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Celebrate West Maui’s roots at Lahaina Plantation Days

By Staff | Oct 7, 2010

The “Plantation Life Tent” will feature historical displays and exhibits, as well as a registry honoring those who lived and worked in Maui’s plantation camps.

LAHAINA — West Maui will celebrate its plantation roots during the second annual Lahaina Plantation Days on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22-23.

Presented by Lahaina Restoration Foundation, the event will be held on the Pioneer Mill site surrounding the historic smokestack on Lahainaluna Road.

Event hours are 5 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 22 and 4 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 23.

The two-day event will feature live entertainment by Amy Gilliom, Da Braddahs, Weldon Kakauoha, Kanani Baz, Ola Hou, HWY 30, Na Palapalai, Damien, An Den and the Lahaina-Honolua Seniors.

Attendees will also enjoy over 15 food booths and popular Ono Huli Chicken, a MauiGrown Coffee tent, beer and wine garden, farmers’ market, sugar and pineapple-themed tents, and a Kid’s Zone with horse rides, petting zoo, carnival games and face painting.

The event will also feature a brick unveiling ceremony and the much-anticipated lighting of the historic Pioneer Mill Smokestack on Friday, Oct. 22.

Those who purchased engraved bricks to help restore the 225-foot-high landmark will be able to see their bricks for the first time and pick up their replica bricks during the two-day event.

The public can also buy a brick to help support the second phase of the smokestack renovation project.

Each year, Lahaina Restoration Foundation will select different cultures to showcase in “Cultural Camps.” This year, the spotlight will shine on Filipino and Chinese culture.

The Chinese cultural area will feature the long-standing traditions of knotting, Tai Chi Xi Gong and Mah Jong tournaments. Cooking demonstrations and sales of popular Chinese dishes and products — including Hop Wo Bakery’s famous bread and biscuits on Saturday (quantities are limited) — will round out the festivities.

In the Filipino cultural area, the public will enjoy the children’s Grease Pole climbing competition, a traditional roasting of Lechon (roasted pig), traditional folk dances, Escrima (Filipino martial arts demonstration), historical and cultural displays, and a rare opportunity to meet some of the original “Sakadas,” whose dedication and hard work paved the way for future generations of American-Filipinos.

General admission is $3 per person; keiki five and under are free. Special $2 early admission will be offered on Saturday only from 4 to 5 p.m. Event parking is free.

For tickets and more information, call Lahaina Restoration Foundation at 661-3262 or visit www.LahainaRestoration.org.

Lahaina Plantation Days is brought to you in part by the Maui County Office of Economic Development and Hawaii Tourism Authority. Sponsors include Kaanapali Land Management Corp., Old Lahaina Luau, Maui Soda & Ice Works, MauiGrown Coffee, Bud Light, Hawaiian Airlines, KPOA, Paradise Television, Mahana, Kaanapali Shores and Paki Maui.