Ship From Japan Comes To Port

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to come to Hawaii, Captain Kumada will be celebrating with his crew that came over on the vessel Kaiwo Maru. The ship arrived to port on Wednesday after departing April 12th from Yokohama.

The ship is used as a training vessel. Cadets train in all aspects of running a ship including navigation and engineering. Ages of the cadets range from 19 to 25 years old. While on island, the cadets will be given tours, meet Maui Matsuri residents, and participate in events at the UH of Maui College.

The hope is to learn more about Native Hawaiian culture and to strengthen ties between Japan and the United States. We hope you all have a wonderful time while you are here!


Happy 4th Of July!

Celebrating Fourth Of July


One of the biggest holidays is coming up this weekend.  The Fourth of July for many people is a favorite holiday celebrating America with friends and family. There will be plenty of fun activities to do this weekend.

The Maui Obon Festival starts July 3rd at 6:30 pm with dancing starting at 8:00 pm.  The Lahaina Jodo Mission temple has a beautiful lantern floating ceremony with messages to loved ones sent out to sea.  This is the Obon Festival that is a must see!  Other Obon Festivals will be happening throughout Maui on various dates.  Check the schedule here via Maui Magazine for other ceremonies.

The annual Pineapple Festival will be happening on Lanai both Friday and Saturday July 3rd and 4th from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Dole Park.  Come enjoy crafts, food, entertainment, and prizes.  A special 10:00 pm ferry will bring those from Maui back to Lahaina on July 4th.  You can make reservations through Expeditions Ferry.  The Pineapple Festival website has more details.

In Lahaina, The Fourth of July celebration will kick off at 4:00 pm.  Holiday specials will be had at many of the local shops and eateries.  Spend the afternoon shopping and enjoying keiki activities before the fireworks start that evening scheduled for 8:00 pm.  Jazz Maui will be having a concert on the Lahaina Library Lawn featuring the Chop Suey Jazz Band, University of Texas Arlington Jazz Faculty, and the Maui Community Band.  There is no cost for the concert that starts at 5:00 pm and runs until 9:00 pm.  Official Fourth of July t-shirts will be on sale starting at 2:00 pm in Campbell Park.  The fireworks in Lahaina is the only public fireworks displayed on Maui.  Visit the Lahaina website here for more information.

We hope everyone has a safe and fun-filled Fourth of July weekend!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo to all our friends, colleagues, and clients!  We hope your Cinco de Mayo celebrations our filled with happiness and delicious food!


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The Montage at Kapalua Bay at Hana Hou is offering lunch special from 11 am to 5 pm today.  Nachos, chicken quesadillas, sangria, and local brews will be served. Mention this flyer for 10% off!

After lunch, head over to Sangrita Grill and Cantina in Ka’anapali.  Their Cinco de Mayo celebration is also a benefit for the Lahainaluna High School Agricultural Program.  The celebration runs from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm today.  Flamenco music, extended happy hour, and specialty menu items will be available.

The Hansen Ohana wishes you a safe Cinco de Mayo celebration!


Makahiki Celebration


The ancient Hawaiian New Year Festival known as Makahiki covers four consecutive lunar months. The start of the festival is usually in October or November and is decided using astronomy.  Known as a time for celebration, the Makahiki has three phrases.

The first phrase is for spiritual cleansing. Offerings were made to the gods in the form of agricultural goods. Each community had stone altars set up for their offerings.

The festival would move clockwise around the island. Each community caretaker would present the offerings to Lono, the fertility god that makes things grow.

The second phase was all about the celebration. Dancing, sporting, singing and feasting.  Any wars happening between communities was put on hold during the 4 month celebration.

The third and final phase, tax canoes were filled with gift offerings to the god Lono and set out to sea. The ending of the festivities marked the beginning of the new farming cycle for the next year.  You can learn more about the festival here.