Calling all keiki. The 2011 Valley Isle Keiki Fest will be stacked with fun, food, activities and education for children and parents during festivities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the University of Hawaii-Maui College Great Lawn. Just ask little Taylor Love Gonzales (left) and Kahekili Eleneke. The two were among nearly 7,000 people who attended last year's event. Entry is free to the festival, which includes bouncing castles, clowns, food demonstrations, informational booths, face painting, balloon sculptures and a keiki zone with games and prizes. This year, new additions include portable, inflatable whales created for young people to see what it may be like to enter the bellies of full-sized Pacific humpback whales. Entertainment includes Te Tiare Patitifa, Polynesian dances, Maui 4-H fashion show, Kevin Brown, Kalama School Ukulele Band, Hoopnatyze, Maui Cheer Babes, Zumbatomics: Zumba for Kids, Marty Dread and Zenshin Daiko. The annual event is organized by the Kiwanis Club of the Valley Isle, along with other local partnerships.
Taylor Love Gonzales (left) and Kahekili Eleneke
TOBI UEHARA photo