The traditional Obon Celebration was brought over to Hawaii by Japanese immigrants. The tradition has continued throughout the years as a cultural and religious celebration that includes dancing and music.
Paia Mantokuji Mission will be holding the Obon Dance & Festival on both Friday, July 12th and Saturday, July 13th. The Mission is located at 253 Hana Highway.
On both Friday and Saturday nights, services will begin at 6:00 pm. At 6:30 pm food booths will be opening for food and refreshment purchases. Friday Night at 7:00 pm Maui Taiko will be performing. Saturday night at 7:00 Zenshin Daiko will be performing. Both Friday and Saturday night will conclude with the traditional Bon Dance from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
PYCC, Paia Youth & Cultural Center, is holding its 22nd annual Paia Bay Beachfest on Saturday along with Positively+KAI. First heat will begin at 8:00 am on the beach located at the PYCC.
Young surfers and bodyboarders will be displaying their skills including tricks and barrel riding. Preregistration is $20, if you register on the day of the event the cost is $30. If you wish to come out to watch and support there is no fee.
Local food vendors will be on hand with funds raised helping the PYCC. Special guests are expected to be in attendance including Kai Lenny and Kainoa McGee. The competition is going to be action packed with possibly up to 100 competitors.
Competitors will receive a collectors shirt, lunch, and a swag bag. Contact the PYCC for more information. Good luck everyone!
Tonight, August 14th, from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm come enjoy delicious flatbread from Flatbread Company in Paia! A portion of all sales during that timeframe will go to benefit Maui’s native birds. Also taking place will be a small silent auction, local art for sale, and gift certificates!
Maui Flatbread Company is dedicated to helping community organizations such as Maui Forest Birds. Come by and show your support! It will be greatly appreciated!