The 21st Annual Ha'iku Ho'olaule'a & Flower Festival will be held on Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Ha'iku Community Center and Grounds.
Funds raised at the event support enrichment programs, art classes, dance, music, 'ukulele lessons, library, science, technology, field trips, special education, classroom supplies, and so much more at Ha'iku School. The ho'olaule'a also benefits the Ha'iku Boys & Girls Club's after-school programs. And the Ha'iku Community Association also benefits, which helps keiki, most recently, through its new Kalakupua Playground Committee, which will repair and reopen the playground at Giggle Hill.
"This year's theme is Malama Ke Aloha, which means, "cherish the love," said Jennifer Oberg, event co-chair. "And we do! We cherish the love and support of our Ha'iku community for their generosity and kindness to our keiki for the past 21 years If someone has a skill to share and wants to help, we will find a place for them. We are so grateful for all of our volunteers, sponsors, donors and supporters. We could not do this event without them."
Kali Herrera, a chi ribbon and fan dancer, martial artist and fitness trainer, will perform on stage with some of her Exergy35 students from Ha‘iku Elementary School from noon to 12:30 p.m. For information about her classes, call 357-0660.
Photo: Michael Feegrade
Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on nearly 400 items at the silent auction, and a book swap will offer a huge selection for Maui's book lovers.
A large selection of plants, flowers, produce and products made by our local farmers will be for sale at the Growers Market.
In the morning, budding floral designers can enter the 21st floral design contest sponsored by Maui Flower Growers Association.
The Keiki Zone is bigger and better this year, with new additions of a bubble station and a hairdo booth. Rachel DeBoer returns this year with her face painting crew, as well as Toni Martin of 'Ohana Ranch with her adorable miniature ponies.
The Community Living Tent will showcase local businesses and nonprofits.
As always, the event will feature ongoing, live entertainment on the main stage throughout the day, including Benny Uyetake & Kalama 'Ukulele Band at 10:45 a.m., the Aloha Bluegrass Band at 11:20 a.m., Dr. Nat and Rio Ritmo at noon, The Ha'iku Hillbillys at 12:50 p.m., Marty Dread at 3:50 p.m. and much more.
The Keiki Marching Parade will begin at the main stage at 9:35 a.m., and arrive on the Keiki Stage at 9:50 a.m., when a full schedule of student performances will continue through the afternoon.
The Ha'iku Ho'olaule'a is a "green" event. Attendees are asked to bring water bottles to refill at $1 to $2, depending on the size. Proceeds will benefit the Ha'iku Boys & Girls Club.
Bring your own shopping bags, also, because there will be plenty of shopping to do! With over 75 crafters this year, and a huge silent auction, you will need to bring plenty of bags for all of your goodies.
Plates and cutlery will be available at the food and restaurant booths, but consider packing your own in and out to reduce waste.
Parking is available across the street from the Ha'iku Community Center for $3 per car. The Ha'iku Community Association will man the lot. All funds will go to benefit Ha'iku's keiki.
Ha'iku School's Restaurant Row, Bake Sale and Kau Kau will offer pizza to ribs to vegan delights-- something for everyone!
"Each year we try to offer more and more healthy options, and are thrilled to have great vendors joining us," said Oberg.
Come celebrate the past and present of the community of Ha'iku while building for the future through our keiki.