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The National Football League announced yesterday that it will stage its 2013 Pro Bowl in Hawaii.  

The all-star game, in which the NFC (National Football Conference) squares off against the AFC (American Football Conference), is slated for Jan. 27 at Oahu’s Aloha Stadium — one week before New Orleans hosts Super Bowl XLVII. The Pro Bowl will be broadcast on NBC, according to news reports. During the week preceding the game, Pro Bowl Week, fans will have opportunity to meet some of the players and cheerleaders and take part in annual festivities.

The bowl game was held at Aloha Stadium for nearly three decades, from 1980 to 2009. In 2010, it moved to Sun Lite Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins. In 2011, the National Football League moved the Pro Bowl back to Aloha Stadium for the first game of a two-year contract keeping it in Hawaii.

According to Nielsen TV ratings, the 2011 Pro Bowl, broadcast on the FOX Network, drew 12.4 million viewers, an uptick of 37 percent from the game’s 2010 ratings. But enthusiasm for the two-year contract has been a subject of debate for Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie and others who have questioned its requirement for the state to pay the league $4 million a year to host the bowl. (According to news reports, the state will pay $4.2 million to host the 2013 game.)

Also, earlier this year, NFL officials considered canceling the 2013 all-star game after complaints about lusterless play in January’s game, a 59-41 AFC victory. According to news reports about the 2013 bowl, players are now pledging to bring a more competitive game to Oahu for the 33rd Pro Bowl in Hawaii.

In a news release issued yesterday by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, its president and chief executive officer, Mike McCartney said: “We are extremely pleased the NFL will return to the Hawaiian Islands in 2013 for the Pro Bowl, and are grateful for our more than 30-year partnership.”

McCartney added, “Hawaii looks forward to building upon our longstanding relationship with the NFL Pro Bowl well into the future. We will work closely with them to create a quality game and incomparable Pro Bowl experience here in our Hawaiian Islands.”

For more information about the NFL Pro Bowl, click here.

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Photos: (top) 2011 Pro Bowl in Hawaii, (bottom) 2010 Pro Bowl in Miami/courtesy of the NFL 

Hawaii_Oahu_Honolulu_airport_airfareAllegiant Air, a Nevada-based airline owned by Allegiant Travel Company, announced today that starting in mid-November it will provide nonstop air service from Monterey, Calif. to Honolulu. The addition of the community between Los Angeles and San Francisco brings the airline’s planned mainland-Oahu lineup to include seven cities in Western states.

According to a news release issued by the company, the Honolulu-Monterey route will be the first direct flight connecting the two cities.

Last month, the carrier announced plans to debut its air service to Hawaii in late June with flights to Honolulu from Las Vegas and Fresno, Calif.  And earlier this month, Allegiant Air began booking passengers for flights, starting in mid-November, between Honolulu International Airport and Bellingham, Wash., Eugene, Ore.Santa Maria, Calif., and Stockton, Calif. In addition, it will fly from Maui’s Kahului Airport to Bellingham, beginning on Nov. 14.

Allegiant Air is offering introductory fares for Honolulu-Monterey flights are as low as $199 for air service that’s slated to begin on Nov. 16. However, the fares are limited, not available on all flights and must be purchased by Tues., June 5 for travel by Jan. 15, 2013. For more information about flight days and times, click here or call 702-505-8888. For information about baggage fees (including fees for carry-on luggage), click here.

Founded in 1997, Allegiant Travel Company specializes in providing low-cost travel packages that include air, hotel, rental car and attractions. For additional information about Allegiant Air, click here.

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Photo: Makena Beach, Maui/Dan Bolger


Big Island vocalist/songwriter/musician Kuana Torres Kahele and his debut solo album Kaunaloa were the top winners at the 35th annual 2012 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaiian music industry’s equivalent to Grammys) held earlier this week in Honolulu. 

Kahele (pictured, above) won the following awards: Male Vocalist of the Year, Hawaiian Album of the Year, Song of the Year (Na Vaqueros), Liner Notes and Album of the Year. All awards were tied to Kaunaloa. An award for graphics went to Kuhao Zane and Kamele Eskaran for their work on Kaunaloa.

