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22nd Annual Celebration of the Arts a feast for the senses

Drinking of the Waters of Kane

Photos Credit: Chad Chisholm

The 22nd Annual Celebration of the Arts at Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is a cultural event not to be missed on Maui. Having taken place from May 9-11, it is a feast for the senses, bringing a deeper cultural understanding of Hawaiian heritage mixed with a unique spirit of aloha. From the alluring scents of the luau buffet to performances by hula dancers and vocalists, Polynesian arts and crafts as well as activities such as net casting, Celebration of the Arts has been a part of the Ritz-Carlton’s fabric since its opening.
 

A sunrise chant ceremony and drinking of the waters of Kane started off the festivities, while the opening ceremonies included families announcing their histories and seeking permission into the celebration. General Manager Alex Ahluwalia welcomes cultural ambassadors and guests alike to participate with the property in this spectacular array of culture, companionship, and celebration.

Hula during the Luau

Hula during the Luau

Celebration of the Arts in full swing

Celebration of the Arts in full swing

Hula dancers mesmerize the crowd

Hula dancers mesmerize the crowd

Opening ceremonies at Celebration of the Arts

Opening ceremonies at Celebration of the Arts

Hand-woven baskets for sale in the open market

Hand-woven baskets for sale in the open market

Hula is graceful at any age

Hula is graceful at any age

Salt and ti leaves on display

Salt and ti leaves on display

Chad Chisholm

Chad Chisholm is a professional photographer and travel writer. Marrying the two together, his travels have taken him across the world, staying in everything from Parisian Penthouses to huts in Ecuador in the rainforest. His work has been published in ISLANDS, Afar, WildJunket, AAA publications, and more. To see Chad's photographic work, visit www.creationize.com ...(Read More)

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