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Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s Progressive Dinner
If you don’t have the good fortune of being on Oahu for Memorial Day weekend for the Na Hoku O Hawaii Music Festival but you will be on Maui, you’re in luck: the Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s second annual progressive dinner takes place May 28-29 and will feature gourmet food, music and original theatre at four Maui locations, with the main course served by candlelight at the historic Baldwin Home in Lahaina.
The dinner begins at the Wo Hing Museum on Front Street [map], where guests will feast on pupus created by Chef Sheldon Simeon of Star Noodle, Lahaina’s newest eatery. Guests will then travel by trolley to Hale Aloha near Prison Street, where they will enjoy a performance by a Tongan choir, meet “citizens” of the period and enjoy a special salad provided by the University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Academy. The celebration of Lahaina’s history and missionary and whaling days will then progress to the Baldwin Home [map], where they will be greeted by the costumed Baldwin family. The dinner stop will recall the hospitality of the Baldwin family, who often hosted sea captains and other visitors at their table. Wine and beer will be served at the first three venues.
On the menu will be a feast missionaries of yesteryear could have only dreamed of: Lahaina Fried Soup and other Asian delicacies from Star Noodle; a salad of freshly picked local greens by the Culinary Academy; Pan Seared and Truffled Chicken with Early Harvest Spring Squash, Brussels Sprouts and Kennebec Potatoes in a Sherry Pan Sauce Finish prepared by nationally acclaimed Executive Chef David Paul Johnson of David Paul’s Island Grill at the Friday dinner, or Sustainable Catch of the Day complimented by fresh, local vegetables and Island Beef prepared by Executive Chef Alex Stanislaw of the Plantation House Restaurant on Saturday.
The finale of the evening will be held at historic Pioneer Inn [map] in the mango and lauhala tree-shaded courtyard, where guests will find a sumptuous dessert bar buffet with tasty selections created by prepared by ten of Maui’s most popular restaurants. Locally grown coffees and other beverages will be served.
The all-evening dinner event on May 28 and 29 will be punctuated by skits reminiscent of life in historic Lahaina Town in the 1800s and early 1900s. Skits, singing, strumming and appearances by costumed townspeople of the historic period will be offered throughout the evening in vignettes created and directed by Kristi Scott and costume design by ShaRon Fredy. The entertainment will take their inspiration from the archives of the Lahaina Restoration Foundation. Planning for this event has been under way for months and continues through the May until the big event. Seamstresses are putting the finishing touches on new costumes, and actors and actresses have just begun rehearsals.
All proceeds from the event will benefit Lahaina’s historic sites and structures. Tickets for 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. seatings on May 28 and 29 are $135 (attendance is limited to those ages 21 or older only), all inclusive. Reservations can be made online or for more information, call the Lahaina Restoration Foundation office at #808-661- 3262.
All photos courtesy of Lahaina Restoration Foundation.