Lahaina Plantation Days 2011 is here! This event celebrates the lives of the plantation field and mill workers who lived in the plantation camps from 1860 to 1999.
The festivities kick off on Thursday at 6 PM with a showing of the Great Grandfather’s Drum, a documentary celebrating the Japanese-American culture and history in Hawaii thru a portrayal of the families of the Maui Taiko drum ensemble.
On Friday and Saturday, there will be ono food boots, a carnival, Hawaiian and Japanese cultural exhibits, historical displays and live music.
Two steam locomotives utilized by Pioneer Mill during the plantation era have returned to Maui in the past few weeks and will be unveiled at the event. See MauiNow’s video and article here.
I’m looking forward to attending Lahaina Plantation Days with my father, who grew up in Pioneer Mill’s Pookulili camp.