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Celebrate Maui’s multicultural roots

By Staff | Apr 8, 2010

Kupuna take part in “A Day of Culture and Art.” Photo by Neal Wagner.

KAHULUI — Cultural Diversity Days Celebration will present “A Day of Culture and Art” on Sunday, April 11, at University of Hawaii Maui College from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

This celebration of Maui’s unique multicultural community will feature an array of traditional music and dance, arts and crafts, costumes and demonstrations by various groups representing Maui’s diverse ethnic mix.    

The event will also include foods and crafts for purchase and on-stage performances headlined by singer Hulu Lindsey. Admission is free.

The day’s schedule includes introductions at 10 a.m., Maui Academy of Performing Arts Dance at 10:20 a.m., Na Kupuna O Lokelani at 10:40 a.m., Hawaiian Serenaders at 11:05 a.m., Maui Taiko at 11:30 a.m., awards and Mayor’s Proclamation at noon, special surprise guest at 12:35 p.m., Sarala Dance at 1:10 p.m., Hawaii Ballroom Dancers at 1:35 p.m., Jamallad at 2 p.m., Makawao Hongwanji Kendo at 2:20 p.m., Good Shepherd Filipino Dance Group at 2:45 p.m., Hulu Lindsey at 3:15 p.m. and “Transitions,” a drama presentation, at 4 p.m.

“The goal of this day is to bring together as many different cultural groups and art forms as possible in the same place on the same day to increase appreciation and understanding of each groups’ varying gifts,” said Marilynn Hirashima, chair of the Maui County Commission on Culture and the Arts.

      Awards are also part of the day’s festivities. Winners of art contests conducted by the Maui County Sisters Cities Foundation and MOA of Hawaii will be announced, and all entries will be on display.

The annual Masaru “Pundy” Yokouchi Award will be presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to culture and arts in Maui County.

“A Day of Culture and Art” is sponsored by the Maui County Commission on Culture and the Arts, Arts Education for Children Group, Maui County Sister Cities Foundation, Hawaii Tourism Authority, County of Maui, and MOA Hawaii.

Current updates and more information will be posted continuously at the Arts Education for Children website at www.aecg.org, or call Marilynn Hirashima at 878-1866.