WHO/WHAT: The Japanese culture will be spotlighted at the 17th annual Maui Matsuri, presented by the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui, with major support by the County of Maui, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Island Honda, IBEW-Local Union 1186, Maui Taiko and UH Maui College.

WHEN/WHERE: Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6, at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College.

Maui Matsuri’s Variety Show on Friday, May 5, from 7 p.m. at the Binhi At Ani Community Center will spotlight singers, dancers, musicians, magicians and other talent with some aspect of Japanese and/or Okinawan culture woven into its performance. The program will open with Maui Taiko and feature a performance by special guest Yasu Ishida, a graduate of the Chavez Studio of Magic and former resident magician at the Waikiki Aquarium.

Maui Matsuri’s main event will be held on Saturday, May 6, from 2-9 p.m. with a host of Japanese and Okinawan activities for all ages at the UHMC Great Lawn. The event will feature food booths and food trucks, craft booths, entertainers and demonstrations, contests, cultural exhibits, kids games, crafts and more.

COST: Admission is free. Fee for some activities and booths. For more details, call the festival hotline at (808) 283-9999 or visit www.mauimatsuri.com.


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