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.
The first group of immigrants who traveled from Japan to Hawaii have come to be known as the Gannenmono, or “first-year arrivals.” Their journey to the islands in 1868 laid the ground for the many generations of Japanese who would come in the following decades. In commemoration of their arrival 150 years ago, the Maui Matsuri committee and many other organizations around the state have banned together to curate a year-long celebration across all the islands. Maui Matsuri is honored to host the official Maui portion of these events through its many festival activities.
Kaiwo Maru is the most famous sailing ship in Japan, along with the Nippon Maru. Kaiwo is Japanese for “King of the Sea”. She has lived up to this name by providing the means for arduous traditional sea training. Kaiwo Maru was built in 1989, replacing the former KAIWO MARU which was engaged in the training of merchant marine cadets for over half a century.