Plated Dinner Photos

Dinner is served; food + photography by Kalani Chef Jesse Torrey

Revel in Hawaiian Culinary Delights, Farm Tours, and Cooking Classes in Hawaii Island’s Vibrant Puna District

 Introduce your palate to the traditional flavors of Hawaii while discovering the Puna District’s exotic local cuisine. Join ‪‎chef‬s, restauranteurs and locavores to savor locally-sourced ingredients and farm-to-fork fare.

 Special events during the festival will raise funds for Hawaii Island Food Bank, an island-wide, supplemental food network that collects and distributes nutritious, high-quality food to Hawaii Island’s most vulnerable populations. We will also collect non-perishable food items throughout the week and donations are warmly welcomed at all events! This not-for-profit festival is sponsored by Suisan, and presented by Kalani.

Find the Full Festival Schedule here, or check out our mouth-watering menus!

Featured Events include:

Talk Story: Join Darde for a discussion on Hawaiian Food and Culture

Hawaii Island native and KAPA FM radio personality Darde Gamayo will discuss Hawaiian Luau tradition; accompanied by light pupus and beverages.

Hawaiian-Style Dinner: Traditional. Cultural. Delicious.

 The Kalani Kitchen will kick off the festival with a traditional Hawaiian meal.

Farm Tours: Hawaii Island farmers show you where your food comes from

Local farms Hilo Coffee Mill and Purple Coop Farm will show you their digs and share best practices.

Cooking Classes: Develop new skills to bring back to your own kitchen

Kalani Chefs and special guests will present innovative and classic techniques.

Dinner at Kalani: Join us on The Lanai for nightly culinary masterpieces

The Kalani Kitchen shines, showcasing the best of our campus-grown produce and aloha-infused meals.

PupuPalooza: Local chefs competing for the title of best appetizer

Our closing event – arrive hungry and sample the best “pupus” around. Or join the competition.