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Maui Matsuri 2014: A Festival You Don’t Want to Miss

Are you ready for the 14th Annual Maui Matsuri festival?

I don’t know about you, but I can hardly contain my excitement! I’ve already started working on a festival checklist, and the event is still a few weeks away!

  1. Charge camera phone for selfies & photo ops with Hello Kitty.
  2. Wear stretchy pants to accommodate food consumption.
  3. Go to the ATM for some spending money.
  4. Get pumped up & work up an appetite (refer back to “wear stretchy pants”).
  5. Bring reusable grocery bags for omiyage (gifts) & take-out food.
  6. Write a blog post about the festival. Check!

Maui Matsuri

“Matsuri” means “Japanese festival,” and the Maui Matsuri incorporates some of the most notable cultural exhibits, educational activities, entertainment and food in order to bring the community together to celebrate Japanese American history, heritage and culture on Maui. The event is produced for the public by a volunteer team, and admission is free.

The official theme of the festival is “kodomo no tame ni” or “for the sake of the children.” Each year, the popularity of Maui Matsuri grows, and there are thousands of people in attendance. Proceeds of the event go to the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui to support the work they do to preserve and perpetuate Japanese culture on Maui.

Maui Matsuri

The 2014 Maui Matsuri festivities will begin on Friday, May 2 for the kickoff event, featuring karaoke, taiko, kendama, obon odori (bon dance) practice, and more from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Queen Ka’ahumanu Mall center stage.

The festivities continue the following weekend on Friday, May 9 with a storytelling night from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the University of Hawaii – Maui College student center (Pilina Building) in Kahului, followed by the actual Maui Matsuri festival on Saturday, May 10 from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the University of Hawaii – Maui College great lawn or courtyard.

This is the first year that Maui Matsuri is introducing the storytelling night on Friday, May 9, and it will feature fables and stories from Hawaii and Japan, including obake (ghost) stories. One of the performers for this event will be Maui’s own “Tita,” radio personality, actress and emcee, Kathy Collins.

Here is a sneak peak into this year’s festival on Saturday, May 10:

  • Onolicious grinds (delicious food). What can be better than being able to savor fresh and tasty poke bowls, bento, abalone, teriyaki, chow fun, poi mochi and shave ice conveniently in one place? You only have to walk a few steps to get to all of these amazing food booths instead of driving all over town.

Maui Matsuri

  • Contests gallore. Maui Matsuri will have the following contests: eating (natto and saimin), hanafuda/sakura (Japanese card game), Cosplay (costume), video-gaming, kendama, and Manga (Japanese comic cartoon or anime) and art drawing. If you are competitive at heart, want to have fun with your friends, or just love to people-watch as others compete for prizes and bragging rights, this part of the festival is definitely for you.
  • Live entertainment and demonstrations. From taiko (Japanese drumming) and karate demonstrations, to Japanese singers like Hikariyama Torao, A.K.A. Tevita Apina (who also just won the karaoke contest at Kawaii Kon, by the way… wow!) and the group Bento Rakugo from Oahu that specializes in magic shows and variety acts. Bento Rakugo also tells obake (ghost) stories and will be performing on Friday, May 9 for the storytelling night.

Maui Matsuri

  • Kodomo (kids) corner. If you are looking for fun for the entire family, this is the place to be! The kids will enjoy a variety of activities, while the adults join in the fun, snap a few pictures, or simply take a moment to savor their chow fun and poi mochi. Some of the activities at this year’s festival include: make your own hachimaki (Japanese headband), gyotaku (fish printing & painting), and Japanese food games such as a colorful dango (rice dumpling) stacking game and takoyaki flipping.
  • Cultural exhibits. Bonsai, Mokichi Okada Association (MOA) Sangetsu flower arranging, Maui Ki-Aikido martial arts, Consulate General of Japan, and the art of calligraphy are just some of the many exhibits you can visit at this year’s festival.
  • Craft booths. Buy local. Support local. Meet local artists, crafters and vendors, many of whom feature Made in Maui or Made in Hawaii products.
  • Obon odori or bon dance (Japanese group dancing). Kickoff the Maui obon season with obon odori on the great lawn. Follow along and join in the dancing dressed as you are. No kimono or happi (pronounced “hoppy”) coat? No problem! T-shirts and rubba slippas welcome.

Maui Matsuri

Arigato (thanks) for your support, and I look forward to seeing you at the festival! As the P.R., Marketing & Social Media Chair for Maui Matsuri, I’m sure you will see me there. Look for the gal running around, taking photos, and posting about the event with the rest of our social media team. The other members of our social media team include: Brian Nagami, Jody Yoshida, Sherman Peros, Yuki Lei Sugimura and Kay Fukumoto. If you know any of them, please feel free to say “hi” and stop them for a photo op!

The festival website is www.mauimatsuri.com, and the official hashtag for the event is #MauiMatsuri. There will be 2 Instagram contests this year, and the winners will receive free festival t-shirts, so be sure to like/follow Maui Matsuri on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get all the contest announcements.

