MAPA’s 22nd Annual Garden Party fundraiser will be held on Sunday, Sept. 12, from 1 to 5 p.m. upon the beautiful shady lawns of the Yokouchi family estate, located at 2471 West Main St. in Wailuku. 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.
MAPA has provided arts education, community and professional performance programs on Maui and beyond for nearly 36 years. Its programs annually reach more than 55,000 people statewide, with a mission of “enriching individuals, building community and connecting our world through the performing arts.”
Mana‘o Radio’s Kathy Collins acts as emcee during 2010’s Garden Party, bringing together visitors, residents and the island’s top artists and chefs for an impressive Chefs’ Festival, fine wine, live jazz and two auctions. Guests will be treated to gourmet delights from some of Maui’s favorite restaurants during the Chefs’ Festival while they sip world-class wines provided by premier event sponsor Whole Foods Market.
Enjoy “Fresh Art” by talents such as Jack Hamilton during MAPA’s 22nd Annual Garden Party fundraiser on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 12, upon the beautiful shady lawns of the Yokouchi family estate. Call 244-8760 for more information.
Live music will be provided by Jim Howlett and Rudy Esquer of Moondance, and Bentley Kalaway.
Don’t miss “Fresh Art,” the event’s signature offering. While meandering through the picturesque grounds, watch some of the island’s top painters and sculptors create beautiful works of art. Lucky guests are able to take the fresh artwork home after the late afternoon auction. Visitors particularly enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring home a piece of Maui. Local artists creating Fresh Art this year include George Allan, Paul Arsenault, Jack Hamilton, Joe Fletcher, Susie Monroe, Jamie Roth, Phil Sabado, Jan Shaner, Koana Smith, Maggie Sutrov and Steve Turnbull.
The Garden Party also features a silent auction with hotel stays, activities, fine jewelry, artwork and themed baskets. The Garden Shoppe offers plants, garden items and unique gifts, such as gorgeous creations from the Maui Quilt Guild.
At this year’s party, guests have the opportunity to purchase “Garden Green.” Pay $75 and receive a certificate worth $100 to be spent at the silent and live auctions, and the shop. (Call 244-8760 for advanced purchases.)
“MAPA has grown into one of the state’s largest performing arts organizations offering a full range of educational performing arts programs,” said MAPA Board President Keith Ranney.
MAPA states that its academy classes and performances “enhance self-esteem and collaboration skills in over one thousand of Maui’s keiki each year,” offering community production no digital form of entertainment can ever match—the magic of live theatre. And each school year, MAPA’s school partnership programs, “Voices and Take Note,” use the performing arts to enhance reading skills for 8,000 Maui students. Its “Educational Theatre Tours” bring performances directly into schools across the state, enabling more than 35,000 kids to experience live theatre—many for the first time.
As MAPA’s largest fundraiser, Ranney said the Garden Party plays an essential role in bringing performing arts opportunities to the community and ensures that their programs remain accessible and affordable for visitors and residents alike.
Tickets are $60, $70 the day of the event and $600 for a reserved table of 10. The Garden Party is for adults 21 and over only, and tickets include all food and beverages served at the event. Call 244-8760 or obtain tickets in person at the MAPA office in Wailuku, the customer kiosk at Queen Kä‘ahumanu Center, Latitudes in Kahului, The Nail Shop in Kïhei and Sir Wilfred’s in Lahaina.