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Cultural Delights

Before you unwrap your presents in a few weeks, share the gift of culture with your loved ones. From a nationally renowned vocalist to classy holiday hula, here are some of the most intriguing cultural happenings that are starting off December.

Banjo star Béla Fleck performs with the Hawai‘i Symphony Ochestra for two nights only.

A Night with Béla Fleck
With his experience in bluegrass, country, jazz and world music, banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck is redefining classic music. For two nights, the top talent joins Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra under the director of conductor Michael Stern. On the program: Fleck’s own The Impostor, Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra. Dec. 7-8. Tickets from $32. Neil S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave., Kaka‘ako, 593.2468, hawaiisymphonyorchestra.org

The Inaugural Kahilu Theatre Masquerade
After a hiatus from Hawai‘i Island’s cultural scene, Waimea’s Kahilu Theatre is back in business. And to end 2013 on a truly high note, this arts institution is throwing a lavish masquerade gala at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Kohala Coast. Enjoy the vocal talents of Grammy- and Emmy-nominated recording artist Michael Feinstein before hitting the dance party afterward. Dec. 6. Tickets from $185. Hilton Waikoloa Village, 69-425 Waikoloa Beach Dr., Waikoloa Village, 885.6868, kahilutheatre.org

Christmas with Nāpua
To celebrate the holidays with music from her third release, Lei Kulāia, four time Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winner Nāpua Grieg takes the stage at the Valley Isle’s premier arts venue. Joining her are the ladies of Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka o Uka, who will surely please the crowd with their hula stylings, as well. Dec. 7. Tickets $25. Maui Arts & Cultural Center, McCoy Studio Theater, 1 Cameron Way, Kahului, Maui, 242.2787, mauiarts.org

The Gertrude Mary Joan Damon Haig Collection: He Makana of Hawaiian Art, Paintings and Prints
One of the largest gifts ever made to the state’s Art in Public Places program, this astonishing collection named after one of the islands’ most prominent families makes its public debut. Feast your eyes upon Hawaiian heirlooms like koa calabashes and feather capes, along with paintings by Lionel Walden. Opens Dec. 6. Free. Hawai‘i State Art Museum, 250 S. Hotel St., Downtown Honolulu, 586.0900, hawaii.gov/sfca

A Cazimero Christmas
The years may go by, but the Brothers Cazimero’s spectacular remains one of most popular holiday concerts in the islands. This year’s outing will feature special guest star Lehua Kalima, plus Leina‘ala Kalama Heine, Robert Cazimero’s Hālau Nā Kamalei and the Ladies of the Royal Dance Company. Dec. 13-15. Tickets from $30. Hawai‘i Theatre Center, 1130 Bethel St., Chinatown, 528.5535, hawaiitheatre.com