The Maui Matsuri Festival is being held at the UH Maui College in Kahului on Saturday, May 25th, from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This is the only Japanese festival held on Maui and is run by volunteers. The UH Maui campus will be transformed into a Japanese village.
During the event, the Maui Matsuri Business award will be presented to the business that has shown the most support for the Japanese culture on Maui. Entertainment includes various taiko groups, martial arts demonstrations, and traditional Japanese dancing.
For those with a competitive streak, there will be games and contests to participate in. Video gaming, an eating contest, cosplay, along with manga and arts. Plenty of food vendors providing a wide variety of Japanese eats will be available throughout the campus. The Kokomo (Children) corner will have activities for kids of all ages to participate in.
This is a free event with $5 parking available.