Musical Extravaganza

Maui Matsuri's Musical Extravaganza is part of the 150th Gannenmono Celebration, honoring the past 150 years of the first Japanese immigrants to come to Hawai’i.  The crew of the Kaiwo Maru, which arrives on May 2, will be taking part in this event.

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.

Some of the nights entertainment include...

Frank Delima
Honoka & Azita
San Francisco Awakko-Ren


Japan agency of Maritime Education and Training for Seafarers(JMETS) has implemented the continuous education and training to cultivate seafarers via school education and on-board training, by training on ships. In addition to the training of newcomers as seafarers according to the needs of the shipping industry, JMETS has also implemented practical traninig including training marine pilot and on-board training for students from the Maritime University and the National Collage of Maritime Technology.

About Kaiwo Maru

From May 2 to May 5, 2018, the Kaiwo Mauru will be docked at the Kahului Harbor. The crew will be greeted by Maui County officials and the Maui Matsuri committee.  The crew will also participate in various Maui Matsuri events during their stay.

The Kaiwo Maru is the most famous sailing ship in Japan, along with Nippon Maru. Kaiwo is Japanese for “King of the Sea”. She has lived up to this name by fulfilling the arduous task of the traditional sea training. 

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