Modern American Holi color festival

benefits Imua Family Services

Color Festival Hawaii for Imua Family Services is a fundraiser and “friendraiser.” Photos courtesy Imua Family Services

Imua Family Services announces the first Color Festival Hawaii from 1 to 5 p.m. April 1 on the Events Lawn at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului.

 Color festivals around the world began from a traditional Indian festival called Holi, which is one of the largest festivals in India and is celebrated by people throwing colored powder in the air and at each other. Holi is celebrated in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month, bringing people from all social circles together for an exhilarating community experience. Color festivals around the world have come to symbolize a fresh start and the coming of spring.

 The message behind the Color Festival Hawaii is “inclusion” — we are all under the same rainbow, living and celebrating life together. Imua Family Services is proud to bring the CFH to Maui as a fundraiser and a friend-raiser. This family-friendly event includes live music, food trucks, and vendors and activities for kids.

 The festival will be a spectacular and colorful event that features energetic, non-stop live performances including Indian music, dance and taiko drummers. Local Maui groups participating include music from DJ Boomshot, Eric Gilliom Band, Shea Butter & The Cream and The Yum Yum Beasts. Also scheduled is a special guest performance from singers, actors and Broadway stage celebrities Teal Wicks and Matt Doyle before the throwing of colors.

Keiki Zone activities feature Maui Tumblers as well Maui Island Mermaids PhotoBooth, Glitter Tattoos and balloon twisting by Balloon Twist Maui, henna tattoos from Maui Mobile Spa and Blue Zones.

Food offerings include ono selections from Outrigger Pizza, Three’s Bar & Grill, Star Anise Indian Cuisine, Maui Sweet Cakes, Grandpa Joe’s and Cream B.

Admission to the festival is $20 for adults; $15 for children ages 6 to 16; and children ages 5 and under are free. The price of admission includes one pack of powdered colors with additional colors available for purchase: one packet for $5 or five for $20. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.imuafamilyservices.org.

Imua Family Services began in 1947 to provide services to children with polio in the territory of Hawaii. Today, 71 years later, Imua is still making significant progress working with families and children together with a broad scope of child development programs including: Infant Child & Development Programs, Early Childhood Development Program, Imua Autism Services, Imua Inclusion Preschool, Camp Imua and Dream Imua.

HELPFUL TIPS:

• Wear white so you can leave colorful.

Wear clothes you don’t mind getting colored.

• Souvenir event T-shirts will be available for purchase at the event or in advance at: mauicustomt-shirts.com/color_festivalhawaii/shop/home.

• Wear comfortable shoes or sandals that you won’t mind getting full of colorful powder.

• The powder is just colored cornstarch and most of it will just blow right off unless you get wet.

• Wash your clothes right after the festival.

• Protect your eyes with sunglasses or goggles.

• Bring a dust mask or bandana, especially for those with respiratory issues.

• Bring plastic bags for your dusted clothes or to cover your car seat after the event.