25th Maui Calls MACC’s Gala Fundraiser, Aug. 17
The 25th anniversary edition of Maui Calls, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s signature fundraising gala, takes place on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 6 to 10 p.m.
This year’s “Celebrating the Tradition of the Hukilau” theme will provide a special, uniquely Hawaiian personality to the evening, which is a Maui Calls tradition.
Inspired by the centuries-old fishing technique where-in family and friends work together, laying fishing net and gathering the bounties of the sea to share amongst the community, this year’s Maui Calls celebrates this coming together of the community in the spirit of goodwill and in support of the MACC.
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 years of age or older, with valid ID.
Maui Calls is described by organizers as a much-anticipated annual event for residents and visitors alike, “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 uniquely MACC items like 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 and a special performance by Keali’i Reichel. 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 2019 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 Chehalem Winery, Clos du Val Winery, Department 66, Duckhorn Wine Company, Herman Story & Desperada, Ken Wright Cellars, MauiWine, Quilceda Creek, Share a Splash, Southern Starz, and Winebow Imports.
Maui Calls guests will enjoy a culinary adventure, overseen by Chef Eric Faivre. Participating restaurants so far include Bistro Molokini at the Grand Wailea, Cane & Canoe at Montage Kapalua Bay, Catering Creations by Vasi, DUO Steak and Seafood, Humble Market Kitchin, Humuhumunukunukuāpua’a at Grand Wailea, Leilani’s on the Beach, Lineage, Maui Cookie Lab, Moku Roots, Nicole Scharer Events, Pacific‘O, Pono Pies, Pūlehu, an Italian Grill at The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas, The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Sugar Beach Events of Hawai‘i, Three’s Bar & Grill, Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, and Wolfgang Puck’s Spago at Four Seasons Resort Maui.
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 Maui’s participating restaurants and chefs and the chance to sample a variety of both new wines and old favorites; the table tickets offer table seating and service, and special gifts (depending on level). Tables and individual tickets and to place silent auction bids are only available online at https://e.givesmart.com/events/bM0/ or via the MACC’s Development department.
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.
Maui Calls is the annual fundraiser for the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (familiarly known as “the MACC”) and provides a significant percentage of the income necessary for the MACC to provide 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.
Proceeds from Maui Calls helps to support the arts education, cultural, and community programs at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, which has provided inspiration and enriched the lives of people on Maui for over two decades.
The MACC is Hawai’i’s most comprehensive arts facility, providing the venue for a wide variety of performances and exhibitions, from hula to ballet and modern dance; from classical to rock-and-roll; from international celebrities to student performances.
The MACC is also host to films, business meetings, classes, education programs, and cultural workshops, with over 1,500 events scheduled annually, and attended by more than 240,000 people each year.