16th Annual Maui Matsuri Festival
|Presented by:||Japanese Cultural Society of Maui|
|Support provided by:||County of Maui, Hawaii Tourism Authority|
|Major Sponsors:||IBEW-Local Union 1186, Island Honda, Maui Taiko, UH Maui College|
|Date/Time:||Saturday, May 7, 2016 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.|
|Location:||UH-Maui College Courtyard (View Festival Map)|
|Fact Sheet:||2016 ファクトシート 概況報告書(click here)|
Each year, the Maui Matsuri planning committee selects a Japanese kanji to represent the festival’s theme. This year, the committee selected “Kansha,” which translates to gratitude. The theme of Kansha is very relevant for Maui Matsuri, whose tagline is “kodomo no tame ni,” or “for the sake of the children.” It is with deep gratitude that we reflect on the lessons our families and community have passed down to us, and it is with great appreciation for the past that we perpetuate our culture for future generations.
One of the largest outpourings of “Kansha”, or gratitude, in Japanese culture occurs at the Obon festival. Obon is a Buddhist tradition which celebrates our loved ones who have since passed away. Friday night’s Let’s Dance event will delve into the tradition of Obon with guest instructor PJ Hirabayashi, who will teach us her original bon dance creation: “Ei Ja Nai Ka.” You can read more about that fun-filled evening in the “Let’s Dance” article.
Maui Matsuri has much to be thankful for. Though he is busy finishing up his Masters in Fine Arts at New York University, local artist Jonathan Clark still found time to create this year’s festival art design, which can be found on the Maui Matsuri festival t-shirt and other promotional materials. Pick up a shirt at Festival Central, then take in everything else that Maui Matsuri has to offer. Craft booths, keiki activities, demonstrations, food booths, cosplay, traditional dance, taiko, and a host of other activities await! Read on to find Maui Matsuri’s schedule of events and exhibit locations. And don’t forget to stay into the evening to participate in the Obon festival dancing!
There is something for everyone at the 16th Annual Maui Matsuri. For more informatiuon on various activities, please click on the following links
|Art Contest Contests||Cosplay and Video Game Contests|
|Kodomo (Children) Corner|
2016 MAUI MATSURI BUSINESS AWARD
Maui Matsuri is proud to present its 2016 Maui Matsuri Business Award recipient: HouseMart Ace Hardware and Ben Franklin Craft Stores. HouseMart began its story here on Maui over 65 years ago with Shikano Kamitaki’s small local dry goods store K. Kamitaki Store. Known for their custom aloha shirts, the store eventually passed into the hands of her children Tadami and Matsuko (Mizoguchi) and became Kahului Dry Goods. Together, they opened their first Ben Franklin store in 1951. Now, 65 years later, they are known as HouseMart with both Ben Franklin Crafts in Hawaii and Ace Hardware stores here in the islands, Seattle, Las Vegas and Oregon. Today, with their fourth generation of owners actively in the business, HouseMart still remains committed to the communities they are a part of.
“Ben Franklin Crafts is very excited to once again be a part of the Maui Matsuri Festival. As one of Maui’s premiere cultural events, we enjoy getting to meet and know the families in such a fun setting. As our company readies itself to celebrate our own 65th Anniversary in July, we know that we are here because of the many communities that have supported us all these years.”