KAPALUA, HI--(Marketwire - Feb 21, 2013) - For the 21st consecutive year, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will bring together Hawaii's most reputable artisans, educators, cultural practitioners, and entertainers for the most well-respected cultural event in the state, Celebration of the Arts. This much anticipated event will begin on Friday, March 29 and conclude on Sunday, March 31 with the coveted and expansive Easter Brunch at the Maui resort.
The theme for the 21st anniversary of Celebration of the Arts, 'E ulu... e ulu mau... to grow and grow forever,' promises a nod to the days of nostalgic Hawaii while looking forward to the future and the impact today's decisions have. Opening ceremonies include Hawaiian practitioners reciting their genealogy through traditional oli (chants) while music and hula will be enjoyed continuously throughout the weekend. Hands-on art, demonstrations, films, cultural panels, music and dance will serve as the common thread to allow visitors and residents the opportunity to interact and appreciate the "#1 Rated Annual Festival" according to Modern Luxury Hawaii magazine. The event has also been the recipient of the "Keep it Hawaii Kahili Award," a highly sought after honor presented by the Hawaii Tourism Association.
Thought-provoking panels sure to enhance the 2013 event include: "Food Sovereignty" with local farmers and agriculturalists demonstrating the importance of protecting the 'old seeds'; "E kala mai, excuse me... a two-way street" by Brook Kapukuniahi Parker; and "Remembering a Princess," where attendees will join direct lineal descendants of Princess Kale Davis in a moving discussion about a princess lost in time. A cleanup of her burial site above Kapalua Resort will also take place by attendees and volunteers to restore it to a condition worthy of such an influential woman. One of the most unique presentations of the weekend will be "Ono ka awa... the awa is delicious," which features an array of Polynesian-grown awa paired with Hawaiian delicacies.
The Celebration Luau and Show is unlike any other luau on the island and serves as the weekend's finale bringing together traditional Hawaiian foods with various entertainment and talent hearkening back to nostalgic Hawaii and the days of the first cruise ships visiting the islands. The Celebration After-Hours Party commences each evening and is held in the Alaloa Lounge complimentary for adults to enjoy, from 9 p.m. to Midnight. The finest entertainers in the state will take the stage with impromptu performances in a fun-filled jam session that reflects the spirit of aloha for which the islands are renowned. The annual Easter Brunch will take place on Sunday, March 31 -- while the children's Easter egg hunt begins on the Great Lawn. For more information, please visit the luxury Maui hotel's website http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/KapaluaMaui/Default.htm or www.celebrationofthearts.org. For tickets and reservations please call 808-669-6200.
About The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
The AAA Five-Diamond Maui beach hotel showcases a stunning, fully-renovated destination resort offering 463 guestrooms, including 107 residential hotel suites, boasting warm-hued wood floors, rich travertine bathrooms, flat-screen LCD televisions and Hawaiian-inspired artwork. The Waihua Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua beckons with treatment rooms framed by private garden showers, volcanic stone grottos, steam, sauna and whirlpool therapies, outdoor couple's hale (cabanas) and a fitness center and movement studio with spectacular ocean views. Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment program offers all interest levels an array of outdoor activities from land to sea, led by trained naturalists. The breathtaking Hawaii resort also features six Maui restaurants, enhanced indoor/outdoor meeting space, an inviting children's pool and luxury cabanas. The luxury Maui resort is nestled on 54 acres and enveloped by the 23,000 acre Kapalua Resort, renowned for two championship golf courses, award-winning restaurants and a historic pineapple plantation.