Once again, we are grateful for ticket discounts to selected shows at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) upon presentation of a UHMC student identification card. These tickets can be purchased any time and any day at the box office before the show begins. The box office is open daily.

Note: there are other events on Maui, such as Maui Chamber Orchestra, Maui Pops Concerts, MAPA, Maui Choral Arts, etc. Student discounts are given at their discretion. We do welcome the offer of discounts so that more of our students will be able to attend. Some lecturers require students to attend such live events and write reviews. Others give extra credit. Students are usually on a limited budget, and at UHMC, limited time as well, due to balancing work, family, and school.

post1Ticket pricing for all events: $16 which includes applicable fees with valid student ID. Please note that there are also free events such as the annual ukulele festival, starry night cinema, and the Shaefer Gallery, which stays open when there are evening concerts at the MACC.

The following list as at 9/4/2015 is also available as a 2-page PDF and linked from our Facebook Page. Please like our FB page and invite your friends to like it, so we can spread the word. All the latest updates, including announcements of new concerts we hear of, will be posted on our Facebook Page, all the more reason to LIKE us.

Heritage Film Festival: Project Kuleana

Saturday, September 5; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm

Project Kuleana is a movement to utilize music as a vehicle to educate our community and develop layers of understanding to strengthen our lāhui Hawaiʻi. The Project was created by three native Hawaiians who share the perspective that kuleana is what makes music Hawaiian. The evening will include screenings of several short films, live performances from featured artists in the films: Palani Vaughan, Mike Ka’awa, Sonny Lim, Ernie Cruz, Kainani Kahaunaele, and Napua Greig, and a Q&A session to follow. Join Hawaiian artists from across the pae ‘āina in a virtual, interisland kanikapila promoting lōkahi, aloha ‘āina, and kuleana!

post2KŪ MAI KA HULA 10th Annual Hula Competition

Thursday – Saturday, September 10-12, 2015, Castle Theater
Featuring award-winning hālau from Hawai‘i, the continental U.S. and Japan, competing in solo and group performances. Male and female dancers perform both kahiko (traditional) and ‘auana (modern-day) hula stylings, judged by renowned, prestigious kumu hula. Expect to see halau competing in a level of performance as in more well-known competitions, but this event takes place in our own comfortable, professional and beautiful venue of Castle Theater – and right here on Maui! Presented by MACC and Kauahea.

Thursday 7:30 pm: This is an event for hula enthusiasts as a deeper exploration into the mind of Hawaiian song composer, John Kameaaloha Almeida. Blind since childhood, he wrote exquisite songs about the beauty that surrounded him, including “Kiss Me Love,” “Lei Puakenikeni,” “Lovely Sunrise Haleakala,” “Beautiful Mahealani Moon,” and “Roselani Blossoms” are but a handful of his compositions.

Presented by Keola Donaghy of the Institute of Hawaiian Music at UH Maui College, this presentation will reveal what inspired Johnny Almeida’s masterpieces and how he felt about Hawaiian music and language. You will be able to hear his own words in his own voice. Special hula will be presented by members of Hālau Kamaluokaleihulu, Hālau Kekuaokalā‘au‘ala‘iliahi, and Pā‘ū O Hi‘iaka.

Friday 6:00 pm:  Ku Mai Ka Hula solo competition, male and female, for the title of Mr. and Ms. Hula Maui.

Saturday 1:00 pm:  Ku Mai Ka Hula group competitions for wahine kahiko and ‘auana, kāne kahiko and ‘auana, and kupuna ‘auana.

post3Zemlinsky Quartet

Wednesday, October 21, 2015; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm

Since its founding in 1994, the Zemlinsky Quartet has become a much lauded example of the Czech string quartet tradition. In 2010, they received the First Grand Prize in the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition and in May 2009, they were the recipient of the Advancement Prize of the Vienna Society of Music’s Alexander Zemlinsky Endowment Fund, marking only the fourth time the prize has been awarded by a select committee. The Zemlinsky Quartet performs regularly in the Czech Republic and abroad, and in 2012, they literally circled the globe on tour. Their repertoire is far-ranging, containing works by many leading composers, ranging from classical to contemporary.
On sale to Public: 9/15/15

post4Flaco Jimenez & Max Baca

Friday, October 23, 2015; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm

In the world of accordion-driven Texas-Mexican conjunto music, Leonardo “Flaco” Jiménez and Max Baca are at once pillars of the past and forgers of the future. The Grammy award-winning artists, each an inheritor of a musical legacy from his father and grandfather, are a dynamic force of musical genius. For more than 60 years, Flaco has pioneered the three-row button accordion, earning five Grammy awards along the way. Max was just 7 years old when he met Flaco at a concert. Twenty years later, he became his bajo sexto player, and together the duo has cultivated a larger-than-life reputation both on and off the stage. With accordion and the deep-pitched bajo sexto front-and-center, and lyrics that are down-to-earth and often funny, conjunto ranges from fast-paced polkas to slower, Mexican-style country songs. Flaco and Max showcase the full breadth of the genre, choosing the repertoire they consider most important to their respective musical paths.

