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MACC to host Ki Ho‘alu Festival live and in person

The Maui News

The Maui Arts & Cultural Center will bring back its popular celebration of slack key guitar music live and in person on Sunday.

The 30th annual Ki Ho’alu Festival will take place from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the MACC’s A&B Amphitheater, with gates opening at 3 p.m. The concert will also be livestreamed on the MACC’s website and on its Facebook and YouTube pages.

This year’s festival lineup includes John Cruz, Jeff Peterson, Kevin Brown and Ola Hou, George Kahumoku Jr., Ledward Ka’apana, Kamuela Kahoano, Kawika Kahiapo, Danny Carvalho, George Kuo and Paul Togioka, though the artist list is subject to change, the MACC said.

Admission is free but pre-registration is required online at MauiArts.org. Attendees must reserve a ticket for each pod/group for up to four people, including keiki, and bring their bar-coded print-at-home e-ticket confirmation or have it ready to present on their mobile device to be allowed entry into the venue. There is only one e-ticket per registration, so attendees need to show up with their full group. Only one scan is allowed per ticket, so duplicates will not be honored. Reservations are nontransferable.

Temperature checks will be made at the gate, and masks are required except when eating or drinking, given the large group setting, the MACC said.

Unlike past Ki Ho’alu events, attendees will not need to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets, as all seating will be provided in order to meet and maintain social distancing requirements. The MACC is offering special seating options for kupuna.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase by credit or debit card only, no cash. No outside food and beverages will be allowed.

For more information, visit MauiArts.org or call the MACC box office at (808) 242-SHOW (7469) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

The festival is presented by the MACC, sponsored by the County of Maui and Office of Economic Development and The Maui News, with additional support from the Ki Ho’alu Foundation, Ka-Hoku Productions and KPOA.

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