Saturday, September 27, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

The Puna Culinary Festival culminates in a spirited cook-off style competition and public tasting called PupuPalooza. Food enthusiasts will present their best appetizer to be evaluated by a panel of judges and by the public. All are welcome to attend, taste, and cast a vote for the best pupu in Puna!

Entry Price:  PupuPalooza tickets can be purchased at the door for $1 each.  Attendees present one ticket to contestants for a taste of their pupu.  Non-perishable donations to Hawaiʻi Island Food Basket are warmly welcomed!

Think you have what it takes to win?  Join the competition as a contestant (no cost to enter). Share your culinary know-how and unique taste in a festive, interactive celebration of local food and talent! Check out PupuPalooza Rules and Registration Guide

Prize Categories Include:


Suisan People’s Choice Award
This award will be determined by the public – the pupu with the most overall votes from the tasting audience will win People’s Choice.

Best Overall Pupu
This award will be determined by our panel of judges, based on their favorite pupu.  It will be judged on overall presentation, taste, appearance, and use of local ingredients.

Most Creative Pupu
This award will be determined by our panel of judges, based on the most imaginative and original pupu. Taste and appearance will be a factor.

Best Presentation
This award will be determined by our panel of judges, and will be awarded for the pupu with the most artistic and beautiful appearance and presentation.

Best Use of Local Ingredients
This award will be determined by our panel of judges, and will be awarded to the pupu that best features food caught, grown or produced in the District of Puna, Hawai’i Island.

Location:  Kalani, 12-6860 Kalapana-Kapoho Beach Road, Pahoa, HI 96778
First time to Kalani?  Park in the free event parking lot and check in at Hale Aloha!





- Check out the full festival schedule and join us for our feature events DELICIOUS & Pupupalooza.

- Purchase tickets online – no fees!

- Special accommodation packages are available.  Make reservations by phone at (800) 800-6886 or online.

- Contact us for more information.