Celebration of the Arts Theme & Packages for 2005
Announced at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua:

Ka ‘Aina, Ke Kai, Ke Kanaka… Na Kako’o Nohona
(The Land, The Ocean and Man… Partners for Life)

Kapalua, Maui, Hawai`i, January 12, 2005

The fine balance between fragile ecosystem above and below the water’s surface will be the focus of the 13th annual Celebration of the Arts festival at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on the Hawaiian island of Maui. The event will be held March 24-27, 2005 with a theme of Ka ‘Aina, Ke Kai and Ke Kanaka… Na Kako’o Nohona (The Land, The Ocean and Man… Partners for Life). In addition, a special package is available including guestroom accommodations and featured events during the weekend.

“This topic was chosen as a way to address the changing faces of our land and ocean. Man seems to be the common denominator towards the destruction of both. So, we need to talk about becoming partners for life to exist,” said Clifford Nae’ole, event chairperson and cultural advisor to The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. “We can do this through reflecting upon the works and practices of our kupuna who managed to keep everything in such great balance, naturally.”

The award-winning Celebration of the Arts is Hawaii’s premiere hands-on arts and cultural festival. In 2005, unique topics will include Planting and Cultivation by the Hawaiian Moon, the Future of Aqua Farming, Haloa…the Perfect Child, the Hawaiian Gods of Aquaculture and Agriculture and more. Additionally, an original Hawaiian Oratory and Awa Bar will be hosted by renowned contemporary poet, artist and activist Imaikalani Kalahele. This special room will be available throughout the weekend for attendees and participants to share their original lyrics including poems, pule (prayer), oli (chant), mo’olelo (history) and mele (song).

Kama’aina (local residents) and visitors are invited to experience the “Hawaiian heart and soul” through interaction with artisans, cultural practitioners, workshops, films, food and music. Hawaiian feather art, Ni’ihau shell lei making, Ohe hano iho (Hawaiian nose flute), printmaking, kapa making (Hawaiian bark cloth), primitive fired clay and many others are offered by the more than 40 artists participating in the event. Daily activities are scheduled Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and include a keiki (children’s) program and continuous hula performances on The Terrace Lawn stage.

A special Celebration of the Arts package is available for the event starting from $395 per room, per night for Garden View accommodations. The package also includes daily buffet breakfast for two in The Terrace restaurant, two tickets to a special performance of The Legend of Kaulula’au on Friday, two Celebration Lu’au and Show tickets for Saturday evening and one keepsake poster. This package requires a minimum two-night stay, is inclusive of a $15 daily resort fee, and exclusive of tax and gratuity. There is a special kama’aina package rate of $299 per room, per night for Hawaii state residents with valid identification.

An Easter brunch, non-denominational beachside Easter service and an Easter egg hunt coincide with Celebration of the Arts on Sunday, March 27, 2005.

For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-262-8440, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua at (808)-669-6200, a travel professional or visit The Ritz-Carlton Web site at www.ritzcarlton.com.