Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam embarks embarked a month-long U.S. solo tour earlier this month.  The tour began on June 8th in Albany, NY and ends on July 2nd in Honolulu.  Vedder makes a stop on Maui on Monday, June 29th where he performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Castle Theater of the Maui Arts & Culutral Center.

Photo Courtesy: Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Photo Courtesy: Maui Arts & Cultural Center

New Zealand singer/songwriter Liam Finn will open these shows. Tickets: $72.00 plus additional fees. If you didn’t get tickets yet…call the box office at 242-(SHOW).

Tickets for the general public will go on sale Saturday, April 18th at 10 AM (HST) At the Maui Arts & Cultural Center Box Office  Tickets: $72.00 plus applicable fees with a four-ticket limit.

(Posted by Wendy Osher; Photo Courtesy Maui Arts & Cultural Center)



The 18th Annual Ki Ho’alu Slack Key Guitar Festival comes to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Sunday, June 28.  The Free concert runs from 2 to 7 p.m. on the Events Lawn.

Photo Courtesy: Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

Photo Courtesy: Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

Bring the lawn chairs or roll out a blanket on the lawn to enjoy an all-afternoon, all-star line-up of Hawai’i’s best slack key guitar musicians, including Kevin & Ikaika Brown, Makana, George Kahumoku, Jr., Dennis Kamakahi, Jeff Peterson, Ken Makuakane, LT Smooth, Donald Kaulia, Ocean Kaowili, David Kahiapo, Stephen Inglis, Walter Keale, Paul Togioka, Pali, Bobby Moderow, Jr., and more!

Bring the whole ‘ohana … it’s FREE!  Supported in part by National Endowment for the Arts, State Foundation for Culture and the Arts, County of Maui and KPOA Radio.

(Posted by Wendy Osher; Photo Courtesy Maui Arts & Cultural Center)


Mark your calendar for a musical event like no other-monsters making music! Elmo, Zoe, Big Bird and all their Sesame Street friends are taking to the stage to share their love of music. Count along with The Count, visit Elmo’s World, do the Crumb-A-Rumba with Rosita, and much more!

Image courtesy:  Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Image courtesy: Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Maui Arts & Cultural Center, June 26-28
Friday, June 26 at 7:00pm
Saturday, June 27 at 10:30am, 2:30pm & 5:30pm
Sunday, June 28 at 1:00pm & 4:30pm

Ticket Prices: $10, $20, $33, & $48 (Gold Circle)
Additional service charges and facility fees may apply

Special Sunny Seats Packages Available on Friday, June 26 at 7PM!
The Sunny Seats Package includes VIP seating, a show program, and an Elmo pre-show Meet & Greet photo opportunity with other Sunny Seats patrons. Sunny Seats Packages are $73 each and only available for purchase at the MACC Box Office window.
Additional service charges and facility fees may apply. Quantities Limited. Only available on the Friday, June 26, 7PM performance.

Tickets available at the MACC Box Office (10AM – 6PM, Mon-Sat), http://www.mauiarts.org, or call 242-SHOW. (7469)



Residents of Molokai are reminded to conserve water as the county works to replace a pump and motor at the Kualapu’u Well.

County officials say current efforts are not enough and water levels at the tank have fallen rapidly since the well was shut down for the repair on Monday.

Customers of Kaunakakai and Kalae on Molokai are urged to use water for health and safety purposes only over the next three weeks.  County officials say customers may experience low water pressure or no water if storage levels continue to drop.

The State Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is supplying water to the County system while the well is out of service but cannot keep up with the additional demand.

Customers were originally asked to cut back water usage by a targeted amount of 25 percent; however, this may be revised if demand continues to exceed supply.  Work is expected to continue through July 10th.

Customers are urged to conserve water by turning off irrigation systems and other non-essential uses of water in order to maintain adequate water levels in the storage tanks for health and safety purposes.

(Posted by Wendy Osher © 2009; Information provided by County of Maui Department of Water Supply)


Governor Michael Marcos Keon of Ilocos Norte, Philippines will visit Maui and Oahu in an effort to familiarize himself with the Ilocanos community in Hawaii.

Image courtesy:  http://www.lpp.gov.ph

Image courtesy: http://www.lpp.gov.ph

More than 400 people are expected to attend a speaking event at the Waipahu Filcom Center tonight, with an additional 100 people on a waiting list.

