Every year when the Upcountry Seabury Hall Craft Fair rolls around, I know Mother’s Day is not far away because the craft fair will always fall on the Saturday before the Sunday of Mother’s Day. Held on campus grounds, this year’s 45th Annual Seabury Hall Craft Fair will take place on Saturday, May 12th from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Just as a word of caution, every year there is always a light drizzle which actually works in the favor of the craft fair because fair goers are treated to the rainbows that follow May showers. Admission for adults is $5 and children 12 and under are free. There is plenty of free parking on the ranch land just across from campus, while there is also parking on campus for a certain premium.
The 18th annual Maui Matsuri Festival offers an exploration into Japanese culture and is an ode to one of the many immigrant culutes that has shaped Hawaii into what we know it as today. The festival spread across 4 separate days a – April 27, May 3, 4 and 5 –and held at various locations throughout the Valley Isle. Festival entertainment includes Japanese and Okinawan traditions, free children’s crafts, food booths, crafts, children’s’ games, exhibits, cosplay exhibition, martial arts demos, eating contests, and art drawing contests. The festival wraps up with a traditional Bon Dance and is meant to honor the ancestors. When: May 5th from 2:00 pm to 9:00pm. Where: Festival – UH Maui Courtyard.
Maui County’s 150th Gannenmono Celebration: A Free Musical Extravaganza is held in conjunction with the Maui Matsuri Festival (featured above) and is included as 1 of the days of the 4 day festival. The event is a Musical Extravaganza and honors the 150 years of Japanese immigrants in Hawaii, but it is also a multi-cultural heritage even that includes that entertainment from the Hawaiian, Korean, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese cultures. The Kaiwo Maru, a Japanese training ship, is in port at the Kahului Harbor from May 2nd to May 5th where the crew members will also be joining festivities. When: Saturday, May 4th. Where: UH Maui Great Lawn.
10th Annual Maui Brewers Festival is the Maui Arts & Culture Center’s annual fundraising event where it generates a large amount of the center’s support and is easily one of Maui’s best festivals. For this year’s special tenth anniversary event, there will be 45 breweries participating in the festival, among its largest number ever, including 13 from Hawai‘i—all carefully selected because of their commitment to making craft beer with an emphasis on quality, flavor, and locally sourced ingredients. All tickets include the designated number of beer tastings, a commemorative glass for beer sampling, delicious tastes from 22 Maui food vendors, and parking. In addition to the live music, guests can also enter to win prizes donated by the participating breweries, restaurants, and the MACC. When: Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 2:00-3:30 VIP; 3:30-7:00 GA. Where: A&B Amphitheater. Tickets: http://mauiarts.org/brew_fest
VIP tickets at $120 include:
• Entry at 2:00 pm for exclusive VIP tasting
• Ten (10) 4 oz. beer tastings
• Access to rare beer throughout the event (while supplies last)
• First dibs at food from over 20 vendors
• Commemorative tasting glass
• Discounted festival t-shirt
• Beer lanyard
• Live music
• Prize giveaways only for VIPs
General admission tickets at $65 include:
• Eight (8) 4 oz. beer tastings
• Commemorative tasting glass
• Food selections from over 20 vendors
• Live music
• Prize giveaways
Arts & Culture
Stacey Hayashi’s “Go For Broke: an Origins Story” Film – A Maui Premier details the origins of the famed 442nd Infantry Regiment Combat Team of World War II–the most decorated unit in the history of the United States military for its size and time in combat. The actors and entire film crew would like to give a special thanks to the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui and Maui Matsuri. Where: The Historic Iao Theater 68 N Market St. Wailuku. When: Thursday, May 3 at 6:30pm. Tickets: $20 to $25; *Add $30 for pre-movie dinner and ’40’s Cabaret Show at 5:00pm*
49th Annual Barrio Fiesta highlights the prominence and importance of the Filipino culture and the role it plays in our local community. As a cultural celebration, there will be plenty of food, games for the children, live entertainment, and the opportunity to learn where some of the local traditions can come. Influenced strongly by the Spanish, the filipino cultures offers an interesting mix of western and eastern influences. Plus, stay around for a chance to win airfare to the Philippines sponsored by Philippine Airlines. When: Friday, May 25th from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. Where: Filipino Community Center in Kahului.
Spend a beautiful morning painting in the garden and celebrate the most important women in your life! Participants will take home two painted pots planted with a native plant. MNBG Horticulturalist, Kaili Kosaka, will teach basic painting techniques, general plant care, and the importance of planting with natives! Cost: $50, or $25 for current MNBG members (fee includes all workshop materials). For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org. When: Saturday, May 12th. Where: Maui Botanical Garden in Kahului.
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