Celebrate the Rich Culture of Breadfruit in Hawaii

In South Kona the Hawaii Homegrown Food Network, and The Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden will be presenting The Breadfruit Festival – Ho’oulu Ka ‘Ulu at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden on September 24 from 9am to 3pm. The festival will celebrate the rich history of the breadfruit in Hawaii and the Pacific. Breadfruit is a great source of food and this festival hopes to raise awareness about breadfruit and food security as well as giving people a chance to see and taste a variety of ways to prepare breadfruit. The main focus of the festival is breadfruit as a food. Many well-known chefs from around the island will be preparing a multitude of breadfruit dishes and giving out samples to taste. A local food buffet will also be presented by Chef Betty Saiki and the West Hawaii Community College Culinary Arts program. There will also be a breadfruit cooking contest in which Hawaii Island residents are encouraged to enter for a chance to win prizes from a selection of 6 categories. There will also be workshops on breadfruit propagation, and tree care and maintenance. As well as workshops, there will be hands-on cultural activities such as Jerry Konanui’s how-to ‘ulu poi demonstration, and Wesley Sen’s demonstration on making tapa from breadfruit bark. Attendees will also have the chance to buy their own breadfruit tree to plant at home, Ma’afala’, or Samoan, and Hawaiian varieties of breadfruit trees will be available. Master artisan Keoni Turalde will be carving a traditional Hawaiian drum from the wood of a breadfruit tree. Some other cultural activities that will be demonstrated during the Breadfruit Festival will be ‘ulumaika, lei making, and quilting featuring breadfruit motifs.  Cultural experts will also be giving talks on the culture, history and mythology of the breadfruit in Hawaii.

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