So you want to be a farmer on Maui? Come and see how it’s done.
Spring is here, and the growing season is heating up. Maui has the perfect climate for growing all kinds of food crops, flowering plants, and ornamentals year round. With the passing of the sugar industry, there’s a whole new interest in alternative farm products and practices, and a resurgence of young people who want to try their hand at farming. What a great time to learn about our local farms, and have fun at the same time.
Water lilies grown in Haiku, Maui
Here are a couple of fun events and activities for the whole family to enjoy this month:
Maui County Ag Festival – In its 11th year, this event is growing rapidly and is hosted by the Maui County Farm Bureau. Start off with a pancake breakfast, bingo, and a raffle. Spend the rest of the day exploring the beautiful grounds at The Maui Tropical Plantation while meeting farmers and learning some tips. You’ll also enjoy the farmers market, food booths and trucks, farm tour by tram, and live entertainment. The Grand Taste is a way to try some of our best Maui chef offerings in the afternoon, for an added fee. The expanded keiki (kids) zone offers pony and horse rides, bouncy castles, and a livestock exhibit.
- April 7, 2018 – 9 am to 4:30 pm
- $5 adults, under 18 and over 65 are FREE
- Free parking
- Maui Tropical Plantation: 1670 Honoapiilani Hwy, Wailuku, HI 96793
- Call them at (808) 244-7643
Pink gingers grown in Hana, Maui
25th Annual Haiku Hoolaulea and Flower Festival – This free event raises funds for the Haiku Elementary School and offers a big range of things to do including: live entertainment; restaurant row; silent auction; keiki zone; flower and plant sale; craft vendors; community living tent, and more. There will be Water Balls, carnival games, and other fun kid stuff like face painting. Come by and visit with your friends and neighbors, while shopping for new plants and items to support the community. If you live in Haiku, you know where the school is.
- April 14, 2018 – 9 am to 4 pm
- FREE for everyone!
- Park for free on the road, or pay to park across the way
- Haiku Elementary School: 105 Pauwela Rd, Haiku, HI 96708
- Call the Event Office at 808-727-3750
So mark your calendar for both of these annual events and make it a day out for the whole family.
Lychee fruits in Haiku, Maui