A valued tradition of 25 years, Art Affair is the Hui’s signature fundraising event celebrating the importance of visual arts education in our Maui community. Held at the historic Kaluanui Estate, this elegant evening features live music and dancing, a gourmet seated dinner, a live and silent auction and an opportunity to celebrate Maui's local arts movement with a fun-loving, dedicated community.
Whether you're looking for a delicious Upcountry evening, an affordable opportunity to begin or develop your fine arts collection or an enjoyable way to support local arts and artists, Art Affair offers an unforgettable experience not to be missed!
Why Should I Attend Art Affair?
To Support Educational Programs
We are thrilled to invite you to Raise The Paddle in support of the Visiting Artist Program in 2018! The Hui’s Visiting Artist Program enriches Maui’s visual arts community by offering hands-on workshops and presentations by locally, nationally, and internationally recognized visual artists.
With generous support from 2017 Art Affair guests, the Hui’s Visiting Artist Program continues to thrive! In 2017, Hui No’eau was thrilled to host an increased number of our “Explore & Discover” field trips to the Hui to learn from our many outstanding Visiting Artists throughout the year. Together, in just one year, the Hui provided so many valuable educational opportunities in the visual arts:
Hosted 29 Visiting Artists from California, Utah, Washington, New York, Texas, New Mexico, Australia, Montana, Oregon, Kaua’i, Oahu, and the Big Island! Offered 45 classes and workshops with Visiting Artists Engaged 22 Hawai‘i classroom teachers in professional development Reached 30 Hui campers ages 5 – 11, as well as 217 Maui students from Baldwin High School, Maui High School, Paia Youth and Cultural Center, Kihei Charter School, Seabury Hall, and Maui Economic Opportunity.
The Hui’s Visiting Artist Program needs your support! When you “Raise the Paddle”, you bring new and exciting artistic energy and inspiration to Maui artists of all ages and enable Maui youth to learn from world-class visiting artists on the Hui campus. Mahalo nui loa!
4 REASONS TO RAISE YOUR PADDLE FOR HUI NO‘EAU’S VISITING ARTIST PROGRAM
1. Create a global arts community.
2. Support & inspire the next generation of artists & their teachers.
3. Preserve & honor culture: In 2018, the Hui will host practitioners of the arts and crafts of Hawai‘i to teach workshops and present exciting and educational demonstrations to the public.
4. Make Maui a more creative place to live, work, play, & visit! "
Hui No'eau continues to provide Maui's public school students with rich, robust, and relevant community-based projects, which give students the opportunity to relate to peers and adults in a healthy, meaningful, and highly impactful way. As a K-12 educator for the past 13 years, I have clearly seen significant social, emotional, and academic growth in my students, when we participate in projects within our community. Community-based projects, like the ones that we participate in at Hui No'eau are relevant, relatable, and real. Students have the opportunity to directly see how their skills, interests, and unique talents can be leveraged to impact their community. The result? They feel important. They feel valuable. They feel cared for and respected. And most importantly, their learning has meaning and purpose, outside of the classroom and outside of themselves. From local art competitions, to community events like "Big Ink," our students are profoundly impacted by the Hui's efforts. We are grateful to the Hui and sincerely hope to participate in all of their future community-based events!”
- Laurence Muleh, Maui High School Teacher
“It was a privilege to be included in the Hui’s lineup of Visiting artist-teachers, to stay in the 100 year old Artist’s Cottage on the premises of this awe-inspiring place, and to enjoy the wonderful students who are drawn to the Hui No’eau course offerings. As the only public studios on the island of Maui, the Hui provides a beautiful, enriching lifeline of international creative support through their Visiting Artists program, which provides classes and workshops given by renowned teaching professionals who teach diverse course offerings to all ages, and levels, to the island community and visitors alike.” - Jennifer Roberts Almodova, Visiting Artist
“I can’t say enough good things about your organization and the way it is run. The Hui is an inspiration to community members, visiting artists and non-profits everywhere. Congratulations on providing such a wonderful service to all of us.” – Visiting Artist Robynn Smith
To Expand Your Collection
Each year Art Affair attracts collectors and enthusiasts from all walks of life, each sharing an appreciation of the visual art work created by emerging and established Hawaii-based artists represented at this extravagant event.
“One of the joys of my job is meeting and supporting artists at the beginning of their career”, remarks Inger Tully, former Hui Board Member and past Curator of Exhibitions at Honolulu’s Contemporary Museum, “If an artist holds promise, supporting them from the start is critical for their future success. What makes collecting so special is that each piece is connected to someone whom I admire and many times someone who turns into a dear friend. When I walk around my house each work evokes memories that make me smile. For me it is the presence of my family and friends and the pieces of art that I am personally connect to that make my house a home.”
To Cultivate Relationships
As Maui's premier art auction and social event, Art Affair will be attended by talented artists, distinguished alumni, staff and faculty, board members and the joyful company of our arts community - all coming together to celebrate a common love of the arts and the many ways it changes lives.
To Connect with Your Community
We invite you to join us at the Hui where you’ll get to know our artists, staff, supporters and all of those that have come together to create this well respected Maui tradition while enjoying outstanding local cuisine, live entertainment and inspiring art work.