9th Annual East-Maui Taro Festival

March 30, 31 and April 1, 2001

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS as of March 18.

Friday March 30

9AM 'Awa Ceremony at Hana Bay.

All Day at Hana Bay The crew of the Polynesian Voyaging Canoe Makali'i will share knowledge and talk story. Makali'i will be at Hana Bay for part of festival, probably sailing out Saturday evening.

2PM Taro Lo'i Dedication at Waikoloa. Take the lower road when road splits at Hana Police Station. Look for sign and arrow about a mile+ ahead. If go as far as Hana Bay, you are past Waikoloa. For those that know the Hana roads, you can also take the landfill road from Wakiu and end up at Waikola. If Kawaipapa stream is flowing, do not attempt to cross.

Some of you may have attended the fish harvest at this location last year. This is part of the continuing restoration of life to the pond and the area. Take time to enjoy the beach and view from this side of Hana Bay.

5:30PM Hana Bay. Taro and 'Awa Symposium with Hui Kalo Moku O Keawe and Association for Hawaiian 'Awa. Time for questions and answers. Dinner available.

Saturday March 31

9AM to 5PM at Hana Ball Park

The all day event includes ono grinds (great food), with different uses of taro on all menus, pa'ina tent, hawaiian music, hula and chant staring at 9am, poi making demonstrations @ 10am, 12noon and 2pm, kids art exhibit and art activites for keiki, lots of arts and crafts booths, information tent, lauhala and i'e i'e weaving demonstrations, stone and wood carving demonstrations, agriculture tent, farmer's market, demonstration lo'i, hawaiian games, Slack Key Guitar Artist and Composer--Hana's own Pekelo Cosma (also, currently a member of Sons of Hawai'i, performance around noon), Ukulele legend Kaleo Kaina and Friends (performance late afternoon), Brudda Keoki Ruiz debuts new CD for EMTF (performance late morning), Steve and Kathy Sargenti debut new CD for EMTF, Halau Hula O Aluanu (performance at 9:15am), Noenoe Maidens, Na Hula 'Ohana Mai Hana Mai (performance late afternoon), He Pohai Hoaloha (performance late afternoon), Master of Ceremonies Boy Kanae and much, much more! Good fun!

The road around Hana Ball Park will be one way on the day of the event. Enter on road between Wananalua Church and Hotel Hana-Maui. You will be able to drop off your friends at ball park and then find parking. Parking is available throughout town, and at Kipahulu side of Hana. Please be patient with parking. You probably will have a five minute walk to park. Enjoy your walk through Hana Town! Mahalo!

Handicapped access is near the Kamehameha Pre School (1st base side, right field) after you take the turn in the road (near home plate). Look for sign. Those that need pysically challenged access to field will be able to drive on to the field, weather permitting. There is also a ramp in the same location. There is a new restroom at Hana Ball Park near home plate with good handicapped access. We request visitors to use the portable toilets so that the new facility will be availble to kupuna and those that need easier access. One accessable portable toilet will also be available at point of accesss. Mahalo!

If you or anyone needs medical assistance, an emergency response team and ambulance will be on site at the point of handicapped access. You can also ask for any help directly behind the stage area. See me or Boy Kanae.

The EMTF is a drug and alcohol free event.

6PM Drug Free Dance at Helene Hall, Hana Bay
Donations will be accepted for hall clean up.

Sunday April 1

Taro pancake breakfast at Hana Ball Park 7-10:30 AM.

9AM Association for Hawaiian 'Awa talk story. Good opportunity for 'awa farmers with questions and those that are considering growing 'awa.

10AM Open House at Hana Cultural Center. Viewing of kauhale complex. Museum will be open.

12 NOON Field Trip to The National Tropical Botanical Garden (Kahanu Gardens) and viewing with interpretation of Pi'ilanihale Heiau, Ulaino. Self guided tours from 12noon until 4pm. Gates close at 3 pm. The world's largest breadfruit collection. Canoe Garden. Coconut collection. Modern collection. To get to Ulaino, take main highway in Paia direction. Ulaino road is the next road AFTER the Hana Airport road. Make a right turn. Stay on Ulaino Road. About two miles to garden. Much of road unpaved. However, the road is currently in good shape. Four wheel drive not needed. If stream before garden is flowing, do not attempt to cross. Garden staff will be on hand to advise, if stream is flowing.

Viewing with interpretation of Pi'ilanihale Heiau. This is the largest heiau in the Pacific. If you have never viewed this magnificant and historically important structure, this is a unique opportunity.

Two guided tours of NTBG at 9:30am and 10am, limted to twenty participants each. Sign up at festival at agriculture tent.

9th Annual Commemorative Shirt by Artist Dietrich Varez. Great Image, "Kalo", available for sale at EMTF shirt sales area, stage side of the agriculture tent. All proceeds from shirt sales go to help pay festival expenses. $15 Mahalo!

9th Annual Poster Image by Masako Cordray.

If you can attend only one day, I would suggest the Saturday event.


This event directly benefits the many 'ohana (families) of the East-Maui District. When you enjoy those ono grinds (food), you are directly helping our community. Mahalo!

Tax Deducatable Donations to EMTF are gratefully accepted at commemorative shirt sales area at stage side of agriculture tent. Donations can also be mailed to EMTF, PO Box 295, Hana, 96713. Mahalo!

Sponsored by the Many Friends of the East-Maui Taro Festival, County of Maui and Hawai'i Tourism Authority.

Give me a call at 808-375-3317 or email emtf@hookele.com for additional information.

Hope you will be able to attend and enjoy the 9th Annual East-Maui Taro Festival.

    Mahalo Nui Loa!

    John Blumer-Buell, Executive Director for the 9th Annual Festival
    on behalf of the EMTF Board of Directors

    Maria Orr, President   Kuulei Haina
    Francis Sinenci, Vice President   John Kahalehoe, Sr.
    Jo-Ann Carreira, Secretary   Jackie Kahula
    Judy Kinser, Treasurer   Tweetie Lind
    Evy Dana   Mike Minn

East-Maui Taro Festival, P.O. Box 295, Hana, Maui, Hawaii 96713, 808-375-3317