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In summer, this weeklong international festival attracts big-name celebrities to Maui for cinema and soirees under the stars. Throughout the year, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center presents art-house films on selected evenings, often accompanied by live music, cocktails, and wine. www.mauifilmfestival.com.
This lofty resort's lobby lounge is perfect when you want live Hawaiian music, a bit of hula, freshly prepared sushi, and artisanal cocktails all in one sitting. Gorgeous orange ceilings, stark-white stone columns and modern wicker furnishing pull off understated look quite well. The colorful sunset over Lanai isn't too shabby either. www.fourseasons.com.
Founded in 1974, this nonprofit performing-arts group offers fine productions, as well as dance and drama classes for children and teens. Recent shows have included Macbeth,Nutcracker Sweets, and Les Miserables.www.mauiacademy.org.
By Kaanapali Beach, this luau excels in every category—breathtaking location, well-made food, smooth-flowing buffet lines, and a nicely paced program that touchcs on Hawaiian, Samoan, Tahitian, Fijian, Tongan, and Maori cultures. The finale features a solo fire-knife dancer. You'll feast on delicious Hawaiian delicacies like shoyu chicken, lomilomi (rubbed with onions and herbs) salmon, and Pacific ahi poke (pickled raw tuna, tossed with herbs and seasonings). The dessert spread consists of various chocolate, pineapple, and coconut indulgences. An open bar offers beer, wine, and the usual tropical concoctions. www.maui.hyatt.com.
This feast redefines the luau by crossing it with island-style fine dining in an intimate beach setting. Each course of this succulent sit-down meal expresses the spirit of specific island cultures—Hawaiian, Samoan, Aotearoan, Tahitian. Don't pass up the delicious desserts. Lahaina's gorgeous sunset serves as the backdrop to the accompanying show, which forgoes gimmicks and pageantry for an authentic cultural presentation of Polynesian chants and dances. "Lele," by the way, is a more traditional name for Lahaina. www.feastatlele.com.
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