Kahele, a founding member of multi-Hoku-award-winning duo Na Palapalai, had collected 10 nominations on the awards ballot — the most among all Hawaii musicians nominated for 2012 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Hawaii_Honolulu_music_awards

Among the other winners: Waipuna (Kale Hannahs and Matt Sproat) picked up awards Group of the Year and Island Music Album for the Year with their second album, E Ho i Mai. Also, Hannahs and Sproat (pictured, left) won the Hoku award for Single of the Year, for Ainahau. Jake Shimabukuro won for Instrumental Album of the Year, for Peace Love Ukulele. Shimabukuro also won the only Na Hoku Hanohano award category that is voted on by the general public: Favorite Entertainer of the Year.

Most of Hoku’s 27 award categories are voted on by members of the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, an organization made up of recording industry professionals, journalists and others with an interest in Hawaiian music.

Here are the 2012 Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners:

Album of the Year 
(to artist and producers): Kuanaloa, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)
Kuana Torres Kahale and Dave Tucciarone, producers

Hawaiian Album of the Year: Kaunaloa, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)

Song of the Year (composer's award)
 Na Vaqueros by Kuana Torres Kahele, from Kaunaloa, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)

Male Vocalist of the Year: Kuana Torres Kahele, Kaunaloa (Kuana Torres Kahele)

Female Vocalist of the Year: Natalie Ai Kamauu,  A (Keko)

Group of the Year: Waipuna, E Ho i Mai (Poki)

Island Music Album of the Year: E Ho i Mai, Waipuna (Poki)

Single of the Year: Ainahau, Waipuna (Poki)

• Instrumental Album of the Year: Peace Love Ukulele, Jake Shimabukuro (Hitchhike)

Favorite Entertainer of the Year
: Jake ShimabukuroHawaii_Honolulu_music_awards (pictured, below)

Anthology Album of the Year: Kekumuwai, Pandanus Club (Makuakane)
Kenneth Makuakane, Chris Kealiiaa and Tasha Tavares-Makuakane, producers

• Compilation Album of the Year: Ho ala Iapana, various artists
Dave Tucciarone, producer

Contemporary Album of the Year: Rising In Love, Lehua Kalima (Kalima)

EP (Extended Play) of the Year: Na Mele O Ioane Keanaaina, John Ioane Keanaaina, Jr.

Graphics: Kuhao Zane and Kamele Eskaran, for Kaunaloa, Kuana Torres Kahale (Kuana Torres Kahele)

• Haku Mele: Ku u Hoa Hi ikua, Hi ikua, from Aia I Hi ialo, Hi ikua (Hi ikua)

Hawaiian Language Performance: Hula, Robert Cazimero (Mountain Apple)

Hip-Hop Album of the Year: Illnomadic, Navid Najafi (Aumakua)

Jazz Album of the Year: (TIE) 
Salt, Starr Kalahiki (Kipuka), and 
Ukulele Jazz Live in Concert Hilo, Hawaii, Benny Chong

• Liner Notes: Kuana Torres Kahale, for Kaunaloa, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)

Most Promising Artist: Starr Kalahiki, Salt (Kipuka)

Reggae Album of the Year: Simply For Love, Ekolu (Waiehu)

Religious Album of the Year: Chucky Boy Chock and Friends, Chucky Boy Chock (New Song Music)

Rock Album of the Year: Warehouse Blues, Willie K (Maui Tribe)

Slack Key Album of the Year: Waimaka Helelei, Dennis Kamakahi and Stephen Inglis (Aumakua)

International Album of the Year: Ohana, Kaulana (Kaulana)

• Engineering
: Wendell Ching, Carl Noa and Matthew Honda for Self Titled, Hot Rain (Afflatuf)

• Ki Ho alu Foundation Legacy Award: Makana

Moe Keale "Aloha Is" Award: Haunani Apoliona

Steel Guitar Legacy Award: The Tau Moe Family

For more details about the 2012 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, click here.

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Photos: Kahele and Torres, The Mountain Apple Co., Jake Shimabukuro

At sunset on Mon., May 28, Memorial Day, some 3,500 glowing lanterns will illuminate the waters edging Ala Moana Beach Park’s Magic Island on Oahu.

