Chinese Moon Festival: A mid-Autumn celebration at the Wo Hing Museum
LAHAINA – The public is invited to celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival at the Wo Hing Museum in Lahaina on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. This free two-day event commemorates one of the most important Chinese holidays.
Traditionally, the Moon Festival is considered a harvest festival, as fruits, vegetables and grains are in abundance. The Moon Festival is also an occasion for family reunions, much like a Western Thanksgiving. This is one of the happiest festivals of the year.
Exhibits and displays can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with presentations on the history and significance of the Moon Festival by Dr. Busaba Yip from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and again from 7 to 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.
Calligraphy demonstrations on Friday and Chinese knot tying activities on Saturday begin at 3 p.m., with keiki activities scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m., including lantern and fan making, as well as harvest planting both days.
Tea and moon cakes will be served under the star fruit tree from 4 to 7 p.m., with authentic Chinese food available from 5 to 8 p.m.
Chinese music will be performed from 4 to 7 p.m. with a community lantern and fan dance.
To see the full schedule, visit “http://www.lahainarestoration.org”>www.lahainarestoration.org.
Gifts and souvenirs will be available for purchase in the museum, and moon cakes are now available. Large moon cakes are $7 and small are $3; boxes of eight small cakes or four large ones sell for $25.
This event is brought to you by Lahaina Restoration Foundation in partnership with the County of Maui, Hawaii Tourism Authority and the Wo Hing Society.
The Wo Hing Museum is located at 858 Front St. For more information, call Lahaina Restoration Foundation at 661-3262 or visit www.lahainarestoration.org.