The 26th Annual East Maui Taro Festival will take place on Saturday, April 21st at the Hana Ballpark from 9 am – 5 pm. Admission is free. The event focuses on Kalo/Taro as a staple food of the Hawaiian diet, as well as being the symbolic “Elder Brother” of Native Hawaiians.
The Festival features all day Hula and Music, local Arts & Crafts, a Farmers Market with all types of Taro for sale- from huli (shoots) to potted plants to Kulolo (dessert) and fresh poi; a Nonprofits Info Tent, hands-on Cultural Activities such as poi pounding, lauhala weaving, kapa/tapa cloth making, 20 Food Booths, each with a main taro dish or side. The goal of the Festival is to educate people about the value and significance of Kalo/Taro. The “Tarofest” has become known as a “Signature Event” for Maui, attracting residents as well as visitors.
The East Maui Taro Festival, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501c3 organization, supported in part by a grant from the County of Maui Office of Economic Development.
Photo: East Maui Taro Festival.