The MACC Story

The MACC Story

Celebrating 30 years of entertainment, education and inspiration through the performing & visual arts.


Maui Arts & Cultural Center opened in 1994 as the culmination of a long-standing dream of Maui’s residents to build a world-class gathering place for the arts. Now familiarly known as "The MACC," this center has been described by The Maui News as “the artistic and educational heart of an entire community” and “Maui’s entertainment and arts crown jewel.”

The MACC is the most comprehensive multi-disciplinary arts facility in Hawai‘i, and a gathering place where people can celebrate creativity through personal and shared experiences of the arts. It is a world-class facility where popular and innovative performing artists can be enjoyed, connecting our community to the world. Looking forward to our coming years in the community, we continue to strive for the enrichment of life on Maui through personal and shared experiences of the arts: to engage, to inspire, to educate, and to broaden all of our horizons.

In addition to concerts with big name artists, "The MACC Presents..." productions are all about the beauty and power of cultural expression. Unique in Hawai'i, our presenting program offers a diverse mix of artists and genres – dance, Hawaiian artforms, rock, chamber music, jazz, lectures, theater, and works that blur boundaries. Half of our offerings celebrate regional and local culture with finest of Hawaiian and local artists.

We welcome you to our presentations, and encourage you to enjoy your favorite performing artists, and try something new, to discover new favorites!

The MACC offers many free programs for the community throughout the year. We partner with government and businesses to host free events, including Starry Night Cinema 'walk-in' movies for families on a big outdoor screen, and ArT=Mixx interactive social events that connect artist and audience in a fusion of performing and visual arts. And every year we pay tribute to the music of Hawai‘i’s culture with the free family-friendly Ki Ho‘alu Guitar Festival and Maui ‘Ukulele Festival.

Through our cultural programming, the MACC is committed to bringing forth the depth and breadth of authentic Hawaiian artistic experiences. Our programs represent the highest caliber of contemporary artistic accomplishments that spring from the rich cultural traditions of the past.

The MACC is also a site for  arts education, serving all ages from pre-school to adult to enhance arts education in schools and professional development for teachers. We are proud of our more than two decades as a Partner in Education with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. 

Schaefer International Gallery is our museum-quality exhibition space for visual arts. Gallery exhibits celebrate the broad spectrum of human experience by presenting a broad view of cultures, places and people, and present important issues and ideas of our time. Admission is free, year-round.

The MACC also offers a full spectrum of presentations off the stage and in the community. Our Artists in Community program redefines the relationship of artist to audience, and is recognized as a national model and embodies our belief in the ability of the arts to build a community. Through dozens of free events each year, The MACC brings performing artists into schools, senior centers and social service agencies.

“The arts are education. They stretch you as a human being, lift up the human spirit, and help us become better people.”
- Pundy Yokouchi, Founding Chairman, Maui Arts & Cultural Center