This unique event will celebrate Maui’s rainbow of cultures and art forms, help generate respect and appreciation of each other’s differing gifts and skills and promote understanding and cooperation as we celebrate our diversity.
Event organizers are asking cultural clubs and organizations to participate with booths that showcase activities and events.
“We encourage your group to prepare and sell food or arts and crafts reflecting your cultural background to raise money for your organization,” said event organizer Marilynn Hirashima. “And we will have a stage for any performances that you wish to present,” she added. “Each year, the performances get better and better and are quite exciting!”
Culture and Arts Diversity Day will be celebrated on the grounds of the Maui Community College campus on Sunday, April 11.
Anyone wishing to have a booth showcasing their culture and/or art is asked to call Hirashima at 878-1866. Music and dance performers should call Kevin Block at 876-0411. If you are interested in participating, call Sherry Gabriele at 874-1477 for an application.
Entertainment will include the hilarious Frank DeLima noon and Hulu Lindsey will perform at 3:15 p.m.
This family-oriented event will be free and open to the public. Everyone is encouraged to attend and enjoy a full day of celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Nominations are also being accepted for the annual Masaru “Pundy” Yokouchi Award. The winning nominee will be honored for his or her contribution to culture and/or the arts in Maui County, and will receive a two-night stay at the Wailea Marriott.
Anyone who wishes to submit a nomination should contact Elaine Slavinsky at 242-8636 by Saturday, Feb. 20.