On Friday, May 2nd from 4 – 7 p.m.,Travaasa Hana will join Edible Hawaiian Islands in hosting popular Hawaii chefs Lee Anne Wong, Isaac Bancaco, James Simpliciano, and our very own, Chef Derek Watanabe, for a multi-course collaboration dinner celebrating kalo (taro), a staple of the Hawaiian diet and subject of the upcoming documentary “I am Haloa.”

The event unofficially kicks off the East Maui Taro Festival and will be held at Kahanu Garden, a National Historic Landmark and cultural site located along the beautiful Hana coastline. Live entertainment and a private tour of the Gardens can be expected prior to indulging in a four-course, family-style dinner.

All proceeds from the event will benefit “I am Haloa,” a film documentary that tells the story of three seniors at Kamehameha Schools as they embark on a journey of self-discovery. For 90 days, these three women have committed to cultivating, harvesting and eating taro for three meals a day as they travel throughout the Hawaiian Islands to better understand their ancestry, meet with respected leaders and re-establish a lifestyle link to the first Hawaiian, Haloa.

Daniel Anthony, kalo activist and “I am Haloa” film subject and consultant, will be in attendance along with the three students featured in the documentary. Dinner guests will have the chance to connect with the students throughout the evening as they demonstrate traditional poi pounding and talk about their story.

Tickets are $75 per person, plus taxes and fees and can be purchased here.