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February 16 - 18, 2012
The sixth annual Hawaii Avocado Festival celebrates
the versatile, native American fruit with three days
of events February 16-18 in Kona.
First on tap is the Amp Up with Avocado! Reception 5-9
p.m. Thursday Feb. 16 at the Kalanikai Bar & Grill at
the Keauhou Beach Resort.
The evening event is
a benefit for the festival and Kona Pacific Public
Charter School. Enjoy a silent auction, avocado-themed
pupus, Kona Brewery beer, music and dancing for a $15
donation at the door.
Festival fun moves to Kealakekua Bay Bed and
Breakfast Friday, Feb. 17 for a Farm-to-Fork Hawaii Dinner. The menu of the
five-course, avocado-inspired meal is by Chef Devin Lowder of When Pigs Fly
Island Charcuterie. Dessert Chef Hector Wong of My Yellow Kitchen in Honolulu
will prepare a seven-layer avo dessert. Seating is limited and a portion of the
$85 price benefits the festival. For reservations, phone 328-8150.
The celebration culminates Saturday, Feb. 18 with the family-friendly 10 a.m.-4
p.m. Hawai‘i Avocado Festival at the Keauhou Beach Resort. The free, community
event offers a wealth of activities for attendees of all ages sprawling
throughout the resort’s grounds.
Get tips on growing and grafting avocado trees, plus trees will be on sale for
the home orchard. Leading the educational botanical sessions is a team of
University of Hawai‘i staff: Dr. Ted Radovich, assistant specialist, Sustainable
and Organic Farming Systems Laboratory; Dr. Mark Nickum, assistant professor,
Sustainable Farming Systems, Tropical Fruit and Nut Crops; and Andrea Kawabata,
assistant agent, coffee and orchards with UH Manoa’s College of Tropical
Agriculture and Human Resources. Continuing the discussion from last year’s
festival, Dr. Radovich will again lead a panel in deliberating the topic,
“Bringing the Culture Back to Agriculture.”
Enjoy free avocado sushi rollups—while they last—by West Hawai‘i Community
College culinary students and an avocado recipe contest. Chef Matt Dulin, Denver
sushi guru at Elways Restaurant, is overseeing the contest with competition for
Best Guacamole, Best Entrée, Best Dessert and People’s Choice.
Chef Hector Wong will demonstrate how to make a seven-tier Chocolate Oblivion
Cake while using organic Hawaii Island avocado and Keauhou’s Original Hawaiian
Chocolate—which is totally grown and made on the Big Isle.
Also on tap are over 80 artisan and food booths, a farmer’s market, a variety of
healing arts, alterative energy demonstrations and a full lineup of performing
arts headlined by Bolo and Maka. Volunteers with Kona Pacific Public Charter
School are coordinating keiki activities.
This year’s original festival art is by Antoinette Sharfin, “Illuminature.” The
art will be sold on organic cotton T-shirts and Sharfin will be available to
sign the official commemorative festival poster that will be available for
For information, contact Randyl Rupar at 808-936-5233.
The 2012 Hawai‘i Avocado Festival is sponsored by Sanctuary of Mana Ke‘a
Gardens, Hawai‘i Tropical Fruit Growers-West Hawai‘i, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture,
Keauhou Beach Resort, Hawai‘i Health Guide, Farm to Fork,recyclehawaii.org,
Divine Goods, Kona Brewing Company, Island Naturals, Kona Pacific Public Charter
School and UH’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.
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