Tickets: $45
On sale to Public:9/15/15


13 Candles – Ghost Stories of Hawaii

Thursday, October 29, 2015; the Pā; 7:30 pm

One of Hawaii’s most popular storytellers, Lopaka Kapanui has developed a reputation for telling spooky stories. Following in the footsteps of his close friend and mentor, Glen Grant, Lopaka shares more than just Hawaiian ghost stories, he shares his knowledge of Hawai’i, masterfully weaving his tales with passion and mystery. Join him as he perpetuates an ancient Japanese storytelling game; 13 candles will be lit and Lopaka will tell his scariest ghost stories. One candle is snuffed for every story told, leaving the darkest, spookiest moments for the very last tale!

Tickets: $20
On sale to Public: 9/15/15


Dahlak Brathwaite: “Spiritrials”

Thursday, November 19; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm

A timely exploration of the criminal justice system, Spiritrials chronicles the journey of Dahlak’s own criminalization along with his struggle to be vindicated and decriminalized in the eyes of the law and society. “Spiritrials” is a multidimensional theatrical piece that blurs the lines between hip hop and dramatic performance. This program contains strong language and mature themes.
On sale to Public: 10/12/15


Trial of a Queen

Victoria Kneubuhl’s courtroom drama reenacts Liliuokalani’s 1895 trial for treason. The play explores unresolved sovereignty issues triggered by the U.S. overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy. Discussion follows.

Saturday, November 21, 2015; McCoy Studio Theater; 7:30 pm

On sale to Public: 10/12/15


Las Cafeteras

Saturday, January 30, 2016; Yokouchi Pavilion; 7:30 pm

Named for the East L.A. café that launched them, this young Anglo-Mexican acoustic septet serves up a lively salsa of rock, hip-hop, African and Cumbia rhythms.

On sale to Public: 12/15/15


Amy O’Neal – Opposing Forces

Thursday, February 11, 2016; McCoy Studio Theater; 7:30 pm

Seattle choreographer Amy O’Neal created this work in collaboration with five standout ‘B Boy” break dancers. The results are powerful, fluid and mesmerizing.

On sale to Public:1/19/16


Kumu Kahua Theatre – My Boy He Play Ball

Friday, February 26, & Saturday, February 27, 2016; McCoy Studio Theater; 7:30 pm

Boy Kahalewai is living the dream: a Division-1 football scholarship at a mainland college, a chance to play pro, and a loving family back home. But as he struggles with intense pressure from his father and awakens to his Hawaiian roots, Boy starts to wonder whose dream he’s been living all along. Oahu’s Kumu Kahua Theatre presents, My Boy He Play Ball, a funny, deeply-rooted story of fathers, sons, and modern Hawaiian identity written by pioneering author, Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker.

On sale to Public:1/19/16


Sarah Chang, Violin

Friday, March 4; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm

Sarah Chang is recognized as one of the world’s great violinists. Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of 8, she has performed with the greatest orchestras, conductors, and accompanists internationally in a career spanning more than two decades. She has recorded exclusively for EMI Classics for 20 years.

“Ms. Chang was a wonder. Her full, beautiful tone, unimpeachable intonation, and restrained sincerity worked perfectly…”

The New York Times

On sale to Public:2/16/16


Lύnasa with Tim O’Brien

Bluegrass star O’Brien joins the veteran Irish quintet to explore the Hibernian roots of Appalachian music. Lύnasa has a dozen recordings to its collective credit and O’Brien has been a guest member of “Riverdance”.

Saturday, March 5, 2016; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm

On sale to Public:2/16/16


Girls Guns & Glory

Friday, April 8, 2016; McCoy Studio Theater; 7:30 pm
Girls Guns and Glory, which was named (tongue in cheek) for everything representative of the country music front man Ward Hayden was listening to, have made a name for themselves through relentless touring, the release of four critically acclaimed records, and a slew of local and international awards. Their style is rooted in various forms of American music, with a sound that has evolved to include everything from rockabilly to traditional country to rock ‘n’ roll. Rolling Stone magazine calls it, “think-y, soulful lyrics paired with a beat you can dance to.” The hard-working foursome—Ward Hayden on vocals/guitar, Paul Dilley on electric and upright bass/piano, Josh Kiggans on drums/percussion, and Chris Hersch on lead guitar/banjo—are on the road 250 days a year, bringing their Boston-bred Americana sound across the globe.

On sale to Public:3/14/16


Christopher K. Morgan & Artists – Pohaku
Thursday, April 14, 2016; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm
Christopher Kaui Morgan & Artists return for the full premier presentation of the dance work, Pohaku, recently performed at MACC as a work-in-progress. Christopher was the MACC’s first production artist-in-residence.   Christopher Morgan’s Pohaku is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund project co-commissioned by Maui Arts & Cultural Center in partnership with Dance Place and NPN. Pohaku was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
On sale to Public:3/14/16