The Color Festival Hawaii returns April 30 | News, Sports, Jobs

The annual Color Festival Hawaii group color throw is always a crowd favorite!

KAHULUI — Color Festival Hawaii, Imua Family Services’ flagship event, will emerge from its two-year slumber with an explosion of multicolored rainbows on Saturday, April 30 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

The event is a celebration of our diverse community and the vibrancy that connects us all together.

Live music, delicious dishes and explosions of color are among the highlights of this outdoor concert.

This year’s live music includes Kanekoa, Marty Dread & Gretchen Rhodes and the House Shakers, Eric Gilliom and Vince Esquire, Dr. Nat and Rio Ritmo, Brown Chicken Brown Cow String Band, Anthony Pfluke and Deejay Boomshot.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been filled with fear and uncertainty. As with many life-changing events throughout history, grandparents will pass down stories about this time to their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The disruption was global and affected every aspect of our lives, down to our most basic need to be with each other.

Imua Family Services was born during the polio pandemic, another dark time in history that impacted children in Hawaii and around the world. These difficult beginnings cemented the organization’s unprecedented commitment to helping children in need over the past 75 years.

Through pandemics, storms or other crises, Imua Family Services is committed to being there for children in the community. Children with special needs, disabilities and developmental delays are among the most vulnerable on our islands.

It is crucial that as they struggle with the world around them, they are supported during early childhood – the most critical time in their development. Add to this dilemma the stress parents face, the anxiety of making ends meet, and the inexperience families must overcome to help their child(ren) with health or development, and the impacts can be devastating for both children and their children. families.

Although we cannot erase the past two years, perhaps we can emerge from this shroud of darkness to seize this opportunity, revel in the light and colors of life, and catch the proverbial rainbow.

Color festivals originally started in India as Holi festivals dating back to the fourth century. Color festivals have since spread around the world and are also known as color festivals or love festivals.

These events signify the arrival of spring and the end of winter, the victory of good over evil, and for many, a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forgive, mend and restore relationships. Some might also find it correlates with the meaning and message of Easter.

Combined with music and dance, it is a perfect symbol of life, love and happiness.

Tickets for Color Festival Hawaii are now available online through the Maui Arts & Cultural Center box office at

The Saturday, April 30 event opens at noon and will include a group color throw at 5:30 p.m. In addition to live music, food trucks from Maui will also be on hand to provide “ono grindz” and sweet treats.

Tickets are $30, with discounted student tickets available at $20; admission is free for keiki ages five and under.

Color Festival Hawaii is presented by Imua Family Services and Maui Times and co-produced by Eric Gilliom. Event sponsors include Maui Now, Maui Health, DaJam 98.3, Maui Jim, Minit Medical, Baur Pacific Builders, Theatrix Hawaii and Maui Brewing Co. More information is available at

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