Cultural Programs embody MACC’s commitment to Hawaii’s diverse cultural communities and Pacific traditions.
The Maui Arts & Cultural Center has become the artistic and educational heart of the community, and its Cultural Programs reflect and maintain Hawaiian values. A core tenet of Maui Arts & Cultural Center is that Hawaiian culture is vital to the identity of the institution. The MACC’s cultural programming, under the theme “Celebrate Hawai’i”, supports the performers and artists of Hawai’i as well as provides additional educational outreach activities in the community. Thus, diverse groups of residents and visitors may share, understand, and gain new perspectives on the multiple facets of Hawaiian culture as expressed through the arts.
A simple mound of earth faced with river rock sits in stately silence to one side of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s amphitheater. The structure’s simplicity belies its significance: this is Maui’s first recorded pā hula: a space dedicated to the ancient Hawaiian tradition of hula, and to the cultural proctices of Maui’s kumu hula, their students and guests. One of only four known pā in the state, the pā at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center was created under the direction of kumu hula and cultural specialists Hōkūlani Holt, Keali‘i Reichel, AI Lagunero, and Bert Sakata. Its purpose is to honor and perpetuate the art forms at the core of Hawaiian culture
Hā`upu: A Hawaiian Opera: The epic story of Hina, the Helen of Hawai‘i
completed Saturday, April 29, 2017; Castle Theater
Students from Kamehameha Schools–Hawai’i Campus will showcase their talents in fine art, Hawaiian language, chant, solo and choral singing, dance, instrumental performance, and drama with a presentation of the Hawaiian language opera, “Hā‘upu,” in the Castle Theater. “Hā‘upu” is based on the legend of Hina and her son, Kana. Hina, an ali‘i from Hilo, is kidnapped by Kapepeʻekauila, a rogue ali‘i from the island of Moloka‘i. In retaliation for this outrageous kidnapping, Hina’s sons Kana and Nīheu mount an attack on Kapepeʻekauila’s fortress on the north shore of Moloka‘i on the cliffs of Hā‘upu. While the daring rescue is being conceived and carried out, Hina unexpectedly begins to fall in love with her captor, Kapepeʻekauila. In the end, Hina is saved by her sons and Kapepeʻekauila is vanquished, although the true fate of Hinaʻs love for the Molokaʻi aliʻi is unknown. The opera will be performed in the Hawaiian language. A program will be provided that includes a thorough summary of each act so the audience can follow along. Tickets: $25, $35
Kū Mai Ka Hula Competition
September 10, 2016
Featuring award-winning hālau competing in solo and group performances. Male and female dancers perform both kahiko (traditional) and ‘auana (modern) hula stylings, judged by renowned, prestigious kumu hula. Expect to see hālau competing in a level of performance as in more well-known competitions, yet this event takes place in our own comfortable and beautiful venue of Castle Theater, right here on Maui! Presented by MACC and Kauahea Inc.
Demystifying the Kuahu
September 8, 2016 McCoy Studio Theater
An intimate conversation with Maui kumu hula about what the kuahu means to them personally and to their hālau hula. According to Unwritten Literature of Hawaii by Nathaniel B. Emerson, “In every hālau stood the kuahu, or altar, as the visible temporary abode of the deity, whose presence was at once the inspiration of the performance and the luck-bringer of the enterprise.” How is the kuahu celebrated or honored today? How do they maintain its significance today? Participating kumu hula: Kumu Hula Nāpua Greig, Kumu Hula Kamaka Kukona, Kumu Hula Kapono'ai Molitau, and Kumu Hula Pueo Pata. Facilitated by Kahulu Maluo, MACC’s cultural programs director.
Mai Poina: The Overthrow
(event completed September 17, 2016 )
Following last year’s powerful, Trial of a Queen, the Hawai‘i Pono‘ī Coalition brings Mai Poina: The Overthrow to the MACC in September. This theatrical production tells the story of the tumultuous last four days of the Hawaiian monarchy from the perspective of the people most concerned: native Hawaiians and other citizens of the kingdom. Newly conceived for the MACC, history comes alive to inform and inspire. An open discussion with Hawaiian scholars follows the performance. The play is presented by the Hawai‘i Pono‘ī Coalition, which is an apolitical and nonpartisan consortium of Hawaiian-serving organizations founded in 2007 to educate those who live in and visit the islands about Hawai'i’s true history, the Hawaiian people, and their culture.
See the related Artists in the Community & Arts Education activities
Music education resources are available for teachers in both ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and English-speaking classrooms, including a bilingual CD recording and a free, downloadable bilingual teacher resource guide, with artwork by noted Hawai‘i Island artist, Caren Loebel-Fried.
Haunted Hawaiian Nights: Lopaka Kapanui
(event completed October 28, 2016)
Although they travel far from home, some Hawaiians have found that their heritage follows wherever they go. Come hear ghostly tales and spine-tingling accounts of our Hawaiian brothers and sisters whose haunting experiences in far-off lands are overcome by their own cultural traditions. Lopaka Kapanui is a native Hawaiian storyteller, writer, actor, kumu hula, cultural practitioner, former professional wrestler, husband, father, and grandpa. Sharing more than just Hawaiian ghost stories, Lopaka shares his knowledge of the history and legends of Hawai'i.
The Maui Arts & Cultural Center is a gathering place where we celebrate community, creativity and discovery. The MACC logo includes the petroglyph image of a human being releasing a bird into flight — symbolizing the freedom of expression that lies at the heart of all creative endeavors.