Good Monday Morning to You!
As you might have guessed, I’m continuing my blog series, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life” today. You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there. The Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival was this weekend and today’s letter in the A-Z Challenge (for me) is “F.”
F is for…
F is for Festival
The Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival to be exact! I snapped this photo in one of the many Growers Market booths, thinking it was the perfect combination to represent this one of a kind festival: organic, island-y, colorful…
I think Jen Russo of Maui Time Magazine said it best in regard to the quality of the “Flower Festival”:
You might think that a bunch of people living in the Haiku jungle would be more lackadaisical but the reality is that they can mobilize better than any municipal government. ~Jen Russo, Maui Dish
As I’ve worked behind the scenes with the festival for the past few months, I can attest to Jen’s statement being 110% true! The tireless hours parents of Haiku students, as well as community members, put in to help make art with classrooms full of kids, to encourage local businesses to be part of Restaurant Row or “Made in Hawaii” crafters in the Marketplace, or local farmers to join the Growers Market, live bands to perform, and so much more…it’s is mind-boggling!
And the result of these hardworking peeps: PRICELESS!
The festival held its 2nd Annual Instagram Contest this year (see pics here) and after reading some of the captions, I came to see even more just how special this event is…it’s more than an event–it’s a uniting of people of all ages, from all backgrounds in the name of community.
One Maui Mama said on Instagram:
“You know an event knows what they’re doing when they include a “Baby and Mama Tent” for nursing, changing and staying out of the rain! We made so many friends!”
Another Instagrammer said that the festival was even better than Coachella, so yeah, you could say it was a hit here in Maui.
The best part? Haiku Keiki benefit from all of this community-togetherness. Art classes, music classes, science programs, the Boys & Girls Club…there are so many enrichment programs that are provided through the festival.
My hubby caught me on camera at the festival…and when I looked up the hashtag #PeaceLoveHaiku my new-ish friend BridgettLovesMaui and I were one degree of separation away from each other – lol.
Courtney from Maui Jungalow was there, as well as several other social media peeps. If you haven’t checked out Courtney’s blog and you are curious about “real life” here in NorthShore/Upcountry Maui…do so today.
Have you ever been to the Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival? If so, what was your favorite part? Is there a fun festival in your area that supports non-profits or a local school? Maybe I’ll see YOU in Haiku, Hawaii, next April for this awesome time, rain or shine!
With mucho aloha,
For more on the Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival you can read my guest post on A Maui Blog (Liza Pierce) or over on the festival blog, where I’ve written human interest stories and the activities at the festival.