The 17th Annual Maui Matsuri is a chance for the community to honor, celebrate, and perpetuate Japanese culture through festivities happening throughout the weekend on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 at the University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC).
Maui Matsuri’s main event comes on Saturday, May 6, with a host of Japanese and Okinawan activities for all ages from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the UHMC Great Lawn. The event will feature a food zone with booths & food trucks, craft booths, entertainers and demonstrations, contests, cultural exhibits, kids games, crafts, and more. This year’s special guests include magician Yasu Ishida, Shakuhachi player Kyle Chew, and Taiko Center of the Pacific under the direction of Kenny Endo!
Matsuri organizers are also looking for contestants to enter the following festival contests on May 6: cosplay, video-gaming, manga and art, and natto and saimin eating. Those who are interested in entering the contests can do so at the festival.
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