World AIDS Day 2022

World AIDS Day

Maui AIDS Foundation honors… World AIDS Day 2022

5:00pm – 7:30pm Opening Ceremony and Quilt Viewing
7:30pm Feature Film, “Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt.”

Tickets are structured for “pay what you can” donations. 

A special musical performance and guest speakers will be featured. Concessions will be available for purchase.


For the first time in history, the squares from the National AIDS Memorial Quilt representing individuals lost in Hawai’i will be on display for your viewing. The quilt has never been shipped here to Maui! It will be an extremely rare and meaningful opportunity to pay tribute to those lost right within our local communities. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Gather to pay special tribute, become aware, be moved, share compassion and remembrance, and move forward in ways that will make a brighter future for our youth here in Hawai’i. The youth HIV diagnosis in Hawai’i has shown a recent increase. It is time to remember that there is no cure, learn where HIV stands today here on Maui, learn about prevention, and join in educating our youth to live long and healthy lives.



There is no cure.
Youth diagnosis is on the rise in Hawai’i.
Although we have come a long way, the epidemic continues, claiming 35 million lives to date.
It is not just global, it is local.

Join us in community as we raise awareness (it will surprise you), gather in remembrance of those we have lost in Hawai’i, and celebrate the progress we have made.


Tickets are structured for “pay what you can” donations. 

Donations will be focused towards these four vital areas:
Youth support groups and education
Free clinical testing and linkage to medical care
Transportation to doctor’s appointments, and our
Harm Reduction initiatives among our houseless communities in Maui County

Mahalo Nui Loa for your support, it brings health and immeasurable hope to many lives.

Sponsored by Gilead Sciences, Inc.


Maui AIDS Foundation Website


Each year, on December 1st, the world commemorates World AIDS Day. People around the world unite to show support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses.

Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever international day for global health. Every year, United Nations agencies, governments and civil society join together to campaign around specific themes related to HIV.
Awareness-raising activities take place around the globe.
Many people wear a red ribbon, the universal symbol of awareness of, support for and solidarity with people living with HIV.
People living with HIV make their voice heard on issues important in their lives.
Groups of people living with HIV and other civil society organizations involved in the AIDS response mobilize in support of the communities they serve and to raise funds.
Events highlight the current state of the epidemic.

World AIDS Day remains as relevant today as it’s always been, reminding people and governments that HIV has not gone away. There is still a critical need for increased funding for the AIDS response, to increase awareness of the impact of HIV on people’s lives, to end stigma and discrimination and to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV. This event will pay a special respect for those affected in Hawai’i.



Each year, the National AIDS Memorial works with hundreds of partners across the country to orchestrate more than 1,000 displays in schools, universities, places of worship, corporations and community centers. On World AIDS Day, December 1st, sections of the Quilt are displayed in communities across the country.   Panel making remains an important element of the Quilt, as new panels continue to be made.

Today, the AIDS Memorial Quilt is an epic 54-ton tapestry that includes nearly 50,000 panels dedicated to more than 110,000 individuals. It is the premiere symbol of the AIDS pandemic, a living memorial to a generation lost to AIDS and an important HIV prevention education tool. With hundreds of thousands of people contributing their talents to making the memorial panels, and tens of thousands of volunteers to help display it, the Quilt is considered the largest community folk art project in history.

‍As the Quilt marks 35 years since the first names were hand-sewn and stitched into panels as a way to remember loved ones and as an act of activism to demand health and social justice, now more than ever, the National AIDS Memorial relies on support from individual donations and other partners to ensure the Quilt is preserved, protected and able to be shared through community display programs to the lessons of the AIDS pandemic can be taught to future generations.

Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt is a 1989 American Academy Award winning documentary film that tells the story of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Narrated by Dustin Hoffman with a musical score written and performed by Bobby McFerrin, the film focuses on several people who are represented by panels in the Quilt, combining personal reminiscences with archive footage of the subjects, along with footage of various politicians, health professionals and other people with AIDS. Each section of the film is punctuated with statistics detailing the number of Americans diagnosed with and passed away from AIDS related illness through the early years of the epidemic.


Health and Safety Protocols:

  1. We request that you please stay home if you are not feeling well.
  2. We will NOT be asking for photo ID, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result.
  3. There is no social distancing for this event. Please be mindful of this while choosing your seats.
  4. Please be mindful of others and give everyone space as you enter/exit and move about the theater.
  5. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND and support the wearing of face masks while in the theater.
  6. The Historic Iao Theater has central air conditioning which is set to 74 degrees.  The zone above the stage is kept a little cooler for performer safety which may affect the first few rows of the audience.  A light jacket or sweater is recommended.


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