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Getting to Know a Hawaiian Staple Food

The Annual East Maui Taro Festival will be held on April 29th, 2017 all day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hana Ballpark.
April 21, 2017

Getting to Know a Hawaiian Staple Food


Are you familiar with Taro? Maybe you’re vaguely familiar with the term or perhaps you immediately identify it with Hawaiian culture. Either way, if you’re on Maui the upcoming 25th Annual East Maui Taro Festival is an event you won’t want to miss!

The Annual East Maui Taro Festival will be held on April 29, 2017 all day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hana Ballpark. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, plug in 5091 Uakea Road Hana, HI 96713 to Google Maps.

The event will focus on taro, also known as kalo in Hawaiian. Taro is a staple of the Hawaiian diet and known as the symbolic “elder brother” of Native Hawaiians. The local crop plays a huge role in Hawaiian culture, mythology, and cuisine. It can be challenging to grow due to the need for fresh water. In Hawaii, taro is commonly grown in pond fields using water irrigation systems known as lo'i.

Taro in Hawaii is often used to make Poi. It is produced by mashing the cooked corm until a purple-gray fluid is produced. In ancient times, Poi was eaten with one or two fingers. Nowadays, it is commonly mixed with sugar or eaten with lomilomi salmon.

The festival will include all day hula and music, local arts and crafts, a farmers market and a non-profit information tent. Hands-on cultural activities will include poi making, lauhala weaving, kapa cloth making and 20 food booths with taro as a main or side dish.

Driving to Hana will definitely be an all day event, but the Taro Festival could complement your journey perfectly. If you’d rather stay a night, this option would give you more time to explore remote Hana.

Coming from Rentals Maui properties, the drive to Hana should take roughly 2 hours. However, if you are like most of us, you’ll pause along the road to explore various coastal scenery, foliage, and waterfalls. Give yourself an extra hour to explore; it’s definitely worth it!

Contact Rentals Maui for more information on the event or your stay. 

Blogs for April 2017

Chefs Table - A Culinary Experience To Remember

Posted on April 28, 2017
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Getting to Know a Hawaiian Staple Food

Posted on April 21, 2017
Getting to Know a Hawaiian Staple Food


Are you familiar with Taro? Maybe you’re vaguely familiar with the term or perhaps you immediately identify it with Hawaiian culture. Either way, if you’re on Maui the upcoming 25th Annual East Maui Taro Festival is an event you won’t want… Continue Reading

Surfing On Maui

Posted on April 14, 2017
Surfing On Maui

As you probably know, Maui has some of the best surf in the world! Surely, you’ve heard of Jaws or maybe Eddie Aikau? Each year Peahi (Jaws) consistently has the biggest waves surfed in the world. The yearly Billabong XXL Global Big Wave contest has named… Continue Reading

Hawaiian Style Beach Day

Posted on April 07, 2017
Hawaiian Style Beach Day


Beaches on Maui are like no other place in the world. If you’ve come to have a relaxing vacation, you’ve come to the right place. Today we’ll share with you some of our favorite spots for Hawaiian style beach days.

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