celebration of the arts—26th year at the ritz-carlton, kapalua

Returning to the resort for the 26th consecutive year, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will convene Hawai‘i’s most reputable artisans, educators, cultural practitioners, speakers and entertainers, March 30 and 31, 2018 during the annual Celebration of the Arts Festival. The theme for the 2018 event is “Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike…In Work There Is Knowledge.” This highly anticipated festival allows both visitors and locals the opportunity to experience authentic Hawaiian culture through various activities including hands-on art demonstrations, informative speaker panels, historic films, cultural panels, and traditional music and dance.

Nestled in one of Hawai‘i’s largest nature preserves, Kapalua Resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua proudly maintains the Honokahua Preservation Site – a recognized “wahi pana” (sacred site) that lies adjacent to the resort, and serves as a destination where Native Hawaiians gather to conduct ceremonial rituals and honor their ancestors. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua brought on the first Cultural Advisor to The Ritz-Carlton brand, Clifford Nae‘ole, who co-created the Celebration of the Arts Festival to further enrich and educate guests and locals about the resort’s deep Hawaiian cultural roots and historical surroundings.

“I’ve had the pleasure of watching the Celebration of the Arts Festival grow and evolve over the past 26 years since its inception in 1992,” says Clifford Nae‘ole, Cultural Advisor at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. “We are proud to be able to continue to honor our native Hawaiian culture and instill that same appreciation and respect in our resort guests and island locals.”

Throughout the weekend, festival participants will enjoy traditional Hawaiian oli (chants), music, hula, cultural ceremonies, and impromptu performances that reflect upon the spirit of aloha that the islands are known for. The “Celebration of Island Tastes” will culminate the weekend festivities bringing together the foods of traditional Hawaii and the contemporary cuisine of local families.

A sampling of Celebration of the Arts Festival activities include:

Friday, March 30, 2018

  • Hiuwai & e ala e – A native Hawaiian cleansing & sunrise protocol, this is an annual tradition of the Celebration of the Arts. Guests are invited to join cultural practitioners for an invigorating ceremony guaranteed to rejuvenate the body and spirit. Chants are offered by all to the rising sun. Attendees should bring swimwear and towels.
  • Ka Wai A Kane (Awa Ceremony) – Practitioners and participants gather to pledge their support to all things Hawaiian by sipping the sacred and bitter waters of Kane…awa. Participation is by invite only. Public viewing is encouraged. Photography is not permitted
  • Wehe ka i puka (Opening Protocol) – Emotions and spirituality run high as traditional chants of genealogy and the islands are expressed by practitioners asking permission to be a part of the Celebration of the Arts. The Namahana Award of Excellence will be presented to kupuna (elders) who have dedicated their lives to serving the culture.
  • Hands-on & Contemporary & Traditional Art, Crafters and Farmers Market – Village Gallery artists, traditional cultural artists, crafters and local farmers bring the event to life. Guests are invited to cruise and/or create!
  • Hula is Life – Join Kumu Hula Kamaka Kukona in a unique opportunity to really experience hula. Hands, feet, eye and hip coordination in rhythm to traditional Hawaiian implements.
  • Out of State, Documentary Film – A powerful film of Native Hawaiians within the confines of an Arizona Prison. They find the “Hawaiian-ess” while there…but what happens upon their return?
  • Celebration After Hours – Grammy Award winner Kalani Pe‘a and his band celebrates music at its best. DJ Scotty closes the night with music that is guaranteed to get you on the dance floor. 21 years and over, valid ID required.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

  • Riding a Different Current – A fascinating discussion involving Hokule‘a Captain and Navigator, Nainoa Thompson and his spouse, KHON2 news anchor Kathy Muneno, as well as Billy Richards, Hokule‘a Captain and his spouse, Debbie Nakanelua-Richards, Hawaiian Airlines Community Relations Director. While their husbands ride the waves of the ocean, Kathy appears on the airwaves and Debbie rides the currents of the air. How do they conduct their lives as professionals, parents and partners in the culture.
  • Na Wahine…Na Alaka’i…Women…Leaders – Dynamic women of Hawai’i have elected to say “it’s time!” How empowered do they feel as women trying to make a difference? What drives their passion and what challenges do they face? Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee, Carmen Hulu Lindsey; local watchdog and activist, Mahina Martin; Founder of the National Women’s March, Teresa Shook.
  • The Celebration of Island Tastes – Back for a “hana hou” (curtain call) from last year’s Celebration of the Arts Festival, this feast is not to be missed. Local families will prepare their specialties for everyone to enjoy with accompanying music live music and hula. Purchase of ticket is required.
  • Celebration After-Hours – Ikaika Blackburn and Na Hoa CD release party. An evening of fun with the best music and graceful hula. Josh Kahula and ‘Nuff Sedd top off the Celebration of the Arts with their talent to get you on the dance floor. 21 years & over. Valid ID required.

For more information on Celebration of the Arts and additional 26th Anniversary events, please visit http://www.celebrationofthearts.org.

For more information or reservations at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, please call (800) 262-8440, the hotel directly at (808) 669-6200 or visit The Ritz-Carlton Web site at http://www.ritzcarlton.com/kapalua.




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