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Lahaina Town to shine with Chinese Moon Festival

Lahaina’s annual Chinese Moon Festival honors local produce and age-old traditions in the fall of each year at Wo Hing Museum & Cookhouse. -- Photo courtesy LRS

Lahaina will honor the traditions of China during its annual Chinese Moon Festival from Sept. 17 to 22. Hosted by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation and the Wo Hing Society, the festival takes place at Wo Hing Museum & Cookhouse on Front Street and features free admission to the museum all week.

Chinese moon cakes from Hong Kong will be on sale at the Wo Hing Museum, and visitors may view a Chinese lantern display, educational exhibits, presentations, demos and partake in cultural activities.

The week-long event culminates on Saturday, Sept. 22. The museum Cultural Director Dr. Busaba Yip will give talks at 2 and 7 p.m. after which attendees can enjoy mini-tastings of Taiwanese moon cakes — dense, round pastries that the Tapei Economic and Cultural Office in Honolulu will share with the attendees. TECO also donated special mountain oolong tea from Mt. Li in central Taiwan (Li means “pear” in Mandarin) which will be served in the quaint tea garden. The Chinese Moon Goddess will wow with a harvest display.

On Sept. 22, guided tours of the Wo Hing Temple for ages 10 and up will be offered with pre-registration required. Gu zheng harp music by Toi Suchitra Srijantara will be performed, Chinese fan making for keiki will be sponsored by the Lahaina Arts Association, and Chinese calligraphy with Rev. Takayuki of the Lahaina Shingon Mission and Chinese knot-tying with Brenda Wong will be demonstrated.

Maui Chef Bobby Santos will demo how how to make crispy gau gee and offer free samples to enjoy. Maui Chinese Martial Arts Academy will do kung fu and tai chi chuan arts and crowd participation is encouraged.