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

The Art of the Village Galleries

10:30am – 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

10:30am – 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

10:30am – 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)

The Art of Craft and Enlightenment

10:30am – 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!

Hulu Lehua

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

Documentary about the return of the treasured feathered cape and helmet given to Captain Cooke by the high chief Kalaniopu‘u. Film presented by The Office of Hawaiian Affairs and The Bishop Museum. Kyle Nakanelua and Keeaumoku Kapu relate their emotional experience as they traveled to New Zealand to bring it home to Hawai‘i.

Got Strategy?

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

Don’t miss round two 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? Find out at The Celebration of Island Tastes as the final four battle to be the champion.

Mahalo Defined

12:45pm – 1:30pm – Hotel Theater, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

A deep look into the definition of the word that in contemporary Hawai’i refers to the Western concept of “thank you.” Kumu Hula Hokulani Holt deciphers the kaona (hidden meaning) and philosophy of “Mahalo.”

The Art of Mele (music) & Hula (dance) – The Napili Kai Foundation

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

Kumu Kathy Ralar and dancers share their music and hula. Relax and enjoy the real rhythm of the islands.

Who Will Save the Bones?

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

A documentary that shows the emotion and passion of Native Hawaiians in their quest to stop the building of a major hotel upon the sacred dune where thousands of skeletal remains lay at rest. What positive gains have been made since then and what battles still continue. Discussion to follow the film.

Pohaku…A Sacred Presence

3:15pm – 4:15pm – Hotel Theater, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Kumu Kapono’ai Molitau explains why the pohaku (stones) carries a sacred energy. How does it command (y)our respect…and why do tales of misfortune follow those that do not pay reverence to its presence.

The Celebration of Island Tastes

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

Back for a “hana hou” (curtain call) from Celebration of the Arts 2016, this feast is not to be missed.  Eat as much…or as little as you like!  Local families prepare their specialties and make it available for you to enjoy.  Food script will be sold in exchange for whatever suits your taste buds.  Tasty desserts and beverages will also be served.  Entertainment by the beautiful voices of “Ahumanu”along with Halau Hula Malani O Kapehe.

Tickets on sale now by calling 665-7089 or visiting the concierge desk at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. Get your tickets early!!

GENERAL ENTRY: $25 per adult, $12 per child (6 – 11 yrs.)
KAMA‘AINA ENTRY: $15 per adult, $8 per child (6 – 11yrs.); Requires valid Hawaii ID

Entry for children 5 years and under are free.

Scripts will be available for purchase at the door.

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 – Kamakakehau Fernandez and the sweet falsetto of Hawaiian music.
  • 9:00pm – 10:00pm – Na Wai ‘Eha…the “new kids” on the threshold of stardom in Hawaiian song.
  • 10:15pm – 12:00am – The last time Kamaka Kukona and Leo Hone performed at The Celebration of the Arts…he garnered multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.  He’s back!  And he is officially releasing his brand new CD at The Celebration After Hours.  This will without a doubt be the capper to a successful 2017 Silver Anniversary of The Celebration of the Arts!

21 years and older please.  ID required for entry. No outside food or beverage.  No cover charge.

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