Haiku Alumni Parent & Maui Family Magazine’s Nicole Shipman, Talks Story
One word that describes the Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival…COMMUNITY.
-Nicole Shipman, Maui Family Magazine
Of all people who know about kids’ activities on Maui – Nicole Shipman of Maui Family Magazine is the Queen of Information! We were fortunate to chat with her recently about the magazine and what her girls loved about the festival when they were students at Haiku School.
Hi Nicole! Will you please share a bit about yourself, your family, how long you’ve lived in Maui, and why you started the Maui Family Magazine?
My husband and I both grew up in Hawaii and we have lived on Maui since 1994. We started the Maui Family Magazine because we were frustrated with not knowing what was happening in our community. I was always hearing about this hula class or that gymnastics class after the fact and I wanted to be able to have enrichment for our daughters and have a resource to support parents in making those choices for their family.
What is one of your favorite memories of the Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival?
There are so many memories! I loved seeing my girls run around with their friends, seeing them perform and enjoying all of the ono food! We also were building our house when our daughters were at Haiku School so lots of our plants that are flourishing today we bought at the Haiku Ho’olaule’a. I also bought two beautiful chandeliers that are hanging in our home at the silent auction. They are fun reminders of that time.
Hannah’s favorite memories: Getting her face painted, eating shave ice and the dunk tank- she got to dunk her friends!
Ava’s favorite memories: Buying baked goods, sliding down the bouncy castle and performing gymnastics!
Why is the festival important to you? Why do you choose to support the festival through Maui Family Magazine?
Community is very important to us and having a place to gather, share food and have fun is essential in creating those bonds that contribute to a thriving community. Haiku was also the first place we moved to on Maui. It was also where we got married and started our family. It is a special place and it feels good to give back!
Hannah and Ava, as Haiku alumni, what would you say to current Haiku students about their time in elementary school?
Hannah (Graduating Senior this year): Enjoy your time because it goes by way too fast!
Ava (High School Freshman): Read as much as you can. I had a great teacher in 1st grade (Ms. Young) who taught me to love reading!
Nicole, how would you describe the festival in one word?
Mahalo, Nicole, Hannah and Ava, for sharing your memories with us, and for all of your support through Maui Family Magazine. (Here’s a recent article the magazine published about the festival: Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival.
Aloha, and we’ll see you on Saturday, April 12, 2014!