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MAPA to Commemorate 25th Annual Garden Party with ‘A Silver Anniversary’ Celebration

September 5, 2013
Maui Weekly

It's time to get your tickets for Maui Academy of Performing Arts' (MAPA) 25th Annual Garden Party on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. on the beautiful grounds of the Yokouchi Family Estate in Wailuku.

A perennial favorite, this year's event celebrates its silver anniversary and features a host of new restaurants and artists, as well as well-known participants from previous years.

Featuring live entertainment with selections from MAPA's recent smash hit, "Les Miserables," MAPA's Garden Party is one of the island's signature events highlighting the culinary, fine and performing arts.

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Michael Clements and other Maui artists will create Fresh Art on-site for a live auction at MAPA’s 25th Annual Garden Party.

Adding to this year's ambience, guests will also enjoy viewing several vintage cars and motorcycles, and indulge in spa services provided by Kapalua Spa.

MAPA Board Secretary and Event Chairperson Linda Howlett shared the importance of this event to the Maui community: "MAPA has grown into one of the state's largest performing arts organizations reaching over 45,000 children every year. The Garden Party fundraiser plays an essential role in ensuring that MAPA's programs remain accessible and affordable."

Chefs' Festival

The Garden Party features an impressive Chefs' Festival with gourmet offerings from Maui restaurants, as well as great wines, locally brewed beer and an assortment of alcohol-free beverages.

Participating restaurants include: Bentos & Banquets by Bernard, Bistro Casanova, Cafe O'Lei Restaurants, Capische?, Duke's Beach House, Flatbread Company, Maui Chocolate Fountain, Maui Tacos Mexican Surf Grill, Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman, The Plantation House Restaurant, Spago, Stella Blues Cafe, Three's Bar & Grill, Vineyard Food Company by Catering from Soup to Nuts and Waterfront Restaurant.

Complementing this fabulous assortment of cuisine, guests will enjoy fine wines from Whole Foods Market, locally brewed beer from Maui Brewing Company, and alcohol-free beverages from Blue Sky Beverage and Maui Coffee Roasters.

Fresh Art

One of the event's signature offerings is Fresh Art. As guests meander through the picturesque grounds, they can watch some of the island's top painters and sculptors create beautiful works of art to be sold at the event's live auction.

Maui artists creating Fresh Art this year include Robin Bones, Karen Camara, Michael Clements, Tim DeShong, Joseph Fletcher, Jack Hamilton, Rebecca Lowell, Susie Burnside Monroe, Jamie Roth, Jan Shaner and Steve Turnbull.

Silent Auction, Live Auction & Giving Tree

The Garden Party will also include a fabulous silent auction with hotel stays, activities, jewelry, artwork and themed baskets.

The live auction will feature the Fresh Art created on-site by participating artists.

The Giving Tree will offer attendees the opportunity to support other MAPA programs.

Live Entertainment

MAPA has staged over 500 live productions on Maui during the last 39 years. The Garden Party features some of Maui's most talented singers and actors, and this year's event includes live performances of beloved musical theatre favorites. During the Chefs' Festival, local duo Moondance (Jim Howlett and Rudy Esquer) will play live jazz.

Tickets and More Information

Tickets are $75 ($85 at the event) and include all food and beverages served at the event, plus complementary spa services from Kapalua Spa, offering attendees an exceptional value.

Guests may purchase tickets by phone at 244-8760 or in person at the MAPA office, 81 N. Church St. in Wailuku, or by visiting one of the following ticket outlets: Whole Foods Market Customer Service Desk in Kahului, Topaz Goldsmith & Gallery in Kihei and Brazilian Beauty Boutique & The Nail Shop in Kihei.

The Yokouchi Family Estate is located at 2471 West Main St. in Wailuku.

The Garden Party is for adults 21 and over only.

For more information about MAPA, visit or call 244-8760.



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