TODAY, JULY 3
59TH ANNUAL MAKAWAO RODEO AT OSKIE RICE
Kick up your boots and tip your hat in the heart of paniolo country at this calf-roping, bull riding and barrel-racing event. Thursday and Friday, qualifying runs start at 9 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, action starts at 1 p.m. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and $5 for kids. Free shuttle to Makawao town on Saturday. Call 357-3524.
Bull rider Anthony Schifone gets ready for the 59th annual Makawao Rodeo as bull fighters, such as Rory Souza, lend a hand. Photo by Kandyce Makekau.
Keahole lobster Benedict with spinach and Hollandaise may be ordered at the new Weekend Brunch at Merriman’s Kapalua; photo by Carla Tracy
FRIDAY, JULY 4
WAILUKU TOWN PARTY STRUTS OUT FASHIONS
Market Street will be closed to traffic at 5:30 p.m. Mishka and the Freeradikals Projeckt will rock; Maui Thing will throw the Circus Fashion Show at 7 p.m. and there will be a dance party with DJ Jorel at 8 p.m.
14 PINEAPPLE FESTIVAL IS JUICY FUN ON LANAI
The largest annual event on Lanai is two days of fun. Today, festivities run from 2 to 6 p.m. in Dole Park with entertainment, ono food, crafts, exhibits, prizes and games.
4TH STARWISH RUBBER DUCKY RACE AND FAIR
The fourth annual Starwish Rubber Ducky Race and Fair will make a splash from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as part of July 4th festivities at the Sheraton Maui Resort in Kaanapali. Keiki and adult games, fresh watermelon eating contest, shave ice, crafts and more. Open to the public. Ducky race is at noon for a fee. Call 661-0031.
ALI'I NUI FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS DINNER SAIL
Go from Maalaea to Lahaina aboard Maui's luxurious sailing catamaran, savor prime rib cut to order, sushi, cheeses, crab cakes and desserts; enjoy open premium bar and see fireworks. Call 875-0333.
FOUR SEASONS 4TH OF JULY BEACH BARBECUE
Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea will present a holiday barbecue from 6 to 8 p.m. on its Oceanfront Lawn. Dig into classic American fare, such as corn on the cob, natural beef hot dogs, local salads, baby back ribs, hamburgers. Beers and non-alcoholic beverages are included. Cost is $79 for adults and $19 for children 6 to 12. Call 874-2201.
SEABURY HALL'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Party on Garth for for those 21 and older with a dinner and open bar of epic proportions. Dance to live music and enjoy complimentary child care. Call 442-6138.
SATURDAY, JULY 5
LANAI PINEAPPLE FEST DISHES UP FIREWORKS
The fun continues on Lanai in cool Dole Park in Lanai City with a parade starting at 3 p.m. and fireworks culminating the fun at 9 p.m. Enjoy music by Weldon Kekauoha, and cooking contest with "Food Truck Race" winner Adam Tabura, along with crafts, games, ono local food and more. Expeditions will run a late night ferry from Manele Harbor to Lahaina at 10 p.m. To book, call 661-3756. Four Seasons will run ongoing shuttles from Manele to Dole for $10.42 per person. Hop aboard and pay.
THE MAKAWAO PARADE CELEBRATES PANIOLO
The colorful Hawaiian-style Wild West Parade with classic cars, pa'u riders, music and floats runs from 9 to 11 a.m. Park at Oskie Rice Arena and take free shuttle into town. For more details, call 572-9565.
LAHAINA JODO MISSION HOSTS O-BON FESTIVAL
The evening begins with the Buddhist O-Bon service at 6:30 p.m., followed by a procession of lanterns around the Great Buddha, and a floating lantern ceremony beachfront. Do the bon dance; watch Maui Taiko and Fukushima Taiko members; savor cone sushi, chow fun, teriyaki beef, andagi and more. Keiki games, too. Address is 12 Ala Moana St., Lahaina. Call the mission at 661-4304.
POOKELA CHURCH WILL STAGE ANNUAL BAZAAR
Established in 1843, the Pookela Church at 200 Olinda Road will host its annual bazaar from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free entertainment, parade parking, jumping castle, silent auction, keiki games and food.
CAR, TRUCK AND BIKE SHOW AT WAR MEMORIAL
Find your inner "low rider" or Evel Knievel and rev up interest in fun, new models and other unique rides from noon to 10 p.m. at the War Memorial Gym parking lot in Wailuku.
MERRIMAN'S DEBUTS ITS NEW WEEKEND BRUNCH
Sip a Bloody Merriman and eat Keahole lobster Benedict from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m., and hear Ranga Pae's Kimo in the middle of it all Saturdays and Sundays. Call 669-6400.
'PIPPIN' WALKS ON STAGE AT THE STEPPINGSTONE
Maui Academy of Performing Arts presents "Pippin" starting tonight through July 13 in the Steppingstone Playhouse at the Queen Kaahumanu Center. See BackStage on Page 5 for more details, or call 244-8760.
SUNDAY, JULY 6
UPCOUNTRY SUNDAYS MANA'O BIRTHDAY BASH
Mana'o Hana Hou Radio will host its Acoustic-Style Big 11th Birthday Bash from 2 to 5 p.m. at Casanova in Makawao with the Mana'o Radio Orchestra with all of he usual suspects, Steve Grimes on jazz and funk, and Yum Yum Beast with Justin Morris and Matt DelOlmo of Brown Chicken/Brown Cow. Eat free birthday cake. Cost of $7 benefits the 91.7 FM nonprofit.
THURSDAY, JULY 10
MICK FLEETWOOD @ THE MACC TO BE AN ENCORE
Fleetwood Mac's legendary drummer and Maui resident, Mick Fleetwood, returns to Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the public go on sale Thursday, July 3. The cost is $49; $69 (for reserved seats); and $149 for "Rock Star" package with premium seats, meet-and-greet and signed poster. Fleetwood's on Front St. will cater preshow burgers and mahimahi tacos. Call 242-7469.
FRIDAY, JULY 11
MAXI PRIEST IN SUMMER REGGAE FEST-WAIKAPU
The 2014 Summer Reggae Festival will feature Maxi Priest and Big Mountain, Ekolu and Mitchell Bruning. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. General admission is $40. For tickets, call (808) 550-8457 or visit the website at www.honoluluboxoffice.com.