WAILUKU - On Saturday, March 24, Ho'omau 2012, a benefit concert to support Hawaiian language immersion preschool students at Punana Leo o Maui in Wailuku, will be held at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens in Kahului from 9 a.m. to sunset.
The silver anniversary event will feature performances by the Hawaiian-speaking preschoolers of Punana Leo o Maui and Na Kula Kaiapuni.
Entertainment will include a lineup of award-winning Hawaiian and local entertainers such as Cyril Pahinui, Weldon Kekauoha, Halau Ka Hanu Lehua, Uncle Richard Ho'opi'i, Rush House, Malino, Rebel Souljahz, and Ho'aikane.
There will also be ono food, a keiki fun zone with a special feature of Hawaiian makahiki games, impressive silent and live auctions, Hawaiian cultural practitioner demonstrations, a wide array of over 30 Hawaiian craft vendors and artisans, as well as 'awa (kawa) tasting.
"It's amazing to see what we've accomplished over the last 25 years," said Kili Namau'u, kahu of Punana Leo o Maui.
"We are now seeing the program become a full circle, as some of the first Punana Leo o Maui graduates are now enrolling their keiki into the program, too. It's so rewarding."
Selling for $10 in advance and $15 at the door, tickets are available at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, Native Intelligence, Waiehu Superstop, Uptown Chevron, Cute & Cuddly Boutique and Solid Clothing Co. in Central Maui, Pukalani Superette, Pacific Rootz Tattoo and Hilo Hatties in Kihei and 'Ulalena at the Maui Theatre in Lahaina.
For more information, call Namau'u at 244-5676.