Summer may be winding down, but there is no shortage of exciting activities and events for this coming September. Fresh off an August that was full of good times, I’ve curated a selection of standouts below. Highlights include multiple talented musical acts, unique island cultural events, and a trio of lei making workshops. There’s some truly fun times available for the whole family!
Situated on the lower slopes of Haleakala, minutes from historic Makawao town, is the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center. Here you’ll find a community based visual arts education organization, that offers open access to quality arts instruction by local teaching artists. The Hui provides myriad programs that support lifelong learning in the arts, and September is no different. With late summer garden blooms abundant, this trio of lei making workshops will take full advantage of flower foraging fervor.
Lei Making Workshop: Lei Po’o Wili Style
Everyone loves to wear the fresh flowers and leaves of Maui and Hawai‘i, so why not spend the afternoon learning to make lei? In a few short hours you’ll walk away with a beautiful handmade creation to wear or share with someone special. Your instructor Rose Bailey will teach the wili style lei po‘o (head lei) and include native flowers and greens. While Rose will supply all the flowers and greens needed, you are encouraged to bring anything from your yard that you’d like to try out in a lei. Also, please be sure to bring a pair of scissors. When: Friday September 2nd, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Where: Children Studio, Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, 2841 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, HI 96768. Register online here; members are $56/non-members $66.
Lei Making Workshop: Rope Style Ti Leaf Lei
Learn the process of how to make a Rope Style Ti Leaf Lei, a staple of our island community. As always, Rose will supply all the flowers and greens you’ll need, but feel free to bring anything from your property that you’d like to design with as well. Please be sure to bring your favorite pair of clippers, shears, or scissors.When: Friday September 16th, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Where: Children Studio, Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, 2841 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, HI 96768. Register online here; members are $56/non-members $66.
Lei Making Workshop: Maile Style Ti Leaf Lei w/ Flowers
Enjoy the afternoon at the Hui with learning to make a special type of lei using ti leaves that looks like the regal maile lei. This course will also teach you how to add flowers to this lei for that extra special look. After just a few hours, you will walk away with beautiful handmade wearable art, to enjoy yourself or share with that someone special. Again, Rose will supply all the greens you’ll need. Please be sure to bring a pair of scissors and any flora you may have lying around. When: Friday September 30th, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Where: Children Studio, Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, 2841 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, HI 96768. Register online here; members are $56/non-members $66.
Returning to Maui are The Stylistics, bringing their classic R&B and Philadelphia soul sound. With 5 gold singles and 3 gold albums that include multiple top ten hits, popular favorites are “Stop, Look, Listen”, “You Are Everything”, “Betcha by Golly, Wow”, “I’m Stone in Love with You”, “Break Up to Make Up” and “You Make Me Feel Brand New”. If you grew up during the 70s, chances are you’ve grooved to at least one of their classics…this will be a soulful Saturday at the MACC, not to be missed! When: Saturday September 3rd, gates open at 5 p.m. show at 7:30. Where: Castle Theater, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, 1 Cameron Way, Kahului 96732. Tickets start at only $25 and are still available here.
Kolohe Kai has consistently been one of the most popular artists in Pacific Island Reggae music for over a decade, with excess of 40 million streamed songs in 2020 alone. The project of O‘ahu born and raised singer/songwriter Roman De Peralta, Kolohe Kai has produced ten island reggae hits since signing a record deal at age 17. His sound has always blended the island sound of ‘ukulele music with rhythms of roots reggae. But with his latest album Hazel Eyes, a catchy infusion of pop and R&B have pushed Kolohe Kai into an elevated tier of Island Reggae. When: Sunday September 11th, gates open at 5:30 p.m. show at 6:30. Where: A & B Amphitheater, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, 1 Cameron Way, Kahului 96732. Tickets start at $49.50 and are still available here.
Back returning after a brief pandemic related hiatus are the ever popular Festivals of Aloha. The mission of the Festivals of Aloha is to honor kanaka ma’oil (Native Hawaiian) culture and traditions from generation to generation, as well as share them with visitors and people from the community. These events take place across Maui County, with Moloka’i, Lana’i and Hana each hosting unique celebrations in the coming months. For September, the kickoff ceremony will be held under Lahaina’s famed Banyan Tree!
Banyan Tree Ho’olaule’a
Kick off the festival season with a celebrations of aloha near the Lahaina Harbor, under the Banyan Tree on Front Street. This opening ceremony of sorts will feature: cultural exhibits; free keiki activities; local eats; Maui made artisans; Hawaiian music; and Hula performances. Entertainment by: Reiko Fukino, Cody Pueo Pata, Kaniala Masoe, Hālau Keala Kahinano O Puna, Kason Gomes, and 2022 Carmen Hulu Lindsey Falsetto Champion Lahela Park. When: Saturday September 3rd, all day long. Where: Lahaina Banyan Court, 671 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761.
Aloha Friday Festivities at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center
It’s Aloha Friday and you know the Festivals of Aloha have to host one of the best celebrations on the Valley Isle! Come down to Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center and enjoy Hawaiian cultural exhibits, free keiki activities, local Hawaiian and Island music, as well as hula performances from some of Maui’s most talented dancers. When: September 16th, 2022, from 4pm-8pm. Where: Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, 275 W Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului, HI 96732.
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