With color ‘everybody becomes the same’

First photo: Imua Family Services hosted the inaugural Color Festival Hawaii on Sunday afternoon in a family-friendly event with live music, food and colored powder at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. About 1,500 people attended the event with all proceeds going to the nonprofit group that assists children and families overcome developmental learning challenges. Among the entertainers were Broadway musical stars Teal Wicks of “Wicked” and Matt Doyle of “The Book of Mormon.” Executive Director Dean Wong said the event celebrates diversity, inclusion and new life. “If everybody is covered in color, then everybody becomes the same. No matter their abilities, their special needs, their cultural background. It’s just everyone having fun.”

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Second photo: Jiselle Bocom-Domen, 12, of Haiku plays with friends Sunday afternoon at Color Festival Hawaii.

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