Keokea Ho‘olaule‘a debuts Saturday

The inaugural Keokea Ho’olaule’a will showcase isle-produced food, entertainers, crafts and crops from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Keokea homestead, at the 16.9 mile marker of Kula Highway at Ka’amana Street. The site is two-tenths of a mile past Grandma’s Coffeehouse in Keokea town.

Miss Keiki Hula 2014 will headline daylong entertainment. Keaolani Hosino, of Maui’s Halau Kekuaokala’au’ala’iliahi, under the direction of Na Kumu Hula ‘Iliahi and Haunani Paredes, will perform at 11:30 a.m. The 2014 Master Keiki Hula, Kamaka Leao Kaleionapali Ho’opi’i, is scheduled to perform during the same time slot.

The early part of the entertainment lineup will feature radio personality Alaka’i Paleka as emcee. Performers also will include Upcountry guitarist/vocalist Thomas Bucauto, the Na Hoku Pa musical group of Oahu, and 12-string ki-ho’alu artist Wes Furumoto.

Kupuna hula dancers of halau Na Hanona Kulike ‘O Pi’ilani, under the guidance of Na Kumu Hula Kapono’ai Molitau and Sissy Lake-Farm, will take the stage at 1 p.m., followed by the Maui Community Band at 2 p.m. A pair of Upcountry entertainers – recording artist Richard Dancil and the Kua’aina musical group – will round out the program.

Booths will offer arts, craft items and garden-fresh produce, such as Chinese long squash and gigantic zucchini cultivated at Kahikinui homestead. Also, leaders of the nine Valley Isle homesteads will unveil a raised-bed gardens project that they are producing to benefit Maui communities.

The nonprofit Keokea Homestead Farm Lots Association is sponsoring the Labor Day weekend event. A keiki play area will feature the ‘ulu maika game, or Hawaiian bowling.

Maui’s lone agricultural homestead at Keokea started with lot selection in 1986. Infrastructure was completed in 2009. Now Keokea is starting a chapter combining sustainable, subsistence farming with economic self-sufficiency. Thus, ho’olaule’a organizers envision the event evolving into a twice-a-month marketplace that replicates the successful Maku’u Farmers Market operated by Hilo-area homesteaders.

Attendees are invited to donate a can of food on-site to benefit the Maui Food Bank.

For more information, call Karen Park at 870-3220 or email