The 10th Annual Maui County Agricultural Festival is scheduled for April 1, 2017, just a couple of weeks away. Many prospective Maui home owners and new residents are showing an increasing interest in agriculture, including both professional and hobby-related pursuits. This festival is the perfect opportunity to inspire those interests, educate attendees, and create an atmosphere of fun.
The festival will be held on the lu'au grounds of the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu, which is the perfect venue. The organizers, vendors and various other participants will come together to put a spotlight on the role agriculture plays for the economy, environment, and lifestyle of Maui County. Let's not forget the health benefits of growing and eating locally sourced food. You won't want to miss the festival if you're even considering buying Maui real estate and making the land productive.
There are several highlights for the fest, including an expanded "Keiki Zone" that will include an entertainment stage for music and a magic show. It will also feature a livestock exhibit, farm games, pony and horse rides, and delicious family-friendly food. For the older keiki, swing by the "Kids/Teens Cook With Heart" culinary classes that will be held from 10:30am to 1:30pm.
Another highlight is the "Maui Legacy Pancake Breakfast" from 8:00am to 10:30am. It includes bingo, a raffle, and the chance to show our appreciation for four special Maui farmers who have played a key role in the evolution of Maui's agricultural industry.
The festival will also include a flower tent where guests are encouraged to join in and make fresh flower lei, ipu, and nose flutes under the expert guidance of Nā Kani O Hula representatives. These traditional activities harken back to ancient Hawaiian history, and are a rich part of Maui's cultural heritage.
The festival will open at 9:00am and close at 4:30pm. Admission is just $5 per adult, while kupuna ages 65 and over get in free, as do keiki under 18. There will be free parking and shuttle transfers from the Ma'alaea side parking lot. There are many other interesting details that make this fest well worth attending, and if you'd like to learn more, you can visit the Maui County Agricultural Festival page. Mahalo!
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