A howling good time for the whole family will be had at Maui Arts & Cultural Center this weekend. In conjunction with the Schaefer International Gallery's "Poi Dog" exhibition, open through Aug. 20, the MACC and Maui Humane Society will hold their inaugural Poi Doggie Contest - because poi dog, the pidgin term affectionately used to describe people of ethnic mixes, also applies to pups.
The event will offer a variety of canine-centric contest categories with prizes - for poi dogs (nonpedigree and not purebred) only - from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday on Schaefer lawn. Admission is free; entry fee is $10 for contestants. Register onsite between 2 and 2:45 p.m.; contest starts at 3 p.m. Contests include Best Dressed, Best Howl, Best Trick, Dog-Owner Look-Alike, Most Mixed Up, Stellar Senior and Ugliest Mug, plus a grand prize for Maui's Favorite Poi Dog.
In the "Poi Dog" exhibition, accomplished local artists Pat Masumoto, Darrell Orwig, Nancy Skrimstad, Michael Takemoto and Sidney Yee approach the concept of multiethnic roots and personal insights into individual histories while investigating ancestry, racial barriers and identity. Pieces span painting, installation, ceramics and film. For more information, visit www.mauiarts.org.
“Poi Dog Gone Global,” acrylic on board by Sidney Yee, photo provided by Maui Arts & Cultural Center.