CELEBRATION of the ARTS

Hawaiian culture, food, music, Easter brunch jumping

The Oahu group Ahumanu will headline its fun CD release party at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, featuring the Rockin’ Ramen Bar. Photo courtesy The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

This Easter weekend, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will be puttin’ on its interactive Celebration of the Arts festival for the 27th consecutive year. Spanning two days Friday and Saturday, it features Hawaii artisans, educators, cultural practitioners, speakers and entertainers, who will convene to share Hawaii’s history and Native culture with resort guests and locals alike.

This year’s theme is “Aloha I Na Mea Kanu … Love for all things planted.” Highlights include cultural activities such as the drinking of awa and other traditional ceremonies, music and dance performances, cuisine experiences, film screenings, hands-on art demonstrations and informative speaker and cultural panels. The Ritz will present events in the lobby, the Hotel Theater, salons and walkways along with the E ala E ceremony in the ocean.

The Celebration of Island Tastes brings together the foods of old Hawaii with contemporary cuisine of local families.

Taste will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Aloha Pavilion. There is no entry charge. Cost of $25 per adult and $15 for keiki includes prix-fixe Hawaiian plate. You may buy more food and beverages with scrip at booths.

Celebration After-Hours parties will end the evenings with a bang. From 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, Vaihi will perform followed by DJ Scotty. Starting at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, there will be a CD release party featuring Ahumanu, Na Wai ‘Eha and Kuikawa. Jimmy Mac and the Kool Kats will also rock the house down. There is no cover charge for the After-Hours. In fact, all events have free admission.

Sip cocktails, dance and prevent a hangover at the Rockin’ Ramen Bar with aromatic broth and filling noodles to slurp away all party ills.

Culminating the Ritz’s weekend festivities will be a lavish Easter Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday in its famed Anuenue Room. Brunch includes a sushi station and raw bar display, keiki egg decorating corner, a special egg hunt and photos with the Easter Bunny. Reservations are recommended. Call 665-7089.

* For more event details: Call 669-6200 or visit www.celebrationofthearts.org.

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