the ritz-carlton, kapalua, celebration of the arts: march 29 – 31

COA_2012_Awa ceremonyFor the 21st consecutive year, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, will bring together Hawai‘i’s most reputable artisans, educators, cultural practitioners, and entertainers for an amazing and well-respected cultural event in the state, Celebration of the Arts. This much anticipated event will begin on Friday, March 29, and conclude on Sunday, March 31, with the coveted and expansive Easter Brunch.

The theme for the 21st anniversary of Celebration of the Arts, “E ulu..e ulu mau… to grow and grow forever,” promises a nod to the days of nostalgic Hawai‘i, while looking forward to the future and the impact today’s decision have on tomorrow. Opening ceremonies include Hawaiian practitioners reciting their genealogy through traditional oli (chants), while music and hula will be enjoyed continuously throughout the weekend. Hands-on art, demonstrations, films, cultural panels, music, and dance will serve as the common thread to allow visitors and residents the opportunity to interact and appreciate the “#1 Rated Annual Festival,” according to Modern Luxury Hawaii magazine. The event has also been the recipient of the “Keep it Hawai‘i Kahili Award,” a highly sough- after honor presented by the Hawai‘i Tourism Association.

Thought-provoking panels sure to enhance the 2013 event include: “Food Sovereignty,” with local farmers and agriculturalists demonstrating the importance of protecting the “old seeds”; “E kala mai, excuse me… a two-way street” by Brook Kapukuniahi Parker; and “Remembering a Princess,” where attendees will join direct lineal descendants of Princess Kale Davis in a moving discussion about a princess lost in time. A cleanup of her burial site above Kapalua Resort will also take place by attendees and volunteers to restore it to a condition worthy of such an influential woman. One of the most unique presentations of the weekend will be “Ono ka awa… the awa is delicious,” which features an array of Polynesian-grown awa paired with Hawaiian delicacies.

The Celebration Luau and Show serves as the weekend’s finale, bringing together traditional Hawaiian foods with various entertainment and talent hearkening back to nostalgic Hawai‘i and the days of the first cruise ships visiting the Islands. The Celebration After-Hours Party commences each evening, and is held in the Alaloa Lounge—complimentary for adults to enjoy—from 9pm to midnight. Fine entertainers from across the state will take the stage with impromptu performances in a fun-filled jam session that reflects the spirit of aloha. The annual Easter Brunch will take place on Sunday, March 31 – while the children’s Easter egg hunt begins on the Great Lawn. For more information, please visit the hotel’s website http://www.ritzcarlton.com/kapalua or http://www.celebrationofthearts.org. For tickets and reservations please call 669-6200.

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