Inscribed with messages to loved ones who have passed away and prayers for a peaceful future, the lanterns—perched atop miniature floating boards—will be launched before a shoreline crowd expected to top 40,000 at the 14th Annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony.

If you’ve never taken part in Honolulu's version of Toro Nagashi, a Japanese Buddhist tradition, which translates as “lantern offerings on water,” we recommend checking out this poignant Hawaii tradition.

The Toro Nagashi ceremony was founded by the Shinnyo-en Buddhist order in 1952. In Japan, it is traditionally held in July or August, coinciding with the end of annual Obon festivals, which honor the spirits of ancestors as well as those of family members who have recently passed away. Hawaii's Shinnyo-en order officiates the ceremony on Memorial Day to also honor lives lost in war.

This year’s free ceremony will get under way at 6 p.m. with music performances followed by an address given by Her Holiness Keishu Ito, head of Shinnyo-en. The event is presented by Shinnyo-en Buddhist Order of Hawaii and its secular, community-building arm, Na Lei Aloha.

Organizers describe the symbolism of the drifting lanterns as “an experience that transcends all human divides of culture or belief. In that moment there is only peace, harmony, understanding, compassion, and warmth, without boundaries of race, religion or lifestyle.”

If you would like to float a lantern during the sunset ceremony, plan to swing by the beach several hours earlier. A limited number of lanterns will be distributed, beginning at 1 p.m., and will be snapped up quickly.

There will be free parking at the Hawaii Convention Center, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Ala Moana Beach is a short walk from there. Between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., a free shuttle will make trips to Magic Island. Return shuttle trips are slated for 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Hawaii television station KGMB9 will broadcast the event. Click here to watch Lantern Floating Hawaii live online, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday. Also, the ceremony will be televised live on KGMB9, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with a rebroadcast scheduled for 6 p.m. on Sat., June 2.

For additional information about the annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony, click here.

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Photos: (top) David Hume Kennerly (middle/bottom) Shinnyo-en Hawaii

Hawaii_Oahu_Pearl_Harbor_battleship_memorial_ArizonaThe USS Arizona Memorial’s construction grew out of a wartime resolve to honor those who lost their lives during the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.  It was dedicated on Memorial Day, 1962.

The 184-foot-long memorial structure spans the mid-portion of the sunken battleship — the final resting place for many of the ship's 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives during the attack that propelled the U.S. into World War II.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the USS Arizona Memorial and to recognize Memorial Day 2012, WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument is hosting several special events, beginning tomorrow and concluding on the evening of Mon., May 28.

Here are some of the highlights slated for the anniversary and holiday observance. 

• USS Arizona Memorial Fundraiser 2012 Golf Event — 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, Marine Corps Base, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu. Fee: $150 per golfer, includes banquet. For more information, click here.

Marine Corps Honor Guard — Saturday, Sunday and Monday, USS Arizona Memorial. The Marine Corps Honor Guard from Kaneohe Bay will hold a vigil guard in the memorial’s shrine room in honor of the 50th anniversary.Hawaii_Oahu_Pearl_Harbor_battleship_memorial_Arizona

Floral Tribute — Monday. WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument will be paying tribute to all who gave their lives in service to this country by providing every program ticket-holder with a tribute flower and a commemorative card. Visitors will be able to participate in a floral tribute during their visit to the USS Arizona Memorial. (On Sunday, starting at noon, the memorial will be closed in preparation for holiday/anniversary ceremonies. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, its audio tour and two museums will remain open during its regular hours, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Golden Anniversary Pearl Harbor Boat Tours — 5:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Individuals pitching in at least $50 to the USS Arizona Memorial Restoration Project are invited to take part in a special Sunset Boat Tour to the USS Arizona Memorial. This rare opportunity to experience the memorial afterhours will include a fully narrated tour around Ford Island led by National Park Service Rangers. Attendees may bring a guest. For more information, or to reserve seats, call 808-954-8721.

For more information about Pearl Harbor events tied to the 50th anniversary of the USS Arizona Memorial and the Memorial Day holiday, click here or call 808-954-8778.

