Father Heaven, “Wakea,” and a Daughter of Earth, gave life to a baby boy, Haloa, who was born in the shape of a bulb. Seeing this, the parents buried his body at a corner of their home, and gave birth to a second child, also named Haloa, who was to become the ancestor of all the Hawaiian people. Haloa was to nurture his older brother, and in return the older Haloa would ensure that his family was nourished and sustained as long as they might inhabit the ‘aina. It’s time to pay our older brother a visit out at Hana Ballpark. This weekend will be packed with festivities, food, music, and Hawaiian culture at its best. Stop by anytime on Saturday, April 24th to partake in this fair to support local agriculture and gobble up poi. On Sunday, April 25th, fuel up with Taro pancakes, then hike out on a free tour to Kahunu Gardens or the Kapahu Living Farm Taro Patch. West-siders won’t be lonely this weekend either: The Banyan Tree, planted by William Owen Smith to commemorate the first Christian mission on the island, is having its 137th birthday party, on both Saturday and Sunday. Show the love for this beautiful member of our community (I’ll talk about trees as if they were people if I please) by attending the celebration at the Banyan Treee park, across from Wharf Cinemas, organized by the Lahaina Town Action Committee. Birthday cake will be served, accompanied by entertainment: clowns and a magician (saturday only), as well as a pinata, face painting, artwork, and hands-on art activities for keiki. There will also be a craft fair, quilting demonstrations, and musical entertainment by the likes of Kapule & Friends, Al Nip, Micheal Kollwitz, and more. So whether scorching hot Lahaina side or rainy Hana suits your fancy, cruise over to one of these festivals to make the most of a beautiful weekend. For more info on the Banyan Birthday party, call the Lahaina Town Action Committee at 667-9175, or call Judy at 264-1553 to hear more about the TaroFest .
By: Sierra Brown