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Voices of Maui by Norm Bezane

April 19, 2011 - Mark Vieth
Welcome to the new Voices of Maui blog produced in conjunction with my new company, Voices of Maui Talk Story LLC. West Maui was hopping this past weekend with the challenge — unmet — of being in more than one place at one time. My personal record: 17 hours listening to music at Bill Burton’s fabulous Lahaina Jazz Festival and at the benefit for Japan at the MACC. David Paquette, who we saw at Pioneer Inn 35 years ago, wowed crowds at Pioneer Friday and Saturday and at Hard Rock Cafe Sunday afternoon. Cathy O’Brien, newly named director at LahainaTown Action Committee, remembers the days — as we do — when Paquette pounded his feet on the Pioneer Inn floor so hard that the wood finally gave way after many weeks. Someone placed a piece of plywood underneath, and he just kept playing, Cathy remembers. On Sunday, David was joined from time to time by a spectacular clarinetist from Kihei who had played with all the top bands and performers for years. Then there was the equally spectacular musician David Choy. This is not to slight the other great musicians that appeared, but many were playing elsewhere on Front Street venues at the same time. Taking time out for the MACC, we stayed from 4 until 8 p.m. until “musiced out.” Missed Willie K, but then there is always Kimo’s. Also avoided the rain on David Malo Day at Lahainaluna High School. We’ve missed this wonderful event two years in a row now due to other commitments. Watch for a column on David Paquette soon, but he may have to get in line behind Michael Moore (Part II) and Lahaina’s own Laura Blears, the world’s first professional woman surfer — meaning she got prize money. Laura is known to many of us mostly as the “hostess with the mostest” at Kimo’s.


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