The free festival features entertainment including taiko, Japanese folk dancing, Kendo and community obon. Two rounds of obon are scheduled at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, which will be limited to 100 dancers for each set in compliance with County of Maui emergency orders approved by the Office of the Mayor.
Click here to register for the Obon Dance. All registered dancers are encouraged to check in on the day of the event to receive a complimentary gift. Obon dancing will occur on both levels around the Queen Kaʻahumanu Center stage to allow for social distancing.
Maui actress, entertainer and radio personality Kathy Collins will be emceeing both evenings and also sharing her Japanese “Issun-boshi” story on Saturday afternoon. Dazz Toguchi, a Japanese classical dancer from Oʻahu, will also headline the Saturday event with three appearances. Other entertainment includes Martial Arts Demos, a Cosplay Showcase and free giveaways.
Yuki Lei Emcee
3:00 Yuki Lei Sugimura Welcome – 20th Anniversary, Tshirt Sales, Free Giveaways, Obon Registration
3:05 Zenshin Daiko
3:30 Yuki Lei Into Deron Furukawa – JCSM welcome, Maui Matsuri History
3:40 Makawao Kendo Club
4:00 Dazz Toguchi
4:10 Obon Announcement, Art Contest Winners, Tshirt Sales
4:20 Dazz Toguchi
4:30 Cosplay Costume Showcase
4:50 Dazz Toguchi
5:00 Maui Taiko
5:30 Obon Round 1
Troy Hashimoto Emcee
6:20 Maui Minyou Kai
6:40 Kathy Collins
7:00 John Hara Blessing/Obon Round 2
7:55 Closing – Stephanie Ohigashi