Maui County Council Chairman Danny Mateo is the Honorary Chair for the 2010 Festivals of Aloha. Mateo worked over a span of 27 years as a volunteer for these community cultural events.
Maui opens its doors from shore to shore with special aloha beginning on Friday, Sept. 24. The Royal Hawaiian Guards will open the events that honor our island’s culture and heritage at the Maui Mall at 4 p.m.
Home Grown - Hawai‘i is the theme for a free Maui Mall event from 4 to 7:30 p.m., when Whole Foods Chef Andres Palmer using local home grown ingredients during a special local-style food demonstration. Food sampling (while supplies last) is available to Festivals of Aloha ribbon holders. Ribbons will be on sale for $5 each at the event.
The kalo image, the symbol of Festivals of Aloha, integrates the islands of Maui Nui, including the often-forgotten island of Kaho‘olawe. Each island is recognized with its own individual 2010 Festivals of Aloha ribbon color: pink for Maui, yellow for Lāna‘i, green for Moloka‘i and grey for Kaho‘olawe.
Te Tiare Patitifa’s Keoni Manuel and his students will headline the event. Kīhei Youth Center keiki will perform dances, hula and play the ‘ukulele.
Hawaiian crafters and hands-on lauhala bracelet-making, coconut-weaving and tapa-making demonstrations for keiki will be available at no charge from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 25, the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua presents “Jewels of the Pacific.” Artisans and crafters will share their knowledge about the culture with hands on demonstrations in the hotel lobby from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Falsetto master and living treasure Richard Ho‘opi‘i and his ‘ohana will share song, olelo (talk story) and video on the history of falsetto from 10 to 11 a.m., in the hotel theater. Boys aged 13 to 17 will participate in his Leo Ki‘e Ki‘e Voice Workshop, “Falsetto for Future Generations,” from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Hawai‘i Theater.
Festivals of Aloha 2010 Ribbon-holders will also enjoy the 9th annual Richard Ho‘opi‘i Falsetto Contest, the highlight of Saturday’s festivities. Ten men ages 18 and older will vie for prizes and awards. Hawaiian food and drinks will be sold at the event, which will be held in the Salon Ballroom, from 6 to 10 p.m.
Celebrity Chefs Mark Ellman and Peter Merriman will demonstrate recipes from the Practice Aloha book on Thursday, Sept. 30. Festivals of Aloha 2010 Ribbon-holders can sample the chefs’ delicious poke, while supplies last. Copies of Practice Aloha will be available for purchase at this book-signing event.
Radio personality Cindy Palos will be the mistress of ceremonies for a special event with George Kahumoku, who will perform songs from Palos’ new CD, Practicing Aloha. The free event, which is open to the public from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., wil also include the opportunity to win a one-night stay at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and special door prizes from the Mala Wailea Restaurant.