PupuPalooza Appetizer Contest

The Puna Culinary Festival culminates in an appetizer competition and public tasting called PupuPalooza on Sunday, September 6, from 3-5 PM.

Jasmine Silverstein, of Sweet Cane Cafe in Hilo, presenting Ulu Chips at PupuPalooza 2014. Photo credit: Asim Kaleem

Food enthusiasts, budding chefs, and restauranteurs will present one delectable appetizer for your tasting pleasure. Each pupu will be evaluated by a panel of judges and by the public to determine our winners.

All are welcome to attend, taste, and cast a vote for the best pupu in Puna!

Got skills? Enter PupuPalooza and show us your unique culinary genius. Join the competition as a contestant and share your culinary know-how in a festive, interactive celebration of local food and talent! Check out PupuPalooza Rules and Registration Guide and Online Entry Form.

When: Sunday, September 6, 3-5 PM

Where: Kalani, 12-6860 Kalapana-Kapoho Rd, Pahoa, HI 96778

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 Hawaii Island Food Basket are warmly welcomed!

First time to Kalani? Park in the free event parking lot and check in at Hale Aloha!