A new season begins . . . at the MACC

Culture and art of every variety . . . for everybody & every fancy

Keali‘i Reichel -- Photo courtesy the MACC

The Maui Arts & Cultural Center continually impresses with its stellar lineup of world-class performers and exhibits. For over 20 years, its staff has selected and brought to Maui a collection of shows with something to appeal to everyone on the island.

The newest season for 2017-18 has just been announced and includes a full-spectrum of performances, exhibitions, festivals, family events and workshops. Tickets go on sale Tuesday for MACC members and to the general public on Oct. 10.

Highlights of the upcoming performances and exhibits include:

Hawaiian Cultural Events

Oct. 15 –12th annual ‘Ukulele Festival. Bring your beach chairs or mats, sit back and enjoy a relaxed afternoon as acclaimed musicians fill the air with island music. Best of all, it’s free.

Masters of the Currents -- Photo courtesy the MACC

Nov. 4 — Hula Ki’i. Presented in conjunction with the Hula Preservation Society, this performance and discussion is on an ancient hula form, Hula Ki’i or dance with an image, or as an image. Featured ki’i practitioners include Kaponoai Molitau, Auli’i Mitchell and Mauliola Cook.

Nov. 17 — Songbirds of Hawai’i. Vocalists Darlene Ahuna, Ku’uipo Kumukahi and Mihana Souza share fun-filled stories and songs.

Jan. 13 — Natalie Ai Kamau’u. Four-time Na Hoku Hanohano Female Vocalist of the Year Ai Kamau’u has a voice that will shake your soul.

Feb. 17 and 18 — Kukahi 2018: Keali’i Reichel and Halau Ke’alaokamaile. Keali’i Reichel’s concerts feature fresh mele and chant while showcasing strong, emotional vocals. His halau demonstrates innovative stagings that remain true to traditional Hawaiian roots.

March 3 — Masters of the Currents. In this stage presentation, the shared histories of Micronesian refugees reflect a new reality in the Aloha State as their path to assimilation yields a collection of real-life stories that open a dialogue for healing in this fractured community.

Thompson Square -- Photo courtesy the MACC

March 10 — Mai Po’ina: The Annexation Debates. This production is a reenactment of the debate of the annexation of Hawaii by the US in 1898 — a subject that is still polarizing due to the unorthodox and controversial manner used.

March 29 — Kuana Torres Kahele. One of the most popular entertainers performing in Hawaii and Japan, known for his poetry-laden lyrics.

April 13 — Three Maui Divas. Multiple Na Hoku award winners Napua Greig, Raiatea Helm and Amy Haniali’i take the stage for one divine evening of song and music.

April 28 — Cazimero Lei Day Concert. The annual tradition of a Maui Lei Day concert at the MACC with Robert Cazimero is always a celebratory event.

June 2 — MAMo at the MACC: Wearable Art Show. The PA’I Foundation and the MACC present this annual celebration of Hawaiian design in fabric, clothing and accessories featuring ready-to-wear and couture creations. Look for the designer’s trunk show, which is accessible before the show with a VIP ticket; open to all after the show.

Faustwork Mask Theatre -- Photo courtesy the MACC

June 3 — 27th annual Ki Ho’alu Guitar Festival. Slack key (or ki ho’alu in Hawaiian) has become one of the world’s greatest acoustic guitar methods and this annual festival at the MACC celebrates Hawaii’s contribution to the world music scene. This family-friendly event is free.

Theater and comedy

Nov. 2 — Faustwork Mask Theatre: The Mask Messenger. For Rob Faust, masks are magical objects that have the power to transform. He creates characters in a synthesis of music, theater, comedy, dance and poetry vignettes that will delight audiences of all ages.

Dec. 30 — Howie Mandel. Comedian, actor, television host and voice actor Howie Mandel has been a mainstay of the American comedy scene for over 30 years and will be making his only Hawaii visit this year.

Feb. 23 and 24 — Kumu Kahua Theatre: Wild Birds. Inspired by historical events, “Wild Birds” tells the story of a couple chosen to personally oversee the education of the children of the kings and queens of Hawaii and the intense cultural clashes that ensued, the effects of western education on the indigenous monarchy and the ultimate disillusionment of a teacher.

