Whether you are visiting Hawaii for the very first time or are a seasoned visitor, we are sure that you have already discovered that the culture in Hawaii is a unique mix. The local traditions that you see today have been evolving from the origins of the pineapple and sugarcane plantations. Japanese immigrants were among the many that made their way to the island chain in hopes of creating a better life and they have been passing down traditions ever since.
With “For the Sake of the Children” as the perpetual theme, the 18th Annual Maui Matsuri Festival was created to provide a dedicated environment for families to share, learn, and celebrate the Japanese culture. This four-day event will be held at two different locations featuring Japanese as well as Okinawan entertainment. Kicking off on April 27th, join Maui Taiko at the Queen Kaahumanu Center for a lively taiko (Japanese drumming) performance along with classical and folk dancing for the evening’s entertainment. A coloring contest sponsored by Sanrio Kaahumanu and a practice Japanese Bon dancing session will also be featured throughout the night.
Festivities will convene the following weekend on May 4th and 5th at the University of Hawaii Maui College Campus. Here, family, as well as friends, can take part in even more cultural activities during their Maui vacation. From eating contests to craft shopping, there is a little bit of everything for everyone at this festival and we hope to see you there!
And we all know April showers bring May flowers so if you are looking for things to do during a rainy day in the meantime, there are a number of Maui adventures for you to add to your itinerary. Still trying to find the perfect place to stay in Hawaii, our West Maui lodging accommodations have just about everything you could require for an island vacation. Book online today and experience paradise!