Heavenly weather blesses Kula Festival

First photo: Maui songstress Amy Hanaiali’i entertains a lunchtime crowd Saturday at the 36th annual Kula Festival at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Keokea. Crowds arrived early, according to kalua pork booth volunteer Barbara Fernandez. The event featured entertainment, food booths, plants and produce, baked goods, crafters, quilt show and auction. Proceeds benefit not only the church but this year’s partners, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui and Upcountry Children’s Giving Circle.

Second photo: Kula resident and churchgoer Isabel Santiago, 6, shows off her balloon hat Saturday at the St. John’s Kula Festival while sitting with her father, Bart Santiago. “The best thing about that hat is that it was free,” said Bart. “We’ve come each year since we moved from Seattle in 2006,” he added.

Third photo: Michael Tomoso (from left) jokes that they are blessing the chow fun Saturday at the St. John’s Kula Festival as his brother, Father John Tomoso from Good Shepard Episcopal Church in Wailuku, and volunteer David Makua look on. John Tomoso remarked that they do the chow fun every year and it just gets better and better. “This year it is holy,” said the priest with a smile. “Holy is good,” he added.

The Maui News / TERRIE ELIKER photos