East Maui Taro Festival 2008

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The East Maui Taro Festival will be held tomorrow and Sunday out in beautiful Hana. The event is a celebration of Taro also known as Kalo. The plant was brought to Hawaii by the first Polynesians. It has always been a staple of Hawaiian diets and is revered as a life force. Most commonly, Taro root is mashed into Poi. The two day festival held at Hana Ball Park is a celebration of Hawaiian culture. From 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM tomorrow, the Ball Park will host chanting, hula, cultural demonstations, poi pounding, music, arts and crafts ,a farmer’s market and more. Admission to Saturday’s event is free. Sunday, there will be a Taro pancake breakfast from 7:00-10:30. Admission for the breakfast is $9 for adults and $6 for Keiki. There are two other events on Sunday. There is a tour of the National Botanical Gardens at 11:00 and a tour of the Kipahulu Taro farm at 1:00. If you are out in East Maui this weekend, check out the East Maui Taro Festival.

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