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21st Annual Garden Party

A benefit for MAPA.

August 27, 2009
Trisha Smith
Despite our economic downturn, the richness of the arts and an appreciation for creativity are alive and well across our beautiful island.

Join the artistic friends and families of the Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) and more for the 21st Annual Garden Party on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 1 to 5 p.m. for a spirited event dedicated to the arts and its creative souls on Maui.

The Yokouchi family has graciously contributed their beautiful estate in Wailuku as the setting for the annual fundraising event to benefit MAPA’s educational performing arts programs.

“MAPA has grown into one of the state’s largest performing arts organizations, offering a full range of educational performing art programs,” said MAPA Board President Keith Ranney.

According to Ranney, the Garden Party fundraiser plays an essential role in bringing performing arts opportunities to our community.

Bringing arts into our community and supporting arts education for our island keiki is essential to positive progress and happiness within our ‘ohana. A nonprofit organization, MAPA, has programs that annually reach more than 50,000 individuals statewide, making a difference in the lives of so many.

Seabury Hall senior Hiroki Ichinose has been dancing for the last 13 years with MAPA, which he considers “an extension of the family.” Not only has the academy taught him nearly everything he knows about dancing, he has also learned valuable life lessons and made some wonderful friends through the arts. (View his MAPA Moment at

According to MAPA, their programs, which include dance, drama and voice instruction, promote confidence and self-esteem in young people, and the arts bring people together to “celebrate life in a joyful and creative fashion.”

Sponsored by Hawai‘i Liquor Superstore, this year’s Garden Party will bring visitors and residents together to appreciate some of the island’s finest artists and chefs with the event’s signature offering, “Fresh Art,” and an impressively delicious Chefs’ Festival.

Watch imaginative Maui painters and sculptors create colorful works right before your eyes along the shady lawn, with their “Fresh Art” being auctioned off at the end of the afternoon.

Guests will sip on world-class wines as they enjoy an array of gourmet delights from 16 of Maui’s beloved restaurants, including The Waterfront Restaurant, Café O’Lei, Hula Grill and many more, during the Chef’s Festival.

“As you spend an elegant afternoon chatting with friends, sipping wine, indulging in fine cuisine and bidding on treasures and art, you’ll be making a difference in the lives of Maui’s children by supporting MAPA’s educational performing arts programs,” said MAPA Programs Director Carolyn Wright.

The “fabulous” silent auction includes items such as fine jewelry and a fresh-cut Christmas tree from Kula Botanical Gardens, and don’t forget to stop by the Garden Shoppe to pick up some luscious plants, garden accessories and unique items to liven up your home.

Enjoy live jazz by Moondance (Jim Howlett and Rudy Esquer) and Bentley Kalaway.

The event is open to guests ages 21 and older. Tickets are now available for the 21st Annual Garden Party; $65 in advance, $75 at the event. Reserve a table for eight for $750. Tickets are available in person at the MAPA office at 81 N. Church St. in Wailuku, Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center Customer Service Kiosk, The Nail Salon in Kihei and Sir Wilfreds in Whalers Village. Tickets are also available by phone at 244-8760 and online at

Also, call the MAPA office at the number above for information regarding their unique, money-saving purchasing program called “Garden Green.”

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Gentlemen, press your best breezy summer wear and ladies, garnish those fancy party hats with floral island accents and come together with some creative friends to wine and dine at a classy occasion to celebrate “the bounty of the arts” at MAPA’s 21st Annual Garden Party on Sunday.



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