The 32nd Annual St. John’s Kula Festival will be held on Sept. 27, 2014 at 8992 Kula Highway, across from Keokea Park from 9:00am to 4:00pm. This festival is always greatly anticipated by the residents of upcountry each year as a tradition that can be enjoyed by the whole family. All are invited to come and enjoy cool and lovely Keokea and our fabulous 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, Kalua Pork plate lunch, Chow Fun 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 an assortment of treasures, beautiful gift baskets, a wide variety of crafters, children’s games including face painting, a silent auction and live entertainment all day long including Lily Meola and Tom Conway’s Band, Eric Gilliom, Halau Hula Wehena O Ke Ao under the direction of Maka’ala Palmore, Maleko Spirit with Hoku award winner, David LaRocca, Christy Fell with Duncan Harrisson, and Eric Molina as MC. 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. All this for only $1 admission and children under 10 years of age will be free. The kids zone will have six new carnival games, face painting, bounce house, temporary tattoo parlor, crafts table, music and healthy snacks and one wrist band that allows them to play all day.

One thing that many people do not know is that the proceeds from this annual event are shared with different local nonprofit organizations each year, which are selected by St. John’s. This year’s beneficiaries will be the American Cancer Society’s “Hope Lodge” which will provide free housing for neighbor island folks who need to go to Oahu for treatment and a new ministry called “A Cup of Cold Water”. This venture is co-sponsored by the four Episcopal churches on Maui and friends which features 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.

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. Donations are always welcome to help us maintain our 114 year old parish.

For more information or to donate to the auction or volunteer your time please call the church office at 808-878-1485. A heartfelt Mahalo! To our sponsors Tedeschi Vineyards, Ltd., Maui Cattle Company, Maui Printing Co., Maui Soda & Ice and our local farms.