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20th Annual Maui Matsuri
November 20 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Celebrate 20 years of Maui Matsuri with the 2021 theme: Noboru (To Rise.)
The festival will take place at Queen Kaahumanu Center with a day of Japanese culture and art. Save the date and check back for more updates.
Maui Matsuri started as a Japanese festival on Market Street in Wailuku Maui in May 1999. Today the festival transforms the grassy knolls of the UH Maui College campus into a Japanese village complete with food stalls, craft vendors, entertainment, and activities for all ages. It is the only Japanese festival on Maui and is put together totally by a team of volunteers.
For the Sake of the Children
The Kanji characters Kodomo No Tame Ni translates to “For the Sake of the Children”. A perpetual theme for this festival, the focus is to provide an environment for families to share and learn about the Japanese culture and pass down traditions. Ancestors came here for a better life not only for themselves but for their children and for generations to come. In this spirit, we end the festival with a traditional Obon dance that encourages all ages, all religious denominations, and all ethnicities to come together to dance in honor of all ancestors.