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Lahaina Plantation Days are Here! October 20-22

“Lahaina Plantation Days” will be held on Oct. 20-22.  No doubt there will be good food, music & fun!  On the 20th there will be an outside family movie night (“Great Grandfather’s Drum”) and then on the 21st/22nd, festivities will include the best island music, farmers’ market, historical displays, exibits, carnival games, food court, and beer/wine garden.  All events will be held on the old Pioneer Mill site surrounding the recently restored historic smokestack on Lahainaluna Road.  Two original Pioneer Mill locomotives once used for the company’s sugar operations have returned home and will be unveiled. Built in 1898 the locomotives were donated back to the Lahaina Restoration Foundation.  Tickets sold at the door ($3 per night or $5 for a 3-day pass).

For more details on the festivities: http://www.lahainarestoration.org/plantationdays.html

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First Maui Humpback Whale Sighting Of The Season!

Capt. Ryan Hall on Hawaiian Ocean Rafting spotted the first humpback whale of the season off the coast of Lanai on Thursday, October 6, 2011 at around 8:35 a.m.   “We had a humpback whale surface and blow right in front of us several times”  Capt. Hall said.  The whale appeared to be a young male by the way he swam about and “trumpeted” and breached about five or six times in four-minute intervals.

Humpback whale season in Hawaii generally runs from November through May. As many as 12,000 of the whales winter each year in the waters off Hawaii, where endangered humpback whales are protected.Hall said.

Here’s a really great humpback whale photo taken off the coast of Lahaina by Kathy Kopacek of Portland, Oregon.

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