Welcome back to your monthly Maui Calendar of Events! For August, our island comes alive with an exciting array of cultural festivities and captivating performances. Join us as we dive into a world of creativity with a youth art exhibition; immerse ourselves in the mesmerizing melodies of a local ukulele virtuoso and the rhythmic beats of an Upcountry Obon Dance Festival; and celebrate the spirit of giving through a charity fundraising gala and an open ocean swim race. August promises to be an unforgettable month full of enriching experiences and opportunities to come together as a community. Let’s explore the diverse and inspiring events that await us:
Youth Art Exhibition 2023
Presenting a one-of-a-kind exhibition, this event proudly showcases the impressive creations of over 250 young talents who enthusiastically participated in the Hui’s summer arts programming. The result is a captivating explosion of vibrant creativity, celebrating the boundless possibilities that community visual arts education can unlock. Throughout eight weeks of Camp Kaluanui, held at the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, bright and aspiring artists dedicated themselves to crafting some of the most astonishing and inspirational artworks of the season!
Guided by a series of engaging weekly themes, the Hui’s team of skilled teaching artists collaborated closely to provide an enthralling and diverse experience. The camp experience was designed to stretch the boundaries of campers’ minds, stimulate their imaginations, and equip them with new problem-solving tools. Witness the transformation and growth of these young artists as they proudly display their creations.
When: August 01, 2023 – August 25, 2023; 9:00am – 4:00pm. Where: Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, 2841 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, HI 96768
26th Annual Maui Calls — In Celebration Of The Navigator
The Maui Arts & Cultural Center‘s signature gala commences with a warm and fragrant flower lei greeting, accompanied by the soulful melodies of Hawaiian music. Delight in the opportunity to mix, mingle, and savor exquisite pūpū expertly crafted by acclaimed Maui restaurants and specialty food vendors.
Indulge in a selection of premium wines thoughtfully curated by vintners hailing from distinguished boutique wineries worldwide. Lose yourself in the enchanting rhythm of live music performed by the talented ensemble, Asian Blend. Meanwhile, the event’s silent and live auctions present a plethora of captivating items and experiences to bid on, ranging from luxurious Hawaii “stay-cations” and restaurant gift certificates; to captivating artworks, autographed musical instruments, and much more.
To conclude the night on a mesmerizing note, be captivated by special performances held beneath the captivating glow of the MACC’s Yokouchi Pavilion.
When: Saturday, August 12, 2023; 6pm-10pm. Where: A & B Amphitheater and Yokouchi Pavilion, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, 1 Cameron Way, Kahului 96732.
Jake Shimabukuro & Friends Featuring Deana Carter
Jake Shimabukuro, a beloved figure at the MACC and throughout Maui, stands as a world-renowned virtuoso of the ‘ukulele, consistently exceeding the expectations of his audiences. His unparalleled talent is defined by lightning-fast fingers and an astonishing breadth of mastery, covering an extensive repertoire spanning all music genres. From the soothing notes of jazz and soulful blues to the essence of traditional Hawaiian tunes, Shimabukuro effortlessly transitions to classical melodies, bluegrass twangs, passionate flamenco, and even electrifying rock sounds.
Currently, Shimabukuro draws inspiration from his latest album, “Jake & Friends,” which serves as a guiding force for his ongoing tour. Another remarkable artist joining the stage is Deana Carter, an American country music singer-songwriter who made her mark in 1996 with the release of her debut album, “Did I Shave My Legs for This?” Hailing from Nashville, Carter took a path less traveled, defying the conventional expectations set for typical Nashville artists.
When: Wednesday August 16, 2023; pre-concert food & beverages available in the Yokouchi Pavilion Courtyard beginning at 5:30pm, show is 7:30pm – 9:30pm. Where: Castle Theater, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, 1 Cameron Way, Kahului 96732
Obon Dance & Festival – Kula Shofukuji Mission
As the sun sets over the Kula Shofukuji Mission in Upcountry Maui, the Obon Dance & Festival commences in a vibrant burst of color and culture. Families don their traditional attire, uniting in joyful dance and celebration, honoring ancestral spirits with graceful movements and rhythmic beats. The air is alive with the tantalizing aroma of Japanese delicacies, and stalls showcase exquisite crafts, while candlelit lanterns are released to illuminate the night sky, symbolizing the souls of departed loved ones ascending to the heavens. This enchanting evening of unity and reverence leaves an unforgettable mark on hearts, celebrating tradition and fostering a deep sense of community.
When: Saturday August 26, 2023; dance starts at 7pm. Where: Kula Shofukuji Mission, 113 Puanani Pl, Kula.
8th Annual Sophie Swim
Come join the community in West Maui for a great cause: a 2km open water swim race, open to ages 12 and older. Swim with or without fins and compete by age category. Winners and runners up are eligible for prizes donated by local businesses. This year’s prizes are truly outstanding: gift cards from Mala Ocean Tavern and the Ka’anapali Golf Resort; a tour on Sunshine Helicopters; 3 night stay at Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa; and much, much more! All proceeds to the Sophie DeLoria Foundation who provide support to local keiki groups focused on swimming, arts and dance.
When: Sunday August 27, 2023; Race day registration between 7am until 7:30am at the Pavilion. Keiki/Youth race starts at 8am and the Adults start at 8:15am. Where: Kahekilli Beach Park (65 Kai Ala Dr, Lahaina, HI 96761) to Black Rock and back (2 km in total).
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