Musical Extravaganza

In conjunction with events throughout the state, Maui Matsuri will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first group of Japanese immigrants to Hawai’i. In commemoration of this event, the country of Japan is sending over the four-masted training ship Kaiwo Maru to join in the festivities. Standing at a height of over 361 feet and possessing a crew of over 150 sailors, the ship will sail into Kahului Harbor at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2nd. The community is invited to wave their welcome from one of the harbor’s many vantage points as the ship enters port.

On May 4th, the crew will take part in Maui Matsuri's Musical Extravaganza. The evening honors the multi-cultural plantation heritage that brought the Japanese to Hawai’i. Entertainment from the Hawaiian, Korean, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese cultures will be shared. The evening ends with the audience participating in a community Bon Dance which honors ancestors.


5:45 pm -- King Kekaulike Jazz Band
6:15 pm -- Maui Taiko (Japanese Drumming)
6:24 pm -- Welcome Remarks - Kathy Collins, Mayor Alan Arakawa, Kumu Hokulani Holt Padilla
6:35 pm -- Maui Taiko – (Japanese Plantation Song - Hole Hole Bushi)
6:40 pm -- Maui Chinese Martial Arts Academy (Chinese Lion Dance)
6:50 pm -- Portuguese (Chorus Singing)
7:00 pm -- Kaiwo Maru Crew Members (Martial Arts)
7:10 pm -- Dance International Production (Filipino/Korean Dancing)
7:20 pm -- Frank De Lima – (Comedy)
7:40 pm -- Kaiwo Maru Crew Members (Musical Presentation)
7:50 pm -- Honoka & Azita (Ukulele Duo)
8:05 pm -- La Galeria (Filipino Dancing)
8:15 pm -- Uluwehi Guerrero & Hālau Hula Kauluokalā with special guest Lynn Araki-Regan
8:25 pm -- San Francisco Awakko-Ren transition to Obon area
8:40 pm -- Obon dancing with Kaiwo Maru Crew Members (Everyone encouraged to participate in the dance)
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