On Saturday, July 2, the Pineapple Festival returns to Lanai for the first time in two years. The community and visitors alike will have a chance to celebrate at Dole Park, visiting various booths (food, retail, crafts and jewelry) and partaking in games and lucky number drawings.
The festival will also have live entertainment throughout the day featuring Rayton Lamay, TRL (The Romero Legacy) with Damon Williams & Louis Romero, Neveh Too Late Band and Maui Taiko.
At the end of the night, organizers hope to dazzle visitors with a special firework show as they’ve done in years past. However, due to increased costs, the fireworks may not happen. If you’d like to help keep this tradition alive, please consider donating to the Pineapple Festival GoFundMe fundraiser.
The first festival was organized in 1976 as part of a bi-centennial event to honor the island’s past as the largest pineapple plantation in the world. It later became a two-day event known as the Pineapple Jam before evolving to become the current Pineapple Festival.
The Pineapple Festival is sponsored and organized by the Lanai Community Association (LCA), the oldest nonprofit organization on the island. LCA promotes youth activities and sports, scholarships, and kupuna and community events. The Pineapple Festival is LCA’s largest event, and it continues to grow every year.
For visitors planning to attend the festival from Maui, Expeditions offers daily ferry service to Lanai. There will be a special late-night ferry on the day of the event, which will return to Maui around 9:30pm. For more information and to make a reservation, visit go-lanai.com.
Pineapple Festival Entertainment Schedule
Saturday, July 2, 12-9 p.m.
12:15 p.m. – Candace and Company
1:15 p.m. – Maui Taiko
2:30 p.m. – Taichi
3:15 p.m. – Tamatea & Chantelle Schilling
4:00 p.m. – Halau
5:00 p.m. – Nevah Too Late Band
7:00 p.m. – TRL w/ Damon Williams Pine Boy
8:30 p.m. – Fireworks
For more information about the event, visit Lanai Community Association website.