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Maui Matsuri

May 10, 2012
The Maui News
Friday & Saturday – 12th Annual Maui Matsuri honors Japanese cultural traditions with its annual theme of “Kodomo No Tame Ni (for the sake of the children).” Young and old alike will delight in this year’s offerings of art, entertainment, contests, crafts and food. A free Family Movie Night will happen on Friday in the University of Hawaii - Maui College Student Center (Pilina Building).The Matsuri festivities continue from 2 to 9 p.m. on Saturday at University of Hawaii - Maui College with stalls selling mouth-watering goodies and a variety of crafts. The demonstration and entertainment stages will showcase the best of Maui County’s Japanese and Okinawan talent as well as traditional martial arts and eating contests. The festival ends with a community obon dance starting from 7:30 p.m. Admission to the festival and parking are free. For more information on the Maui Matsuri, call the Matsuri Hotline at 283-9999 or visit
From top to bottom, facing page: The Maui Izanai Yosakoi Dancers are scheduled to take the stage at 6:40 p.m. during Maui Matsuri festivities Saturday. Photo by Leon Matsui.


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