Halloween gets a reputation for being a kids favorite holiday…It’s so much fun that it might be tempting to to experience it – not once – but multiple times, in different costumes, hitting the same gold-mine candy stops over and over. Not that I’m encouraging such behavior, because I never did anything like drop by multiple Easter egg hunts, but I will let everyone know that there are multitudes of ways to collect candy this Easter all around the island. Stop by the Keiki zone during the Maui County Agricultural Festival at Maui Tropical Plantation for a 5-years-old and under Easter Egg Hunt at 12 PM and 6-10 Year old Hunt at 12:45 PM, Saturday, April 3rd. Maui Thing will organize lots of complimentary activities, including “Making Reusable Bag art from 9am -1PM and Plant your own Garden from 1pm-4pm, as well as fun games and a chance to win a $100 Maui Thing Gift Certificate. For a small fee, there will also be Horseback Rides operated by Thompson Ranch and the Maui Tropical Plantation Tram Tour.
Unity Church will have a Easter Sacred Service Inspirational Message Easter Egg Hunt at 10 AM, April 4th at the Filipino Community Center in Kahului. Brunch is $10. Kings Cathedral/First Assembly Church will host Easter egg hunts for free, sponsored by donations from parishioners. The candy can be found April 2cnd, 8 AM at Lahaina Recreational Park, 12 PM at Kalama Park, Kihei, and 4 PM at Pukalani Park, as well as at 10 AM, April 3rd at Keoupualani Park. Also, the church will present “His Hands: The Musical,” April 2nd, 3rd and 4th at 7PM at King’s Cathedral/First Assembly. $10 for adults, $5 for children.
Keeping with the theatrical theme of the weekend, head over to Iao Theater on April 2nd to watch the classic, hilarious movie “Harvey” at 7 PM, for FREE. The show is to be accompanied by an endless bag of popcorn and “Big Kids” Easter Egg Hunt. It’s a Brodway show, but not a musical, so relax, your kids won’t be singing like Shirley Temple until next Easter rolls around. The Easter bunny also plans to do a lot of party-hopping this weekend: Friday, April 2cnd, he’ll be at Ka’ahumanu Mall for kiddie photo shoots from starting at 10 AM. On April 3rd he’s hosting a Breakfast Buffet at the Hard Rock Cafe Maui from 8:30-11 AM, Adults $20, kids $15, with part of the profit going to support West Side Soroptomist for a Lahainaluna Scholarship and the Domestic Woman’s Task Force. Celebrate the start of Spring at the Maui Orchid Society’s annual Easter Orchid Show & Plant Sale on April 1 and 2 from 9 am – 6pm, as well as April 3rd from 9 am – 4 pm.
Don’t feel like you have to pick and choose between all the fun offerings for Easter Weekend. Just pre-game with some chocolate bunnies and you’ll be ready to hit every Easter Hotspot with the kids and help Easter win its rightful position as the New Halloween. By: Sierra Brown