Good times to roll at Mardi Gras AIDS benefit

Attendees don masks to get in the Mardi Gras mood as they pose with former Miss Hawaii Flecha Tovar at last year’s gala. Adi Ell-Ad of Adiwood Studios photo

The Maui AIDS Foundation will host its sixth annual Mardi Gras fundraiser Saturday at the Four Seasons Resort in Wailea and the good times are sure to roll throughout.

An eccentric evening of fun, food and laughs all to raise money for HIV services for Maui County, Mardi Gras will feature entertainment by Shea Derrick and Full Flavor Band, New Orleans-inspired dinner, a live and silent auction with DJ’s Kurt and Playwfire Ono keeping you dancing all night long.

“We carefully considered everyone’s feedback from last year and have made major improvements for guest satisfaction,” said Maui Development Director Anthony Acosta.

“Quick lines, cheap drinks, a 10-piece live band and over-the-top auction items will pique your interest this year.”

As for the Mardi Gras menu, indulge in the exciting Cajun-inspired dishes that are traditionally served in N’awlins before Fat Tuesday,

Items include sauteed shrimps with peppers, bacon and mushrooms over spiced eggs with fried rice; white cheddar and jalapeno grits; seafood gumbo with long rice; black shutome with chili Hollandaise, Kula corn and feta; grilled spiced Denver steak with mashed sweet potatoes and grilled green onions; warm bacon cornbread; salads; and spiced Creole fish cake appetizers

Desserts range from caramelized banana and milk chocolate cream shutters to rum bread pudding.

The best part is, 100 percent of all funds raised will go directly back into community services including free and confidential HIV/Hep-C testing, education, outreach, links to care and case management services. Sponsorships are available. The Maui organization’s mission is to enhance patients’ quality of life; to stop the spread of infection; and to advocate for improved services.

VIP admission is from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $135 presale; general admission is at 9 p.m. Cost is $30. Call 242-4900 or visit