East Maui Taro Festival (28th Annual)
The 28th Annual East Maui Taro Festival celebrates the Hawaiian culture with activities, music, hula, arts and crafts, and food, with free admission. The annual festival features all day Hawaiian music and hula, featuring local entertainers. The large Ag Tent is where the Farmers Market is located, with vendors selling plants, flowers, taro and taro products, pressed cane juice, coffee and fresh poi among many other offerings. The Lind Ohana offers poi tasting and fills bags of fresh poi to go. The Info Tent is full of nonprofit groups sharing their displays and educating the public about their organizationsʻ missions. Many of these groups have specific relationships with the East Maui community, such as the Maui Invasive Species Committee and Haleakala National Park. Forty plus Arts & Crafts booths sell jewelry, clothing, art, wood products, all types of merchandise having a Hawaiian theme. The favorite tent is the large Demo Tent where cultural practitioners share their expertise with hands-on activities: poi-pounding, kapa cloth making, toy making, lauhala weaving, lomi sticks. The purpose of the event is to educate about taro and Hawaiian culture; in a family friendly environment.