Haiku Ho‘olaule‘a & Flower Festival adds separate events

The Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival, a daylong community celebration and fundraising event, will be held at the Haiku Community Center and grounds from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 20. The event is free; parking is available across the street from the community center for $2.

Featured will be live entertainment; food from local restaurants and the Haiku School PTA; a bake sale; a silent auction; floral design and lei making contests; a Haiku historical display; and activities for children.

This year’s “Keiki Zone” – a popular feature of the event is sponsored by Alexander & Baldwin. Entertainment is to include Ekolu, Makana, Eric Gilliom, Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom, Ahumanu and Lei’ohu Ryder.

Potential vendors, bakers, crafters and volunteers may visit the event website, www.haikuhoolaulea.org.

* Haiku Homecoming Lu’au

In addition to the annual Ho’olaule’a, on April 21 the Haiku Living Legacy project will host the Haiku Homecoming Lu’au, where community members can have lunch, talk story, enjoy music by falsetto and slack key master Richard Ho’opi’i, and participate in a Haiku historical display, according to a news release.

The luau is to be held at the Haiku Community Center from 11:30 a.m. tol 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 before April 5 and $25 after.

Tickets are being sold through the Haiku Ho’olaule’a website and are also available for purchase at the Haiku School office. Residents can also mail payment to Haiku School PTA, 105 Pauwela Road, Haiku 96708.

* Star Light-Star Bright party

Also, the new Haiku Elementary School Foundation on May 4 will host an evening Star Light-Star Bright party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Haiku Ho’olaule’a. The private foundation was created in partnership with the state Department of Education and according to the release is the first elementary school foundation on Maui.

The celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. 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. The event cost is $100 a ticket and will feature music by Lily Meola Band.

Tickets for the Haiku Homecoming Lu’au and Star Light-Star Bright will be available for sale at the Haiku Ho’olaule’a website and in person at Haiku School.

For more details, follow the Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival on Facebook at www.facebook.com/haiku.hoolaulea and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/haikuhoolaulea.

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

The Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival is the main fundraising event for Haiku School, with the help and support of the Haiku Boys and Girls Club and Haiku Community Association.

Money raised goes towards programs for local youth education, enrichment and activities.

For further general information, contact haikuhoolaulea@gmail.com or visit the event’s website.