The 19th annual Ha'iku Ho'olaule'a & Flower Festival will be held on Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Ha'iku Community Center on Hana Highway in Ha'iku.
This popular event is a yearly attraction where the local community and visitors alike can enjoy live entertainment, fabulous culinary delights by local restaurants and the Ha'iku PTA, the famous Ha'iku bake sale, a large farmer's market, book and plant sales, and arts and crafts. The event will also feature lei, floral and pie contests, one of Maui's largest silent auctions, a Ha'iku historical display, pony rides, jumpy castles and kids' games galore!
In celebration of the community, the event's "Our Farms to Your Table" theme will showcase local farmers and businesses that nurture the island's sustainability.
In celebration of the community, this year’s Ha‘iku Ho‘olaule‘a & Flower Festival “Our Farms to Your Table” theme will showcase local farmers and businesses that nurture the island’s sustainability. The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Ha‘iku Community Center on Hana Highway in Ha‘iku.
Photo: Debra Lordan
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 much more.
Free entertainment will showcase Lily Meola and Gene Argel, Kathy Collins as Tita, Dr. Nat and Rio Ritmo, Steve Grimes and his Ono Grimes Band, Lia Live and the Kryptones and The Free Radicals Projekt.
The event will also include a special reading from acclaimed poet W.S. Merwin, an announcement from Mayor Alan Arakawa and student performances throughout the day.
The morning always starts with one of the most delicious and best bake sales ever, offering donuts, pastries, pies, bread, cookies and coffee throughout the day. The bake sale will highlight the talents of local bakers during the pie contest. Entries will be received from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., with special guest judges and the winner announcement at noon.
The Master Gardeners will host tours in "The Malo O Ha'iku" (The Ha'iku School Garden), made possible by the hard work and dedication of parent volunteers and community members. The school garden provides multi-level education for keiki, who gain an appreciation for plants and where their food comes from and enjoy a connection with nature that helps them establish healthy eating habits.
When hunger strikes after all the activities and attractions, check out Restaurant Row, featuring local Maui restaurants preparing and presenting locally grown dishes. Restaurant participants include Whole Foods, Cafe Des Amis, Cafe Mambo, Cadman & Sons raw food, North Shore Cafe, Paradise Tropical Ice, No Ka 'Oi Kettlecorn, Baked on Maui, Orange Leaf, Rodeo General Store and more. The event also includes PTA food donated from Piatas, Pa'ia Fish Market, Pukalani Superette, Milagros, Hanzawa's and many others.
The ho'olaule'a and festival are moving in a "green" direction by using recycled products, not selling disposable water bottles and encouraging vendors to use plastic bag alternatives.
Admission for the event is free. Parking will be located across from the Ha'iku Community Center.
For sponsorship opportunities, booth information or to donate to the farmer's market, bake sale, silent auction or PTA food booths, email HaikuHoolaulea@gmail.com or call 575-3004.