Hawai‘i is recognized as a melting pot of cultures and Lahaina Restoration Foundation (LRF) celebrates this heritage with three distinctive festivals in September, October and November:
September 25-26 – Chinese Moon Festival – Maui’s agricultural harvest is in the spotlight during this traditional Moon Festival at Wo Hing Museum, 858 Front Street in Lahaina, from 1 to 8 pm. Shop the Farmers’ Corner market in the Cookhouse yard and try a planting workshop. Chinese tea and moon cakes will be served under the sky to the accompaniment of an erhu performance, a fan dance and community lantern dance between 4 and 7 pm each evening. Enjoy craft activities like calligraphy, knot tying and lantern making. Hear a talk on history of moon festivals in China. Traditional Chinese cuisine will be offered for sale. Free admission.
October 16-17 – Lahaina Plantation Days – The Maui community celebrates fond memories of sugar and pineapple plantations’ camp life during Lahaina Plantation Days! The nostalgic festival takes place at the Pioneer Mill Smokestack & Locomotives site, 277 Lahainaluna Road. Get ready for good food, good music and good fun for the whole family from 5 to 10:30 pm on both days. Historical memorabilia, photos and maps are on display in the Plantation Life tent. Enjoy multi-cultural food demonstrations and shop for produce at the Farmers’ Market. Kids can play carnival games for prizes. Parents can relax in the Beer & Wine Garden. Sample dishes from dozens of Maui restaurants while watching live entertainment by popular island musicians. Admission is $5/person; kids 5 years & younger get in free. Acres of free parking are available off-site.
November 13-14 – Sun Yat-sen Festival – Lahaina pays tribute to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, known as The Father of Modern China, with this unique festival at Wo Hing Museum, 858 Front Street, from 1 to 7 pm. Watch a martial arts demonstration, exciting lion dance and traditional fan dance on the museum’s front lawn. See informational displays depicting the life of Sun Yat-sen from Maui to China along with a film tribute. Enjoy a presentation in the old Cookhouse on the significance of Dr. Sun’s work and his connection to Maui, then sample traditional Cantonese foods and Chinese tea. Free admission.
For updates, call the LRF office at 808-661-3262 or email us.