More than a thousand people showed up for the 16th annual Maui Earth Day Festival on Sunday in the Keopuolani Park Amphitheater. The event hosted about 40 environmental and social awareness organizations, providing information on environmental issues relevant to Maui. Panel discussions were held on cane burning, agricultural sustainability, genetically modified foods and geo-engineering. Activities included pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a farmers market and live music. Festival coordinator Bruce Douglas said that the purpose of the event is for people to meet the local organizations and bring the community closer together. "I'm really pleased," he said. "There's sweet energy and lots of people.
The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo