2015 Celebration of the Arts –

FRIDAY, MAY 08, 2015

The Legend of Ko’olau

7:30pm – 9:00pm – The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Salons 1 & 2

Maui writer Gary Kubota brings his much heralded true-life story of a Hawaiian native, Ko’olau, to the shores of Kapalua. This one man play (Moronai Kanekoa – actor) tells of the plight of Ko’olau as he refused to be separated from his family despite his illness with Hansen’s Disease.
Tickets $25 adult/$15 children (5-12yrs old).

Celebration After Hours

9:00pm – 11:00pm – The Alaloa Lounge

The Na Hoku Hanohano multi-award winning vocal talent of Maui born, Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom is featured along with her exclusive vintage of Merlot… “Hanaiali’i”! Come and raise a glass of her sumptuous wine, and enjoy the sassy, sultry sounds of Amy and her band. Autographed bottles are your keepsake! 21 years older. No cover.



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Celebration of the Arts Kapalua Maui Hiking


Celebration of the Arts Kapalua Maui Cuisine


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“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 and video 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 23rd 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 benefited the greater good.

Meet The Artist

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

Featured Village Gallery Artist, Cindy Conklin, autographs her art and displays her signature piece for the 23rd Annual Celebration of the Arts.

Hands-on Contemporary & Traditional Art

11:00am – 4:30pm – 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 and that special Mother’s Day gift!

Mothers Gift, Ka Olelo Makuahine

11:000am – 4:30pm –  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.

Imagine… Trash to Art

11:000am – 4:30pm –  The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

The Naturalists of Jean Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment, team with the “Art to Trash” program to create a mural of beauty… from the trash collected on our ‘aina. Children are welcome to join in and become a part of the mural of imagination towards a cleaner planet.  For more details on this program,  click here.

Imagine… Steering (y)our own canoe

11:15am – 12:30pm – Salon 1, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Native Hawaiians with decision making positions focus on the future by encouraging the youth of today to step forward and steer their own path to success. How can we begin to steer our own course? Panelist: Trustee Hula Lindsey – Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Maile Meyer – Owner of Na Mea Hawaii, Native Books & Hawaiian Things, Kumu Kapono’ai Molitau – Kumu Hula & owner of Native Intelligence Co., Kawika Frietas – General Manager of the Old Lahaina Lu’au.


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

Entertainment TBD


A Green Harvest with Chef April

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.

Imagine…Flowing Waters, Healthy Lands & Streams

1:15pm – 2:30pm – Hotel Theater

The film “Ola I ka wai…water is life” is shown focusing upon the right to have water for traditional agriculturists and Native Hawaiian fresh water species. From the heavens to the mountain…from the mountain to the stream…from the stream to the ocean…everything is connected. Kyle Nakanelua from the taro patches of East Maui…Hokuao Pellegrino from the patches of Wailuku…and Calvin Hoe from the patches of Waiahole Valley on Oahu share their concerns, victories…and struggles. Funded by The Office of Hawaiian Affairs and produced by 4 Miles, LLC

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.

Imagine… The United Nations of Polynesia

3:00pm – 4:30pm  – Salon 2, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

“Most people live on a sea of land…we…live on a continent of water,” says elder Sam Ka’ai. How should we as island nations unify to protect the resources of our continent, the greater Pacific? What plans do we implement to create businesses, better health care, education, and the protection of our cultures? Panelists: Mawae Morton – New Zealand General Counsel; Dr. Failautusi Avegalio – Univ. of Hi. School of Business; Tricia Allen – Lecturer, Hawaiian and Pacific Studies Windward Community College; Ramsay Tam – Kumu in Residence for The Life Enhancement Institute of the Pacific.

The Celebration Lu’au, Show & Concert

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

Guaranteed to be the best lu’au and show in the State of Hawaii on this given night. Traditional Hawaiian feast cuisine and the contemporary flair of The Ritz-Carlton chefs take it to a higher level. The melodious voices of Ahumanu start off the evening…followed by the award winning voice of Kumu Carson Kamaka Kukona and Halau  O Ka Hanu Lehua as they perform ancient and contemporary styles of hula. Topping it off, will be Eric Gilliom and his band as he rejuvenates the songs of his CD “Into The Mystic”…dedicated to the newly launched Maui voyaging Canoe Mo’okiha, and Hawaii’s mothership of voyaging canoes the Hokule’a as she attempts to circumnavigate the globe. Not to be missed! $125 premium seating (limited). $60 per child 5 – 12 years. (limited). $100 general admission per adult. $50 per child 5 – 12 years. Price includes tax and gratuitiy. Early ticket purchase highly recommended.

The Celebration After Hours

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

Hailing from the island of Oahu, Weldon Kekauoha brings his much heralded talent to the Alaloa Lounge. This party is full of surprises with impromptu performances and guest stars! No better way to finish off the 23rd Annual Celebration of the Arts. 21 years. No outside beverages allowed. No cover.


SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2015


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! Reservations required.  Please call (808) 665-7089.