Haiku Ho‘olaule‘a

More than 7,000 people enjoyed the colorful Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival last year. Of course, planners are saying that the 20th annual event on Saturday is going to be bigger and better.

“Maui residents and visitors alike are invited to spend the day, bring their families, relax in lawn chairs and join the Haiku community to enjoy fabulous live entertainment, culinary delights from local restaurants and the Haiku PTA, the famous Haiku bake sale, one of the largest silent auctions on Maui, floral and lei making contests, a Haiku historical display, keiki activities and much more,” says Sara Tekula, event publicist.

“This year’s entertainment includes celebrated performers Ekolu, Makana, Eric Gilliom, Amy Hanaiali’i, Ahumanu, and Lei’ohu Ryder, to name a few.”

At the Restaurant Row, savor exotic Thai beef salad and Thai tofu satay by Mana Foods. Order crepes by Cafe des Amis. Bite into turkey, beef or veggie dogs by Relish the Dog. Buy artisan breads at Moana Cafe’s booth. Flatbread Pizza will bake its famous meat or cheese pies. Cafe Mambo will make falafel wraps and seven vegetable stew. Other vendors will include Shaka Pops, Da Local Banana, Daily Grinds, DeRay’s Poi, John Cadman’s Pono Pies, and No Kai Oi Kettlecorn.

In addition to the Ho’olaulea, the Haiku Living Legacy project will host the Haiku Homecoming Lu’au from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at Haiku Community Center and its grounds.

“It’s an opportunity for community members to enjoy a traditional luau lunch, connect, talk story, enjoy the award-winning musical talents of falsetto and slack-key master Richard Ho’opi’i, as well as participate in the Haiku historical display,” says Tekula.

The traditional luau and vegetarian low-salt menus will be offered by DeFrancia Catering & Vegout. Highlights are kalua pork, chicken long rice, squid luau, lomilomi salmon, mac-potato salad, poi, steamed white rice, pineapple and haupia desserts and non-alcoholic beverages. Vegetarian menu to be announced. Tickets are $25.

And, last but certainly not least, the Star Light, Star Bright Soiree from 6 to 10 p.m. May 4 at Maui Country Club in Spreckelsville will be the official launch of the Haiku School Foundation. Mingle, have fun with many creative activities, enjoy food and libations, and then dance to the Lily Meola Band. Tickets are $100 per person.

For tickets to the paid events, purchase at Haiku School’s office or visit www.haikuhoolaulea.org.