THURSDAY, JULY 28
SLACK KEY CONCERT WITH JEFF PETERSON
George Kahumoku Jr.'s Slack Key Masters show features Jeff Peterson at 7:30 tonight at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's McCoy Studio Theater. Peterson grew up on the slopes of Haleakala where he was introduced to Hawaiian music by his father, a paniolo. As a performer, Peterson has had the honor to work with a wide range of artists from Hawaiian slack key masters to rock and jazz legends to symphony orchestras. He has been featured on Grammy Award-winning and -nominated records for Hawaiian Music in slack key compilations. Tickets are $25 and $45 for VIP, plus applicable fees. For details, www.mauiarts.org.
JEFF PETERSON • Kahului
Jeff Peterson photo by Aubrey Hord
ARTS COLLIDE AT 3RD ANNUAL BODY SLAM
Street art meets body art at Maui Slam Poetry's third annual Body Slam, a cutting-edge, late-night event that fuses literary, performing and visual arts at 9:30 tonight at Casanova in Makawao. Bodypainting masters Rachel Deboer and Rachel G will present poetry-inspired tribal grafitti bodypainting that will transform dancing models into "urban goddesses." Also included are turntables by DJ BOOMSHOT and improv visuals by Douglas Deboer. Cost is $5 before 9:30 p.m. and $10 afterward. For details, find Maui Slam on Facebook.
FRIDAY, JULY 29
'1-2-3 IMAGINE!' WITH SESAME STREET LIVE
Sesame Street Live's "I-2-3 Imagine!" will take the stage at 7 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater. For more information, see Backstage.
INAUGURAL LANA'I UKULELE FEST STARTS
The alluring sounds of ukulele will sweep the island of Lanai during the two-day inaugural Lana'i Ukulele Festival, presented by the Four Seasons Resorts Lana'i, HawaiiONTV.com and Jazz Alley TV. Throughout the festival, free performances by Hawaii artists will be offered, including Grammy winner Richard Ho'opi'i, Tony Conjugacion, Brittni Paiva, Herb Otah Jr., Walt Keale, David Kamakahi, Benny Uyetake, CJ Helekahi and the Lana'i Ukulele Club. The celebration kicks off from 6 to 9 tonight at Manele Bay with music under the stars. For a schedule of events, visit www.lanaiukulelefestival.com.
JAPANESE DANCE, SONG AT OBON FEST
Japanese song, dance and other festivities are in full swing with annual islandwide obon festivals. This week, Wailuku Hongwanji Mission will host its festival, with a service at 7 and a dance at 8 p.m. Entry is free. The mission is located at 1828 Vineyard St. For details, call 244-0406.
MAUI ONSTAGE'S 'CHICAGO' SIZZLES
Maui OnStage's season finale performance, "Chicago,"?takes the stage at 7:30 tonight at the Historic Iao Theater. For details, see www.mauionstage.com.
DIVAS DE-STRESS AT WAILEA SPA GRANDE
Divas need to de-stress, too, and Divas Night Out at Grand Wailea's Spa Grande makes it easy. On the last Friday of each month, the "Spalicious" event from 8 to 10 p.m. includes two-hour exclusive access to Spa Grand's hydrotherapy circuit, chocolate minispa treatments, sinful desserts such as chocolate fondue, truffles, caramels and candies, a petit goodie bag and a fashion fair. Cost is $60 per "diva, with limited spots available; girls 6 to 12 are $30 and must be accompanied by an adult. Leave the boys home and call 875-1234, ext. 4949 to reserve space.
SATURDAY, JULY 30
UKULELE FESTIVAL CONTINUES ON LANAI
The inaugural Lana'i Ukulele Festival continues with an Ukulele Java Jam at Coffee Works from 9 to 11 a.m. and the culminating performance from 3 to 7 p.m. at The Lodge at Koele. The Ukulele Martini Jam after-party will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. in Lanai City. For a full schedule, visit www.lanaiukulelefestival.com. See Friday's listing.
SESAME STREET LIVE '1-2-3 IMAGINE!' SHOW
Performances of Sesame Street Live's "I-2-3 Imagine!" start at 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater. See Friday's listing.
DANCING, MUSIC AT 'DANCE TO REMEMBER'
"A Dance to Remember" fundraiser and silent auction to benefit Maui's youth will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at Kihei Community Center. Presented by the Julie Claire Holmes Dance Scholarship, the gala evening will feature live and DJ music, dance, performances and a potluck dinner. A $10 donation will be accepted at the door; 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the dance scholarship fund. The scholarship helps young, aspiring Maui Academy of Performing Arts dancers to reach their dreams. For details, call Gylian Solay, 344-8068, or Rita O'Connor, 344-4452.
OBON FEST CONTINUES AT WAILUKU MISSION
Wailuku Hongwanji Mission's obon festival continues with a service at 7 and a dance at 8 p.m. See Friday's listing.
'CHICAGO' CONTINUES AT IAO THEATER
Maui OnStage's "Chicago" continues with a show at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Iao Theater. See Friday's listing.
SUNDAY, JULY 31
CATCH '1-2-3 IMAGINE!' WITH SESAME STREET
Performances of Sesame Street Live's "I-2-3 Imagine!" start at 1 and 4:30 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater. See Friday's listing.
'CHICAGO' SHOW TO TAKE IAO STAGE
"Chicago" takes the stage at 3 p.m. at the Historic Iao Theater. See Friday's listing.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 2
CORAL BLOOMS AT MAUI OCEAN CENTER
It's entertainment of an environmental kind. The Maui Ocean Center will host its ninth Coral Spawning Spectacle from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Maalaea facility. In Hawaii, the phenomenon known as coral spawning takes place during the summer months under the light of a new moon. Some species of coral have predictable spawning, and this summer, rice coral is expected to be released Tuesday. Explore the wonder of coral reproduction in the after-dark aquarium with a presentation from local coral expert Pauline Fiene. Complimentary desserts and beverages will be offered. Space is limited; reservations are recommended by calling 270-7088.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2
REIKI AUTHOR DEMO AT MAKAWAO LIBRARY
Meet the author of "Living a Life of Reiki: From Complete Healthcare to Ultimate Freedom in Day-to-Day Life," Shalandra Abbey, at 6 p.m. at Makawao Public Library. The reiki master will present an introduction to reiki natural healing, a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation. This one-hour event is recommended for all ages and will include a question-and-answer session. Also, local reiki practitioners will offer free demonstrations. For details, call the library at 573-8785.