The 31st Annual St. John’s Kula Festival will be held on Sept. 28, 2013 at 8992 Kula Highway, across from Keokea Park from 9:00am to 3:00pm. This festival is always greatly anticipated by the residents of upcountry each year as a tradition that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Come and meet our new Priest in Charge, Rev. Kerith Harding. This year there will be a new layout that allows for easier access but you can still enjoy the spectacular view of the valley and both coasts. The Festival will have all the fun that everyone has come to expect from this event like the delicious food, including Portuguese Bean Soup, Waffles with fresh Kula Strawberries, a wonderful Vegan Curry, grilled on the spot hamburgers of Maui Cattle Company beef, made on the spot Fudge, Plate lunch, fresh salads and more, as well as cold drinks and coffee. There will be fresh Kula produce, plants and cut flowers, baked goods, a gift shop with handmade items and an assortment of treasures, beautiful gift baskets, a wide variety of crafters, children’s games – including Free Face Painting!, a Silent Auction and live entertainment all day long. There will also be a quilt show again this year which is co-sponsored by the Maui Quilters Guild and a few surprise activities as well.
The highlight of the entertainment will be the award winning musician, George Kahumoku, Jr. and will include Uluwehi Guerrero’s Na Leo Lani O Maui Choir, the Isle of Maui Pipe Band, SideTracks, Joel Katz, Eric Molina & friends, Upcountry Celtic and others.
One thing that people may not know is that the proceeds from this annual event are shared with different local nonprofit organizations each year, which are selected by the church. This year’s beneficiaries will be the Malama Family Recovery Center and a new ministry called “A Cup of Cold Water”. This venture is co-sponsored by the four Episcopal churches on Maui will begin with a van that travels around the island in the afternoon to areas that the homeless are known to be, to offer a cup of cold water and other needed items and support.
At this event admission will be $1 and children under 10 years of age will be free. All are invited to come and enjoy cool and lovely Keokea and our famous view. Donations are always welcome to help us maintain our 113 year old parish. St. John’s has been a community center since it’s beginning in 1900 by the Chinese farmers of Keokea. It continues in that vision by offering it’s facilities for a number of community organizations, operating a food pantry that distributes boxes of food to families in emergency situations and on the last Friday of every month holding a Fellowship Dinner, where all are welcome to come and enjoy a free meal and a time of fun fellowship. The hall and grounds are available for rent for any occasion throughout the year. For more information or to donate to the Silent Auction or volunteer your time please call the church office during the week at 808-878-1485.
A heartfelt Mahalo! To our sponsors Island Rents, Tedeschi Vineyards, Ltd., Maui Cattle Company, Kula Country Farms and Maui Soda & Ice.