Maui Arts & Entertainment

MHS to Present Inspirational Films at Sugar Beach

May 26, 2016, 8:00 AM HST
* Updated May 26, 8:30 AM
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natm_poster_WEBThe Maui Humane Society, in conjunction with Sugar Beach Events, will present two inspirational films on Saturday, June 4, at Sugar Beach Events in Kīhei to benefit the Maui Humane Society.

The family friendly event will feature The Champions, which tells the story of pit bulls rescued from former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick’s dog-fighting ring, and the people who risked it all to save them. It is a story of second-chances, redemption and hope.

This uplifting documentary takes viewers on a journey about much more than just dogs—about prejudice, being misunderstood, the power of resilience and the significance of the relationship that humans have with animals.

The Champions is not about dog-fighting and there are no graphic scenes. It is about the dogs’ lives after they were rescued.

Also, featured will be For The Love of Dogs, an inspiring, heart-warming story told through the eyes of a child on the autism spectrum, whose passion for dogs has opened up his communication, allowing him to connect with the world around him.


This is the first time that the Maui Humane Society has ever hosted an event like this. The genesis really was the movie itself—The Champions.


“We loved the idea of bringing this movie to Maui and telling the story about the rehabilitation of these dogs and their lives now, since they have found hope and love in their new forever homes,” the Maui Humane Society stated in it press release. “We also became aware of For The Love of Dogs, which is equally as inspiring as it speaks to the strong connection that people have with dogs, especially children, and how those relationships can be life-changing.”

For The Love of Dogs will be shown inside at 6:15 p.m. and again at 6:45 p.m.

The main feature, The Champions, will be shown outside on the lawn under the stars. Guests should bring low lawn chairs and blankets to sit on.


Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Chef Lee Anderson is preparing a menu which includes Panko Crusted Shrimp, Thai Ginger Chicken and Tofu Stir Fry and more.

Snacks such as popcorn and cotton candy will also be for sale. There will be a full bar as well as non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase.

No outside food or beverages are allowed in the venue.

Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $10 for kids. A family pack is available for $50 and includes tickets for two adults and two children.

Tickets are available for purchase at

Only a limited number of tickets will be for sale at the door on the night of the event.

Children must be over the age of 10 years old. Only service animals will be allowed in the event.

Use of the venue is being donated by Chef Anderson and Carl Anderson, all video equipment is being donated by Jon Flynn of Home Theater Masters and additional furniture is being donated by Rodrigo at Rio Event Design.

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