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Craft Fair an Upcountry tradition

By Staff | May 7, 2009

MAKAWAO — Springtime is when the jacaranda trees burst into glorious purple bloom along many of the roads in Upcountry Maui, and it’s also when Seabury Hall holds its annual Craft Fair. 

This acclaimed Upcountry event will take place on Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the school campus at 480 Olinda Road, just outside of Makawao.

The event is a fund-raiser for the school’s Tuition Assistance Fund. Parking is free, and admission is $3 for adults; children ages 12 and under are free.

“The Seabury Hall Craft Fair is an Upcountry springtime tradition,” said Co-chair Yuki Lei Sugimura. “It’s truly the most beautiful time of year here in Olinda.”

“The Craft Fair always takes place on the day before Mother’s Day,” Sugimura added.

“Many families have made the Seabury Hall Craft Fair part of their Mother’s Day weekend tradition; it’s fun for everyone — especially the moms.”

The fair features the work of more than 100 of Hawaii’s finest artists and crafters, woodworkers, traditional Hawaiian artists, jewelers, ceramists and weavers.

There is also a huge array of delicious food, island entertainment, fresh produce, cut flowers, children’s games, rummage sale and silent and live auctions.

Restaurant Row will be brimming with delicious food items from some of Maui’s most outstanding restaurants, with dishes ranging from local favorites to exotic fare of faraway places.

Save room for The Westin’s Thai Chicken Skewers with Ginger Slaw, Hula Grill’s Coconut Fish Curry, DUO’s Short Ribs and Flat Iron Steak with Mashed Potatoes, Sansei’s Seared Ahi, a special dish from Roy’s, Flatbread Pizza, Serpico’s Pasta, plus barbecued ribs, chow fun, Greek salad, Indian food and more.

La Patisserie will feature homemade baked goods and treats, as well as fresh waffles with strawberries. The fourth annual Baking Competition to be held May 8 will provide sumptuous goodies for guests to eat at the Craft Fair. The competition will have three divisions this year: Adult, Student and Mother’s Day Duo. To enter the competition, call 573-0068 for an entry form.

This year’s entertainment features some of the island’s most talented musicians. The 20 bagpipers of the Isle of Maui Pipe & Drum Band will kick off the day, followed by Montokuji Taiko Drums, Ranga Pae, Seabury Hall Band, Steve Burgess, Fulton Tashombe and Joe Cano (with Paul Marchetti, Bobby Ingram, Pam Petersen, Robbie Ray and Jennifer T), Lat 21 and Sal Godinez (with David Choy, Tato, Mike Buono, Bob Harrison and friends), Marty Dread, Steve Sargenti, and the Manao Radio Orchestra with Don Lopez, Dorothy Betz, Les Adam, Vince Esquire, Bob Jones, Robbie Ray, Josh G reenbaum and Velzy. There will also be music performed in the art gallery area.

“We have an incredible array of talent,” said Laura Stice. “In addition, we are pleased to welcome a number of deejays from Manao Radio, including Kathy Collins, Bill Best and Eric Molina, who will be on hand as guest emcees and as performers.”

Games for all ages provide the perfect backdrop for having fun. In addition, there’s the Keiki Waterslide, pony rides and 007 Video Games, all providing a lot of choices for youngsters, while the “Make A Craft for Mom” activity is just in time for Mother’s Day. Youngsters will be assisted in making unique and special, from-the-heart gifts and cards for mom.

This year, the Art Gallery will feature the outstanding art works of Steve Smeltzer, Jack Hamilton, Seyana (Anna Hadley), Linda Whittemore, Jake Bonnell, Randy Jay Braun, Mathew Holten, Douglas Hoffman, Jaime Roth, Robert Suzuki and selected pieces from Seabury Hall students.

There will be glass blowing demonstrations, as well as the finest examples of wooden sculpture, ceramic artistry, monoprint, photography, jewelry and painting. You can meet the artists — they will be on hand during the event to talk with you about their work.

Free parking for the Seabury Hall Craft Fair is located just past the entrance to the school, on the left side of the road by the Oskie Rice Arena.

For information on the Seabury Hall Craft Fair, visit http://seaburyhall.org/parents/craftfair/map.html or call Gayle Hart at 573-0068 or 572-7235.