19th Annual East Maui Taro Festival: April 29-31
By Wendy Osher
The community of Hana, Maui hosts the 19th Annual East Maui Taro Festival on April 29-31, 2011 at the Hana Ballpark. Activities include dozens of booths featuring traditional foods, arts and crafts, cultural demonstrations, music and hula. Other events associated with the festival are Makali`i Voyaging Canoe rides (weather permitting), a taro pancake breakfast and two cultural tours.
The schedule includes the following:
Friday, April 29, 2011:
- 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Makali`i Voyaging Canoe tours and rides at Hana Bay (weather permitting.
Saturday, April 30, 2011: 19th Annual East Maui Taro Festival at Hana Ballpark: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: 22 Food Booths; 40 Arts & Crafts Booths; Farmer’s Market Tent (festival t-shirts; taro; poi; kulolo; plants; awa; lei); Demonstration Tents (poi pounding; hala weaving; Hawaiian weapons and fishhooks; and Hawaiian games); and Non-Profit Information Tent.
- 9 a.m. Oli by Kaleikoa Kaeo and MCC Students, Pule by Hana Ka`ahumanu Society
- 10 a.m. Pekelo Cosma and Ohana
- 11 a.m. Hula Halau Noe Noe O Kawaipapa
- 1 p.m. Leokane
- 2 p.m. Hawaiian Serenaders
- 3 p.m. Edmund Kalaola and the Backyard Garage
- 4 p.m. C. J. Helekahi and Friends
Sunday, May 1, 2011
- 7:30-10:30 a.m. Taro Pancake Breakfast & Loco Moco Bowls (tickets available – prices vary)
- 11 a.m.: National Tropical Botanical Garden-Kahanu Garden and Pi`ilanihale Heiau Tour
- 2 p.m.: Kapahu Living Farm Tour – Oheo Gulch, Kipahulu