This weekend, May 9 – 11, the Ritz Carlton Kapalua presents an astonishing array of cultural offerings over the course of a storybook weekend entitled "Celebration of the Arts." Perched on a pine tree lined hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean (and neighboring isles of Lanai and Molokai), Celebration of the Arts is an incredible opportunity to delve into multiple aspects of Hawaiian culture. These include visual arts, performance, demonstrations, culinary offerings and of course, all the grandeur the Ritz Carlton has to offer.
What truly sets this weekend apart from others in majestic Kapalua is the mingling of the well-heeled that dwell at the Ritz with both cultural practitioners and elders as well as the local Maui community that gravitates to engaging Hawaiian events as well produced as this one. Having attended a number of Celebration of the Arts weekends in recent years, one walks away with a very clear picture that Hawaiian culture is a very much alive and thriving "thing" that makes it one of the most unique and spectacular destinations in the world.
The entire weekend is curated—a rather appropriate term—by the Ritz's cultural advisor, Clifford Nae‘ole. Nae‘ole has honed his vision and invited artists, singers, dancers, filmmakers, journalists, spiritual and historical practitioners who really understand the sensitive line between sharing the depths of active Hawaiian culture, and what people want to experience during a weekend at a top-tier resort.
Highlights of the past have included performances by multiple award-winning falsetto singer and ukulele phenom Kamaka Fernandez, an extravagant luau on the closing evening with food and wine that rivals any event statewide, a rocking performance by a 14-piece Hawaiian swing band, workshops on chanting and other deep-reaching historical practices. This year promises documentary film screenings, a naturalist/botanical walk and multiple opportunities to meet and chat with local artists.
After two full days of wonderful programming, guests, local community and visitors from around the island can "get in on" the fun by imbibing in the after hours party in the Ritz's Alaloa Lounge (no cover charge) from 9 p.m. to midnight both nights. Here, in front of the bar and with sweeping views of the resort grounds, the best of Hawaii's musical (and dance) talent will take the stage for impromptu performances.
More information can be gathered at www.CelebrationOfTheArts.org or by calling (808) 669-6200.
Nae‘ole has honed his vision and invited artists, singers, dancers, filmmakers, journalists, spiritual and historical practitioners who really understand the sensitive line between sharing the depths of active Hawaiian culture, and what people want to experience during a weekend at a top-tier resort.