MACC’s Signature Fundraising Gala, Maui Calls: Aug. 18
Tables and tickets are now available for the 24th Annual Maui Calls, Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s signature fundraising gala and Maui’s premier food and wine tasting event, which will take place on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 6 to 10 p.m.
This year’s ‘In Celebration of Hula’ theme promises to again provide a special, uniquely Hawaiian personality to the evening, a Maui Calls tradition.
Featured throughout the evening are gourmet pūpū created by Maui’s award-winning chefs, fine wines from around the world, live entertainment, and a wide and diverse selection of items in the event’s signature silent and live auctions. All attendees must be 21+ with valid ID.
Maui Calls is a much-anticipated annual event for residents as well as visitors, as the savvy event-goer knows they will find the best selection of silent and live auction items on the island: exciting travel packages, “Uniquely Maui” items like special Maui landmark adventures, and the very special “Uniquely MACC” items like autographed music instruments autographed by celebrities who have recently performed on MACC stages.
The Maui Calls evening starts with a fresh flower lei greeting and Hawaiian music by local favorites including Joel Katz and The Hula Honeys. For this year’s hula theme, fresh off her big win at the Merrie Monarch Festival, Kumu Hula Nāpua Greig and her Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O Uka will be the evening’s featured entertainment along with Kumu Hula Kamaka Kukona, a recent Nā Hōkū Hanohano winner, and his Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua.
And, as a Maui Calls tradition, Jimmy Mac and the Kool Kats wrap up the evening with dance music favorites under the glowing roof of Yokouchi Pavilion.
The 2018 Maui Calls features an array of wines from around the world, with a selection orchestrated by Alan Jahns, Wine Division Manager of Paradise Beverages. Participating wineries to date include Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery, Longboard Vineyards, Chehalem Winery, Vine Cliff Winery, Laurent – Perrier, Duckhorn Wine Company, Selby Winery, Signorello Estate, Clos du Val Winery, Maui Wine, Department 66, Frank Family Vineyards, Hanaiali’i Wines, Truchard Vineyards & Winery, Peay Vineyards, Thomas Fogerty Winery, Saintsbury, and Salvestrin Winery.
Maui Calls guests will enjoy a culinary adventure, overseen by Chef Eric Faivre, VP of F&B Operations for Aqua Hospitality/Aston Hotels & Resorts. Participating restaurants so far include ‘Ai’ono, The Ritz- Carlton, Kapalua, Cane & Canoe at Montage Kapalua Bay, DUO Steak and Seafood, Fork & Salad, Humble Market Kitchin, Hāli‘imaile General Store, Humuhumunukunukuāpua’a at Grand Wailea Resort, Maui Cookie Lab, Pacific’O, Pono Pies, Pūlehu, an Italian Grill at The Westin Kāʻanapali Ocean Resort Villas, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Shearwater Tavern, Three’s Bar & Grill, Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, and Wolfgang Puck’s Spago at Four Seasons Resort Maui with added participation from Maui Oma Coffee Roasting Company .
Reserving a table is a desirable option for those who would like to be seated with their family, friends, or business associates. There are numerous premium benefits for table attendees, depending on table tier: reserved seating, preferred parking, table-side service for dinner and beverages, special thank-you gifts, pre-event champagne reception and opportunity to preview and bid on auction items.
Individual tickets for Maui Calls are $195 for a ‘cruiser’ pass; $225, $300 or $500 for table seating. Tables for 10 are $2,250; $3,000; $5,000; and $10,000.
All tickets allow the Maui Calls guest access to the many creations of the Maui’s participating restaurants and chefs and the chance to sample new wines not yet found on the island; the table tickets offer table seating and service, and special gifts (depending on level).
New for Maui Calls 2018 is a new procedure to make purchases and place silent auction bids. Tables and individual tickets are only available online at www.501auctions.com/mauicalls or via the MACC’s Development department. Guests can register in advance to bid via their smartphone or mobile device on the same website and bidding volunteers will be on site at the event to assist. Table sales and individual ticket purchases are not available through the MACC Box Office.
Table reservations may also be coordinated via email or phone to Naoko Wagner: [email protected] / 808-243-4225.
Note: All attendees at Maui Calls must be age 21 and over with a valid photo ID.
Maui Calls is the annual fundraiser for the Maui Arts & Cultural Center and provides a significant percentage of the income necessary for the MACC to provide such ongoing FREE programs for the community such as Starry Night Cinema, ArT=Mixx, the annual Ki Ho‘alu and ‘Ukulele Festivals, and performances for Maui County schoolchildren, including students on Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i.