14th Annual East Maui Taro Festival
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See photos from the 14th Annual East Maui Taro Festival
Friday, March 31st
Launching of Hana's Koa Canoe at Kaupo accompanied by Kihei canoes; Canoes arriving at Hana Bay around 11am (weather permitting). Welcome protocol, oli (chant). Pot-luck Pa`ina to follow at Hana Bay Pavillion.
Ka Lei Maile Ali`i-The Queen's Women, a Re-enactment Play by Ka Lei Maile Ali`i Hawaiian Civic Club at Helene Hall, Kapueokahi (Hana Bay), 6 pm. Free. Dinner available for purchase starting at 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 1st
14th Annual East Maui Taro Festival - Hana Ballpark
MC's - Bill John Medeiros, Sr. & Bill John Medeiros, Jr.
9:00 a.m. Blessing `Ahahui Ka`ahumanu, Hana Chapter 11 9:30 - 10:15 Halau Hula O Aluanu, Kumu Hula Carol Aluanu Kapu 10:15 - 11:00 Kai, Glenwood & Lihau 11:00 - 12:00 p.m. Na Hanona Kulike 'O Pi'ilani, Na Kumu Hula Kapono'aikaulikeikeao Molitau & Naomi Kahakuhaupi'okamakani Lake Farm
Hawai'i Academy of Music,Art,and Dance-Halau Mele Na Hanona O Ka Halau Hula Pa Ola Kapu, Kumu Hula John Keolamaka'ainanakalahuiokalanikamehameha'ekolu Lake
12:15 - 1:00 The Waihe'e Kanikapila 'Ohana 1:00 - 1:45 Noenoe `Ohana, Kumu Hula Josephine Helekahi 2:00 - 3:00 Uncle Richard Ho'opi'i 3:00 - 3:45 Family Affair 3:45 - 4:45 Ua Mau 4:45 - 5:00 Closing Announcements, Hawai`i Pono`i
Cultural Demonstrations - poi pounding, lauhala weaving, ulu maika, lo`i kalo, pahu drum carving, lei- making.
Info Tent - Many groups sharing their mana`o (knowledge).
Ag Tent - Kalo, fruits, veggies, herbs, leis, flowers.
Arts & Crafts - Local people offering for sale their diverse products.
Food Booths - Ono (delicious) food, so many choices!
Sunday, April 2nd
7:00 - 10:30 a.m. - Taro Pancake Breakfast, Hana Ballpark, sponsored by Hana Business Council
Nahenahe (sweet-sounding) Hawaiian Music by Desmon Antone Haumea
Excursions (Free, sign up at East Maui Taro Festival T-shirt booth):
- 11:00 a.m. - Kahanu Garden & Pi'ilanihale Heiau
- 1:00 p.m. - Kipahulu `Ohana Kapahu Living Farm Taro Lo`i
FREE ADMISSION! EVERYONE WELCOME!
Please buy a Taro Festival T-shirt, it supports our ongoing event. Mahalo to Shane Sinenci, the artist for this year's image. Thank you to Scott Crawford, our Webmaster and Lucinda Estrella, Arts & Crafts Coordinator.
Please consider a donation, we are a 501c3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization.
Mahalo a nui (Thank you very much) to our sponsors: HTA, County of Maui, Hotel Hana Maui, Hana Ranch Partners, Hana Business Council, Hana Bay Charters & Accomodations, Hana Hale Malamalama, Hana Maui Travel Co.