Schedule

This year, the Puna Culinary Festival includes creative locavore dinners, classes, workshops, special events, market visits and farm tours.

Learn about plants and products unique to Hawai’i, our island’s special blend of multi-cultural influences, and the sumptuous cuisine inspired by our abundant surroundings.

Below is our schedule for 2013.  2014′s festival schedule will be very similar – and updated/available in Summer 2014.

Sunday 9/8/2013

Class: 2:00-4:00 PM: Luau Foods for the Modern Kitchen

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Join Kalani Kitchen Manager and Chef Dana Butler as we learn how to make Kalua Pork, and explore its many uses during and after the luau. To complement the pork, Dana will demonstrate the preparation of complimentary luau foods, including ahi poke, mashed purple potatoes, and Warabi (Hawaiian Fiddlehead Fern) Salad, made from fresh local ingredients grown on the Big Island.

Location: Kalani Mauka Kitchen

Cost:  $25 /$20 kama’aina

Reservations Required. To make a reservation, please contact us.

Opening Dinner: 6:00-8:00 PM: Behind the Scenes Luau - featuring Leilehua Yuen and Manu Josiah

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A festival favorite, our Behind the Scenes Luau is hosted by Hawaiian culture practitioners and storytellers, Leilehua and Manu. They will share stories of the luau foods and experience, while you enjoy a spectacular feast with a modern twist. This is a wonderful opportunity to dive deeper into the genuine culture and legends behind the world-famous Hawaiian luau.

Kalani will come alive with Hawaiian music, food, and hula throughout the event location in full celebration.

Menu:

  • Kalua Pork and Cabbage (featuring Hawaiian-Grown Cabbage)
  • Locally-Caught Ahi Poke
  • Tofu Poke (featuring Natural Pacific Tofu made in Keaau and Puna-grown ginger & green onions)
  • Molokai Purple Sweet Potatoes in Coconut Milk
  • Organic Steamed Rice
  • Sauteed Local Mushrooms (feat. Hamakua grown Ali’i and Pioppini Mushrooms
  • Warabi (Locally-grown Hawaiian Fiddlehead Fern) Salad
  • Bountiful Salad Bar with Kalani Made Dressings
  • Dessert: Kona Coffee Pudding Cake

Location: The Lanai at Kalani

Cost:  Dinner tickets are $29/$24 kama’aina.

Reservations Required. To make a reservation, please contact us.

 

Monday 9/9/2013

Class: 10:00AM - 12:00 Noon: Raw, Vegan, and Delicious!

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Mariana Bergtold is a vegan, macrobiotic chef who trained at le Cordon Bleu in Paris and has owned several restaurants featuring vegan foods.  A Puna resident and full-time chef, Mariana excels at creating vegan dishes that even the most dedicated carnivore will enjoy, as she makes her own tempeh, tofu and nut cheeses, and seitan from scratch.

Mariana will focus on summery salads that highlight how delicious eating raw and vegan can be.  Using local tofu, mac nuts, flavorful herbs, citrus, greens and tropical fruits, she will share her abundant knowledge of how to eat healthily and mindfully.

Location:  Kalani Mauka Kitchen

Cost: $25/$20 kama’aina

Reservations Required. To make a reservation, please contact us.

Tour: 1:00-3:00 PM: Native and Non-Native: Kalani Gardens

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Barcus Adams, Kalani’s resident horticulture expert, will lead a tour of agricultural programs and horticulture focusing on sustainable practices, and distinguishing native from non-native plants.

Meeting Point: The Lanai at Kalani

Cost:  Free

Reservations are not required.

Featured Dinner: 6:00-7:30 PM: Farm-to-Fork with Chef Dana Butler

Chef Dana ButlerThis dinner will feature produce from the farms of Puna. Each dish will highlight the products of one local farm, with information about the farm and products provided to guests.

We are pleased to feature Kalani’s own Dana Butler as a feature chef. Dana is the lead chef at Kalani, and is passionate about local food and produce.

