Chinese Heritage Festival at Wo Hing Museum

Chinese culture will be celebrated at the Chinese Heritage Festival at Wo Hing Museum and Cookhouse from 4 to 8 p.m. at 858 Front St. on Nov. 16. Admission is free.

The festival will feature a “Taste of China” with five unique Chinese food booths, each booth offering “tasting size” plates of Chinese dishes for $3 each. The variety of choices will include chicken chow mein, beef broccoli, shrimp canton, cold ginger chicken, pork wontons, egg rolls, vegetable fried rice and white rice.

Festivities also include Chinese calligraphy and knot-tying for keiki and adults, traditional Chinese music, mahjong and presentations about the Chinese in Lahaina and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen.

The major arrival of Chinese to Lahaina was in the mid-1800s as contract workers for the plantations. After the completion of their contracts, some Chinese migrants established businesses in town. Chinese-owned buildings formed a Chinatown area on Front Street, with the Wo Hing Society building (now called the Wo Hing Museum and Cookhouse) at its heart.

The Great Lahaina Fire of 1919 consumed many of the Chinese buildings and some were never rebuilt. While there is no longer a Chinatown in Lahaina, the Wo Hing Museum serves as a reminder of Lahaina’s strong Chinese community.

The museum will offer free admission starting Monday through Nov.16.

Contact Lahaina Restoration Foundation at (808) 661-3262 for information on Lahaina’s historic sites.


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