Bring your appetites to the third annual Lahaina Plantation Days Oct. 20 to 22, where West Maui's beloved plantation roots will come to life with culture, food, music and fun.
Presented by Lahaina Restoration Foundation, the three-day family event will be held on the old Pioneer Mill site surrounding the tall, historic smokestack on Lahainaluna Road.
The event kicks off from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 20; and on Oct. 21 and 22 it will last longer, with hours from 5 to 10 p.m. each evening.
Chef Moses Agcaoili of Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel does a stir fry in a giant wok. This year, the hotel will make chunky Portuguese bean stew as well as banana-caramel eruption.
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"Come hungry as we have an exciting line up of food this year," says Theo Morrison, executive director of Lahaina Restoration Foundation. "We are utilizing the popular 'taste' concept of small servings so you can taste it all and still have room for more!"
On the opening night, festivities will be focused on culture, with the documentary, "Great Grandfather's Drum," about Japanese-Americans in Hawaii. A live performance by Maui Taiko drummers will also open the event.
"On Friday and Saturday, the public will enjoy 20 restaurant food booths, beer and wine garden, carnival games and horse rides for kids," says Morrison. "We'll also feature Hawaiian and Japanese cultural areas, farmers market, historical displays, plantation exhibits and the best of island music including Da Braddahs, Makaha Sons and Na Wai Ho'olu'u o ke Anuenue."
Restaurants serving food on Friday only include Cane & Taro with barbecue duck Korean tacos; Star Noodle with garlic noodles; Aloha Mixed Plate with shoyu chicken and fried rice; and Kimo's with Caesar salad and pulled-pork sandwiches. Those serving food on Saturday only are No Ka Oi Deli, Maui Prime Fine Food, and Hula Grill. Other participants on both nights are Famous Dave's, Pad Thai, Kumu Bar & Grill, Sea House, Pioneer Inn, Sansei, Leilani's, Hula Cookies and Royal Lahaina Resort.
Tickets are $3 per night or $5 for a three-night pass. For details, visit www.LahainaRestoration.org or call 661-3262.