2-3pm at Nursery Bay Hale. Included with Aquarium admission. Schedule subject to change.

Wednesday, Friday & Sunday
COCONUT WEAVING
MAUI OCEAN CENTER, MA‘ALAEA

Join Marco as he weaves fronds from the coconut palm into fun and familiar shapes. Learn some beginning techniques to take home a creation of your own! 10am-12pm at the hale near Nursery Bay. Included with Aquarium admission. Schedule subject to change.

Wednesday & Saturday
FREE HULA SHOW
WHALERS VILLAGE, KA‘ANAPALI

Experience the culture of Hawai‘i with complimentary hula shows at Whalers Village. 7-7:25pm and 7:30-8pm in the Lower Level Courtyard. Info: whalersvillage.com.

Thursday
TAI CHI
QUEEN KA‘AHUMANU CENTER, KAHULUI

Join Master Sifu David Moragne for a free mediation in motion class to promote your serenity and peace. All ages welcome. Free! 10-11am.

Thursday
COCONUT FROND WEAVING AT THE SHOPS
THE SHOPS AT WAILEA

Weaving was a highly developed skill that Hawaiians used to make baskets, mats, jewelry, and toys for the keiki. Learn how to make your very own keepsake to take home as a memory of your visit to Maui. This activity takes place on Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:30pm at the main fountain courtyard. FREE.

Thursday
POLYNESIAN SHOW AT THE SHOPS
THE SHOPS AT WAILEA

This cultural performance honors the many beautiful dances of Polynesia, including Hawaiian hula, Tahitian, and Samoan performances. Stop by Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30pm at the main fountain courtyard for a beautiful evening of dance. FREE.

Friday
VOLUNTEERING ON VACATION:
HAWAIIAN ISLANDS LAND TRUST SERVICE PROJECT

Visit Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge, a remarkable coastal area that’s rich in Hawaiian history and bird watching. Meet at 8am at the Waihe‘e Refuge, located off Halewaiu Road. Call 249-8811 x1 to sign up.

Friday
FREE HULA LESSON
WHALERS VILLAGE, KA‘ANAPALI

Learn the art of hula with complimentary hula lessons. 3-4pm in the ABC Courtyard. Info: whalersvillage.com.

Friday
MAUI FRIDAY TOWN PARTIES
WAILUKU, LAHAINA, MAKAWAO & KIHEI

Four Fridays per month, our community gathers to celebrate art, music, and Maui culture. Residents and visitors enjoy a special night of interaction and fun, punctuated with free entertainment, special offerings, and Friday-only promotions from each town’s family of merchants. The original installment, Wailuku First Friday, is on Market Street; Lahaina Second Friday is on Front Street; Makawao Third Friday is on Baldwin Avenue; and Kihei Fourth Friday is at Azeka Shopping Center—Mauka. Info, visit MauiFridays.com.

Friday
ALOHA FRIDAY SUNSET SALES
OUTLES OF MAUI, LAHAINA TOWN

Enjoy center-wide sidewalk sales, Pi Artisan Pizzeria’s garden patio all-day Happy Hour, Ruth’s Chris Steak House’s Happy Hour (5-7pm), on-site entertainment, and more. Info: outletsofmaui.com.

Friday
PAU HANA AT THE SHOPS
THE SHOPS AT WAILEA

Live musical performances by Maui’s talented up-and-coming artists as well as Maui’s established musicians. Pau Hana at The Shops is every Friday from 4 to 6pm.

Friday
CANDLELIT TOURS AT THE BALDWIN HOME
LAHAINA TOWN

Do you want to experience what it was like in the 1850s? Come to the Baldwin Home Museum on Friday nights from dusk to 8:30pm. The museum docents will guide you through the home by candlelight, as they share all about the legendary family that resided there and how the stories relate to Hawaiian history. Visit lahainarestoration.org or call 661-3262 for more info.

First & Third Saturday
HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK
SERVICE TRIP

Free transportation and admission to Haleakala National Park on a volunteering adventure led by a certified naturalist and professionally trained guide from PWF. Call 249-8811 x1. Visit volunteersonvacation.org.

Saturday
MAUI SWAP MEET
UH MAUI COLLEGE CAMPUS, KAHULUI

A hugely popular event with locals and visitors alike. Purchase everything from t-shirts, necklaces, and handmade crafts to fresh flowers, fruits, and vegetables from more than 200 vendors. 7am-1pm. Admission is 50 cents; keiki 12 and under are free.

Saturday
STORY TIME & CRAFTS
MAUI OCEAN CENTER, MA‘ALAEA

Maui Ocean Center offers a weekly holiday-themed story time and craft hour for children ages 3-12 in the Hawaiians and the Sea exhibit. 11:30am. Included with Aquarium admission. Schedule subject to change.

Saturday
MAUI CHEF’S TABLE
THE MILL HOUSE RESTAURANT, WAIKAPU

Maui Chef’s Table offers booking for select Saturday evenings at 6pm. Bookings for all upcoming Chef’s Table dates may be reserved by calling 270-0303, or online at millhousemaui.com.

Sunday
SUNDAY CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH
TIKI TERRACE, KA‘ANAPALI BEACH HOTEL

Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel’s legendary brunch takes place at the Tiki Terrace restaurant, where guests will find a choice of indoor and open-air seating. Guests can sip on champagne and choose from a wide array of brunch items, including breads and pastries, tropical fruit, waffles, crab legs, sushi and Hawaiian specialties, as well as taste delicious poke, poi and kalua pig. There is also a decadent dessert table to enjoy. Info: 661-0011.

Sunday
SUNDAY BRUNCH & BLOODY MARY BAR
CANE & CANOE RESTAURANT, MONTAGE KAPALUA BAY

Featuring an enhanced a la carte breakfast menu, Sunday Brunch is a celebration of savory and sweet culinary delights. Relax and enjoy a live musical jazz performance with new brunch selections each week in addition to the regular menu, including favorites Shrimp and Grits, Chicken and Waffles, and Steak and Eggs. Enjoy a “Build-your-own Bloody Mary Bar” with an assortment of liquor, mixers, and all the trimmings to make a most decadent libation. 10am-1pm. Info: 662-6681.

Sunday
MAUI GIFT & CRAFT FAIR
LAHAINA GATEWAY CENTER

Lahaina Gateway welcomes Maui Gift & Craft Fair every Sunday from 9am to 2pm. Enjoy the wonderful locally made art, jewelry, gifts, and crafts from over 35 local vendors, including Maui Fine Art, Nalu Koa, Lee Oululani Plevney, Footprints in the Sand, Lightsavor Photography, Bodhi Waves, Primitive Vibes Hawaii, Mahina Spirit, and many more. Info: mauigiftandcraftfair.com.

Sunday
MAUI SUNDAY MARKET
KAHULUI SHOPPING CENTER

Don’t miss “Maui Sunday Market,” held each Sunday from 4 to 8pm in the Kahului Shopping Center parking lot. This popular event features island vendors (crafters, artisans, food purveyors, and more), entertainment, food trucks, and activities showcasing Hawaiian cultural traditions and practices. Admission and parking are FREE.

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