Maui Arts & Entertainment

Maui Matsuri Kicks Off on Friday, May 8

May 2, 2015, 9:00 AM HST
* Updated April 28, 8:57 AM
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Maui Matsuri.  File image courtesy Maui Matsuri.

Maui Matsuri. File image courtesy Maui Matsuri.

By Maui Now Staff

The 2015 Maui Matsuri will kick off on Friday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. at Queen Kaʻahumanu Center’s Center Stage with taiko performances, karate demonstrations, Japanese dancing and other entertainment.

The kickoff event will also feature minyo (folk) dancing, prize giveaways, a coloring contest sponsored by Sanrio, an appearance by Hello Kitty and more.

The event will conclude with bon odori (bon dance) practice around the stage from approximately 8:15 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The purpose of this free event is to engage the community and bring public awareness to the upcoming 15th Annual Maui Matsuri on Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16.

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Friday will include a movie featuring the return of Kikaida in the Maui premiere of “Kikaider Reboot”).Saturday’s event will include a festival featuring food booths, kids crafts and games, entertainment, contests and more.

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Admission to all Maui Matsuri events is free.

The event sponsored in part by Araki-Regan & Associates LLC.

For more information about the Maui Matsuri kickoff event, call the festival hotline at (808) 283-9999 or go online.

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