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22nd Annual Celebration of the Arts a feast for the senses

Hula dancers during the luau
Hula dancers during the luauChad Chisholm

The 22nd Annual Celebration of the Arts at Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is a cultural event not to be missed on Maui. Having taken place from May 9-11, it is a feast for the senses, bringing a deeper cultural understanding of Hawaiian heritage mixed with a unique spirit of aloha. From the alluring scents of the luau buffet to performances by hula dancers and vocalists, Polynesian arts and crafts as well as activities such as net casting, Celebration of the Arts has been a part of the Ritz-Carlton’s fabric since its opening.

Hula dancers dazzle audience at annual Celebration of the Arts
Hula dancers dazzle audience at annual Celebration of the ArtsChad Chisholm

A sunrise chant ceremony and drinking of the waters of Kane started off the festivities, while the opening ceremonies included families announcing their histories and seeking permission into the celebration. General Manager Alex Ahluwalia welcomes cultural ambassadors and guests alike to participate with the property in this spectacular array of culture, companionship, and celebration.

My second time to Celebration of the Arts, the experience is moving and spiritual. A sense of calm and closeness to the land, people, and ocean all accompany the deeper cultural understanding and education the celebration has to offer. From getting to visit with cultural leaders and ambassadors, to film directors of documentaries debuted at the celebration, a sense of ohana (family) permeates the air and grounds on the shores of Maui.

Make sure to read a review of Ritz-Carlton Kapalua and make plans for next year's Celebration of the Arts.

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