By Vanessa Wolf
Moreover, there are plethora of such opportunities, including a couple where you can get your Peter Cottontail on early.
This Saturday, March 30, at the Queen Ka`ahumanu Center in Kahului is the Easter “EGGstravaganza.”
It’s a free, family-friendly event that begins at 10 a.m.
Holokai Club for Kids will offer free egg-dying and decorating at center court from 10 a.m. to noon.
There will also be a coloring station with spring-themed things to color provided by Pretzelmaker.
Free train rides (you have to pay for the train ride!? Who knew?) aboard the Cubby Caboose Mini Express will be given to the first 50 kids who get their photo taken with the big bunny.
All kids who brave it and get their photo taken with the Easter Bunny get free Easter stickers or bunny ears.
Lastly, the mall will be giving free prize-filled eggs to members of the “The Scoop” loyalty club.
Membership in the club is free.
We’re not saying the Easter Bunny isn’t real, just that there may be more than one of him. That expression about “being like rabbits” has merit behind it.
If the Queen K Center is too far to go, those on the west side can head to the Lahaina Cannery mall between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday the 30th to be photographed with him, as well.
If your kid is terrified of Santa, maybe a giant rabbit will go over better. Here’s hoping!
Also on Saturday, No Ka Oi Horsemanship will host their second annual Easter Egg Hunt.
Pony rides, riding exhibitions, and a petting zoo start at noon. The egg hunt starts at 2 p.m.
To participate in the hunt, a mandatory donation to Saddle Up for St. Jude’s is required.
To make your reservation please call Lydia at 808-214-2233.
The Maui Mall is also offering an Easter event replete with appearances by cartoon characters, a magician, and – you guessed it – that ever-present Easter Bunny.
The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and families are invited to enjoy Keiki Activity Stations with coloring, crafts and games.
Participants can pick up an “Easter Celebration Passport” and get it stamped at each station for a chance to win prizes.
At 11:15 a.m. kids can dance with life-sized cartoon characters Elmo, Hello Kitty and Raphael, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and, of course, Easter Bunny!
Magician Brenton Keith performs from noon to 1 p.m. and the first 100 children will receive a free Easter goodie bag, with one bag containing the golden ticket entitling them to the grand prize.
On Easter Sunday, Makena Beach and Golf Resort has a full day of family-friendly events planned, beginning with a rubber duck race fundraiser in the Makena Atrium Garden.
As part of their annual fundraising efforts for the 2013 Maui Hotel and Lodging Association’s Charity Walk Fundraiser, the Makena Beach and Golf Resort puts on an rubber duck race utilizing their spectacular water features.
The race starts at the top of the resort’s garden waterfall, down the meandering streams and into the koi ponds.
Hotel guests and the public are invited to take part in the event.
Easter bunny-shaped ducks will be on sale for $10 each at the resort concierge desk, and all purchased ducks will be entered into the race. The first five rubber ducks to reach the finish line will win great prizes like room nights, gift cards, and meals at the resort’s outlets.
We can only hope there is an announcer a la the horse races.
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., the race starts at 10 a.m. and prize awarding is at 10:30 a.m.
Makena is getting in on the egg-hunting action, as well.
The annual kids’ Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza – featuring over 1,000 eggs and prizes to be found on their Pu’u Olai Garden Lawn – begins registration at 10:30 a.m.
There are two golden eggs to find, and those that discover them will win grand prizes. The ubiquitous Easter Bunny will be making an appearance, as well.
The event is open to all resort guests and patrons of their Easter Sunday Brunch.
The hunt itself begins at 11 a.m. and prizes will be awarded at 11:20 a.m.
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