Springtime in Upcountry Maui is a colorful tapestry of jacaranda trees and agapanthus in vibrant purple bloom set against the vivid hues of verdant green fields. Residents and visitors from all over Maui are invited to enjoy this Upcountry splendor during the 37th annual Seabury Hall Craft Fair.
This acclaimed Upcountry event takes place the day before Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Seabury Hall campus, 480 Olinda Road, just one mile above Makawao Town. Admission is $3 for adults. Children ages 12 and under are free. Free parking is available as well as premium parking for $10.
Pretty as a picture. Former Maui resident Jim Freeheart (above) sold this beautiful painting at last year’s craft fair. Residents and visitors alike are invited to enjoy Maui’s Upcountry splendor during the 37th annual Seabury Hall Craft Fair in Olinda.
With more than 100 crafters displaying their wares, you’re certain to find gifts for Mother’s Day that are unique and worthy of the special woman (or women) in your life.
The Seabury Hall Craft Fair is a day of fun and delights for your senses. Bring the entire family along for a day of live music by Maui entertainers, tantalizing food served by some of Maui’s outstanding restaurants, bargains galore at the silent and live auctions, a children’s carnival and fresh flowers, produce and potted plant booths.
“The Seabury Hall Craft Fair is a time-honored Upcountry springtime tradition,” said Gayle Hart, Seabury Hall’s parent coordinator and associate director of development. “It’s truly the most beautiful time of year here in Olinda.”
All proceeds from the fair support Seabury Hall’s tuition assistance program. Over one-third of all Seabury Hall students receive some form of financial help through this fund. Without it, a Seabury Hall education would not be a reality for some of these students.
“With the goal of ensuring that financial need doesn’t get in the way of a Seabury Hall education, the parents, teachers and students work together for months in advance to prepare for the craft fair,” said Headmaster Joe Schmidt. “Seabury Hall’s Tuition Assistance Program provides deserving students an opportunity for a high-quality college preparatory education—which might otherwise be unobtainable for them—and also provide the school with a well-qualified student body reflecting a broad social and economic mix.”
Crafter exhibits are at the heart of the event, and you’ll find their tents scattered throughout much of the 11-acre campus. Hawai‘i’s finest artists and crafters—woodworkers, traditional Hawaiian artists, jewelers, ceramists and weavers—are all represented here.
Crafters who have not yet registered for the fair can find applications at www.seaburyhall.org/craftfair.
Restaurant Row will be brimming with delicious food items from some of Maui’s most outstanding restaurants, with dishes ranging from local favorites to exotic fare of faraway places.
La Patisserie will feature home made baked goods and treats, fresh waffles with strawberries, plus sumptuous goodies from the Baking Competition held the day prior. (If you’ve got a specialty recipe to showcase, be sure to enter the competition. Call 573-0068 for an entry form.)
Better dress the keiki in swimsuits—it’s impossible to resist the thrilling Keiki Waterslide. Pony and miniature pony rides and a petting zoo provide additional fun for youngsters. They can also create unique and special from-the-heart gifts and cards for mom at the “Make a Craft for Mom” booth.
Now in its fifth year, the Aloha Art Gallery will feature the outstanding art works of many acclaimed local artists and selected pieces from Seabury Hall alumni. The exhibit will showcase the finest examples of wooden sculpture, ceramic artistry, monoprint, photography, jewelry and painting.
You don’t have to wait for May 8 to begin bidding on items in the Craft Fair Auction. Simply visit seaburyhall.org/craftfair to peruse items ranging from a two-night stay at the Grand Wailea to the original triptych painting, Japanese Mountains, by Teresa Fradin.
To reach Seabury Hall, take Haleakalä Highway to the traffic light at the intersection of Makawao Avenue. Turn left on Makawao Avenue and follow it into Makawao Town. At the four-way stop by Casanova’s Restaurant and Polli’s Restaurant, turn right onto Olinda Road. Go up the hill one mile. Free parking for the Seabury Hall Craft Fair is just past the entrance to the school on the left side of the road by the Oskie Rice Arena. For premium and handicap parking, follow the signs onto campus.
For more information, visit seaburyhall.org/parents/craftfair/map.html, or call Gayle Hart at 573-0068 or 572-7235.