Our 2015 schedule is extra delicious.

The Puna Culinary Festival schedule features locavore meals prepared by Kalani chefs, cooking classes, workshops, market visits, and farm tours. Attend individual events a la carte, purchase a Full Festival Pass or Weekend Festival Pass, or check out Kalani’s Accommodation Packages to stay with us for the Full Culinary Experience!

2015 Schedule:

Tour Kalani’s campus and learn about the medicinal plants that are grown here. Photo credit: Matt Bulger

Wednesday, September 2

3:00 PM  – La‘au Lapa‘au Nature Tour: Medicinal Herbs with Auntie Lynda*; meet at Kalani’s Lower Dining Lanai
4:00 PM – Kalani Check-in
5:00 PM – Talk Story with Darde Gamayo: Hawaiian Food Preparation & Luau Tradition*; meet at Kalani Dining Lanai
6:00 – 7:30 PM – Featured Dinner:
Hawaiian Luau-Style Meal – Purchase Tickets!
7:30 – 9:30 PM – Uncle Robert’s Night Market in Kalapana; shuttle departs from Kalani Guest Services

Thursday, September 3

2:00 – 4:00 PM – Cooking Class: Noni & Coconut Processing with Kalani Chef, Kenny Drotar – Purchase Tickets!
Learn hands-on skills like how to harvest, process, and use fresh, ripe noni in recipes along with the health benefits and healing properties of this special fruiting plant. You will also learn ways different ingredients will mask the distinct taste of noni while adding additional flavor.

You will also be making coconut milk and dry, shredded coconut to be used in all types of cuisines. All produce used in the class will be freshly grown and sourced from Kalani’s campus. Location: Kalani Mauka 25

6:00 – 7:30 PM – Featured Dinner: Fresh Local Catch (Fish) – Purchase Tickets!

Friday, September 4

NEW! 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM – The Modern Food Movement (presentation) with Ellard*
You are what you eat. There is a movement in the U.S. to bring our culture back to a consciousness about the importance of where our food comes from, how it is produced, prepared, and the significance of the shared meal. This movement has rallied around Alice Waters’ culinary philosophy: fresh food, prepared amply and sourced well.

This educational presentation will cover a basic history of the modern Food Movement including Alice Waters, seminal works by Michael Pollan, the Slow Food movement, and reintegration of indigenous cultures practices around food production and consumption. The presentation will cover the importance of buying local and seasonal food as well as encouraging farming practices that regenerate land rather than foul it. Ellard will offer concrete ways to join the Food Movement and why changing the way we eat is one of the most political things individuals can do to change the world. Location: Kalani Mauka 25

1:00 PM – Farm Tour: Hilo Coffee Mill – Purchase Tickets!
On this tour you will walk through a story board maze which will describe in detail the steps a coffee bean takes from farm to cup. Explore the pulping and grinding sheds and smell your way to the gift shop. Enjoy a Q&A with the owner and correct any myths about coffee you may believe.

Dress for the elements! Bring closed-toe shoes, rain gear and a hat. Shuttle departs from Kalani Guest Services

6:00-7:30 pm – Featured Dinner: Local Organic Puna Chicks Chicken – Purchase Tickets!

Saturday, September 5

9:30 – 11:30 AM – Cooking Class with Darde: Taro & Ulu Preparation – Purchase Tickets!
Get your hands messy with Taro and Ulu preparation. Learn how to harvest and prepare these Hawaiian staple foods in a variety of ways. Discuss nutritional benefits, growing tips, and explore the different tastes and textures that can be created. Location: Kalani Mauka 25

UPDATED! 2:30 PM – Farm Tour: The Purple Coop – Purchase Tickets!
On this tour – now departing at 2:30 PM (when the chicks are out and about) – you will witness the life cycle and developmental stages of a chicken. You will learn about different breeds of chickens on the island and how they are bred. You will also gain insight into the importance this animal plays on Hawaii Island and how to be more conscious about your diet and the process it takes from farm-to-fork.

Please note: there are no restrooms. Fruit and water provided. Dress for the elements! It will be hot with limited shade so please plan accordingly. Bring closed-toe shoes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottle, and rain gear. Shuttle departs from Kalani Guest Services

6:00-7:30 pm – Featured Dinner: Surf & Turf – Purchase Tickets!

Sunday, September 6

8:30 – 11:00 AM – Market Visit: Maku‘u Farmer’s Market; shuttle departs from Kalani Guest Services

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Featured Meal: Brunch – Purchase Tickets!

3:00 – 5:00 PM – Closing Event: PupuPalooza Appetizer Contest – Purchase Tickets or Learn More!

Monday, September 7

11:00 AM Kalani Check-out

*Events marked with an asterisk are available at no additional cost to Puna Culinary Festival pass-holders, Kalani Guests and Spa Members, and Volunteers.

If you would like to attend a free event as part of the Puna Culinary Festival, you may purchase a meal or a daily spa-pass for entry to Kalani’s campus. Spa passes are available for purchase at Kalani Guest Services.