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Rotary celebrates with fun fundraiser.

September 22, 2011
Maui Weekly

Lederhosen, dirndls and other Oktoberfest attire are encouraged but not required—a prize will be awarded for the most aptly dressed. Included in the fun will be German food and beverages (beer, of course!), live and silent auctions, live music and plenty of dancing.

The Village Musicians—Lisa Owen (tuba, leader), Anne Durham (keyboard, accordion), Jerry Eisenberg (clarinet) and Jimmy Coulter (drums)—will play authentic oom-pah music in traditional German clothes. All of the musicians are well-known on Maui and play in many other professional groups, including the Maui Pops Orchestra and the Maui Community Band.

“If you have never done the Chicken Dance, it’s never too late to learn,” said Owen. “And if you like to sing along with the band, you are more than welcome. Anything goes at Oktoberfest.”

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Anything goes at Oktoberfest! Grab your lederhosen and come celebrate Oktoberfest on Maui with the Rotary Club of Kīhei-Wailea on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 4 to 9 p.m. at Mulligan’s On The Blue in Wailea.

Illustration: James Silvani

Live and silent auction items will include gift certificates to eateries such as Capische?, 808 Deli, Mala Wailea and Monkeypod, a one-night stay and dinner for two at The Fairmont Kea Lani Resort in Wailea, a two-night stay at Hotel Wailea, rounds of golf at Wailea Golf Club and the Dunes at Maui Lani, tickets to Ulalena and Old Lahaina Lūau, original artwork from Disney comic book artists James Silvani and Amy Mebberson—and much more!

Tickets include traditional German food such as bratwurst, weinershnitzl and spaetzle, and one Stella Artois or Beck’s Oktoberfest beer; additional drinks may be purchased separately.

“Fun and frolic with your frau or friend,” said Don Gross, president of the Rotary Club of Kīhei-Wailea.

Proceeds from Oktoberfest will help support Rotary community and international projects, including the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp held each February for local high school students, garden and aquaponics projects at Lokelani Intermediate School and dictionary distribution to third-graders on Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i and in Kīhei.

The club also supports Kīhei Youth Center and provides scholarships for outstanding high school students and locally trained teachers through the Growing Our Own Teachers (GOOT).

Award-winning international projects include an adopt-a-village program that provided a well, medical van and cataract surgeries for a village in India; a literacy project in Thailand; another adopt-a-village project in a village near Alexandria, Egypt; and a disaster recovery project in Sendai, Japan.

The Rotary club is currently working with its Sister Club in Quezon City in the Philippines on a new preschool, a bus for a school for blind women in Delhi, and a micro-credit project for women in the Himalayas.

Rotary clubs strive to raise funds every year to continue the worthwhile humanitarian works such as these. The Oktoberfest celebration will give participants the opportunity to contribute toward some of these ambitious community and global efforts.

Tickets are $45 in advance and can be purchased online at, at Mulligan’s or at Topaz Goldsmith & Gallery in Kīhei. Tickets will be $50 at the door.

To purchase tickets, obtain information or learn more about the Rotary Club of Kīhei-Wailea, visit or call 385-2915.



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