[FUNDRAISER] The Old Lahaina Lu’au will be joining the efforts of the Friends of Moku’ula to build funds for the restoration of one of Maui’s most sacred sites.
Moku’ula is what remains of a tiny island, surrounded by a deep mote, that housed the royal seat of King Kamehameha I. None but royalty and invited guests of the king could visit the island. Moku’ula, now half buried underneath a public parking lot, was also once the home of Hawaiian royalty and burial site of princess Nahi’ena’ena and other members of the family. The remains have since been removed but the history still lives strong. In 2006, the Friends of Moku’ula will begin building a new parking lot and excavating the ruins buried three feet below ground level. Money has been allotted from the state and county but much is needed to fund such an extensive project. Acclaimed for its traditional style as well as high quality of food and festivities, the Old Lahaina Lu’au has always been very supportive of Hawaiian cultural activity and public enrichment. The lu’au will charge the normal cost for adults and children and donate a portion of the profit to help fund the beginning phase of the project. For reservations, call (808) 667-1998. [GABRIELLE POCCIA]