A simple mound of earth faced with river rock sits in stately silence to one side of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s amphitheater. The structure’s simplicity belies its significance: this is Maui’s first recorded pā hula: a space dedicated to the ancient Hawaiian tradition of hula, and to the cultural practices of Maui’s kumu hula with their students and guests. One of only four known pā in the state, this pā at the MACC was created under the direction of Nā Kumu Hula and cultural specialists, Hōkūlani Holt, Keali‘i Reichel, AI Lagunero, and Bert Sakata. Its purpose is to honor and perpetuate the art forms at the core of Hawaiian culture.
Cultural programs embody MACC’s commitment to Hawai‘i’s diverse cultural communities and Pacific traditions. A core tenet of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center is that Hawaiian culture is vital to the identity of the institution: our cultural programs must reflect and maintain Hawaiian values. The MACC’s cultural programming, under the theme “Celebrate Hawai‘i,” supports the performers and artists of Hawai‘i, and provides educational and outreach activities in the community for both artists and audience. Thus, diverse groups of residents and visitors may share, understand, and gain new perspectives on the multiple facets of Hawaiian culture as expressed through the arts.
Click on the year to see highlights of our many activities, season by season.
Also see related activities on the page Artists in the Community
The Maui Arts & Cultural Center is a gathering place where we celebrate community, creativity and discovery. The MACC logo includes the petroglyph image of a human being releasing a bird into flight — symbolizing the freedom of expression that lies at the heart of all creative endeavors.
For more information about these programs, please contact the MACC's Cultural Programs Director: Kahulu Maluo-Pearson 808-243-4269