The Ho‘olaule‘a also will unveil a new white torch ginger to be sold in the Maui Flower Growers Association booth; the Green Machine, the state’s only environmentally friendly property-grading device; and a community-published memoir by a Haiku son
Also new are herb starts, priced at $1 and planted from seed by nearly every kindergarten through 5th-grade student at Haiku School, the event’s primary beneficiary.
The former Haiku School Bazaar and the Haiku Flower Festival merged about a decade ago to form the Haiku Ho‘olaule‘a and Flower Festival.
Former 10-year event Chairwoman Maggie Welker, whose three children went through Haiku School over the past 15 years, called the Ho‘olaule‘a a vehicle for area residents “to come together to support each other.”
“It’s a big community-building event. Its goals are twofold: to raise money, and to celebrate each other and the community.”
She said her favorite part of the Ho‘olaule‘a is “seeing community people I haven’t seen for a while. Personally, I enjoy the social aspect.”
As diverse as the area’s residents, the Ho‘olaule‘a features a dozen main attractions, including the:
• Silent auction: The event’s biggest moneymaker offers a homespun highlight. Bid on Haiku School gift baskets filled with goodies by each grade with its respective theme, as follows: kindergarten — kitchen gadgets; 1st grade — garden; 2nd grade — spring/Easter; 3rd grade — baby; 4th grade — pet lovers; and 5th grade — sports/outdoor fun.
• Food: New menu items are fruit smoothies by Cafe Des Amies, Brazilian seafood soup by Consuelo’s Catering, Pauwela Cafe espresso cart drinks, Italian ices by the new Ono Gelato, plus chimichangas, French fries and chili-cheese fries.
Returning favorites include enchilada plates by Fiesta Time, veggie wraps by Mana Foods, chili and rice, burgers, hot dogs, Caesar salad, kalua pork plates, and chow fun.
• Bake sale: Otherwise known as “Mrs. Nakahashi’s famous bake sale,” this premier concession is spearheaded by Monica Nakahashi. She is the school’s 24-year kindergarten teacher who has chaired the bake sale 18 years and whose three children went through Haiku School.
She said the bake sale features “everything you could possibly imagine,” including 250 dozen shortbread and chocolate-chip cookies from the school cafeteria at $5 a dozen; Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa monster cookies; and Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
Prices start at 50 cents, and goodies sell out by 1 or 2 p.m., she said.
Overall event Co-chairwoman Danielle Spears said Nakahashi “is an amazing powerhouse woman. She organizes all the kindergarten parents. It’s probably the biggest bake sale I’ve ever seen, and she makes a lot of money.
“Last year I had lemon squares and coffee, and everything’s very good.”
• Farmers market: One of the largest concessions is “definitely the highlight,” according to second-year Chairwoman Robin Imonti. She said vendors include Exotic Orchids of Maui with “an array of beautiful, amazing” plants, some selling at three for $15; Rainbow Acres succulents, with varieties “like they’re from outer space in reds, pinks and beautiful greens”; Yellow Seed Bamboo; Whispering Winds Bamboo; Sierra Club; and Maui Garden Club.
She said donations include apple banana starts for $5 to $15, depending on size; native Hawaiian plants from Ho‘olawa Farms; 20 Kona orange trees from Plant It Hawaii of the Big Island; Kahuna ‘Aina organic sprouts; Pacific Produce organic lettuces; plus carrots, corn, 100 pounds of citrus and other produce.
• Flowers: The Maui Flower Growers Association presides over a 20-by-40-foot tent with banks of spring and tropical flowers, such as heliconias, gingers and protea. Bouquets cost $5 and $10, with cut flowers selling from $2 to $5.
• Floral design and lei contests: All competition is from 10 a.m. to noon. The floral design event is open to the first 30 who sign up. Assorted flowers, foliage and containers are provided. Top prize is $75.
In the lei event, contestants drop off their pre-made garlands, with the winner pocketing $25.
• Haiku Living Legacy Project historical exhibit and talk-story with old-timers: Videographer Tim Wolfe said talk-story sessions can be “really moving.”
“As people remember things and are telling stories in the small room, some break into tears. … Sometimes they tell a whole story that’s never been told before. It’s pretty exciting.”
• “Made on Maui” arts and crafts show: A myriad of items range from jewelry, pottery and other artwork from “really talented crafters,” to Spa Luna massages and facials.
• Entertainment: Da ‘Ukulele Boys, Garrett Probst and Peter DeAquino, who are featured on three Grammy-winning CDs, perform at noon to headline live, daylong entertainment. The lineup also features opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. with Lehua Gibson and youngsters, followed by student dancers at 9:30; Mantokuji Taiko drummers at 9:45; Hui Lanikila halau at 10:15; Mapenzi Marimba at 11:15; Marty Dread at 1 p.m.; Gina Martinelli Band at 1:55; belly dancing at 2:40; and Jerry Caires Band at 2:50.
• Community information booths: More than a dozen community service organizations include the Surfrider Foundation, Friends of Old Maui High School, Tilt Dance Company, Maui Peace Action, and Maui Citizens for Democracy in Action, which will register voters.
• Keiki fun zone: Hawaiian games, such as ulu maika, are a new addition.
• Book swap: offers new and used titles, with the swap angle for youngsters. The latter can bring gently used books for “book bucks,” which they use to buy other reading materials.
Event Co-chairwoman Spears is a Haiku School alumna who returned three years ago from practicing law in the Bay Area. Her children attend kindergarten and 2nd grade at her former campus. For her, organizing the diverse and colorful Haiku Ho‘olaule‘a and Flower Festival to benefit the school is part of the continuum of being part of the Haiku and Maui communities.
“It’s super fun,” she said. “Oh I love it.
“This is my island, this is my place. It feels so good, being part of Haiku School. I used to go there, and now my kids go there. It feels great. I love seeing them growing up here.”
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Lisa Borton arranges flowers at the Maui Tropicals and Foliage farm in Haiku last weekend using (clockwise from top left) Jungle King ginger, Darwin Pink ginger, Dwarf Compacta dracena, Song of India greenery and
Richmond Red heliconia.