The construction of the primary phase of John Hara’s design for the Maui Arts & Cultural Center was completed in 1994. Several of the Center’s facilities were understood at that time as providing a minimal infrastructure for their specified functions, with the expectation that further refinement and elaboration would occur as the Center’s programs were developed and re-defined over time.
Phase One of the post-opening construction, completed in 2003, provided an expanded box office and significant improvements to the Center’s black box performance space, the teaching/conference facility, and the educational complex. Phase 2, completed in 2005, included the construction of the architect’s designs for two principal conference rooms and a new complex of staff offices surrounding a grassed courtyard.
Phase Three, completed in 2012, dramatically transforms the open-air performance and food service functions of the main amphitheatre and stage at the heart of the Center. The temporary stage-tent which has stood at the inner corner of the amphitheatre for nearly fourteen years was replaced in John Hara’s design by a larger pyramidal glass and steel roof structure to be known as the Yokouchi Family Pavilion. With its translucent glazing, this clear-span pavilion employing a roof level catwalk retains the magical qualities of evening performances and celebrations under the stars while enabling high-technology provisions of sound and lighting. The architectural form of the pavilion is derived from and mirrors the original roof pitch of the Center’s Castle Theatre complex, with both roofs establishing a respectful and rhythmic counterpoint to the nearby mountains and ‘Iao Valley.
Also included within the Phase Three design is a new two-story building replacing the back wall of Founder’s Court in an area of the complex designed from the outset for expansion. This new structure provides an ample service kitchen and bar at the level of the Court, a new 3,000 square foot gathering hall above with windows looking to Kahului Harbor, and a generous lanai overlooking the Court and amphitheatre lawn beyond.