August 21, 2008
Save Makena Beach Day
Saturd (Aug. 23), Third entrance, Big Beach, Makena
[Environment] Few excuses fly for missing out on a perfectly good beach day- especially one on a Saturday in August. Add free food, DJ music, a bodyboard competition, and a good cause to that beach day and you have the kind of end-of-summer beach say you cannot miss. Save Makena is putting on this event with help from the Surfrider Foundation and Maui Tomorrow. The purpose, aside from fun? To raise awareness for Save Makena, a group that aims to educate the public on proposed developments and other potential threats to South Maui's pristine beaches. Save Makena founder Angie Hoffman says that on Saturday there will be information tables featuring maps of proposed developments in the area- namely Wailea 670 and Makena Resort.
"We want to make sure people understand what this would actually look like," Hoffman said.
Of course, it's perfectly all right to come out just to compete in the bodyboarding contest. There will be six age divisions as well as female categories in both bodyboarding and skim boarding competitions. The contest will take place near the third entrance to Oneloa (Big Beach) State Pak. The scenery at this gorgeous beach alone should be enough to bring you out. Festivities begin at 8am and wrap up at 5pm, after which there will be an after party with drink specials at Stella Blue in Kihei. For more details, call 357-3134. [Kate Bradshaw]
Happy tears in Lahaina
Saturday (Aug. 23), all day, Whaler's Village, Lahaina
[FESTIVAL] How's about a bit of word association? When I say (or write, rather) "Maui," what word immediately pops into your head? I mean, after "wowie." Most people have the word "onion" swimming in their brain as well as the accompanying image of a bag of potato chips. Kula-grown Maui onions are said to be the sweetest in the world due to their low sulfur content. I'll buy that, rather than sink my teeth into a series of raw bulbs in pursuit of solid proof. The 19th Annual Maui Onion Festival celebrates this world-renowned tearjerker by presenting it prepared in a variety of ways by a diverse roster of chefs and vendors. The event typically draws thousands and features live music, local produce, raw onion-eating contests and, as you may imagine, demonstrations on the astonishing number of things one can do with a Maui Sweet. Onion rings are only the beginning. I expect an island-wide spike in chewing gum sales. Call 661-4567 for more info. Free. [KB]
Bark in 'da' park: A walk for the animals
Saturday (Aug. 23), 8-11am, Keopuolani Park (across from the War Memorial Complex), Kahului
[FUNDRAISER] I love kittens. Surely I'm not alone in this sentiment. In fact, I would go so far as to say that, were this year's presidential race to come down to McCain and a Persian born last month, I'd bet my eyeballs on the Persian. One thing kitties are not good at: not breeding. The Iao Needle State Park parking lot provides ample evidence of this. The same goes for dogs. The Maui Humane Society has worked tirelessly to spread awareness of animals in need of loving homes, the importance of spaying/neutering pets and other animal welfare issues. They've done tons to improve the quality of life for Maui residents both fuzzy and not-so-fuzzy; here's your chance to give back. Today's event aims to raise money that will go toward helping Maui's orphaned pets, and features a leisurely walk, art, food and pet tricks. Comedian Augie T. and his morning crew will emcee. Visit www.mauihumanesociety.org or call 877-3680 x14 for more details. [KB]
Ram Dass weekend retreat
Friday-Saturday-Sunday (Aug. 23, 24, 25), all day, Studio Maui, Haiku
[WEEKEND RETREAT] If you'll recall from The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, former Harvard professors Ram Dass (then Richard Alpert) and Timothy Leary were acid guru Ken Kesey's East Coast counterparts. Alpert and Leary were portrayed as having taken a more clinical approach to ingesting psychedelics while the Kesey crowd basically wanted to party. Kesey and Leary both passed away in 1997, but Alpert, who changed his name to Ram Dass ("servant of God") in 1967, continues to walk the walk. He parted ways with Leary in the late '60s, headed to India, and has since sought to teach spirituality on a broad scale, beginning with the seminal spiritual instruction book Be Here Now. Now living on Maui, Ram Dass recently collaborated with Ausralian DJ Kriece on a CD entitled Cosmix. This weekend's retreat features musical performances by Lei'ohu Ryder, Ty Burhoe, Karnamrite, and Marc St. Pierre. The retreat will also feature yoga, devotional practices and dance. A weekend pass will run you $108, day passes are $40-$60 and concert/satsang admission is $25. Call 575-9390 or visit www.ramdass.org or www.thestudiomaui.org. [KB]
Surfboard Art Show
Saturday (Aug. 23) 7pm, Café Marc Aurel, Wailuku
For the past couple of months, tattoo art has adorned the walls of this Wailuku café. This Saturday the medium of choice shifts from skin to boards. As a visual art medium, surfboards offer just as much potential for elaborate and vibrant art as does the epidermis. And, unlike tattoo art shows, displaying a piece's original medium does not raise any ethical questions (the outgoing tattoo display did not, for the record, feature actual skin). Plus, the works that will be featured at Saturday's show will go beyond painted boards. Expect to see sculpture, photography, painting and perhaps a thing or two you may not have imagined. Good music, too, given that the event aims to celebrate surf culture. Presented by Grassroots Surfboards. Free. [KB]
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