Weekend Filled With Music and Festivals
By Vanessa Wolf
Did you know that on this date in 1648, the Boston Shoemakers formed the first US labor organization and in 1851, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick was first published as The Whale?
That is one hard read by any name.
Sure, it starts with the deceptively brief “Call me Ishmael,” but right around the corner lurk sentences that go on for pages.
Pro tip: there’s an abridged three-disc version that can be entirely conquered en route to Hana and won’t make everyone else in the car hate you too much.
Now you know.
Meanwhile, here’s what’s what with regards to the weekend.
Best Reason to Get All Nostalgic About Plantation Times
This evening, October 18, the Lahaina Restoration Foundation will present its 5th Annual Lahaina Plantation Days, a tribute to West Maui’s rich plantation heritage.
Held on the former Pioneer Mill site surrounding the old smokestack on Lahainaluna Road in Lahaina, event hours are 5 to 10:30 p.m. both tonight and tomorrow evening.
This year, there will be a plantation life tent highlighting the sports and recreation of West Maui’s plantation era, food booths, a beer and wine garden sponsored by Maui Brewing Company and Chambers and Chambers Wine Merchants, a MauiGrown Coffee tent, a keiki game zone and horse rides, a multi-cultural exhibit, a Pioneer Mill sugar tent and a farmers market.
Say all that real fast.
And if it weren’t enough to say real fast, there will also be entertainment from event hosts Da Braddahs, as well as Ekolu, Hoku Zuttermeister, Kory Kukahiko and Kaholo Rickard, Na Kupuna Ohana Serenaders, and Malino.
Admission is $3 and children 5 and under are free.
Best Reason to Get the Blues
Tonight, three-time American Grammy Award-winning blues musician, Keb’ Mo’, plays the MACC.
He has been described as “a living link to the seminal Delta blues that travelled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America” which sounds like a bit of a burden, but he wears it well.
Check out his “genre-blending artfulness, intuitive lyrics, unique guitar style, distinctive voice, and magnetic charisma on stage” tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Castle Theater.
Tickets are $35, $45 and $65
Best Fall Festival Held on Saturday
The event will feature hundreds of Upcountry-grown pumpkins from Miss Leval and Farmer Tom’s farm.
You read that right.
Hundreds of them, yo.
Also on deck will be the Three’s Bar and Grill Food Truck, Ohana Animal Rancch Petting Zoo, face painting, a bounce house, local crafters, carnival games and a farmers market.
Also expect entertainment and “so much more.”
The event is open to the public and will set you back a single bill to attend.
Best Event for the Kiddos and Kiddos at Heart
On Saturday night in the MACC’s Amphitheater Lawn, the Starry Night Cinema will be screening Hotel Transylvania.
In the spirit of the Halloween holiday, this animated film features Dracula.
The plot centers on him operating a high-end resort away from the human world. During the course of events, he goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teenage daughter.
Costumes are welcome, but optional.
Gates open at 5 p.m. and the movie itself starts at 6:30 p.m.
The event is free to the public.
Best Rock Tribute Concert of the Month
If you didn’t get enough tribute music at Zeptember, check out the First Annual Stevie Ray Vaughan “Soul to Soul” blues festival and tribute.
Held tomorrow, October 19th at Stella Blues in Kihei, guest guitarists like Vince Esquire, Nils Rosenblad and Greg DiPiazza join keyboardists Mark Johnstone, Michael Elam and Alana Cini on stage.
Also present will be vocalists John Ness, Gina Martinelli, Clay Mortensen, Jamie Gallo and Howard Ahia.
But what about bass and drums?
You can expect local talents like Steve Hodges, Barney Cortinez, James Somera and Josh Greenbaum.
This benefit for Mana’o Radio starts at 9 p.m.
Tickets are $20 at the door.
Best Fall Festival Held One Town Over and the Following Day
Sunday brings a brand new opportunity to wear out your welcome.
Jet on over to the Fall Harvest Festival at the Haiku Baldwin Center in Makawao from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
They will also have a petting zoo, carnival games, face painting, food trucks and vendors, a farmer’s market, crafts and more.
It doesn’t look like there’s anything to bounce on, but you can look forward to balloon animals, pony rides, a haunted house and a costume contest at 1:00 p.m. sharp.
The event is free to the public.
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