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Sounds of the Season

The holidays are here! So celebrate the season with music, dance and cinema around the islands.

Amy Hānaiali‘i sings the songs of Christmas at Kahilu Theatre.

Amy Hānaiali‘i
One of my Hawaiian music’s most lauded and popular voices, Amy Hānaiali‘i makes a one-night-only appearance at Waimea’s Kahilu Theatre to sing classic Christmas tunes and more. Dec. 19. Kahilu Theatre, 67-1885 Lindsey Road, Waimea, Hawai‘i Island, 885.6868, kahilutheatre.org

Ballet Hawaii’s Nutcracker
One of the islands’ premier dance institutions, Ballet Hawaii returns to the stage with this classic holiday ballet. And in a rare treat, catch some of New York City Ballet’s principal dancers. Dec. 20-22. Neil S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave., Kaka‘ako, 800.745.3000, ticketmaster.com

Starr Kalahiki
One of the rising stars in the island music scene, this talented vocalist and Hōkū winner takes on an eclectic range of tunes, from jazzy exotica to Rosemary Clooney. Dec. 21. Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 Kīna‘u St., Makiki/Ward, honolulumuseum.org

Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Under the direction of conductor, Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra and Oahu Choral Society presents Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125. It’s a perfect early Christmas gift for classical music fans. Dec. 23. Neil S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave., Kaka‘ako, 800.745.3000, ticketmaster.com

First Light
Maui Film Festival presents its 15th edition of its annual cinema celebration, which will bring some cinematic glamour to the Valley Isle. Feast upon 20 Hawai‘i premieres and 10 special screenings, including the likes of American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street. Through Dec. 29. Maui Arts & Culture Center, 1 Cameron Way, Kahului, Maui, 242.2787, mauiarts.org