Three-day Moon Festival slated at Wo Hing Museum
LAHAINA – The Chinese Moon Festival commemorates one of the most important Chinese holidays, when the moon is most bright and full, indicating a time of satisfaction and abundance.
A three-day Chinese Moon Festival starts Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Wo Hing Museum on Front Street.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday; 1 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21.
During the festival, Chef Gregory “Bonz” Heath will conduct cooking demonstrations and share his culinary “Poly-Asian Noodle Bowl” featuring a unique blend of herbs and spices from his company, Lahaina Spice.
Authentic dim sum will be sold by Fu Lin Restaurant, as Polynesian Farms presents an array of organic fruits and vegetables at the Farmers’ Corner.
Cultural exhibits and displays, as well as hands-on activities – including knot tying with Brenda Wong – will be available for all ages to enjoy.
Qigong demonstrations and a special Moon Goddess presentation will be led by Cory Williams and Dr. Busaba Yip-Douglas.
Live music will be provided by Hong-Zhu and Karl Jacobs, as they perform on the Erhu, an ancient Chinese instrument.
Gifts and souvenirs will be available for purchase in the museums’ “Mandarin Market,” including the seasons’ most popular item: Moon Cakes.
The lineup for Thursday and Saturday includes exhibits/cultural displays and the Mandarin Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., dim sum by Fu Lin Restaurant and arts and crafts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Moon Goddess presentation from 11:30 a.m. to noon and 3 to 3:30 p.m., Qigong with Williams (Saturday only) from 1 to 2 p.m., Knot Tying with Wong (Thursday only) from 1 to 3 p.m., Farmers’ Corner from 1 to 4 p.m. and Erhu performance from 2 to 3 p.m.
Friday’s schedule includes exhibits/cultural displays and the Mandarin Market from 1 to 8 p.m., dim sum by Fu Lin Restaurant and arts and crafts from 2 to 7 p.m., Moon Goddess presentation from 2:30 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 7:30 p.m., Farmers’ Corner from 4 to 8 p.m., presentation by Chef Heath at 5 p.m., and Erhu performance from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Wo Hing Museum is located at 858 Front St.
For more information, contact Lahaina Restoration Foundation at 661-3262 or visit www.lahainarestoration.org.