Just one week for the Puna Breadfruit Festival!!! Are you attending?
The Second Annual Breadfruit Festival in Puna will be held on Saturday,
March 2 at the campus of the Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School at
Pū'āla'a, located next to ‘Ahalanui Hot Pond Park in lower Puna. The
theme this year is E 'ulu nui a niu 'ola as the ‘ulu (breadfruit) is
being paired with the niu (coconut) - Besides music, hula, many cultural
and food demonstrations and a delicious buffet that will be available
to the general public, the festival will again feature a Cooking
Contest. The contest rules, guidelines and entry forms can be found when
you click on links provided at the bottom of this article.
The creative buffet menu is a collaboration between three chefs and a
chocolatier using all locally grown or sourced ingredients; Chef Casey
Halpern of ‘Café Pesto’ in Hilo, Chef Kanoa Miura of ‘Aloha Mondays’
Catering, also in Hilo, Chef Mark Noguchi of ‘Pili Hawai’i’ Catering
& ‘Taste’ in Oahu and Nat Bletter of ‘Madre Chocolate’, a Hawai’i
based chocolate company. Be sure to bring an appetite for ono island
Directions to the Festival: Take Rte 130 to Pahoa. Turn left at
traffic signal to Rte 132. Bear left at fork just after Lava Tree State
Park. Turn right at four corners to Rte 137. Next to ’Ahalanui Hot Pond
Park in the site of the old Village of Pu'ala'a.
All of the Cooking Contest entry forms are available for downloading at the Kua O Ka La School website www.kuaokala.org and at Breadfruit.info in the Hawai’i HomeGrown Food Network site.
The Breadfruit Festivals are a project of Ho'oulu ka 'Ulu. For more information, please visit www.breadfruit.info