2015 Celebration of the Arts –

**The 2015 Celebration of the Arts schedule is in progress.  The schedule from last year’s event is below for reference.**

FRIDAY, MAY 09, 2014

Meet The Artist

10:00am – 12:00pm – The Village Gallery, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Featured Village Gallery Artist, George Allan, autographs his art and displays his signature piece for the 22nd Annual Celebration of the Arts.

“Above and Below Maui” (Two Films)

7:00pm – 9:15pm – The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Plantation Ballroom

7:00pm – Richard Roshon, waterman, lecturer, author and kayak entrepreneur takes us to the realm of the humpback whale from the solitude of a kayak.  “From the Eyes of a Kayak” (60 minute documentary & presentation) delivers a rare sense of communication that can be accomplished between the silence of the ocean, the song of the whale, and the heart of mankind. “Everything is connected.”

8:15pm – “Haleakala…The Quietest Place on Earth” (60 minute documentary). A sneak preview of the latest film by Tom Vendetti and Rick Chatenever.  A wonderful film that shows that at certain locations…silence can be deafening.  The stillness of Haleakala Crater only enhances the sanctity and spirituality of Mauna Haleakala.  It can do the same to one’s spirit.


SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014

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Celebration of the Arts Kapalua Maui Hiking


Celebration of the Arts Kapalua Maui Cuisine


Ritz Carlton Kapalua Resort Celebration of the Arts 2006/Luau


Live Entertainment

“Hiuwai & E ala e ceremonies”

5:45am – 6:30am Honokahua Beach – (D.T. Fleming Beach)

An annual tradition of the Celebration of the Arts.  Join cultural practitioners for an invigorating ceremony guaranteed to rejuvenate your body and spirit.  Chants are offered by all to the rising sun.  Attendees should bring swim wear and towels.  Note: Photography is prohibited.

“Ka wai a kane…the waters of Kane”

8:30am – 9:30am – Pavilion Courtyard, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

The awa cup is passed and sipped by Hotel executives, cultural practitioners and event participants as a sign of commitment to na mea Hawaii…all things Hawaiian for the remainder of the year. Participation is via invite only, but the public is free to observe.  Note:  Photography is prohibited.

“Wehe ka ipuka…Open the Doorway”

10:00am – 10:45am – Lobby, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Opening protocol with genealogical chants is offered at the doorway to the hotel.  This authentic ceremony is not to be missed as participants pay tribute to their ancestors and ask to be a part of the 22nd Annual Celebration of the Arts. Two deserving kupuna (elders) will be awarded with The Namahana Award of Excellence for living a life where their actions benefitted the greater good.

Meet The Artist

10:00am – 12:00pm – The Village Gallery, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Featured Village Gallery Artist, George Allan, autographs his art and displays his signature piece for the 22nd Annual Celebration of the Arts.

Hands-on Contemporary & Traditional Art

11:00am – 5:00pm – Hotel wide, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Village Gallery artists and traditional cultural artists provide the instructions and materials needed for you to create your own piece of art!

Mothers Gift, Ka Olelo Makuahine

11:000am – 5:00pm – Salon 3, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

The cherished shells of Ni’ihau are available for you to design and craft your own jewelry while you ho’olohe (listen), and ho’opuka (learn) from the families of Ni’ihau.  $35 material fee due to the rarity of the shells.

“Hawaiian Paths” 11:15am – 12:30pm – Salon 2, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

The Reverend Kawika Kapaku (Religion/Hawaiian spirituality); Keali’i Blaisdell (Politics/Law); Kainoa Horcajo (Culture/Hospitality Industry); Keo Woolford (arts/culture) discuss the path they have chosen to express their love for Hawaii.  They face conflict and compromise…or do they?


11:30am – 12:30pm – Ambassadors of the Environment Center at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Crossfit Hawaiian style?  Let’s see how you stack up to exercise from a warrior’s outlook.  Comfortable exercise attire recommended.

Lobby Entertainment

11:30am – 12:15pm – Lobby Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Na kupuna o Lahaina Serenaders…always a crowd pleaser!


“A Green Harvest with Exeutive Chef John Zaner”

12:00pm – 12:45pm – Pool Café, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

A “farm to table” excursion through the organic gardens of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.  Dessert is a fresh green smoothie!  Enhance your garden and your health.

“Hawaiian by Nature”

12:00pm – 1:30pm – “Alaloa… the Long Path” – Honokahua Preservation Site

Hawaiian practitioner and former Maui-Lana‘i Island Burial Council Member, Lopaka Aiwohi, will reveal the emotions and background involving the Honokahua Preservation Site and The Alaloa Trail. Learn of its history, while cooperating for the future. Koa trees and Lauhala trees will be planted
on the site during this hands-on experience. Comfortable attire requested. Please meet at the round stone sculpture along the hedge of the site.

