At this popular annual event, Maui residents and visitors enjoy live entertainment, activities for all ages, great food, and of course, a huge variety of beautiful tropical flowers.
This year’s “Our Kuleana” theme builds on last year’s “Green” theme. “Our Kuleana” means taking responsibility for ourselves, our keiki and our community,” said Event Spokesperson Bonny Ponting.
The morning always starts with Ha‘ikū Elementary’s famous bake sale. Restaurant row, a new addition to the annual event, will feature locally grown dishes by individual restaurants from around the community. Restaurants include Max’s World Bistro, Flatbread Pizza, Cafe Prana Nui, Rodeo General Store, Raw Food by John Cadman, Coconut Glen, Da Local Banana, Consuela’s, Slow food Maui, Cafe Des Amis, Piñatas and more.
The 18th annual Ha‘ikū Ho‘olaule‘a & Flower Festival will be held on Saturday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Ha‘ikū Community Center on Hāna Highway. Arrive early to shop the Ha‘ikū School PTA Farmer’s Market for produce and cut flowers, and numerous plant vendors selling unique plants, flowers and local produce at reasonable prices.
The non-stop free entertainment this year will include Dr. Nat, Cathy Collins, LiA Live with the Kryptones, Sundance, Kanekoa, Bing Cherry (Gene Argel Jazz trio) and Ha‘ikū School student musicians.
Arrive early to shop the Ha‘ikū School PTA Farmer’s Market for produce and cut flowers, and numerous plant vendors selling unique plants, flowers and local produce at reasonable prices.
Craft vendor booths feature “Made on Maui,” and arts and crafts, including jewelry, clothing, original artwork and “special find” items by local artists.
And don’t miss the silent auction where you can snap up the best of Maui’s treasures!
Activities are geared toward all ages. Participate in art projects and the Maui Flower Grower’s Association lei and floral design contests free of charge.
The keiki will love the various games, a book sale, dinosaur golf, gymnastics by Maui Tumblers, jumping castles and an obstacle course on the center’s newest play structure organized by Keiki Fit Zone of Ha‘ikū.
Enjoy the school’s new garden, Mala O Ha‘ikū.” Ha‘ikū is the first Maui elementary school to plant and maintain a garden of its size. The school’s master gardeners have been working with the fourth and fifth grades and special needs classes. The students have helped set up the garden, learning to prepare soil, create compost, and plant and harvest the food.
The purpose of the school garden is multi-level education. Keiki gain an appreciation for plants and where food comes from and enjoy the connection with nature, which helps establish healthy eating habits. The process also promotes team-building relationships.
Be sure to visit the expanded Ha‘ikū Living Legacy Historical Display, which includes photographs and memorabilia from the early days in Ha‘ikū. See what Ha‘ikū was like during the past century and learn about the history of the area.
Donations for the Ha‘ikū School PTA Farmer’s Market, bake sale, silent auction and food booths are encouraged and tax deductible. Call 575-3004 to arrange for pickup or delivery.
This is the main fundraising event for the Ha‘ikū Elementary School, with the help and support of the Ha‘ikū Boys and Girls Club and the Ha‘ikū Community Association. Money raised goes towards programs for local youth education enrichment and activities.