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Ha‘ikū Ho‘olaule‘a & Flower Festival

March 4, 2010
Maui Weekly

The Ha‘ikū Ho‘olaule‘a and Flower Festival is the main fundraising event for Ha‘ikū Elementary School, the Hai‘ikū Boys and Girls Club and the Ha‘ikū Community Association. Money raised goes towards programs for local youth education enrichment and activities.

This year’s theme is “Green Education”—what is “green” and how can we help in the green movement? A new “Green Living” area will showcase local sustainable businesses and provide “green facts” about what individuals can do to protect and preserve our environment, set an example for our children and save money on our electric bills.

Community service booths from local nonprofit organizations will also be on-hand with information on topics such as invasive species, health issues, litter removal, social concerns and more. Event organizers are moving toward being “completely green” by using recycled products, not selling individual bottles of water and encouraging vendors to use plastic bag alternatives.

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Craft vendor booths at the Ha‘ikū Ho‘olaule‘a will feature “Made on Maui” arts and crafts including jewelry, clothing, original artwork and “special find” items by local artists.

Continuous entertainment throughout the day will include performances by Dr. Nat, Marty Dread, Gail Swanson, Jamallad, Maui Kilakila (Hawaiian) and the Ha‘ikū Hillbillies. Hui Lanikila Hālau, Ha‘ikū School and Kula School students will perform hula, sing and play ‘ukulele.

Craft vendor booths will feature “Made on Maui” arts and crafts including jewelry, clothing, original artwork and “special find” items by local artists.

Donuts, pastries, pies, bread, cookies and coffee will be for sale throughout the day. Food booths will showcase selections from Penguini, Rodeo General Store, Cafe Des Amis, Flatbread Company, Mana Foods, Wow-Wee Maui’s Kava Bar, Coconut Flows, Maui Taro Company, North Shore Café, Ono Gelato (Pā‘ia), Consuelo’s Catering, Max World Bistro and Guest Chef John Cadman. Attendees can enjoy fresh fruit smoothies, grilled chicken plates, an enchi-male plate (kalua pork tamale with enchilada sauce), hamburgers, hot dogs, chili and rice, chicken Caesar salad, Mana Foods wraps, Flatbread pizza, chow fun, “PB&J” sandwiches and spam musubi.

Activities are geared toward all ages—and some are absolutely free, such as the kids’ art project and the Maui Flower Grower’s Association lei and floral design contests. Keiki will also love the games, book sale, dinosaur golf, jumping castles and a new activity—pony rides and a mini-pony petting zoo.

Visit the Ha‘ikū School PTA’s Farmer’s Market and other vendors for cut flowers, unique plants and local produce at reasonable prices. These usually go quickly, so shop early.

Everyone will enjoy the expanded Ha‘ikū Living Legacy Historical Display, which includes photographs and memorabilia from the early days in the area. See what Ha‘ikū was like during the past century and learn about the history of the area. You can learn first-hand about life back in the day during the Kūpuna Talk Story—the Ha‘ikū Living Legacy Project.

Residents are encouraged to make donations to the Ha‘ikū School PTA Farmers Market, bake sale, silent auction and food booths. Call 575-3004 to arrange for pick up or delivery.



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