On July 1, a much-loved Lanai tradition will bring the community and visitors together in Dole Park. Now in its 25th year, the annual Lanai Pineapple Festival features delicious food, entertainment, craft and volunteer booths, fireworks and of course, pineapple.
The festival officially begins at 2 p.m. with entertainment throughout the day, including Filipino dance, hula, tai chi and tae kwon do demonstrations, and the sweet sounds of headliners Anuhea and Ohana Groove.
This Saturday’s entertainment lineup includes the Pineapple Chop Cook-off Contest. Now in its fourth year, the Chopped-style cooking competition brings together the best amateur chefs on Lanai. Contestants cook up dishes that must use pineapple as well as other ingredients selected by judge Chef Adam Tabura, a local Lanai boy and winner of Food Network’s ‘Great Food Truck Race.’
Dole Park will be filled with more than 40 booths featuring local vendors selling food, handmade crafts and retail items. Keiki activities, including games and crafts, are also planned throughout the day.
The festival will conclude with a special fireworks show above the Cooke pines. Remember to bring a blanket or beach chairs to watch the fireworks.
The Pineapple Festival is sponsored and organized by the Lanai Community Association (LCA), the oldest non-profit organization on the island. LCA promotes youth activities and sports, scholarships, kupuna, and community events. The Pineapple Festival is LCA’s largest event and it continues to grow every year.
25th Annual Pineapple Festival Schedule
Saturday, July 1, 2-9 p.m.
2:30 p.m. – Performances begin
3:30 p.m. – Pineapple Chopped Competition
6:30 p.m. – Pineapple Chopped Finals
7:30 p.m. – Anuhea performs
9 p.m. – Fireworks
For more information about the event, visit Lanai Community Association website.