Wailuku’s performing arts community needs no introduction. Established in 2017, the Wailuku Performing Arts Association is a consortium of performing arts organizations (see below) that brings together collaborative leadership to unify and leverage the arts benefiting performers and audiences. Today, these dynamic community offers are a number of performing arts opportunities including workshops, classes, camps, plays, readings, dance, concerts and stage performances.
Founded in 1974, MAPA has served more than one million people of all ages, from keiki to kupuna. To fulfill its mission of enriching individuals, building community and connecting our world through the performing arts, MAPA offers theatre productions, academy classes and camps, and K-12 residencies in the schools. With three properties in the heart of Wailuku, MAPA is dedicated to revitalizing the town through the arts by creating the Main Street Arts Project, a performing arts campus with a black box theatre, classrooms and support facilities.
Maui Chamber Orchestra performs classical music concerts designed to touch the heart, stir the soul, and captivate the mind, through the distinctive power and magic of orchestral sound. With repertoire comprising classics from the masters and fresh new works by living composers, MCO preserves for future generations a vibrant cultural tradition begun five centuries ago. Above all, MCO seeks to nourish our community through music’s unique ability to unite us in shared experiences of beauty and awe.
Maui Choral Arts Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of choral arts music in Maui County, enriching the lives of its performers and its audience.
Since 2009, Maui OnStage has been presenting monthly theatrical performances at the historic ‘Iao Theater. Voted “Best Live Theater” by the readers of MauiTime. Visit their website for a listing of plays, events, classes, and to reserve your online tickets.
The Maui Pops Orchestra enriches the lives of residents and visitors to Maui by providing high quality live performances of popular and light classical music. Since 2004, the organization has continued to grow and to cultivate a love for orchestral music, while offering talented local musicians an outlet for the expression of their art. The Maui Pops Orchestra serves the community by providing a fun, family-oriented musical experience, promoting the finest Hawai’i-based entertainers, and featuring additional stellar guest artists from all over the world.
The Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (MYPO) provides high-quality music education instruction, experiences, and performances to the youth in Maui County. Our heart is to also reach the underserved youth as we believe every student should have the opportunity to play an orchestral instrument, regardless of their socio-economic background. It is our desire to support and enrich the young musicians on Maui to reach their highest potential.