Last Thursday was proclaimed Mick Fleetwood Day by Mayor Alan Arakawa, but the honoree chose instead to make it "our day" for the large crowd in Castle Theater for the second - shall we say annual? - Fleetwood @ the MACC concert.
A rollicking good time was had by all, propelled by Fleetwood's high-energy drumming - steady as a locomotive, fast as a bullet train. His longtime collaborator Rick Vito looked like a jukebox hero as he channeled vintage blues and boogie riffs on his guitar and vocals, keeping the drummer smiling all night long.
The mayor's proclamation acknowledged all the groups and causes Fleetwood has helped since making Maui "truly my home." As though to illustrate the point, during the "Don't Stop" finale, the curtain slowly rose behind Fleetwood's drum-kit throne to reveal the Zenshin Daiko drummers in their purple kimonos, their hands flying, up past their bedtimes to catch the song's beat, and spirit.
Still dashing at 67, the white-bearded musician may be one of the great drummers in rock history, but still comes across as a genteel, very tall, amusing English country squire. Two hours of drumming is a workout, but his prowess, stamina and smile showed the health benefits that come from following your bliss. He called it "the luck of the draw, being part of the creative process."
After the show's first act, which had Mick and Rick sitting on a couch, talking story and fielding inane questions from the audience, he brought out the rest of the band - featuring local boys Bob Johnstone on keyboards and Lenny Castellanos on bass - shifting into high gear in a set that kept getting more energized over the next two hours. Oh well, the world kept turnin' for that Black Magic Woman and anyone else susceptible to the Fleetwood Boogie.
Lois Roberts, Jake Cites and Greg Boyd were rocking in the row right in front of me; Mick's 97-year-old mum was a few rows back. Familiar faces dotted the crowd, including Ed Carson, Stella Rivers and Mardi Swatek. After special guests Willie K and Eric Gilliom joined the band, the night began to feel a little like a "Get a Job" reunion. Brian Kohne, writer/director of the locally made screwball comedy, was in the house, along with cast and crew members like Chelsea Hill, Phil Swatek, Tony Novak-Clifford, Sharon DrayerMunz and Aubrey Hord.
The show was loud and happy - one of those concerts you couldn't stop thinking about tomorrow.
The following day Eric joined his sister, Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom, to honor their brother, Timi Gilliom, captain of Lahaina's 62-foot sailing canoe Mo'okiha o Pi'ilani.
After almost two decades of starts and stops, carpenter and ocean-voyaging veteran Timi was the guy responsible for getting the nonprofit Hui o Wa'a Kaulua canoe finally finished and into the water that memorable afternoon.
On the sweltering asphalt of Mala Wharf, the launch ceremony was steeped in Hawaiian protocol, tradition and tears of joy around the large crowd. The day felt like it could have been recorded on tapa cloth or in woodblock prints; instead, it was masterfully captured by The Maui News' photographer Matt Thayer and staff writer Chris Sugidono, in images infused with the day's glow.
Sam Ka'ai, one of the many speakers in the ceremony, said the canoe's destination was "the edge of a new vision." Another speaker observed, "If you have Hawaiian blood, it came on a canoe."
The traditional piko ceremony, symbolizing a new birth by cutting a maile lei, was fitting for the launch, which finally brought a dream to life to proudly carry traditional Hawaiian wisdom onto the rising tide of the future.
After these two chicken-skin examples of what humans can accomplish and create, I rounded out my island-hopping Saturday morning with a bunch of cats. Ours, Phoebe, and her new acquaintances Max and Morpheus were among more than 100 at the Maui Humane Society getting shots for feline panleukopenia, a fatal virus that has been reported on the island.
Barking dogs on the other side of the shelter walls didn't allay most of the felines' displeasure at being there. The grass was like a parking lot of cat carriers, with little claws reaching out to scratch anything in range as mournful meows wafted into the air.
Linda Dorset was among the helpful volunteers; vet tech Kehau Magana administered the shot. The scene felt both comical and the right thing to do - especially if anyone is leaving half-eaten mouse carcasses around your household these days.
The next clinic is Saturday. The shots are on a donation basis. Contact the Maui Humane Society to learn more.
* Rick Chatenever, former entertainment and features editor of The Maui News, is a freelance journalist, instructor at UH-Maui College and Emmy-nominated scriptwriter. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 344-9535.