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St. John’s 30th Annual Kula Festival

September 13, 2012
The Maui Weekly

St. John's Episcopal Church will celebrate its 30th Annual Kula Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Come share the memories and enjoy cool Kula and the fabulous view of the valley and both coasts!

The festival will feature all the great activities, ono food and live entertainment you have come to expect over the years.

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St. John’s Episcopal Church will celebrate its 30th Annual Kula Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Performances by Namaka and Ella Cosma, daughters of Pekelo, will kick off the festival. Napua Makua and Halau Hula Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka will perform at midday. Entertainment will continue all day long with Christy Fell, Bobby Jo Curley, SideTracks and many others.

Enjoy fresh Kula produce, plants and cut flowers, crafts from Maui's finest artisans, a silent auction, baked goods, gift baskets and more.

The food will include such favorites as chow fun, Portuguese bean soup, waffles with fresh Kula strawberries, grilled-on-the-spot Maui Cattle Company hamburgers, a wonderful vegan curry, chili and rice, Caesar salad, fresh-made-on-the-spot fudge, cold drinks, coffee and more.

Entertainment especially for the kids will include games and free face painting.

The festival will display old pictures and artifacts, so if anyone has photos of St. John's or Kula, event organizers welcome them.

St. John's first festival was held in the 1980s, so for this anniversary, there will be a prize for the best '80s costume!

A little-know fact about this event is that the proceeds are shared with local nonprofits. Over the years, St. John's has donated a total of approximately $150,000 to various community organizations. Some of those include: Maui Youth and Family Services, the Alzheimer's Association, Hospice Maui, Women Helping Women, Maui Community Clinic, Carol Adams Ministry for Ugandan orphans, Aloha House, East Maui Animal Refuge, Maui Food Bank, Maui Shriners Club, Friends of the Children's Justice Center, Maui Academy of Performing Arts, Hui No Ka Ola Pono, and Upcountry Boys and Girls Club.

This year, the recipients will be Friends of the Children's Justice Center and the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program. A portion of the proceeds from this event will also go toward church maintenance.

The church was established in 1900 and has always served as a community gathering place with several organizations using the facilities. It is a popular spot for weddings and memorial services with a wonderful view of the valley and both coasts.

The grounds feature a very popular labyrinth for meditation.

St. John's also operates a pantry, where those in need can receive free boxes of food.

On the last Friday of every month, the church puts on a "Fellowship Dinner," where all are welcome for a free meal and a time of fun fellowship. At this event, as always, the admission is free and all are invited to come and enjoy. Donations are always welcome.

If you would like more information about the event or the church or would like to donate to the silent auction or volunteer your time, call 878-1485.

The church is located at 8992 Kula Highway, across from Keokea Park.



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