It's that time of the year again and many islanders are looking forward to the 16th annual Maui Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 28, at Keopuolani Park Amphitheater in Kahului from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The venue is a perfect, cozy location for this family event that offers a carefully contemplated blend of entertainment, information and community spirit. The festival aims to bring the Maui community closer together by offering an active dialogue on the environmental issues that are going to shape our future.
Two stages of live music and speakers will set the platform for this activity. Beyond the stirring melodies and conscious vibes from soul-enriching acts such as Makana, there will be plenty to inspire--from healthy food and over 40 environmental and social awareness booths, to creative keiki activities, divinely delectable food items and mindful advice on alternative energy, transportation and agriculture.
The 16th annual Maui Earth Day Festival will be held on Sunday, April 28, at Keopuolani Park Amphitheater in Kahului, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Adults will be able to dance their way into the colorful crowds and conversations, and the keiki can enjoy pony rides and meet furry friends at the petting zoo.
The Earth Day Festival opens up conversations centered around the protection, sustainability and healing of our island and Mother Earth.
"Inspired talks and discussions will help all to see that our voice and our choices matter," said event Coordinator Bruce Douglas.
Five community forum panel discussions will fuel the discourse on current Maui issues, beginning at noon with smart meters, cane burning at 1 p.m., agricultural sustainability at 2 p.m., genetically modified food (GMO) at 3 p.m., and chemtrails and geo-engineering at 4 p.m.
"The festival is held in gratitude for the beauty of our islands and the planet and promotes a focussed and informed ecological movement to protect and nurture these precious ecosystems," said Douglas.
The festival's organizers recognize that Maui is at the heart-center of this movement.
Approximately 2,000 people are expected to set the positive global pulse and celebrate in Keopuolani Park.
"It is a day where everyone is encouraged to share their passion and appreciation for the Earth, and make a contribution towards a healthy future," said Douglas.
Earth Day offers inspiration and fun for everyone. Openhearted people will share much aloha, enjoy love and laughter, and plenty of dancing can be expected. At the same time, Earth Day creates a focus for a combined and collective positive energy for a realistic future of eco-consciousness.
By coming together on this day, the island of Maui can be the change we all wish to see in the world. You can be that drop that creates a ripple effect throughout the coming generations and you can create a wave of change. Be there and be a part of it.
Tickets are $7 (admission for keiki is free).
Volunteers, organizations and vendors can still call to get involved.
This is a drug- and alcohol-free event.
Attendees are asked to be conscientious--carpool, bring your own cups, plates and utensils and most importantly, come together, learn and enjoy.