27th annual ‘celebration of the arts’ festival at the ritz-carlton, kapalua april 19-20, 2019

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is proud to host the 27th Annual Celebration of the Arts Festival, a beloved cultural event which has taken place on-property every year since the resort’s inception in 1992. On April 19 and 20, some of Hawai‘i’s most reputable artisans, educators, cultural practitioners, speakers and entertainers will convene to celebrate the islands’ history and culture with resort guests and locals alike, through traditional ceremonies, music and dance performances, local cuisine, film screenings, hands-on art demonstrations, informative speaker panels, and more. These various immersive and exciting activities will center around this year’s theme – “E Aloha I Na Mea Kanu…Love all things that are planted” – a poetic verse referring to the growth of crops, life, ancestors, thoughts, deeds and consequences.

Upon the resort’s opening 27 years ago, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua brought on the first Cultural Advisor to The Ritz-Carlton brand, Clifford Nae‘ole, who co-founded the Celebration of the Arts Festival in an effort to further engage and educate travelers and locals about the resort’s rich Hawaiian roots and historical surroundings.

Throughout the weekend, festival participants will enjoy live demonstrations, hula performances, cultural ceremonies, and an abundance of food and music that reflect the true spirit of aloha. Interactive demonstrations by more than 40 artists will include traditional Hawaiian oli (chants), Hawaiian feather art, Ni‘ihau shell lei making, Ohe hano iho (Hawaiian nose flute), printmaking, kapa making (Hawaiian bark cloth), primitive fired clay and many more. The “Celebration of Island Tastes,” a feast from traditional Hawaiian to contemporary fusions, followed by music and hula dance during “Celebration After-Hours,” will culminate the weekend festivities.

All events and activities are complimentary for hotel guests, visitors and the local community, with the exception of the ticketed Celebration of Island Tastes and Celebration After-Hours.


•Hiuwai & E ala E Ceremonies
5:45 – 6:30am
Honokahua Beach – (D.T. Fleming Beach)

•Ka Wai A Kane – Private Awa Ceremony
8 – 8:45am – Anuenue Room, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.

•Wehe ka ipuka…Open the Doorway
9 – 10am – Lobby, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

•Hands-On Art & Demonstrations
10am – 5pm – The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

•Meet the Artist – Kathleen Alexander
11am – 1pm + 3 – 4pm – The Village Gallery
Kathleen Alexander displays her signature piece designed especially for the event.

•The Roots of Ulu (film)
11am – 12:30pm – Theater

•Ulana…to weave
12:30 – 1:30pm – Theater

•The Lahaina-Honolua West Maui Seniors
1 – 1:45pm – Salon Ballroom 2

2 – 3pm – Hotel Theater

•Hawaii…Message In The Waves (film)
3:30 – 5pm – Hotel Theater

•Celebration After-Hours
8pm – 12am – Salons Ballroom, 21+ years.


•Hands-On Art & Demonstrations
10am – 5pm – The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

•Meet the Artist – Kathleen Alexander
11am – 1pm – The Village Gallery

•Community Resilience
11am – 11:45am – Hotel Theater
Tiare Lawrence and Mahina Martin

•Meet the Artist – Kathleen Alexander
11am – 1pm + 3 – 4pm – The Village Gallery

•The Journey…if you listen, you will see
12:15pm – 1:30pm – Hotel Theater

•The Napili Kai Hula Foundation
1:15pm – 2:00pm – Salon 2

•The New Age of Looking Backwards
2:30pm – 3:30pm – Hotel Theater
Kyle Nakanelua and Ke‘eaumoku Kapu

•Celebration of Island Tastes
6 – 8:30pm – Aloha Garden Pavilion
Information and pricing coming soon.

•Celebration After Hours
8pm – 12am – Salons Ballrooms
21+, valid photo ID, ticket price coming soon.
8:00pm – doors open; 8 – 10pm – The CD Release party for Maui’s own Ahumanu, also performing will be Na Wai Eha and Kuikawa. Hula by Halau Hula Na hanona kulike o Pi‘ilani; Pa‘u of Hi‘iaka; Kamaluokaleihulu: and Kekuaokala‘au ala ‘iliahi! From 10pm – 12am – Jimmy Mac & The Kool Kats will perform for a night of dancing.


•Easter Brunch at The Anuenue Room

Easter Brunch menu includes locally sourced items, Hawaiian themed dishes as well as traditional brunch items. Reservations recommended, call 665-7089. $108 per adult, $48 per child 6–12 yrs. Kama‘aina 20% off with a valid Hawai‘i State ID. Schedule subject to change.
For more information on Celebration of the Arts, please visit http://www.celebrationofthearts.org

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