Maisey Rika with Aotearoa’s Finest -- Photo courtesy the MACC


Oct. 29 — Stephen Hough. A masterful and insighful concert pianist/composer and writer.

Nov. 16 — Abe Lagrimas, Jr. Trio. Na Hoku winner and multi-instrumentalist Lagrimas was a member of Prelude, one of South Korea’s top jazz groups.

Nov. 18 — Peter Rowan Trio. Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/ musician and folk legend comes full circle back to American music’s deep Hawaiian roots on his recent release, “My Aloha.”

Dec. 2 — Eric Church & Friends. Country superstar Church revisits the MACC as part of the third annual BMI Maui Songwriters Festival and will perform only on Maui during this tour.

Okareka Dance Company Mana -- Photo courtesy the MACC

Dec. 29 — Steve Earle: Solo Sessions. Multi-Grammy Award-winner Earle is a songwriter/author/playwright/novelist.

Jan. 20 — Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton. This background singer has come into her own spotlight. She and her band have an organic fusion of African, Middle Eastern and Caribbean rhythms.

Jan. 25 — Aotearoa’s Finest. Music that fuses cultural roots, memorable tunes and honest, gripping lyrics by Maori singer/songwriter Maisey Rika, Rob Ruha and Seth Haapu, with Horomona Horo.

Feb. 1 — Cuarteto Latinoamericano. This award-winning ensemble from Mexico is know worldwide as the leading proponent of modern Latin American music for string quartets.

Feb. 11 — Doric String Quartet. The leading British string quartet of its generation has won international prizes and has performed in Europe’s leading concert halls.

March 17 — Jake Shima- bukuro. Just added to the season line-up, this ‘ukulele virtuoso is a favorite anywhere he goes.

March 28 — Kenneth Broberg. The Silver Medal winner in the 2017 Van Cliburn Piano Competition has been playing since the age of six and is currently pursuing graduate studies while performing and competing in concert halls worldwide.

April 12 — Vieux Farka Toure. Often called the “Hendrix of the Sahara,” Farka Toure is the son of Grammy-winning Mali musician Ali Farka Toure and has gained fame and acclaim of his own accord.


Oct. 26 — Okareka Dance Company: Mana Wahine. One of New Zealand’s most sought-after and prolific dance companies that creates authentic and diverse works which fuse indigenous themes with contemporary dance and media.

Feb. 22 — Ananya Dance Theatre in Shyamali: Sprouting Words. These cultural activists use their choreography as a response to global issues.

March 22 — Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Founded as a reinvention of dance, their mission is to bring unity to the world — one dance at a time.

The Schaefer International Gallery

Oct. 15 to Dec. 23 — He Makana: The Gertrude Mary Joan Damon Haig Collection of Hawaiian Art. This exhibit is a distinguished collection of paintings, prints and traditional art forms of Hawaii from the 1930s through 1970s, which captures the history and nostalgia of old Hawaii.

Jan. 16 to Mar. 18 — Schaefer Portrait Challenge. This highly anticipated statewide juried exhibition has been a triennial since 2003 and continues to present a unique ethnic spectrum of Hawaii’s people. A broad range of interpretations and style are used to tell the unique stories of our island communities.

April 2 – 28 — 40th annual Art Maui. This juried exhibit features the talents from Maui’s community of artists in a variety of media.

May 14 to June 9 — Young Creatives: Intergalactica. Maui students from grades K through 12 are asked to submit work that explores the “outer space” theme. High school students are invited to become part of a colaborative lab team working with artisan mentors to create an immersive intergalactic space station for the public to explore.

June 23 to Aug. 18 — Ai Iwane: Island in My Mind, Fukushima. Compelling images of the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster of 2011 as captured by Ai Iwane from Tokyo.

Melissa Ann Pinney: Girl Transcendent. This fine art photographer explores the emerging feminine identity.

And, finally, if you just like a good party, ArT=Mixx returns Feb. 3 and June 9 for those over 21 years of age as a way to connect people to art in ways that are both fun and stimulating.

The MACC is here for the community. Its outreach extends into our schools and community centers through its Artists in the Community and Arts in Education programs.

For more information or to purchase tickets for any MACC event, call 242-7469, visit the box office or www.mauiarts.com.


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