Can we believe it’s already November? 2022 sure has flown by! Leaves are falling and cold temperatures becoming more and more prominent in most parts of the country. Yet, waking up this morning to warm temperatures on the North Shore, the old adage “Lucky we live Maui” popped to mind. In my opinion, our yearlong, world-class weather is best during these coming Autumn and Winter months. Sunshine and rainbows are a daily occurrence. The nights are a touch cooler, but worst case is you need a light jacket or extra blanket. This perfect weather is awesome for so many reasons, obviously; but a big benefit is that we get to enjoy large outdoor events year round like we’re still dressed for the beach! This month’s roundup of activities and events features one of these very open air festivals. Get ready for the kick off of the holiday season at the Made in Maui County Festival:
Hawaiian Airlines Made in Maui County Festival
After a two year hiatus, it’s back and live again! Maui County’s largest products show, returns now in its ninth year. This popular event features over 140 vendors offering hundreds of made in Maui County products, including: food, art, crafts, jewelry, fashion, furniture, gifts, collectibles and more — ALL in one location!
BUYER’S PREVIEW & EXCLUSIVE SHOPPING DAY – Friday, NOVEMBER 4 / 1:30 – 6:00 pm
Those who want a one-day head start and appreciate a more leisurely shopping experience can purchase tickets for a special Friday “Exclusive Shopping Day”. Friday’s festivities include the Opening Ceremony and complimentary pupu at 5 pm. Food will also be available for purchase from food trucks. Exclusive Shopping Day attendees will also receive a free festival tote bag! Tickets are $50 and available in advance online here; remaining tickets will be offered day of the event at the MACC Box Office.
THE BIG FESTIVAL DAY: Saturday, November 5 / 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday’s festivities will include live entertainment, fashion shows, food trucks, and prize drawings. The first 2,000 attendees will receive a free festival tote bag. Tickets are $7 and available in advance online here; or day of the event at the MACC Box Office.
30th Annual Hula O Na Keiki Hula Competition
Hula O Na Keiki is a solo hula competition for children ages 5-17. Participants are required to learn, interpret, and perform a Maui chant. The hula competition, however, is just one facet of a three-day event designed to allow participants the opportunity to learn about and nurture Hawaiian cultural values. This gives each student a sense of appreciation for the past. A deeper sense of identity with their Hawaiian ancestors. Its intent to provide an avenue through which they may express their new understanding and awareness of the Hawaiian language and culture through the art of hula and oli.
The competition also advocates for the writing of new mele and the perpetuation of hapa haole music. The Hawaiian Festival of Arts and Crafts, in conjunction with Hula O Na Keiki, features unique local artisans. It also provides a venue for participants, their halau, ohana, and the community to learn from cultural practitioners through demonstrations, presentations, and workshops. The three-day event runs from November 10th to the 12th at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel.
ELI MAC with Mystic Roots
This next event I’m highlighting is near and dear to my heart, as I was lucky enough to call this talented artist my friend as I grew up. Eli Mac got her start on the big stage in LA as a young girl named Camile Velasco. Her early claim to fame surely was making it to the Top Ten of season three of “American Idol,” but she’s well on her way to seizing her own celebrity as Eli Mac, a reggae star in her own right. From there she’s been touring with Sublime, The Green, and J Boog. She’s opened for Lauren Hill, Shaggy, and SOJA. After her Dubstop EP, she had the five-track Tricky One released last year. That was followed by the single “Roots Girl.” This show starts at 9PM on November 5th at Da Playground Maui in Ma’alaea; tickets are $30 and available online here.
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Mystic Roots Band (MRB) is a Chico, CA-born, 5-piece pop reggae fusion band. With two feet solidly in reggae, the band seamlessly juggles elements of dancehall, Hip-Hop, EDM, pop, and a taste of rock. The band is always sharpening their evolving musical arrangements of vocal harmonies that are made richer by the groups’ female/male dynamic. The music and lyrics are catchy and upbeat, yet with a powerful, positive message. Attending a Mystic Roots live concert guarantees not just music for your ears, but also a high-energy show and powerful experience you’ll never forget. MRB promotes positivity and spreads a conscious message while still having a good time and keeping the party going!
Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) – Maui Showcase
As the vanguard forum of international cinematic achievement in the Asia-Pacific region, the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) endeavors to recognize new and emerging talent, promote career development and original collaborations through innovative education programs, and facilitate dynamic cultural exchange through the cinema arts. Filled with insight and discovery, HIFF is dedicated to advancing understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and North America by presenting films from around the world. Each year, more than 50,000 attendees throughout Hawaii experience the sounds and images of film making from approximately 45 countries. This cultural exchange of ideas, presented through the powerful medium of film, raises the awareness of our similarities and differences alike.
The Maui HIFF showcase includes three feature films and a showing of six short pictures that represent some of the best from filmmakers throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Find out more about the three featured presentations here: Through the Doggy Door; My Small Land; and The Story of Everything. Full details and showtimes for all the HIFF films are available here. Tickets are $12 per film and available in advance online only here. Any day of show tickets will be available at the MACC Box Office beginning at 4:00pm on Friday, November 18th, and at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 19th.
“Ke Kani Hone O Wailea” – Featuring Mark Yamanaka
On November 25th, starting at 5:30, head on down to the Lower Valley Performance Area of the Shops at Wailea for a special evening of music with Mark Yamanaka, 14 time Na Hoku Hanohano award winner.
Mark Yamanaka, is proud to call Hilo, Hawaii his home. A father of 3, Mark released his debut album, Lei Pua Kenikeni, in 2010. It went on to win 4 of the most coveted awards at the 2011 Hoku and in 2013, he followed that success with the release of Lei Maile. Just as successful as its predecessor, Lei Maile also received 4 awards at the 2014 Hoku’s. In 2015, he collaborated with his close friends, Kupaoa, to release a holiday album, A Gift of the Heart. That album was named Christmas Album of the Year at the 2016 Hokus.
In 2019, Mark was honored to win 5 Na Hoku Hanohano awards for his projects including: Album of the Year, Song of the Year (Lei Lehua), Male Vocalist of the Year, Island Music Album of the Year, and Single of the Year (Morning Drive). Like his previous albums, Lei Lehua is an unforgettable garland of songs, sure to adorn your heart and mind. Mark’s voice is truly angelic, this is a performance that you won’t want to miss!
Whose Live Anyway?
The current cast members of the Emmy-nominated TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? are proud to present their new improv tour: Whose Live Anyway? This performance is 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions. Cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray will leave you gasping with their clever and witty scenes they invent before your eyes.
Audience participation is key to the show so bring your suggestions and you might be asked to join the cast onstage! Whose Live Anyway? showcases some of the improv games made famous on the long-running TV show, as well as some exciting new ones, featuring musical direction by Bob Derkach. All ages are welcomed, but please note that some PG-13 language will be used during the performance. Tickets are tiered at $35, $55, and $75; available only online here.
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