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25th Annual Celebration of the Arts at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

“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” Private Awa Ceremony

8:00am – 9:00am – Anuenue Room, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Hawaiian practitioners and hotel executives sit on the sacred mat to sip the bitter waters of Kane pledging support to all things Hawaiian. Participation by invite only, however public viewing is encouraged. Note:  Photography is prohibited.

“Wehe ka ipuka…Open the Doorway”

9:15am – 10:00am – Lobby, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

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.

Hawaiian Fashions… Simple, Elegant, Fabulous

10:00am – 10:30am – Lobby, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

We transition from traditional chants to contemporary fashions inspired by gifts from nature. Silks by Sarai; Ni‘ihau shell leis by Kaleialoha Roback; Pearls and sea shell jewelry by Kathy U‘u; Feather hairpieces by Leo Pahukoa-Meyers.

Meet the Artist

11:00am – 1:00pm – The Village Gallery

Village Gallery artist, Betty Hay Freeland, autographs her art and displays her signature piece for the silver anniversary of The Celebration of the Arts.

The Art of the Village Galleries

11:00am – 4:00pm – Group Registration Area, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Some of Hawaii‘i’s most renowned artists share their techniques and may even help you produce your own masterpiece. Please refer to daily insert available at
the hotel concierge desk and the Celebration of the Arts hospitality desk for a list of artists and times.

The Art of the ‘Aina

11:00am – 4:00pm – Medicinal Garden, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

A first for the Celebration of the Arts as local families and farmers share the harvest of their gardens with a Hawaiian style co-op featuring fruits, veggies and
medicinal potions.

The Art of the You

11:00am – 4:00pm – Salons 3 & 4, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Traditional and contemporary art are yours for the making and taking.  Artists and practitioners invite you to challenge your artistic skills and create an heirloom.

  • Keone Turalde – Kalae Pahu (Hawaiian drum carving)
  • Calvin Hoe – Ohe hano iho (Hawaiian nose flutes)
  • Hoaka DeLosReyes – Kalae Pohaku (Stone carving)
  • Sabra Kauka – Mea ulana lole (Weaving)
  • Hi‘ilei & Ku‘ulei Martinson – Kihei pili (Hawaiian patchwork quilting)
  • Kalei Roback – Lei pupu o Ni‘ihau (Shell leis of Ni’ihau island)
  • Wikolia Kaluna Palafox – Ki‘i ka ha‘i Ho‘ike ano (To engrave an image)
  • Cathy U‘u – Sea shell and pearl jewelry
  • Sarai Strickland – Ka hae pule – (Prayer flags)
  • Leihua Nae’ole – Olelo No‘eau (Hawaiian proverb banners)
  • Leo Pahukoa-Meyer – “Lei hulu” (Feather art)
  • Kumu Kapono’ai Molitau – “inu ka awa” (Awa bar)
  • Sila Kaina – “Ohe Kapala’ (Bamboo stamp art)
  • Calisto “Jr.” Palos – Kalae La‘au (Wood carved products)
  • Anita Marci – Watercolor
  • Ellen Levinski – Feather art
  • Jacob Adolpho – “Kalae Kaula” (Weaving cordage)
  • Pohaku Kaho’ohanohano – “Papale” (Weaving lauhala hats)

The Art of Craft and Enlightenment

11:00am – 4:00pm – Salon Prefunction, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Crafters have gathered their wares and await your presence while others anxiously want to share their stories and knowledge. Please refer to daily insert
available at the hotel concierge desk and the Celebration of the Arts hospitality desk for crafters.

The Celebration Entertainment Rooms

11:00am – 4:00pm – Salons 1 & 2, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Need a break? Sit and relax, talk story, listen to some good music and get ready for whatever is next in line for your experience!

E ala E

11:15am – 12:00pm – Hotel Theater, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

This documentary film examines the Iao Stream and how its path was carved by nature, but redesigned by humans in a very controversial way. Question and answer period to follow.

Got Strategy?

12:00pm – Salon 1, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Don’t miss round one of the first ever Hawaiian Konane Tournament. Similar to Chinese Checkers, but with the strategies of a chess master. This was a game to teach chiefs the art of battle strategy. No age brackets and no holds barred! What chief shall move on to the finals? The final four will go head to head during the Celebration of Island Tastes on Saturday night!

Ho’omau…A Story of Perseverance

12:30pm – 1:15pm – Hotel Theater, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Award winning film produced by Kenneth K. Martinez Burgmaier, Kenji Doughty and Yamata Cibulka, regarding the struggles of a Hawaiian village being overburdened by an influx of seafarers from the South Pacific.  Discussion to follow on what consequences good and bad were presented during that era.

The Lahaina and Kapalua Serenaders & Dancers

1:30pm – 2:15pm – Salons 1 & 2, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

The Celebration of the Arts would be incomplete without these kupuna (elders) that liven up the stage and bring smiles to the audience.

U and Your Ukulele

2:30pm – 3:30pm – Hotel Theater, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

If you ever wanted an opportunity to learn and play the ukulele, here is your chance! Kamakakehau Fernandez will begin the learning experience. All you
need is your ukulele, a little bit of patience and desire.

Celebration After Hours

8:00pm – 12:00am – Salons 1 & 2, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Music, merriment and a whole lot of fun.  You never know what’s going to happen!

  • 8:00pm – 8:45pm – John Cruz…one of Hawai’is most beloved musicians.
  • 9:00pm – 9:45pm – Josh Tatofi… performs an island blend of beat and harmony.
  • 10:00pm – 12:00am – Josh Kahula and his band ‘Nuff Sedd will rock the house! Dance the night away.

21 years and over please.  ID required upon entry.  No outside food or beverage.  No cover charge.

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