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Lahaina Plantation Days set for Oct. 24-25

By Staff | Oct 16, 2014

A myriad of ono food by Maui’s favorite restaurants is one the highlights on the menu for this year’s Lahaina Plantation Days. PHOTO BY LINN NISHIKAWA.

LAHAINA – On Oct. 24 and 25, 2014, the popular Lahaina Plantation Days will return with an exciting lineup of activities boasting good food, good music, good fun and a whole lot of nostalgia!

Presented by Lahaina Restoration Foundation, this two-day event will be held at the old Pioneer Mill Company Smokestack site next to 277 Lahainaluna Road. Event hours are 5 to 10:30 p.m.; parking is free.

This year, the public will enjoy a Plantation Life Tent highlighting the jobs and workers of the plantation era. The exhibit will include artifacts, photos, letters, clippings, camp maps and other collectibles. Paintings by renowned artist Macario Pascual depicting plantation life will also be on display.

“We’re delighted to be able to share this piece of history about the work that people did,” said Theo Morrison, Lahaina Restoration Foundation executive director. “From the office to the fields, these dedicated workers not only helped to build a company but a community, and we are grateful for their contributions to West Maui.”

The two-day event will also feature popular Hawaii musicians and performers. On Friday, taking the stage will be Ahumanu Halau, Ikaika Blackburn, Josh Kahula/Nuff Sedd, and Ekolu. On Saturday, Kamaka Fernandez, Mele Pono and Darren Lee as Elvis will perform.

Multicultural demonstrations will include Chinese calligraphy, Japanese kitsuke (kimono dressing), Portuguese regional costumes and folklore, Los Flamencos en la Isla, and kalo demonstrations.

“Foodies” will also be applauding. Housed in facades reminiscent of a street scene in old Lahaina Town, Maui’s favorite restaurants and food purveyors will serve a mouthwatering menu. They include Aloha Mixed Plate, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Captain Jack’s, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Cool Cat Caf, Jini’s Curry, Kahana Sands Restaurant, Kimo’s, Lau Lau Booth, Leilani’s on the Beach, Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop, Maui Brewing Co. BrewPub, Ocean Pool Bar & Grill at Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, Pacific’O, Pad Thai Restaurant, Paradise Grill, Plantation House Restaurant, Prison Street Pizza, Roselani Ice Cream, Royal Ocean Terrace, Sangrita Grill & Cantina, Sea House Restaurant, Shark Pit Maui, Star Noodle and Tiki Terrace Restaurant (Kaanapali Beach Hotel).

The event will also feature brews by Maui Brewing Company, wines by Chambers and Chambers Wine Merchants, a MauiGrown Coffee tent, farmers’ market and keiki carnival zone with nostalgic games.

Public admission is $5; children five and younger are free. For more information, contact the Lahaina Restoration Foundation office at (808) 661-3262, e-mail info@lahainarestoration.org or visit www.lahainarestoration.org. Check out Lahaina Plantation Days on Facebook for updates.

Lahaina Plantation Days is supported in part by Kaanapali Land Management Corp., the County of Maui Office of Economic Development and Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Lahaina Restoration Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Hawaii nonprofit organization dedicated to cooperating with all community-oriented interests in an effort to restore, maintain and preserve the physical and cultural legacies and history of the first capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Lahaina.