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Photos: National Park Service, WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument

Hawaii_Big_Island_South_Kohala_Coast_film_festivalThe seventh annual Big Island Film Festival, kicks off tomorrow on the South Kohala Coast with an assortment of nearly 60 independent films from 10 countries and actor/celebrity honorees including Eloise Mumford (Hawaii-filmed, paranormal-themed The River TV series) and David James Elliott (JAG, an adventure/legal drama series).

The five-day festival based at the Mauna Lani Resort will get under way with a “Meet the Stars” event, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the resort’s Fairmont Orchid area. Attendees will have a chance to meet Mumford (pictured, right), Elliott and others involved with the filmmaking industry. The actors will be saluted at receptions held in their honor at 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday (Mumford) and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday (Elliott). Mumford has a starring role in the Dreamworks/ABC The River, which premiered earlier this year. Elliott is best known for starring in JAG  (military acronym for Judge Advocate General), which aired on NBC 1995-96 and on CBS, from 1997 to 2005. He currently appears on Good Christian Belles, an ABC comedy-drama series.

The annual “Best of the Fest” grand finale is slated for 5:30 p.m. (doors open at 4:40 p.m.) at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii Plantation Estate. The finale will feature the Big Island’s own “Kohala” in concert, with Grammy award-winning producer Charles Michael Brotman, whose song Hapuna Sunset was featured on The Descendants movie soundtrack. Also, honors for the festival’s “audience-voted Best Feature and Best Short Films” will be awarded during the finale event.
Click here for full details about the Big Island Film Festival’s events and ticket information. For a list of the festival’s featured films, click here.

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Photo: Big Island Film Festival

Hawaii_photography_contest Do you have a great Hawaii photograph? One that captures the breathtaking beauty of our lush landscapes and shorelines. Or a memorable moment depicting people and culture in the Islands. It could also be an artistic abstract shot.

If so, enter your best photos in HAWAII Magazine’s 14th annual Photo Contest. Your photography could win you a grand-prize six-night stay at a Waikiki resort, on Oahu, airfare and accommodations included.

The contest is open to entries through Aug. 3, 2012. In previous years, contest categories were organized by island. So, all shots snapped on Maui, for example, were included in a single category. This year, we’ve changed up the lineup. You may enter photos in the categories listed here.

People — Photos depicting individuals or groups, residents or visitors doing anything or nothing at all (outdoors or indoors) on any island.

Outdoors — Photos depicting Hawaii’s landscapes/seascapes — natural or man-made, country or urban, mountain/beach (mauka/makai), close-up or at a distance.

Culture — Photos depicting Hawaii’s diverse cultures — from Hawaiian to Japanese to Filipino and everything in between. Images may feature events, activities, artifacts, memorabilia, architecture, people, etc. Images may spotlight a single culture or many.Hawaii_Oahu_Waikiki_resort_photo_contest

Abstract — Photos depicting Hawaii or elements of Hawaii in a creative or rarely seen way. This category serves as an invitation for you to get experimental.

Your submitted photos can be of anything that falls into one of the four categories, but all entries must have been photographed in Hawaii after May 2009. Entries that fail to comply with photo contest rules will be disqualified. Photos will not be returned.

Here are this year’s prizes. Grand-prize (one winner) is airfare for two to Oahu from the winner’s nearest Alaska Airlines gateway city, plus a six-night stay the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.

First-place prizes (one winner in each category) will score $100 in cash plus goodies from Lanikai Bath and Body, Oils of Aloha and Hawaiian Bath & Body. Second-place prizes: $75 in cash along with the same goodies awarded to first-place winners.Hawaii_Oahu_Waikiki_resort_photo_contest

American photo icon Ansel Adams (1902-1984) also said: “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” True enough, artistically speaking. However, please note that we do have some photo contest rules. Click here to check out the official contest rules. And click here to take a look at the official entry form.

Need some visual inspiration? Check out photo galleries of our 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008 HAWAII Magazine Photo Contest winners and finalists by clicking the links below.

