When Peter Moon sang his cane fire warning back in da day, we’re betting he didn’t know he was prophesying that in 2011, a Maui band named Cane Fire would take Facebook by firestorm. They’ve dubbed their sound “island fusion,” and are hitting the scene in full force, playing everything from bars to baby luaus, and graduations to casual get-togethers. The folks of Cane Fire--Daniel Querubin, Jordan Tolentino, Joseph Marsh, James Somera, Gordon Samuelson, Ryan Duffy, Aaron Fulton and Kahala Greig--may only have 365 “likes” as of this writing, but many of them are, apparently, enthusiastic MauiTime readers. For that we--and Cane Fire--thank you.
LOCAL CLUB DJ, Winner DJ Del Sol Website: http://www.djdelsol.com/ Who loves house? DJ Del Sol loves house (e.g. his biz is called LoveHouse). And who loves DJ Del Sol? Maui loves DJ Del Sol. That’s why MauiTime readers voted him their favorite wax alchemist. If there’s house music happening anywhere in the shadow of the House of the Sun, DJ Del Sol is sure to be its instigator.
AKAKU PROGRAM, Runner up Erica Kanakaoli Address: 333 Dairy Rd., Kahului, Hi 96732 Phone: 808-871-5554 Website: http://www.akaku.org A bunch of y’all voted for someone named Erica Kanakaoli. But apparently, Akaku puts the “public” in “public access” so much that even Akaku programmers are too elitist to know who she is. WTF, dear readers? Are we missing something? Or are you? (We even went so far as to venture “His Majesty” of the moustache Eric Kanakaole, or perhaps the fact that the Miss Aloha Hula competition is held at the Edith Kanakaole Stadium. But since no one voted for “the king” or the more obvious Miss Aloha Hula, we must digress...) Next time, help us out a little by picking something that’s actually on Akaku. Please? Otherwise we’ll have to again revert to the runner’s up--and BOM’s perennially winning “show”--the Maui County Council meetings. Not that those meetings can’t be entertaining as hell, but sometimes they’re just hell on Earth. Not to mention it’s all paid for by the County (which is good for Akaku and thus good for all of us), but it’s not exactly a feat of independent video, is it? (P.S. Mahalo Shawn Michael!)
FEMALE MUSICIAN, Winner Erin Smith Website: http://thethrowdowns.com This femme fatal--the frontwoman for The Throwdowns foursome--seems to get feistier as the weeks fly by. Erin Smith’s always got her cherub’s nose to the go-getter grind; hard work that’s paid off by catapulting her and her pop comrades into the limelight. Though a Canadian cutie, she quickly became the Maui scene’s darling of wahine rockers, and time and again readers have voted her as their far-and-away fave. There’s something gloriously--yet girlishly--guttural in the way she belts her beautiful tunes, and MauiTime toasts her success.