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Celebration of the Arts to explore ‘Our Ancestral Paths’

By Staff | May 1, 2014

A traditional awa ceremony is held at Celebration of the Arts.

KAPALUA – For the 22nd consecutive year, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will bring together Hawaii artisans, educators, cultural practitioners and entertainers for Celebration of the Arts.

This cultural event will fall over Mother’s Day weekend, beginning Friday, May 9, and concluding Sunday, May 11, with an expansive Mother’s Day brunch.

Throughout the weekend, guests are encouraged to bring their family matriarchs to experience this cultural awakening, create hand-made Mother’s Day gifts and reconnect over the host culture.

The 2014 theme of “Ko makou alanui kupuna Our Ancestral Paths” promises a nod to the days of ancient and nostalgic Hawaii while discussing contemporary paths to impact the future.

Opening ceremonies include Hawaiian practitioners reciting their genealogy through traditional oli (chants). Music and hula will be staged continuously throughout the weekend.

Hands-on art, demonstrations, films, cultural panels, music and dance will serve as the common thread to allow visitors and residents the opportunity to interact and appreciate the event, which was honored with a “Keep it Hawaii Kahili Award” by the Hawaii Tourism Association.

Thought-provoking, interactive sessions include “Hawaiian Paths” with Rev. Kawika Kapaku (religion/Hawaiian spirituality); Keali’i Blaisdell (politics/law), Kainoa Horcajo (culture/hospitality industry) and Keo Woolford (arts/culture) discussing the path they have chosen to express their love for Hawaii; “Hawaiian Adornments,” in which Kumu Hula Hokulani Holt describes the beauty of adornment through Hawaiian hula eyes; Richard Roshon’s “From the Eyes of a Kayak;” Tom Vendetti’s world premier of the film “Haleakala, the Quietest Place on Earth;” Keo Woolford’s feature film “The Haumana;” and “Malama kou aloha keep your love,” the award-winning film honoring beloved “Aunty Nona” Beamer, a musician, dancer, singer, activist and mother.

The Celebration Luau and Show brings together traditional Hawaiian foods, star-studded entertainment and talent hearkening back to nostalgic Hawaii. Luau tickets are on sale now and available by calling 665-7250.

The free Celebration After-Hours Party for adults will be held Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Alaloa Lounge. Kekuhi Kealii Kanaka’ole and Kaumakahiwa Kanaka’ole will take the stage with impromptu performances in a fun-filled jam session.

For more information, visit www.celebrationofthearts.org.