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2024 Maui Bon Dance Schedule: upcoming Obon season dedicated to memory of ancestors, those lost in Lahaina wildfires

The Bon dance season is set to make its return to Maui this summer. The Japanese Buddhist tradition of Obon, which is held at various temples throughout Maui County, is a community celebration to honor and offer prayers to the spirits of ancestors through music and dance. The full 2024 Maui Bon Dance Schedule is posted HERE. Read On Chevron Forward

Jazz Maui Jazz Camp opens sign-ups for summer clinics

A series of clinics conducted by professional jazz musicians is slated to take place next month on Maui. It is designed for aspiring jazz vocalists and musicians of all ages and experience.

The Shops at Wailea announces Father’s Day Giveaway, classic car show, and June entertainment lineup

Residents can join in the Father’s Day festivities with The Shops at Wailea’s Social Media Giveaway through Thursday, June 13, 2024.

Maui Public Art: Makawao Sculpture Project on view through July 2024

In April 2024, sculptor and architect Matthias Neumann created an 8 x 8 x 11 foot sculpture on the front lawn of the Makawao Public Library inspired by the story of Hui Mo‘olelo participant Kim Thayer of Mauna Kahālāwai Watershed Partnership and Scott Fisher, Director of ʻĀina Stewardship at Hawai’i Land Trust.

Amy Hānaialiʻi and Richard Cray star in ‘Man of La Mancha’ on Maui this summer 

Hawai’i’s top-selling female vocalist of all time, Amy Hānaialiʻi, will return to her roots in musical theatre to perform with professional actor Richard Cray in MAPA’s production of the iconic musical Man of La Mancha. The show runs August 16-25 at Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater.

Struggling families cope with tragedy by making art and lei

A homeless shelter and art studio on Maui have partnered to give struggling families something invaluable: Peace in the face of hardship.

Hyatt Regency Maui extends Nashville Nights through summer season

Six of Nashville’s talented artists will bring a touch of southern charm to Maui’s tropical paradise this summer, with shows planned each month at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa through September 2024.

‘Lovely Lee’ by Maui’s Moses Goods III sets June shows at ProArts Playhouse

To close out its 2023-24 theatrical season, ProArts Playhouse is hosting a play written by Maui’s own Moses Goods III that chronicles the highs and lows of 1970s life on the outside of convention, based on the true story of one Honolulu Hotel Street prostitute’s harrowing journey.

Upcountry Gallery’s grand opening marks a fresh start in Makawao for artists whose work was lost to fires

A brand new fine art gallery in Makawao is defining itself as a new beginning for Maui artists who lost their main source of income after the devastating fires destroyed their art and the galleries that hosted them in Lahaina.

A 2,000-foot mural of plumeria lei is unveiled at Hawaiʻi State Capitol

A 2,000-foot mural of a plumeria lei can now be seen encircling the Hawai‘i State Capitol building on O‘ahu. The unveiling of the “He Lei Ho‘okipa” took place on Tuesday, to welcome and honor participants of the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FestPAC). The mural serves as a visual message of aloha, extending a warm welcome to the 27 Pacific nation delegations of FestPAC.

Maui Arts & Cultural Center presents FOCUS in the Schaefer International Gallery, June 15 to Aug. 7

Maui Arts & Cultural Center presents FOCUS in Schaefer International Gallery, a group exhibition featuring the work of seven contemporary Japanese photographers who go by the collective name Photography? End? The artists include Yuji Hamada, Ken Kitano, Miki Nitadori, Yuki Onodera, Naruki Oshima, Risaku Suzuki, and Kazuyoshi Usui. Their respective avenues of work look at the potentiality of photography in a rapidly evolving digital age, with a diverse range of approaches in material innovation. The exhibition runs from June 15 through Aug. 7. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Levitt AMP Hāna Mele series kickoff with Maka Gallinger

The Levitt AMP Hāna Mele Series kicks off Friday, June 7, 2024, at 2:30 p.m. at the Hāna Farmers Market. The event features an afternoon of live music, arts and culture with Maka Gallinger and students from He Makana Aloha Music Camp. Maka Gallinger is a celebrated singer-songwriter, recording artist, and performer from Hawaiʻi Island. […]

2024 Kamehameha Day Parade returns to Kaʻahumanu Ave. on June 15

The 2024 Nā Kamehameha Commemorative Pā‘ū Parade and Ho‘olaule‘a will take place on Saturday, June 15, 2024. Due to the recent fires in Lahaina, this year’s commemoration has been relocated to Central Maui. The parade will proceed down Ka‘ahumanu Ave. and conclude at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center. 

Maui Arts & Cultural Center presents 33rd Annual Kī Hō‘alu Festival, June 30

The 33rd Annual Kī Hō‘alu Festival returns to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center live and in-person as well as livestreamed on Sunday, June 30.

Celebration of Life Sunday for former Maui theatrical education director

A former theatrical education director for the Maui Arts & Cultural Center who helped thousands of children on Maui do live performances in schools and attracted hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money, has died. Margherita Therese Pappas passed at her home in Kula on April 23. She was 73.

Kamalei Kawaʻa to sing at homecoming show on Friday

The Grand Wailea has announced the first Homecoming Performance of Maui-native singer-songwriter, Kamalei Kawaʻa, a Grammy nominee and top-20 contestant on NBC’s “The Voice”. The concert will be held on the Grand Wailea’s Molokini Garden on Friday, June 7 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Two anime movies to screen at Nisei Veterans Memorial Center

The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center will show famed animator Makoto Shinkai’s “Children Who Chase Lost Voices” on Saturday, June 8, and “Your Name” on Saturday, June 15.

‘ʻUkulele for Lahaina’ project kicks off with Kula ʻUkulele Festival, June 22

The “ʻUkulele for Lahaina” Project announces the inaugural Kula ʻUkulele Festival, a special event as part of the Maui Jazz & Blues Festival series dedicated to providing ʻukulele to families who lost their instruments in the August 2023 Lahaina wildfire. The event will feature some of Hawaii’s top ʻukulele masters and will take place on June 22 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean Organic Farm and Distillery on the slopes of Haleakalā.

40 outstanding honorees inducted into the inaugural ‘Maui Nui Hall of Fame’ at Kahului Airport

The first phase of the “Maui Nui Hall of Fame” was unveiled Sunday evening at Kahului Airport, featuring 40 inaugural inductees from Maui County who have made significant contributions in music, film, and sports in Hawai‘i and beyond. The event drew more than 100 Hawaiʻi icons, government leaders, residents and well-wishers who celebrated the accomplishments, talents and impressive careers of honorees who have left a lasting impact in their respective fields.

2024 Maui Bon Dance Schedule: upcoming Obon season dedicated to memory of ancestors, those lost in Lahaina wildfires

The Bon dance season is set to make its return to Maui this summer. The Japanese Buddhist tradition of Obon, which is held at various temples throughout Maui County, is a community celebration to honor and offer prayers to the spirits of ancestors through music and dance. The full 2024 Maui Bon Dance Schedule is posted HERE.

‘Chinese in Agriculture’ exhibit celebrates legacy at Maui AgFest & 4-H Livestock Fair 2024

The Maui AgFest & 4-H Livestock Fair takes place today, Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at War Memorial Special Events Field.  This year at AgFest, Maui County Farm Bureau (MCFB) honors the legacy of “Chinese in Agriculture on Maui.” The Wo Hing Society presents this free special exhibit from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., outlining the history and lasting impact of Chinese immigrants and settlers. The Wo Hing Society Hall stood in historic Lahaina Town as a symbol of Chinese culture for more than a century before it was destroyed in the fires.
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