20th Anniversary of Ha’ikū Ho‘olaule‘a & Flower Festival Brings Enhanced Community Celebration

Three ways to celebrate:

Ha’ikū Ho‘olaule‘a & Flower Festival, 4/20/13
Haiku Homecoming Lu‘au, 4/21/13,
Star Light * Star Bright Soiree at Maui Country Club, 5/4/13

March 18, Ha’ikū, HI – The Ha’ikū Ho`olaule`a & Flower Festival, a daylong community celebration and fundraising event with average attendance of over 7,000, is back for its 20th consecutive year, with festivities being held at the Ha’ikū Community Center and Grounds on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The event is free, and parking is available across the street from the community center for $2.00.

Maui residents and visitors alike are invited to spend the day, bring their families, relax in lawn chairs and join the Ha’ikū community to enjoy fabulous live entertainment, culinary delights from local restaurants and the Ha’ikū PTA, the famous Ha’ikū bake sale, one of the largest silent auctions on Maui, floral design and lei making contests, a Ha’ikū historical display, plenty of activities for Keiki and much more. This year’s “Keiki Zone” – a popular feature of the event – is sponsored by Alexander & Baldwin. This year’s entertainment includes such celebrated performers as Ekolu, Makana, Eric Gilliom, Amy Hanaiali‘I Gilliom, Ahumanu, and Lei’ohuRyder, to name a few.

“What makes the Ha’ikū Ho’olaule’a different from other school-related festivals on Maui is the involvement of our community in the process.  Ha’ikū is a small, close-knit town that really cares about its school.  Community members who have never even had children at the school come out to support us every year!  We are truly grateful for that support, because we are not like a private school with a full-blown development department. We love having our community help us,” said Jennifer Oberg, Ha’ikū School Parent-Community Networking Coordinator.

Vendors, bakers, crafters, and volunteers are encouraged to get involved with the event via the event website, http://www.haikuhoolaulea.org

In addition to the annual Ho‘olaulea, on Sunday, April 21st the Ha’ikū Living Legacy project is hosting the Ha’ikū Homecoming Lu‘au”, an opportunity for community members to enjoy a traditional lu‘au lunch, connect, talk story, enjoy the award-winning musical talents of falsetto and slack key master Richard Ho‘opi’I, and participate in a Ha’ikū historical display. The lu‘au event is held at the Ha’ikū Community Center & Grounds and runs from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 before April 5th and $25 after. Tickets are being sold through the Ha’ikū Ho‘olaule‘a website, at http://www.haikuhoolaulea.org and are also available for purchase at Ha’ikū School Office. Residents can also mail in their payment to Haiku School PTA, 105 Pauwela Road, Ha’ikū, HI  96708. 

This year, in addition to celebrating the 20th Anniversary of this annual celebration of Ha’ikū and the lu‘au mentioned above, to wind up the festivities the brand new Ha’ikū Elementary School Foundation (HESF) is hosting a party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Ha’ikū Ho’olaule’a.  Star Light * Star Bright is scheduled for the evening of Saturday, May 4th.  The “soiree” officially launches the Ha’ikū Elementary School Foundation (HESF), a private foundation created to support public education efforts – the first elementary school foundation of its kind on Maui. This evening celebration is to be held at Maui Country Club.  All donations received at the event will benefit the Foundation’s projects, which focus primarily on capital improvements at the school.  Providing a dazzling opportunity for Ha’ikū supporters to come together to improve public education for Maui’s keiki, the event is $100 a ticket and features live music from Lily Meola Band.

Tickets for the Ha’ikū Homecoming Lu’au and Star Light * Star Bright are available for purchase online and in person at the Ha’ikū School.

For more event details as they unfold, follow the Ha’ikū Ho‘olaule‘a & Flower Festival on Facebook at www.facebook.com/haiku.hoolaulea and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/haikuhoolaulea

The event will be designated on social media using the hashtag #PeaceLoveHaiku

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The Ha’ikū Ho`olaulea & Flower Festival is the main fundraising event for the Ha’ikū Elementary School, with the help and support of the Ha’ikū Boys and Girls Club and Ha’ikū Community Association. Money raised goes towards programs for local youth education, enrichment and activities.

The event organizers are seeking vendors, bake sale donors, silent auction donors, and volunteer crew members.  For further general information, please contact haikuhoolaulea@gmail.com or visit the event’s new website http://www.haikuhoolaulea.org

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