Spring is in the air. For Maui that means festivals and bringing communities together. In March and April you can literally spend each weekend at an event having fun with the family and helping to raise money for a local school or non-profit. From huge celebrations like the Haiku Ho’olaule’a and Flower Festival (April 14th, with money raised going towards Haiku and Haiku School), to the Ho’omau Hawaiian Music Concert (March 24th, with money raised going to the Hawaiian language school, Na Leo Pulima O Maui) to the first Color Festival Hawaii (April 1st, with money raised going to Imua Family Services) there is a boatload of fun and mayhem to be have.
It is amazing the great things that can happen when communities participate, connect and support each other. As mothers and fathers, it is a blessing to find a supportive community and friends to share the journey of parenthood.
Grassroots endeavours are at an all time high. It is easy to find a cause you believe in and get involved, whether that is marching for gun control (see Eh Mah!), helping to get progressive candidates into leadership (see page 7) or walking to raise money for kid’s healthy births or cancer research (see page 12). The theme for this Spring issue rose up independently without much prompting.
With that being said, for many of you who pick up The Mauimama, you may have noticed something different. The Mauimama was founded to provide a much needed resource guide for parents and caregivers. With the growth of www.mauimama.com and so many great Maui mama FB groups (see page 4) I have decided for The Mauimama, in its seventh year, can go quarterly.
This decision also coincides with a new direction of my own. This year I took the position as Councilmember Kelly King’s legislative research analyst (very exciting). With my new position at the County Council I feel I can do even more to help protect and serve what I love… Maui.
If you find yourself jonesing for the next issue, you can find all the past articles, latest issue, fresh posts in the coconut wireless, events calendar, classes directory, and more online at www.mauimama.com. And you can always check in with the Mauimama magazine FB page.
I hope you enjoy this issue. We are all in this together. The more we can connect, participate and support each other, the stronger our community will be, and a brighter future will be paved for our keiki. Have fun this spring and hopefully I will see you out there! And here’s wishing you Happy Mother’s Day!