Nido Mahodocon Jr., who has been the Taro Fest master of ceremony for 10 years, said the event has gotten larger. "Production of taro is progressing," he said. Event coordinator Judy Kinser said the festival provides "a real boost" to the economy of Hana. Ho'oleia Kaeo and a group of his Hawaiian studies students from the University of Hawaii Maui College started the event off with an oli. There were vendors and information booths on the Hana Ball Park field. UH-MC students taught poi and kapa pounding; apu awa, or the making of coconut cups for awa; and pupu, or traditional fish-net weaving. Elsewhere on the grounds, there was hula and music. On Sunday, there was the taro pancake breakfast at Hana Bay and excursions to farms in East Maui.