The celebration gets underway at 9 a.m. on the grounds of St. John’s Episcopal Church, across from Kēōkea Park, and festivities keep rolling until 3 p.m. The Kula Festival is always greatly anticipated by the residents each year as a tradition that can be enjoyed by the whole family. However, this year’s event has an extra special meaning because it is dedicated to Rev. Heather Mueller, who is retiring after nearly 30 years of service to St. John’s and the entire community.
Come and share your aloha with Kahu Heather, who has been instrumental in the growth of the 110-year-old church. On Oct. 1, Rev. Mueller—the second woman ordained as a minister in the Episcopal Church of Hawai‘i and the 50th woman ordained to the priesthood in the entire Episcopal Church of America—will leave St. John’s for the last time as its pastor. On Jan. 1, Rev. Mueller begins a new chapter in her career, serving as the warden of St. George’s College and Cathedral in Jerusalem. (Read more about this extraordinary lady on page 3.)
Rev. Mueller instituted many of the programs St. John’s offers, touching many lives through her ministry and her other activities in the community.
Relax and celebrate within the cool and comfortable atmosphere of Kēōkea in Upcountry during the 28th Annual St. John’s Kula Festival on Saturday, Sept. 25. Call 878-1485 for more information.
The festival will include all the fun that everyone has come to expect from this event, including onolicious fare such as Portuguese Bean Soup, waffles with fresh Kula strawberries, a wonderful vegan curry, grilled hamburgers made with Maui Cattle Company beef, just-made fudge, chow fun and fresh Chinese chicken salads. There will be crisp Kula produce, plants, baked goods, various crafters, children’s games, a silent auction and live entertainment all day long.
The highlight of the entertainment will be Grammy and Hōkū award-winning guitarist George Kahumoku Jr. at 2 p.m. Other performers include Mike Kollwitz on the Chapman stick, Keaolani, SideTracks, the Hawaiian Serenaders and Eric Molina, who will also emcee.
Proceeds from this annual event are shared with different local nonprofit organizations each year, which are selected by the church. This year’s beneficiaries will be Rev. Mueller’s selection, the Upcountry Boys & Girls Club, and also the Native Hawaiian health care system, Hui No Ke Ola Pono.
Everyone is invited to bring beach chairs and enjoy lovely Kēōkea and the fabulous view of the Maui coasts and valley during the 28th Annual St. John’s Kula Festival on Saturday, Sept. 25. The event is free, but donations are welcome.