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Hemp History Week “Breaking Ground Maui Style”

May 25, 2017, 2:32 PM HST · Updated May 25, 2:35 PM
Nikki Schenfeld · 0 Comments
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The Maui Hemp Institute for Research and Development announced plans for its 4th Hemp History Week Celebration, which will celebrate the theme, “Breaking Ground,” June 5-11, 2017.

Hemp beer being made. Maui Brewing Co. will debut Hemp ESB. Photo Courtesy

Events throughout the week will highlight the new future of the “Maui Hemp Economy” in the sectors of Agriculture, Food and Beverage, Medicine, Construction, Bio-Fuels and locally produced hemp goods of all kinds for local residents, and tourists that visit Maui and the Hawaiian Islands.

The theme “Breaking Ground” focuses on how regenerative hemp farming, hemp foods, and other hemp products provide sustainability solutions for the next generation.

Hemp food and beverages throughout the week will include the launch of “Hempy Hour” at Maui Brewing Company on Monday, June 5, at 3 p.m. at the Brewery tasting room. Maui Brewing Company is currently in the works of Hemp ESB beer that will soon be on tap at over 15 Maui restaurants and taverns. The week long event will also feature “Made on Maui” Hemp foods including many educational and informational events.

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On Friday, June 9, the celebration will continue at the Lahaina Town Party from 5-9 p.m. with educational booths, music and the “Largest Hempy Hour in the Pacific.”

Summary of Hemp History Week 2017 Events:

Monday, June 5 – HHW Proclamation and Launch of “Hempy Hours,” from 3 p.m. to close
Free and Open to the Public
Maui Brewing Co – Hemp ESB Beer Launch
Event to feature Hemp History Week & Maui Hemp Institute informational displays.

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Tuesday, June 6 through Thursday, June 8
Retail and In-store demos and events at participating local Maui stores

Thursday, June 8 – Hawai‘i Farmers Union United Event at Kīhei Charter School
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. – Blessing begins at 6 p.m.
HFUU and MHIRD Members Only – “Loacavore Hemplicious Pot Luck Dinner” free with Pot Luck dish or $10
Program on Hemp and Small Farm Hemp Agriculture
Featured Speaker: John Ryan, ANANDA Hemp/Eco Fiber

Friday, June 9 – “Largest Hempy Hour in the Pacific Event” at Lahaina Town Party on Front Street – 5 – 9 p.m.
“Hemp is Hope” is the theme for Lahaina’s Town Party
Informational and Hemp Product Booths and Displays
Hemp PuPus and Hemp Beverage Specials at Participating Food and Beverage venues on Front Street
Live Music, Giant Bubbles and more

Sunday, June 11 – 8 a.m. – SimpliFresh Farm “Hemp Infused Food Forest FarmTour”
Farm tour of future Hemp Food Forest Project with Owners James & Janell Simplicico, Hemplicious Lunch
$25 MHIRD & HFUU Members – $35 for non-members

Hemp History Week will feature a national education and event program with over 2,000 participating stores, community events, restaurant, and hemp product sampling. The campaign will also feature a Take Action component, to encourage Congress to change federal policy by passing the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, and allow American farmers to once again grow industrial hemp.

Nikki Schenfeld
Nikki joined the Maui Now team in 2016 as a writer/reporter. Originally from Chicago, she has had internships with CBS2 Chicago and Comcast SportsNet Chicago where she had the opportunity to interview some of Chicago's best athletes. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism. She moved to Maui in 2013.
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