Tuesday, April 23, 2013

April - the Month of Too Many Festivals on Maui


April is the cruellest month, breeding. Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing. Memory and desire, stirring. Dull roots with spring rain. – T. S. Eliot


Maui had tremendous rains in March, but April has been dry. We’ve had days of Kona weather – when the wind blows from the East, from the direction of Kona on the Big Island, instead of our normal trade winds. Often there is no wind, and the air feels like a blanket, and the mosquitoes are buzzing disdainfully because there is no wind to blow them away. Living by the side of a gulch, which has a stream and stagnant water down below, I’ve been supplying the mosquitoes daily.

April has also been a month of a lot of festivals and community events. Not to belittle or undermine what’s going on in the rest of the world, but Maui continues to march out event after event after event. And it seems like that will continue through May, and probably every month this year. I've been so focused on the A to Z challenge, I haven't taken the time to highlight some local events. 

Earth Day: one of the last festivals in April on Maui.
The second Earth Day Festival or maybe it's the third?

This list will probably bore most people, unless you're just fascinated by all the happenings that can happen on Maui or are doing research. The list doesn't even include all the art happenings, events, sporting events, or performances.  

April 1st: Presentation about Maui’s Water hosted by Upcountry Sustainability.
Water Commissioner Jonathan Starr talks about water history, resource and regulatory issues on Maui.

April 1st: Tweet up with Brian Solis, a social media guru. 

April 3rd: TEDxMauiChange event at Seabury Hall, a video presentation hosted by local TEDx.

Outdoor town party with live music, booths, and food.

This popular festival keeps getting bigger and bigger. I’m sure it was in the thousands. Promoting local food, agriculture and a Taste of Maui Expo. A nice Ag Fest write up is by Maui Shop Girl.

April 8th: Presentation on Biofuel Agriculture by Kelly King, who co-founded Pacific Biodiesel.
Hosted by Upcountry Sustainability and SLIM.

A conference featuring information and workshops on health, gardening, and sustainability. Health for the individual and health for the soil and environment. "As above, so below."

Lahaina Town’s outdoor town party. Since Lahaina has a lot of art galleries, there is a big emphasis on art. Often there are contests or special activities for the night.

A family friendly event with Hawaiian cultural activities like lei making, kapa (Hawaiian barkcloth) making, live music, and booths.

April 13th: Imua Fantasia Ball
A gala fundraiser for Imua Family Services that received a lot of social media attention from fellow bloggers and tweeps. The link above is a write up by A Maui Blog. 

The biggest and most-celebrated annual art exhibit on Maui. Highly competitive. Artists stress out about this one.

April 15th: David Taylor, Director of MauiCounty’s Water Dept., does a Q and A session at Upcountry Sustainability regarding water management, ownership, and use by homeowners, farmers, small businesses and large corporations. Water is a hot topic on Maui.   

Hosted by Community Work Day, this greenhouse also provides all the starter plants “starts” for the school gardens on Maui. And, they host a volunteer workday every Wednesday from 10 am to 4 pm. 

People dress up in costume made of trash or recycled materials. Live entertainment includes an art of trash costume show. The Art of Trash exhibit opens. Not a lot of social media about this, but a worthwhile event. 

Makawao’s outdoor Friday party. Makawao is a cowboy/hippie/art town in upcountry Maui.

Apri 19th: A garden workshop by Patrick McManaway, one of the speakers at the Maui Body and Soil Conference.

A family friendly event with events for the kids, pony rides, bouncy castles, Haiku Historical Society exhibits, live music, flower arranging contest, etc. Fun even for adults.

First ever lu’au as part of the Ho’olaulea

April 20th – 21st: Hana Taro Festival
Another major Maui event, great for families. Featuring poi pounding, taro cooking, booths, entertainment and the famous taro breakfast the morning after, visits to taro farms and gardens.

April 20th – 21st: The rebuilding of the labyrinth at the Sacred Garden of Maliko.
This outdoor, Chartres style labyrinth was washed away in the floods in March.

Boycott Kellogg’s Honk and Wave protest event.

Open to the public. Best potluck on Maui. Great speakers. Free if you bring a dish to share.

April 24th: Labyrinth walk at the Sacred Garden of Maliko. The outdoor labyrinth should be completed by now, and ready for a public meditative walk on the full moon.

Kihei on the South Side of Maui offers live entertainment and activities as part of their town party celebration.

A monthly snorkeling meeting which keeps track of reef fish each month.

April 27th: Grand Opening of Ocean Vodka distillery in Kula
Solar powered, distillery featuring organic production of a local product, dedicated to sustainable and conscious business practices, free tours, music, entertainment.

April 27th: Exclusive and private concert by Makana at Honua Kai Resort as a fundraiser for Hawaiian Island Land Trust.

April 27th: Community Project Day at Auwahi District, for the Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership. Usually they have a once a month volunteer project in a rare native ecosystem.

April 27th: The Butterfly Effect
A non competitive stand up paddling event for women. It's a really big event on Maui, and the only sporting event I've listed. One of those things I'd love to do... one day.

April 27th: How to Grow and Save Seeds
Another seed saving workshop, this time at Hale Akua Garden Farm.

April 27th and 28th: Rain Garden Workshop
Geared toward K-12 educators, but I just got an email that says it's also open to the general public. And it's free. I'm not sure what's so, but there may be room for interested gardeners.

April 28th: Earth Day Festival
Another Earth Day Festival! This time on a Sunday. Lots of music, hippies, booths, activities.

May 1st: May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii.
Annual celebration at schools, some hotels, some parks.

May 2nd: Grand opening of the UH-Maui Community Garden.
The University of Hawaii, Maui Campus is celebrating the opening of its community garden.

I'm sure there are things I am still missing. But it does seem like there is an event every weekend, and possibly two or three. There’s no way to even participate in all these things. Luckily, Maui has lots of bloggers so often these events are covered by other people and I can participate vicariously. 

As April closes, I'm hoping that the month of May is a month of balance... and no more tragedies or disasters. 

My heart goes out to the folks in West Texas and Boston. For a moving blog post about the Boston Marathon, please visit 50 and Fabulous. Since I'm part of the A to Z challenge, I also encourage you to stop by and comment on an A to Z post by Alicia After 30 on the Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion. Just to give some support to another blogger.

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