Our planet has a lot going down right now, but I’m sure she is taking heart in all the celebrations around the world going on right now in her honor. Here on Maui, the 16th annual Earth Day Festival takes place this Sunday, April 28 at the Keopuolani Park Amphitheater, located behind the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens. There will be dual stage action and live entertainment all day as well as community forums, healthy food vendors and all the environmental and social awareness you can get for just a $7 admission price (kids get in free).
The entertainment lineup includes Makana, Dr. Nat & Rio Ritmo, the Haiku Hillbillys, Poni Brendan, the Goddess Nectar Musicians, Spirit Tribe, Sacred Earth Bellydance and many more. They’ll perform from 10am through 6pm.
There will also be 21 food stands to satisfy your Earth Day hunger pangs. Look for Flatbread, Star Anise Indian Cuisine, Maui Coconut Kefir, Badua Creperie, Wow Wow Waffle and Aloha Bars Maui along with a fresh Farmers Market. Keiki get pony rides and friendly animals at the petting zoo along with favorites like Da Local Banana and other sweet frozen treats.
“The festival is held in gratitude for the beauty of our islands,” says event organizer Bruce Douglas. “It promotes a focused and informed ecological movement, to protect, sustain and nurture these precious ecosystems that our future depends on.”
Community forum panel discussions start at noon and should fuel lively discussions on island issues. The schedule starts with smart meters, then goes to cane burning, ag industry sustainability, genetically modified foods and then ends with chemtrails and geo-engineering. What’s more, a few dozen local organizations will offer info on plenty of earth and Maui ecological matters. Other vendors will have jewelry, tees, art, massage, yoga gear, garments and gifts for sale.
Douglas says the festival aims to bring the community closer with discussion on environmental issues that are important to Maui, but hopes the event proves to be a lot of fun for the whole family, too.
For more information on the event go to MauiEarthDay.org.