March 29 & 30 at Picture-Perfect Kapalua
Every Spring, the Ritz Carlton Kapalua on Maui presents an astonishing array of cultural offerings over the course of a storybook weekend under the event title "Celebration of the Arts." While perched on a pine tree laden 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.The weekend's true goal is to share with the local community, the well-heeled that dwell at the Ritz, and others, that Hawaiian culture is a very much alive, thriving and integral part of what makes Hawaii such a unique and spectacular place to be. Hula, song, instrument making, all forms of visual art and of course—what really sets this event apart—the culinary arts make March 29 & 30th of this year a very, very fine reason to be in West Maui.
The entire weekend is curated—a rather appropriate term—by the Ritz's cultural advisor, Clifford Nae‘ole. Having attended a handful of these weekends during the last decade, there have been past instances of artists or practitioners who may "push the boundaries" with what may be comfortable for guests of such an internationally recognized/branded resort. Yet 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 through Kapalua, a tea tasting with Kahu Lyons Naone and multiple opportunities to meet and chat with local artists. Don't miss the closing evening luau, where executive chef John Zaner and his team of culinary wizards shine. This event sells out, so plan ahead.
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.
Highlights of the past have included performances by multiple award-winning falsetto singer and ukulele phenom Kamaka Fernandez...