the macc’s 2012-13 season: global rhythms & native cultures

Fukushima Hula Girls

Fall marks a new season opening at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, when members and the community at large look forward to new experiences in entertainment and enjoyment of the arts in all its forms. You and your guests are invited to partake of a global buffet of exciting performances, which the MACC offers from fall to summer.

Native Culture

One of The Center’s most popular performance genres is Hawaiian Culture. This coming season will feature a series of shows, films, and festivals that offer authentic interpretations of Hawai‘i’s rich heritage.

The magic of hula is not only prominent in Hawai‘i but also in Japan, and MACC pays tribute to the friendship between Japan and Hawai‘i each year in Ku Mai Ka Hula International Hula Competition. This year, the event features a media presentation by renowned kumu hula and singer Keali‘i Reichel:  Hakukole, Songs, Chants & Sayings of Ridicule on September 6.

Heritage Film Festival, which showcases the stories of indigenous people of Hawai‘i and the Pacific, will screen award-winning films “Fukushima Hula Girls,” a tribute to the Japanese people in the face of disaster. on September 7, and “KoAloha ‘Ukulele Story,” an animated documentary about the O‘ahu inventor, on October 7. The historical and cultural documentaries “Under A Jarvis Moon” and “Pidgin in Hawai‘i” will also be screened.

Generations: Lindsey ‘Ohana showcases the beautiful and talented women of Maui’s Lindsey family:  mom Hulu with sisters Kahulu and Napua, who will bring their stories, songs, and halau hula to the stage.

The success of last year’s hula drama and traveling production, Kulanihako‘i: Living Waters, provides Maui audiences with a chance to experience it again in all its glory. Drawing from epic Hawaiian myths, the story depicts the many facets of water and its relationship between the ocean, land, and sky as told through the eyes of contemporary Native Hawaiians.

You can also look forward to more up close and personal Solo Sessions with Robert Cazimero, Mark Yamanaka, and Lehua Kalima Heine, among others. MACC’s Ho‘onanea series returns with concerts featuring Keola Beamer, Willie K, Keali‘i Reichel, and Halau Ke‘alaokamaile in Kukahi, Three Maui Divas, Jake Shimabukuro, and the Brothers Cazimero Lei Day concert.

Global Rhythms

World music with global rhythms are well represented this season in a variety of performances and venues. Puerto Rican treasure Eddie Palmieri combines his Latin roots with jazz solos by the Brian Lynch Quartet.  The “United Nations of rock,” Delhi 2 Dublin, performs an energetic mash-up of Bhangra, Celtic, dub, and reggae with club beats. With Taiko drums at the foundation of its world fusion mix, On Ensemble takes Japanese instruments into new realms.  American musicians who fuse the sounds of West Africa with the blues and rock, Toubab Krewe brings its world music to the dance floor. Legends of the Celtic Harp features three of the world’s premier Celtic harpers, who take you deep into the fabled history of this captivating instrument.

In a multimedia extravaganza for the whole family, Intergalactic Nemesis Book One: Target Earth, features a live action graphic novel with colorful characters on stage. On the home front, Kumu Kahua Theatre brings to life Hawai‘i’s labor camp tradition of picture brides with the play Fishing for Wives. And in honor of Native Hawaiian legends, a free Storytelling Festival will be presented at the outdoor pa:  ‘Aukelenuiaiku is a coming of age tale and hero’s quest for the life-giving waters of Kane.

The MACC is open Mon-Sat from 10am-6pm. Call 242-SHOW (7469) or visit

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