2011 HAWAII Magazine Photo Contest winners and finalists

2010 HAWAII Magazine Photo Contest winners and finalists

2009 HAWAII Magazine Photo Contest winners and finalists

2008 HAWAII Magazine Photo Contest winners and finalists

The winner photos will be published in the January/February 2013 issue of HAWAII Magazine. Additionally, winners and finalist photos will be published on HawaiiMagazine.com.

Entries must be postmarked no later than Fri., Aug. 3, 2012. That leaves you with about three months to sort through your best shots or to focus your lens on anything in the Islands that evokes a Hawaii sentiment.

Good luck, photographers! We’re looking forward to seeing your best shots!

A big mahalo to all of our 14th annual HAWAII Magazine Photo Contest sponsors. Please click on their links above to find out more about them.

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Photos: (top to bottom), 2011 finalist, Maui/Molokai/Lanai (Moaula Falls, Halawa Valley on Molokai) Francisco Langit Jr.; 2010 first-place winner, Big Island (Kamehameha Day Parade in Kapaau) Douglas Walchand; and 2011 second-place winner, Oahu (Mokulua Islands, from Lanikai Beach) Dwight Morita. 

Hawaii_Oahu_Pearl_Harbor_battleship_filmHawaii-filmed Battleship, an action-adventure/science-fiction movie, is now making its box-office debut in theaters across the country, with star billing going Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker and Rihanna

But that list, in circulation among movie critics and box-office news and in advertisements, omits specific mention of one ahem, HUGE star who is featured prominently in scenes with and without the lead actors: the 45,000-ton ship itself — Battleship Missouri, also known as the “Mighty Mo.”

Want to see how the historic battleship was transformed into a fully functioning movie set?  Pearl Harbor’s Battleship Missouri Memorial Missouri is now offering a "Battleship the Movie Tour," which features filming areas from the movie.

In a news release issued by the memorial on Oahu, Dean Kelly, visitor experience manager at the Missouri, said: “We’re taking our guests and plopping them right onto the set as they walk the same corridors as Admiral Shane, Alex Hopper, Raikes and the crew” of Battleship, which pits humans against aliens in a fight for Earth domination. Hawaii_Oahu_Pearl_Harbor_battleship_film

While this is not the Missouri’s first on-screen appearance — she was featured in the movies Pearl Harbor and Under Siege as well as several TV productions — this appearance in Universal Pictures' Battleship is perhaps her most substantial on-screen role.

In the new release, Mike Carr, president of Pearl Harbor’s Battleship Missouri Memorial, said: “The Missouri has never been one to shy away from the spotlight. She cemented herself in history on Sept. 2, 1945 as the site of Japan’s unconditional surrender to the Allied Forces ending World War II.”

Carr added, “The partnership between Universal and the Missouri has been a tremendously positive experience for us. Through Universal, the Missouri once again took to the open seas in January 2010 as she was towed outside of Pearl Harbor far enough to allow filming without having land in the shot. This was the first time in more than a decade that she was in the open seas.”

The USS Missouri, an Iowa-class battleship, which sailed during World War II, the Korean War and Desert Storm, is fitted with nine legendary 16 inch-barrel guns capable of hurling projectiles as heavy as Volkswagens Beetles over 23 miles. According to the news release, Battleship’s filmmaking involved bringing Missouri’s armaments “back to life in dramatic fashion.”Hawaii_Oahu_Pearl_Harbor_battleship_film

Since opening nationwide on Friday, the movie, which somehow inspired by the classic Hasbro naval combat game, Battleship, has received mixed reviews.

The Washington Post called it an “invigorating blast of cinematic adrenaline,” while the New York Times described its  plot as “unambitious as a macaroni dinner, familiar and easy to eat and not particularly nutritious.” Among the pans, the New York Post cracked: “It makes Top Gun look like the work of Orson Welles. At least the Tom Cruise movie remembered to cast actual actors.” Ouch.

Even so, the movie reportedly earned $25.4 million in ticket sales across the country over the weekend (second only to The Avengers), and has already grossed an estimated $226.8 million overseas since launching in April. 

For more information about Battleship the Movie Tour, click here.

