West Maui Buddhists to celebrate Buddha's birthday, Hanamatsuri
LAHAINA - The West Maui Buddhist community will celebrate Buddha Day, or Hanamatsuri, in honor of the birth of the historical Buddha, Shaykamuni.
This annual service is sponsored by the West Maui Buddhist Council comprised of Lahaina Honwanji Mission, Lahaina Jodo Mission and Lahaina Shingon Mission.
Tickets are on sale for Maui Academy of Performing Arts’ Spring Extravaganza and “MOVES” on May 6-7 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. The weekend opens with MAPA’s annual dance recital on Saturday afternoon featuring dancers of all ages strutting their stuff in hip hop, jazz and tap. On Saturday evening, MAPA’s most experienced dancers present extraordinary original choreography in the “MOVES” dance concert, featuring a guest appearance by “ampersand,” Maui’s professional dance company. On Sunday, 200 MAPA ballerinas present two performances of the romantic French ballet “Giselle.” Tickets are $17 for the jazz and ballet shows, and $22 for adults and $17 for students for “MOVES.” Call 242-SHOW or visit www. mauiarts.org. PHOTO BY PETER LIU.
The service will be held on Sunday, April 9, at 9:30 a.m. at Lahaina Shingon Mission, 682 Luakini St.
The celebration will begin with a service that includes a procession of candles, flowers and offering of incense, sweet tea pouring rite, Sutra chanting and a birthday cake ceremony.
Rev. Gensho Hara of Lahaina Jodo Mission will give the dharma talk.
All are welcome to join in this celebration. For more information, call Lahaina Shingon Mission at 661-0466.
Silent auction to benefit Lahaina Girls Youth Fast Pitch Softball team
LAHAINA - A silent auction will be held to benefit Lahaina Girls Youth Fast Pitch Softball (12U Girls) on Sunday, April 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lahaina Cannery Mall.
Items up for bid include hotel stays, luau tickets, restaurant gift certificates, clothing and apparel, jewelry, Maui Jim sunglasses, snorkel trips, zip-lining, magic show passes and much, much more.
Funds will be used for travel costs, as the team will be entering the 2017 USA Softball of Hawaii 12U State Tournament on Oahu this June.
For more information, or to make a donation, call Kari at (808) 280-3551.
LHS to celebrate David Malo Day
LAHAINA - Lahainaluna High School will hold its storied, time-honored David Malo Day Ho'olaule'a on Saturday, April 8, on the school's Boarders' Field.
This annual event, since 1972, will pay tribute to our beloved islands: Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe.
Join students as they portray through song and hula the legacy that is theirs to transcend. The theme is "Kokua Na Hono A'o Pi'ilani" (The Bays of Pi'ilani give support).
The program begins at 5 p.m. with a pa'ina, poi supper, for a nominal cost of $18. Tickets can be bought on campus or by calling the school's office at 662-4000.
Then, at 6 p.m., a free sunset pageant produced by the Boarders' Chorus and Hawaiiana Club will share the wisdom of our kupuna, using metaphors to help us understand what family means to them.
In a world so obsessed with "selfies," the mana'o, wisdom, of our kupuna, as told through ancient chants, mele, teach us that family works best when you think of others first.