The 31st Annual St. John's Kula Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 8992 Kula Highway, across from Keokea Park in lovely Keokea.
This festival, a tradition that can be enjoyed by the whole family, is always greatly anticipated by residents and visitors alike.
This year, a new festival layout allows for easier access, and you can still enjoy the spectacular view of the valley and both coasts.
The Annual St. John’s Kula Festival, a tradition that can be enjoyed by the whole family, is always greatly anticipated by residents and visitors alike.
The festival will again include all the fun that everyone has come to expect from this event--delicious food, including Portuguese Bean Soup, waffles with fresh Kula strawberries, a wonderful vegan curry, grilled-on-the-spot Maui Cattle Company hamburgers, fudge, plate lunches, fresh salads and more, as well as cold drinks and coffee.
The event will also offer fresh Kula produce, plants and cut flowers, baked goods, a gift shop with handmade items and an assortment of treasures, beautiful gift baskets, a wide variety of crafters and face painting for the keiki.
Enjoy the silent auction and live entertainment all day long.
Entertainment highlights will include award-winning musician George Kahumoku Jr., Uluwehi Guerrero's Na Leo Lani O Maui Choir, the Isle of Maui Pipe Band, SideTracks, Joel Katz, Eric Molina & Friends, Upcountry Celtic and others.
There will also be a quilt show again this year, which is co-sponsored by the Maui Quilters Guild and a few surprise activities as well.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet St. John's new priest in charge, Rev. Kerith Harding.
All this for only $1 admission; children under 10 years of age will be admitted at no charge.
Proceeds from this annual event are shared with different local nonprofit organizations each year, which are selected by the church. This year's beneficiaries will be the Malama Family Recovery Center and a new ministry called "A Cup of Cold Water." Co-sponsored by the four Episcopal churches on Maui, a van travels around the island in the afternoon to homeless areas to offer a cup of cold water and other needed items and support.
St. John's has been a community center since Chinese farmers of Keokea started it in 1900. It continues its vision by offering its facilities for a number of community organizations, operating a food pantry that distributes boxes of food to families in emergency situations, and on the last Friday of every month holding a Fellowship Dinner, where all are welcome to come and enjoy a free meal and a time of fun fellowship.
Donations are always welcome to help maintain the 113-year-old parish.
The hall and grounds are available for rent for any occasion throughout the year.
For more information, to donate to the auction or to volunteer, call (808) 878-1485.
Organizers would like to thank event sponsors Island Rents, Tedeschi Vineyards Ltd., Maui Cattle Company, Maui Soda & Ice and local farms.