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                                Choreographer Camille Romero worked with participants during auditions for “Matilda, the Musical” at Iao Theater in Wailuku.


    Choreographer Camille Romero worked with participants during auditions for “Matilda, the Musical” at Iao Theater in Wailuku.

A roundup of various community events to help you know what’s going on:


>> Maui Choral Arts Association presents “December Joy!”: Today, 3 p.m., Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Castle Theater

Tickets: $30 adults; $15 students w/ID and keiki 18 and under (plus applicable fees). Artistic director Gary Leavitt and pianist Lotus Dancer perform old favorites and new exciting holiday music, with a chorus of nearly 100 singers. It’s an annual audience favorite.

>> Eric Gilliom One-Man Show — “White Hawaiian”: Third show added. Today, 5 p.m., Maui Arts & Cultural Center, McCoy Studio Theater. Tickets: $25, $35 (plus applicable fees; 10% discount for MACC Members). Actor/musician Eric Gilliom stars in an original one-man theatrical show co-created by writer/director Brian Kohne (Kuleana). In the first collaboration between the pair since the award-winning 2010 comedy “Get a Job,” Gilliom explores identity through the lens of Hawaiian history, contemporary culture and family.

>> Krishna Das — “‘enCHANTing’ Evening of Kirtan”: Monday, 7 p.m., Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Castle Theater. Tickets: $45 advance; $55 day of show; $11 keiki ages 3-12 (plus applicable fees). Krishna Das and Ram Dass combine their long-standing popular annual Thanksgiving Satsang and Kirtan programs. Krishna Das will be accompanied by his full band, including Arjun Bruggeman (tabla), Genevieve Walker (violin), David Nichtern (guitar), Nina Rao (finger cymbals), Noah Hoffeld (cello) and Mark Gorman (bass). A special appearance by the iconic cultural figure Ram Dass is expected. The gathering serves as a food drive for the Maui Food Bank. Bring organic canned/boxed food donations for drop off at the MACC gate dispensaries on the night of the event.


>> BMI Maui Songwriters Festival (Miranda Lambert Featuring Maren Morris & Friends): Saturday, Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m.; gates at 4:30 p.m., Maui Arts & Cultural Center, A&B Amphitheater. Tickets: $49, $69, $89, $129, plus a limited number of $159 Gold Circle Seats (plus applicable fees). Gold Circle tickets include premium seating with access to dedicated bars and restrooms in the courtyard. Country superstar Miranda Lambert returns to the BMI Maui Songwriters Festival for the second year in a row and will headline the festival with support from Grammy winner Maren Morris. Both received 2019 Female Artist of the Year Country Music Association (CMA) nominations. Randy Houser will return to the festival along with country rocker Lukas Nelson. Also appearing are country hit-maker Dustin Lynch, Kevin Griffin from Better Than Ezra, singer-songwriter Lucie Silvas and local favorites Lily Meola and Tavana. Top songwriters featured over the three-day festival include country music’s Tim Nichols, Natalie Hemby, Luke Dick and BMI icon Bob DiPiero. Also joining the festival will be up-and-comers Kassi Ashton, Alex Hall and Roman Alexander.


>> “Matilda” Presented by Maui Onstage: The Historic Iao Theater, 68 N. Market St., Wailuku. Friday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m., through Dec. 14; Saturday, 2 p.m., Dec. 7, 14; Sunday, 3 p.m. today and Dec. 8; Sunday 6 p.m., Dec. 15. Cost: $20-40. Info: 242-6969 or


>> Manoa Radio Upcountry Sundays: This monthly benefit and live show for 91.7 Manoa Radio brings together a lively social crowd to enjoy music, camaraderie, dance and food from 2 to 5 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month at Casanova Italian Restaurant & Deli, 1188 Makawao Ave., Makawao. There is a $10 donation at the door. Call 572-0220 or visit

>> Karaoke Calls: A mostly mature crowd of regulars as well as newcomers gathers from 9 p.m. to midnight every Thursday and Saturday at the Stopwatch Grill, 1127 Makawao Ave., Makawao. There is no cover charge. For more information, call 572-1380 or visit

>> Lahaina Banyan Tree Lighting: The LahainaTown Action Committee will host the 22nd Annual Lighting of the Banyan Tree in downtown Lahaina on Saturday. The event will be split between Campbell Park in the day and Banyan Tree Park for the lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Front Street will also be decorated with 64 holiday wreaths. The Maui Made Holiday Gift Fair will kick off at 9 a.m. in Campbell Park, and Santa will arrive at about 2 p.m. and be available for free photos with children from 2 to 4 p.m. Keiki activities begin at noon. The Lahainaluna High School Band performs from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. at Banyan Tree Park.


>> The Transportation Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Monday on a proposed bill that would authorize police to tow vehicles of motorists cited or arrested for traffic violations like driving under the influence of intoxicants. Council Chamber, 200 S. High St., Wailuku.

>> The Water and Infrastructure Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday to discuss potential Community Facilities Districts, and for a possible presentation by the University of Hawaii Sea Grant Program on the status of the Ka­hana Beach re-nourishment project and the potential to use a CFD forfinancing. Council Chamber, 200 S. High St., Wailuku.

>> The Civil Service Commission will meet Wednesday at 9 a.m. for updates on human resources and the payroll system, as well as on collective bargaining with UPW, HGEA, HFFA and SHOPO. Personnel Serv­ice Department Conference Room, 200 S. High St., Wailuku.

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