“Tasting Teas of the Islands”

12:45pm – 1:45pm – Salon 1, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Kahu Lyons Kapi’ioho Naone is your tea master as he explains the significance of (6) herbal teas found in Hawaii.  Internal, external, aromatic essences are yours to enjoy…along with a snack “chaser” to clear your palette.  Seating capacity for this unique experience is 60.  First come…first served!

Lobby Entertainment

1:30pm – 2:15pm – Lobby Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Enjoy the music and hula of Kumu Kamaka’eu Williams and his Hawaiian language students “Ka pa hula o ka ulu koa.”  Annual favorites of The Celebration of the Arts.

“Hawaiian Adornments” – Salon 2

2:00pm – 2:45pm  – Salon 2, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Kumu Hula Hokulani Holt describes the beauty of adornment thru Hawaiian hula eyes.  The meaning goes far deeper than the beauty of the feather, flower, shell, seed or bone.

“Papa mea ono!”…Dessert Class!

2:00pm – 3:30pm – Anuenue Kitchen/Anuenue Room, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Executive Pastry Chef Rafeeque Hameed leads a cooking class for the children wanting to create a dessert using banana and coconut.  Note: maximum participation 30 children.  Ages 10 to 17 please.  Parents are encouraged to join in but…the kids are the boss!

“The Haumana” (Film) 3:00pm – 5:00pm – Plantation Ballroom, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

A full-length feature film produced by Keo Woolford and touring the continental USA.  The discipline of halau hula (hula school), the responsibility of a kumu hula (hula master) and the personal intricacies of being a haumana (student) are perfectly explained in this thought provoking film.  Funny, sad…but all trying to remain on the traditional paths of hula and chant.  Set in a contemporary time frame, all three segments of hula seem to clash.  But in the end…will they all conform to a set tradition?  A Must see!

“The Celebration Lu’au and Show”

6:00pm – 9:00pm – The Aloha Pavilion, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

This annual sell-out features the finest of Hawaiian lu’au delicacies, and the contemporary flair of The Ritz-Carlton chefs. But, the food is only the beginning of your experience as the award winning Halau o ka hanu Lehua, under the direction of kumu hula Kamaka Kukona brings to life the hulas of ancient and contemporary times.  The evening is capped off with the Grammy nominated “Kahulanui”…who’s Hawaiian swing band style wowed our audiences last year and left them wanting more!  $125 (Premium Seating limited) per adult.  $60 per child 5 – 12 years.(Premium seating limited)  $100 general admission per adult.  $50 per child 5 – 12 years.  Price includes tax and gratuity.  Early ticket purchase is highly recommended. Tickets are available at the Hotel Concierge desk. The best lu’au in the State of Hawaii…bar none…on this given night.

“The Celebration After Hours”

9:00pm – 12:00am – The Alaloa Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

The Celebration continues with the highly anticipated return of “Kekuhi, Kaumakaiwa and Shawn Pimental” to Kapalua!  No better way to end the night than with these top-shelf entertainers.  Very aptly described as “weeeeehah”music…you never know what will happen on stage. Especially, with all the talent sitting in the audience which leads to fantastic impromptu performances.   21 years and over please.  ID’s will be requested. No cover.

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SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2014

Meet The Artist

10:00am – 12:00pm – The Village Gallery, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Featured Village Gallery Artist, George Allan, autographs his art and displays his signature piece for the 22nd Annual Celebration of the Arts.

Hands-on traditional and contemporary art

10:00am – 2:00pm – Hotel Wide

Village Gallery artists and traditional cultural artists provide the instructions and materials needed for you to create your own piece of art! Celebrate Mother’s Day by fashioning your own special gift to last a lifetime.

“Mother’s Day Brunch”

10:00am – 2:00pm – The Terrace Restaurant

What better way to treat your mom to something special than to enjoy the savory talents of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Chefs!  Cuisine and service at its finest.  Bring your appetite!  $96 adults. $48 children 5 – 12 yrs.  Price is exclusive of tax and gratuity.  Reservations are necessary.  Please call (808) 665-7089.

Aunty Nona Beamer “Malama ko aloha…keep your love” (film)

4:00pm – 5:30pm – Plantation Ballroom
The Maui preview featuring this award winning film of the beloved “Aunty Nona” Beamer.  Musician, singer, dancer, teacher, activist and mom.  Kenneth Martinez Burgmaier, Producer.