Celebrate Hawai'i

The PA

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 pa hula: a space dedicated to the ancient Hawaiian tradition of hula, and to the cultural practices of Maui’s kumu hula, their students and guests. One of only four known pa in the state, the pa at the MACC 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.

Cultural Programs embody MACC’s commitment to Hawaii’s diverse cultural communities and Pacific traditions. A core tenet of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center is that Hawaiian culture is vital to the identity of the institution; our cultural programs must reflect and maintain Hawaiian values. 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. 
Click on the year to see highlights of our many activities, season by season.

Also see related activities on the page Artists in the Community 

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.


For more information about these programs, please contact the MACC's Cultural Programs Director: Kahulu Maluo-Pearson  808-243-4269


Kupaoa & Mark Yamanaka
Jan 31, 2020 - Nov 30, -1

Multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winners join forces to bring a beautiful evening of inspired composition with exquisite harmonies. 
Paniolo – Stories and Songs from the Hawaiian Cowboy
Feb 06, 2020 - Nov 30, -1

This engaging play from Moses Goods explores a remarkable period in Hawaii's history. 
Kukahi 2020
Feb 15 - Feb 16, 2020

Kūkahi 2020: Keali‘i Reichel and Hālau Ke‘alaokamaile
Starr Kalahiki
Mar 21, 2020 - Nov 30, -1

She has been singing as long as she can remember...
Women Poets of Oceania Showcase
Apr 23, 2020 - Nov 30, -1

A multimedia performance by world-renowned performers and spoken word poets.

Kumu Kahua Theatre: “The Conversion of Ka‘ahumanu”
Apr 24 - Apr 25, 2020

Written by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, this drama focusses on the lives of three Hawaiian women and two missionary women.