Whether your interests lie in Hawaiian culture or comic book stories, soothing melodies or finger-snapping show tunes, you are bound to find an event at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (The MACC) to please you especially this week! The MACC is just jam-packed full of things to do, see and hear.
Robot Planet Rising
For the kid in everyone, there is a unique event that's a mash-up of old-timey radio play and futuristic comic book--"The Intergalactic Nemesis Book Two: Robot Planet Rising" on Thursday, Jan. 16, in the Castle Theater at 7:30 p.m. Illustrations will be projected panel by panel, graphic novel-style, on a big screen, while three actors voice all the characters, a sound artist creates hundreds of effects and a keyboardist performs the score. The story follows a sci-fi adventure that may be zany--but will totally captivate you!
“The Intergalactic Nemesis Book Two: Robot Planet Rising” will be featured on The MACC stage and screen on Thursday, Jan. 16, in the Castle Theater at 7:30 p.m.
HAPA by Moonlight
The beautiful music of HAPA--Barry Flanagan and Ron Kuala'au--evokes a sound that has been described as the "Soundtrack of Maui"--liquid guitar strains, poetic lyrics and melodies, hypnotic harmonies. Of course, the "hapa" part of this equation is the dose of American folk/rock that completes the exhilarating overall sound. Now enjoy HAPA in a truly beautiful setting--the glowing pavilion set up supper-club style--Friday evening, Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m.
Halau O Kekuhi, Kapa Makers, Kapa Blossoms Anew
Three events this week are presented by The MACC as part of a statewide initiative by the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts to celebrate the resurrection of the almost-lost art and craft of kapa making in Hawai'i.
On Saturday, Jan. 18, in the Castle Theater, Halau O Kekuhi from Hawai'i Island presents the premiere of a new hula work entitled "Hi'iakaikano'eau" at 7:30 p.m. The seed for this hula work goes back to a 2011 Merrie Monarch performance, where Halau O Kekuhi performed in costumes made of kapa, possibly for the first time in living memory. Now see this new work in its full glory--hula, chant and song about kapa, by dancers and chanters clothed in kapa.
The next kapa-centric event is a symposium on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. "Kapa: The Makers' Journey" presenters will be Nalani Kanaka'ole, Kekuhi Keali'ikanaka-'oleohaililani, Marie McDonald, Roen Hufford, Dalani Tanahy and Kaliko Spenser. Discussion topics will include the history, cultural values, botanical knowledge and future of Hawaiian kapa. There will be demonstrations by Solomon Apio and the Maui Kapa Hui.
Both of these events lead up to an important new exhibit in Schaefer International Gallery--"Mohala Hou Ke Kapa: Kapa Blossoms Anew." This exhibit will be open to the public from Tuesday, Jan.21, to March 9, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no admission charge to exhibits in the Schaefer Gallery.
The Mohala Hou Ke Kapa exhibition features a select group of 20-plus kapa practitioners whose work involves both traditional and non-traditional use of materials and techniques in kapa making. Displays illustrate the history, tools and botanical resources of this ancient Hawaiian art form, and the dedicated work of those who have revitalized the almost-lost knowledge and cultural value of the craft.
Then, on Thursday, Jan. 23, a songbird from the Mainland comes to Maui--Halie Loren, a rising young star in the female vocalist category. She started winning song competitions at the age of 10 in her home state of Alaska, and now she soars on the international scene. Her voice has been compared with the likes of Joni Mitchell, Peggy Lee, and Diana Krall and that is not bad company to keep!
Tickets for all of these programs are available at The MACC Box Office, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, or online at Mauiarts.org. Call 242-SHOW (7469) for more information.