KAHULUI - Talks on multicultural healing methods and biofuels, healthy organic food fare and entertainment reflecting different cultures and forms from music to poetry, and a coconut lawn bowling contest are part of the Hawaii Healing Garden's Maui Festival Day and Healthy Hawaii Expo on Sunday at Maui Community College.
The gathering, part of a statewide festival presented by Hawaii Health Guide.com, will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Healthy Hawaii Expo portion of the event will feature healthy and green services, natural products and organic goods. There will also be a book fair, plant sale and nonprofit community groups providing information.
Other activities lined up include a tennis demonstration with Leilani McGee of HITennis.net, a labyrinth and the coconut lawn bowling contest.
Presentations on the main stage will include:
* "Medicinal Plants of Amazon" by Aubrey Bamdad, founder of Qori Inti Amazonian Herbals, at 10 a.m. The resident of Peru combines her knowledge of the ayurvedic system with her studies of Amazonian plant medicine.
* "Traditions of Hawaiian Healing" by kumu Alva Andrews, a spiritual and physical healer, at noon. He will share traditional health uses of taro, noni, awa, paakai and aloe.
* "Maui Biofuels" with Pacific Biodiesel Vice President Kelly King at 3 p.m. She will provide an update on Maui's successes in turning trash to biofuel.
Also appearing will be magician Neil Bruce aka "The Amazing Stuporman" at 2 p.m.; spiritual dancer Karyne Contreras at 2:30 p.m.; PUEO Women's Native American Drum Circle at 4 p.m.; poetry by Dreaming Bear Lovevolution at 4:30 p.m.; and Kaleo Phillips and Friends offering Hawaiian music and hula at 5 p.m.
Other presentations cover ayurveda, essential oils for healing, and creating healthy salads and dressings.
There is a $3 admission fee. The event is billed as a family affair for adults and children.
From Saturday through Oct. 25, a series of workshops and tours will be offered as part of the Hawaii Healing Garden Cultural Healing Arts Festival on Maui. The lineup includes:
* "How to Heal Your Garden" workshop and farm tour at Hale Akua Garden Farm (Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., $10 fee; call 572-9300 or see www.HaleAkuaGardenFarm.com for directions).
* "Traditions of Hawaiian Healing" introduction (Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m., $30) and advanced class (Monday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., $100; reserve at 721-8342 or 429-9471) by Andrews at Hale Akua Garden Farm.
* "Bio Fuel From Trash Tour" at the Central Maui Landfill (Monday, 10 a.m. to noon, $10, sponsored by Pacific Biodiesel).
* A "Bioneers Film Showcase" at Maui Community College on Oct. 22.
* "Introduction to Ayurveda & Yoga" (Oct. 23, 6 to 7:15 p.m., $10) and "Ayurveda & Yoga" (Oct. 24, 8:30 to 11 p.m.; $35 in advance, $40 at door; call 250-7161, see www.paiayoga.com) at Paia Yoga.
* Tours of four organic farms in Kipahulu (Oct. 24, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Oct. 25, noon to 3:30 p.m.; $95, see www.mauialohaaina.org).
For more information on dates, cost and registration for the workshops, go to Web site www.HawaiiHealingGarden.
com or call (808) 638-0888.
The Hawaii Healing Garden Festival celebrates healthy and green sustainable living by spotlighting the many multicultural traditional uses of medicinal and nutritional plants in personal health and healing. Also part of the festival are environmental topics, such as the benefits of organic foods and farming, home garden pharmacies, permaculture and edible landscapes.
The festival has received support from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the County of Maui, Maui Community College and go! Airlines.