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Lahaina Arts Guild is awarded the

"2023 Partner Agency of the Year Award"

by Maui United Way 

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Grace McDonnell

Lahaina Arts Guild Director Bill Smith with Kaiao Hett and

Sacred Hearts School Art Teacher, Stephanie Meyer

The Lahaina Arts Guild Presents the 2024 
“Grace McDonnell Love of Maui Art Award”
to Kaiao Hett.

Grace McDonnell would have turned 18 this year. She had a passion for her art, especially on her beloved island of Maui. Tragically, Grace lost her life in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012, little more than a month after her 7th birthday. In her honor, her parents, Chris and Lynn McDonnell, have been generous supporters of our Lahaina Arts Guild children’s programs.


This year, the Lahaina Arts Guild is proudly presenting the "Grace McDonnell Love of Maui Art Award” to Kaiao Hett, an energetic and inspired 1st grader at Sacred Hearts School in Lahaina. Remarkably, Kaiao was born on December 14, and she will turn 7 this year! With this Award we honor these two young creative artists, knowing that Grace McDonnell’s love of art continues to flourish in the islands through Kaiao and hundreds of other art loving Maui children.

Walmart awards grant to Lahaina Arts Guild!

Mahalo to the generosity of Walmart, our King Kamehameha III Elementary keiki and other art students have new art supplies and funds for the artist teachers.


Thank you, Walmart!


In the beginning...
The first classes held at King Kamehameha III Elementary School in Lahaina

These smiling faces are the result of the first ever art classes for most of these keiki! The Lahaina Arts Guild began classes with lead teacher Amanda McCumbee and fourteen volunteer teachers at King Kamehameha III Elementary School in 2018. These first art classes taught almost 700 first through fifth grade students. The classes were a rousing success and were received with great excitement by the children, their teachers and their parents. 

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