KAHULUI - The eighth annual Pacific Islander Workshop Arts Institute Hoike will be held this weekend at Kahului Union Church. The event will convene islandwide sacred-gesture dancers and artists.
"We're really excited that Maui continues to be the place where Christian churches can gather annually to share in worship their sacred-dance ministries," said kahu Rennie Mau, executive director of Pacific Area Ministries.
The gathering will open with a potluck supper today, when Pacific isle guest Tarita Tehotu of Calvary Chapel Tahiti will discuss protocol for indigenous arts at church. Saturday will offer workshops at 8:30 a.m. and a Communion service at 11 a.m.; then culminate with a 6 p.m. hoike (time of sharing) presenting Marshallese, Tahitian and Hawaiian song and dance.
The festival is co-sponsored by Pacific Area Ministries, Institute for Indigenous Studies, U.S. Center for World Mission and William Carey International University.
A free-will offering will be collected to help defray expenses.
For more information, contact Mau at 280-9591 or visit www.pacificarise.org.