On Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17, West Maui’s final celebration of its plantation heritage will take place during the seventh Lahaina Plantation Days. The popular event is held at the Pioneer Mill Co. Smokestack & Locomotives Exhibit site, 275 Lahainaluna Road in Lahaina. Event hours are 5:00 to 10:30 pm on both days.
This year, Lahaina Plantation Days will highlight the multiethnic cuisines of Hawai‘i, originating from the plantation era: Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Filipino, Korean, Okinawan and Puerto Rican. Ethnic foods and preserves will be on display, along with a dryland kalo patch, and poi pounding will be demonstrated in the Plantation Life tent. An early 20th century kitchen complete with kerosene stove, pie safe, ice box, kitchen gadgets and cooking implements of that period will be recreated. There will also be a small vegetable garden.
The community event also features entertainment by Maui’s popular musicians and performers, food booths by top Maui restaurants, Maui Brewing Co. craft beer and Chambers & Chambers wine garden, MauiGrown Coffee tent, plantation camp maps, plantation artworks by well known local artists, a kids’ game zone, and farmers’ market. Admission is only $5/person; keiki 5 years and younger go free.
Lahaina Plantation Days is supported in part by Ka‘anapali Land Management Corp., the County of Maui Office of Economic Development and Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. For updates, email us.