Kashiko (sincerely yours),

Traci Giordano Silva

Silva GangAbout the Guest Blogger: Traci Giordano Silva is a freelance designer & writer at Miso Creative; partner & marketing specialist at Fukumoto Engineering (FE); PR, marketing & social media chair for Soroptimist Maui & the Maui Matsuri; & blogger & creator of “Life on a Silva Platter,” a whimsical blog focused on finding humor in life’s quirks. She lives on Maui with her hubby Mike & their “kids” (pet cats & dogs). She blogs for fun, loves making new friends in the blogosphere, & enjoys giving back to the community. Blog: www.silvagang.com. Twitter & Instagram: @SilvaGang

 

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A Day In A Life Of A Maui Local known as @amauiblog

Maui Sunset by Mike Neal

This post idea started with this photo by Mike Neal.  He is my kindred spirit when it comes to loving Maui Sunrise and Maui Sunset.  Almost everyday he posts a photo on his Facebook profile and I enthusiastically share it on A Maui Blog page.  This Friday, he shared the photo above and for me that photo is a great reminder of why I am love living on Maui.  That is the Maui I love.

I know a new blog post is needed. My original goal was to post 2 to 3 times a week but I am failing.  But no need to fret. I think I’d post whenever I can and that is ok. No pressure.

Last night I thought, “why not blog about my day“?  Nothing spectacular, just an ordinary day of a Maui Local who happens to be a blogger.  Not sensational, but a glimpse of what it is like to live on this island we love (as a blogger I should add as other Maui Local will have a different typical day)

So where do I begin? In the morning I suppose.  When I woke up I found out that the internet router in our house is broken.  That’s enough to for me to experience some “internet withdrawal” symptoms because I could not use my Mac computer to tweet and post on Facebook.  But it only lasted a few minutes as I slapped myself and told myself that I live on Maui, why the heck am I so bothered by a broken router.  When hubby woke up, he told me we, as a family, will go to Costco to buy a new router for me.  My family knows how to please me :)

Everyone in the family went to do our Saturday morning chores. I managed to tweet what I was doing through my IPhone Instagram.  While cleaning and de-cluttering I was having this conversation in my mind, with myself, about the #SeeMaui Tweetup that  was supposed to happen at 2pm that day.  Should I go?  I really really wanted to.  It will be so much fun and I would be so stoked to personally meet some of the famous travels bloggers I had been following on Twitter.  On the other hand, Saturday is supposed to be our “family day”.  My husband’s truck is in the shop and so we only have only car to use in the family. I guess I could just car pool with Erik Blair, the Accidental Consultant, who lives on Kihei and also going to the tweetup.  When I mentioned to my hubby about the tweetup, he asked “what about our plans to go to Costco?” Oh yeah, we are gonna go to Costco as a family. I guess I could have justified my going by saying it is “work” and represent Aloha Luxury Properties while I was there.  But I wanted to be sensitive to Maui Visitors Bureau and I wasn’t sure if promoting our vacation rental on that setting is appropriate because they have their own vacation rental companies sponsoring #SeeMaui. Maybe it was ok but I opted not to do it since I didn’t ask.

And just to let you know, going to Costco as a family is really one of our family’s “bonding time”. I am not kidding.  Funny and weird but true.  It’s a time for us to ride in the car together, not only to talk about what we need to buy at Costco and what we want to buy but can’t afford right now but to talk about a lot of things going on in our life.  When we get old and kids have their own kids, they will tell them stories of how we used to drive to Costco together – he he he.

We did go to the beach later in the afternoon to walk Sonny, the famous Italian greyhound, and to watch the Maui Sunset.  It was a very windy day at Keawakapu yesterday but there were still many people at the beach.  Aside from a usual picture taking I even took a video to share with you how windy it was:

Despite the wind, it was a good day at the beach.  We saw our good friends Erik and Emmi and their kids.  It’s always fun chatting with them. Sonny had a good run. I got some great photos of Maui Sunset and at night we had our dinner. Guess what we have for dinner? If you guessed Costco pizza you are right!  :)

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Super Moon Moonset on Maui

Super Moon Moonset Maui

 

I woke up at 5 o’clock this morning and when I looked out the window I saw a beautiful moon, the super moon 2012 on it’s way to set on Maui.  I saw it through the same window that I usually take my Maui Sunset photos.  It is pretty cool to see a moonset there where the sunset also happens.  I quickly grabbed my camera and as I point I saw two birds on a wire posed for the photo. Great!

 

Super Moon Moonset Maui 2012

 

I took these photos through our window with wire mesh window screen.  Thankfully the screen didn’t show up as much.  My camera didn’t capture so much of the color of the sky … it’s pink and blue.  It’s beautiful!

 

Supermoon Moonset Maui

 

How about you? Did you watch the super moon in your place last night? Did you take a photo of the Super Moon 2012 in your area? If you posted a photo or blogged about it, please leave the link on the comment section. I would love to see your photos too!

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Cloudy Days Aren’t So Gloomy On Maui

 

 

 

This post is a participant on Wordless Wednesday at 5 Minutes For Moms

 

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