Maui Matsuri 2024

Saturday May 18, 2024 Maui Matsuri Children’s Festival – Queen Ka’ahumanu Center 10 am – 1pm Free festival giving children a venue to share their talents and skills. Center stage entertainment will feature children sharing multi-cultural entertainment. Free hands-on activities will flank center stage to engage parents and children. An available store facility will be used by high school and grade school STEM programs to share robotics and other programming activities.
Saturday, May 25, 2024 Maui Matsuri Japanese Festival – UH Maui College Great Lawn 3pm – 9pm Japanese festival offering free entertainment, crafts, food booths and trucks, various contests, craft activities, exhibits, free giveaways, and ends with a community obon dance.

ABOUT maui matsuri

Maui Matsuri started as a Japanese festival on Market Street in Wailuku Maui in May 1999.  It is the only Japanese festival on Maui and it is put together totally by a team of volunteers.

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The Kanji characters Kodomo No Tame Ni translates to “For the Sake of the Children”. A perpetual theme for this festival, the focus is to provide an environment for families to share and learn about the Japanese culture and pass down traditions. Ancestors came here for a better life not only for themselves but for their children and for generations to come. In this spirit, we end the festival with a traditional obon dance which encourages all ages, all religious denominations, and all ethnicities to come together to dance in honor of all ancestors.

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