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Photo: (top and middle) Pearl Harbor’s Battleship Missouri Memorial; (bottom) Battleship Missouri Memorial at sunset, Thomas Fake

Hawaii_Oahu_Waikiki_surfing_grom_contestIf you’re near Waikiki’s shoreline this weekend, expect to see stoked surfboard-toting groms.
Wondering what a grom is, exactly?

Should we consult Websters? Wikipedia? No, dude. For this definition, we’re turning to the surfologists at Riptionary. According to their ever-evolving surfer lexicon — under the category of “Surf Culture” — grom is explained as a term “usually used in a positive way to describe a young local surfer who really rips.”

By mid-morning tomorrow, there will be scores of  ‘em scampering around in the Waikiki sand, waxing boards and scoping waves during the 15th Annual T&C Surf/Surfer Magazine Grom Contest at Queen’s surf break.
The two-day contest, which will wrap up on Sunday, is open to surfers age 12 and younger who want a taste of competitive surfing in a fairly mellow setting. Kids already competing in National Scholastic Surfing Association and Hawaii Amateur Surfing Association events will have to watch from the beach.Hawaii_Oahu_Waikiki_surfing_grom_contest

In a media release issued by the events organizers, Craig Sugihara, president and founder of T&C Surf, said: “We are stoked to focus our event on providing a fun introduction to competitive surfing.” He added, “Our goal as always is to share the stoke of surfing with as many people as possible and bring family and friends together for a fun weekend of surfing.”

Boys and girls will compete in shortboard, longboard and bodyboard heats. Also, returning to the contest is a kokua division added last year for kids ages 3 to 6. (Adults will be permitted into this division’s heat lineups to help little ones catch waves.)

Finally, even adults will have a chance to catch some waves during an “Expression Session,” which is open only to grownups and kids under age 5.

For additional details about contest and competition schedules, click here.

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Photos: (top) grom competitor, (bottom) T&C president and founder Craig Sugihara with top-finishing groms — T&C Surf/Surfer Magazine Grom Contest

Enjoy a good Hawaii pau hana beer?

The fourth annual Maui Brewers Festival, set for 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, offers plenty of options. One of the event’s organizers, Maui Brewing Company, will be serving up Bikini Blonde Lager, Double Overhead IPA and Liquid Breadfruit among other island-inspired beers. Other brewer offerings range from the gourmet-sounding Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans to the intense-sounding Shark Attack! port.

In all, beers from 32 craft breweries around Hawaii and elsewhere will be served. Among the well-known breweries are Primo Brewing & Malting Company, Kona Brewing Company, Blue Moon Brewing Company, Redhook Ale Brewery, and Samuel Adams.

Earlier this year, Maui Brewing Co. — Hawaii’s largest craft brewery — announced that it’s now classified by the national Brewers Association as a “regional craft brewery.” The association defines the craft beer industry by four distinct markets: brewpubs, microbreweries, regional craft breweries and contract brewing companies. A regional brewery is a brewery with an annual beer production of between 15,000 and 6,000,000 barrels.

Want to learn about beer-making? The Brew Maui Homebrew Club, will offer festivalgoers information about the brewing process and host its third annual homebrew contest,

The Maui Brewer’s Festival, which serves as a fundraiser for the nonprofit Maui Arts & Cultural Center, will also feature ample appetizers from 20 Maui restaurants and plenty of live musical entertainment. The fest’s net proceeds will go to arts and cultural programs for students, seniors and the Maui community. Opened in 1994, Maui Arts & Cultural Center is described as a 12-acre “multi-disciplinary complex” — complete with a performing arts center, visual arts gallery and community gathering areas.

Admission is limited to festivalgoers age 21 and older. A general admission ticket fetches eight 4 oz. samples of beer, an event drinking glass, unlimited island-style dishes and parking. A “Happy Hour” package includes early entry at 2 p.m. along with a special opportunity to talk with brewmasters and brewery representatives, reserved parking, an event logo gift, and all of the benefits of general admission. For information about the festival and ticket prices, click here.

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Photos: (top) Maui Brewing Co. owner Garrett Marrero (second from right) and brewmaster Kim Lutz (far right) with friends at Maui Brewers Festival/ photo by Aubrey Hord; (bottom) photo by Tony Novak-Clifford
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