Ceremony part of Celebration of the Arts

FIRST PHOTO: Around 100 people greeted the sunrise the Hawaiian traditional way Saturday morning to kick off The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s 22nd annual Celebration of the Arts. Led by Iokepa Nae’ole and Kahu Lyons Naeone, the participants first immersed themselves in the ocean in a protocol of cleansing called hiawai, then regathered on the beach to chant “E Ala E,” as the sun rose over the treetops. Nae’ole likened the ritual to “clearing your hard drive.” The beach ceremony began a full day of hands-on arts activities, panels, symposiums, performances, a film and a luau deeply steeped in Hawaiian culture and dedicated to this year’s theme, “Ko makou alanui kupuna – Our ancestral paths.” In ancient Hawaii, there was no word for art, kumu hula Hokulani Holt told participants in the event, because art was an integral part of everything Hawaiians did.

SECOND PHOTO: Hilo pahu (drum) maker Keoni Turalde, his wife, Prana Mandoe, their son, Kanehoalani, 9, and daughter, Dena Kaaoaoloa, 5, chant and beat their drums before being welcomed into the opening protocol in The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, lobby at Saturday’s 22nd annual Celebration of the Arts.

THIRD PHOTO: Artist George Allan signs his poster for this year’s Celebration of the Arts at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. The theme is “Ko makou alanui kupuna our ancestral paths.” The celebration continues today with hands-on art demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., poster signings by Allan from 10 a.m. to noon, a Mother’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Maui premiere of the film “Aunty Nona Beamer ‘Malama ko aloha . . . keep your love’ ” at 4 p.m.