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April 26, 2013 - Leah Sherman
I recently returned from a trip to the Mainland. So, if you want to find the best hamburger on Long Island or you're craving tacos in Sioux Falls, S.D., at 2 a.m. or maybe the 34-degree weather has left you longing for ice cream in Ithaca, N.Y. — I'm your woman.
But if you want to know about Maui's goings-on this weekend, well, I've got that covered as well.
Friday, April 26
Kihei Fourth Friday, 6 to 9 p.m., Azeka Shopping Center Mauka.
I've yet to hit Kihei Fourth Friday (part of the county-sponsored Maui Friday Town Parties), but I've heard it is the place to be.
According to the website (see link at right), the free event features tons of food (that seems to be a theme with me, doesn't it?), shopping, vendors from all over the island, fun for the kids — games, balloons, face painting — and entertainment by Rare Vibrations and Marty Dread. And, according to my Facebook feed, there will be Zumba (I love Zumba — it counteracts all the food) at 7 p.m. in front of the Bank of Hawaii.
I have heard that traffic can be heavy around the event and parking can be scarce. The website lists the following parking options: Azeka Makai, Kihei Post Office, Kihei Plaza, a vacant lot behind 95 E. Lipoa St. and St. Theresa Church.
Saturday, April 27
8th annual Da Kidney Da Kine Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center.
According to the website (see link at right), the free event sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii includes a free comprehensive kidney screening, Project Vision Hawaii screening, exhibits, displays and live entertainment by Jimmy Mac and the Kool Kats, Na Keiki O Halau Hula Kauluokala and George Kahumoku Jr.
Kidney disease is a problem in Hawaii — I think I heard on the radio this morning that it affects 1 in 7 people in the islands — so please get yourself screened.
Sunday, April 28
Spring Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., War Memorial Gym.
I mentioned back in the fall that I'm a craft fair junkie. I never know what I'm going to find. And I'm always impressed by the quality work and imagination of the crafters.
So, I was excited to see an ad for this the other day.
According to a flier I downloaded from the Ben Franklin Crafts website (link at right), the free event will feature more than 100 vendors selling food, gifts and crafts.
A friend of mine told me she had to be there bright and early so she didn't miss any good stuff. She's probably right, but I'm not what anyone would call a morning person, so I'll take my chances that I'll find something I like whenever I get there.
Sunday, April 28
16th annual Maui Earth Day Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Keopuolani Park Amphitheater. Admission: $7; children free.
According to a release on the festival's website (link at right), this drug-and-alcohol-free event in honor of Earth Day (April 22) will feature entertainment on two stages, healthy food, keiki activities, a farmers market and more than 40 environmental and social awareness booths. Panel discussions will be held on smart meters, cane burning, ag sustainability, genetically modified food and chemtrails geoengineering.
Attendees are asked to carpool and bring cups, plates and utensils.
My final thought: Did anyone else see the ad in Thursday's Maui Scene offering a Grand Wailea Pool Pass for sale to benefit the Visitor Industry Charity Walk? At $95 per person, that's a bit out of my price range — even for a good cause. But, goodness me, how much would I love a pool day?
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