The Maui visit begins Friday, June 26, 2009 with a 10 a.m. visit with the Maui County Council on the 8th Floor of the County Building in the Council Chambers.  There, Governor Keon and his delegation will visit with Council Chair Danny Mateo and other members of the Maui County Council.

Keon will then attend an Aloha Reception at the Paina Building at Maui Community College at 6 p.m. Friday.  Both Maui events are open to the public.  For more information on the Aloha Reception, contact the President of the Maui Filipino Community Council, Herman Andaya at 357-7939.

Ilocos Norte is the providence in the Philippines where the largest number of Filipinos in Hawaii have family ties.  Bryan Andaya, former president of the United Filipino Council of Hawaii, estimates that out of the 240,000 Filipinos in Hawwaii, between 150,000 and 175,000 are Ilocano.

This is Governor Marcos Keon’s first visit to Hawaii and to the County of Maui.  Governor Keon’s 26-member delegation includes 12 Mayors representing the 23 municipalities within Ilocos Norte province, 2 Vice-Mayors, and 8 Board Members.  Included in e extensive list of visiting dignitaries is Edito Balintona, Mayor of Maui’s Sister City, Sarrat, the birthplace of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos.

(Posted by Wendy Osher © 2009; placeholder image courtesy: http://www.lpp.gov.ph)


The Maui County Council passed a bill on first reading yesterday that would ban alcohol consumption at Honokowai Beach Park.

Image of Honokowai Park courtesy County of Maui.

Image of Honokowai Park courtesy County of Maui.

The bill was introduced by West Maui Councilmember Jo Anne Johnson and gained unanimous approval on first reading.

The county already has alcohol bans in place at Kamehameha Iki Park and Malu’ulu’olele Park in Lahaina, and Keopuolani Park in Kahului.

Under the alcohol prohibitions for Kamehameha Iki Park, Malu’ulu’olele Park, and Keopuolani Park, it is unlawful for any person to consume alcohol on the premises unless otherwise authorized by permit, license, lease or concession by the County of Maui.

The Honokowai proposal comes up for second and final reading on July 7th.

There is a separate proposal for restrictions at Charlie Young beach in Kihei, but that item remains under review before the Economic Development, Agriculture and Recreation Committee.

(story by Wendy Osher © 2009)


The Lahaina Restoration Foundation launched a Buy a Brick fundraising campaign this week to raise funds for the restoration of the historic Pioneer Mill Smokestack.

The landmark stands 200-feet-tall and dates to the 1860s when the mill was founded.  The mill was one of Hawaii’s last remaining sugar plantations at the time of its closure in 1999.

Plans are to restore the top of the smokestack which was removed several years ago for safety reasons.  Cost of the restoration project is estimated at $300,000.

Bricks are being sold for between $100 and $750 depending on size and inscription.  The bricks purchased will be used to create a circular walkway around the base of the smokestack. Individual bricks can be engraved with the donor’s name, the name of a loved one, company name or logo.  Proceeds from the sale of these bricks will help offset restoration costs of the smokestack, installation of interpretive plaques and landscape features.

Bricks are being sold for $100 for a 4” x 8” brick with engraving on 2 lines, $125 for a 4” x 8” brick with engraving on 3 lines, $500 for a 8” x 8” brick with engraving on 4 lines, and $750 for an 8” x 8” brick with one’s corporate logo engraved.  Agency officials say the first 100 people to order a brick will receive a free replica brick to keep (a $50 value).

Lahaina resident and active Foundation volunteer Sam “Sammy” Kadotani is tasked with leading this fundraising campaign.

“Whether you want to buy a brick to show your pride in Lahaina, your connection to the mill, or want to memorialize a loved one or even yourself, now is your chance,” said Kadotani.  “Many of us remember this landmark growing up and for those who worked in the mill the smokestack has become a beloved part of our family history – something that can never be replaced.  Now is our time to give back.  Today, this landmark needs our attention and our dollars,” said Kadotani.

To buy a brick, contact The Lahaina Restoration Foundation office at 808-661-3262.

(Posted by Wendy Osher © 2009; information provided by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation; Photo by Wendy Osher © 2009)