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Newly Named Malalani, Heavenly Garden in Kēōkea

March 11, 2019, 9:15 AM HST
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Kēōkea homestead farmers Alika and Pi`ilani Akana prepare for Malalani’s March 16 soft opening. The Upcountry event features a farmers market, kanikapila entertainment and Project Vision Hawai`i free vision assessments.

The Kēōkea Homestead Farm Lots Association welcomes spring with a March 16 soft opening of its newly named Malalani, or heavenly garden, in Kēōkea town.

The event will unfold from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. next door to Grandma’s Coffee House, at a site featuring new signage and landscaping, and a farmers market.

The free event will feature garden-fresh produce, crafts, rummage, kanikapila (backyard jam) entertainment, and Project Vision Hawaiʻi providing free: vision assessments, adult reading glasses and keiki sunglasses.

Nearly two dozen vendor and community-information booths will offer foods, such as Pahia’s kalua tacos; a keiki entrepreneur’s red-velvet and lemon-shortbread cookies; līlīkoʻi shots, and Hawaiʻi Farmers Union United vegetables.

The host Kēōkea Homestead Farm Lots Association is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit representing Maui’s only agricultural homestead, encompassing 65 two-acre lots dedicated to sustainable, subsistence farming.

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In coming months, the group will present at its neighboring marketplace the annual Hoʻolauleʻa and Da Taste of Kēōkea culinary fest July 13, followed by the Holiday Crafts at Kēōkea/Keiki Entrepreneur Fair on Sept. 28.

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For event and vendor information, contact Tina Kekoolani at (808) 357-1927 or email [email protected]

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