Menu:

  • Organic Rosemary-Garbanzo Bean Soup (featuring Locally-Grown Rosemary)
  • Local Catch of the Day with Kalani-Grown Basil Aioli
  • Organic Tempeh with Vegan Basil Aioli
  • Local Kabocha Pumpkin Risotto (featuring Pumpkins grown by Xanadu Farms)
  • Maku’u Market Seasonal Greens
  • Tomato & Bread Salad (featuring Island Harvest Organics tomatoes and Kalani house-baked bread)
  • Bountiful Salad Bar with Kalani Made Dressings
  • Dessert Lilikoi Cake

Location: The Lanai at Kalani

Cost:  Dinner tickets are $24/$19 kama’aina.

Reservations Required. To make a reservation, please contact us.

Class: 7:00-8:30 PM: Hawaiian Studies: Traditional Hawaiian Agriculture and Cuisine

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Learn about the Lower Puna Agricultural System that was once the source of much of the food on Hawaii Island, and the methods of farming and cooking through legends and stories. Our kumu, Tu’ulei Goo, earned a double major  in Hawaiian studies and history in 2000, and has been teaching culture, language, and history to all ages for the past 10 years, including the last year at Kalani.

Location: Kalani EMAX

Cost:  Free – Donations to the teacher welcomed.

Reservations Required. To make a reservation, please contact us.

 

Tuesday 9/10/2013

Tour: 9:00AM - 12:00 Noon: Dragon's Eye Farm

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Dragon’s Eye Learning Center is a farm dedicated to natural farming, aquaponics, and learning. Our visit will explore the farm’s facilities, as we discuss Korean natural farming techniques and new sustainable ways of farming chickens.

Location: Shuttle leaves Kalani at 9:00AM – or meet us at Dragon’s Eye at 9:30AM – driveway is on the left towards the end of Papaya Farms Road.

Cost:  $25 / $20 kama’aina.

Reservations Required. To make a reservation, please contact us.

Class: 2:00PM - 4:00PM: Shaman in the Kitchen with Stewart Blackburn

Stewart_BlackburnWhen we add a spiritual dimension to the food we prepare, we create a very powerful way of influencing our lives for the better. In this class we will make a seven-layer crepe torte that incorporates the dreams and desires of everyone present. In being mindful of what we do and what we create, we can learn how to better steer our lives in the directions that we want. And when we do it with fun, joy, and delicious foods it works even more effectively. The crepe torte will be vegetarian with cheese.

Stewart Blackburn has been a chef for over 30 years, working in boutique gourmet restaurants, catering, manufacturing gourmet specialty foods and food consulting. He holds a Masters Degree in Food Science from the University of Maine. He has also been practicing shamanism for over 20 years.

Stewart Blackburn is a modern shaman and healer who works with the spirits of fun, joy, and Aloha. As author of the book The Skills of Pleasure: Crafting the Life You Want, his classes are always full of useful information, insights, and playfulness.

Location:  Kalani Mauka Kitchen

Cost: $25/$20 kama’aina

Reservations Required. To make a reservation, please contact us.

Class: 3:00-5:00 PM: Lauhala Weaving

Puna Culinary Festival Learn the traditional Hawaiian art of lauhala (pandanus leaves) weaving with Auntie Linda using materials harvested from Kalani’s own grounds. Beginners start with weaving a bracelet and progress to weaving fans, mats, baskets, and other pieces in subsequent sessions. Also enjoy chanting, talking story, and learning about Hawaiian culture.

Location: Hale Aloha at Kalani

Cost:  $15/$10 kama’aina

Reservations are not required.

Featured Dinner: 6:00-7:30 PM: Culinary Institute of America Trained Kenneth Drotar

Chef Kenny

Kenneth Drotar studied at the Culinary Institute of America, and is now a full time resident of Puna, splitting his time and creative genius between Kaleo’s and Kalani.

His menus are innovative and always contain a surprise ingredient or unusual combination that makes foodies and chefs alike wonder, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

Menu:

  • Kabocha Pumpkin Soup (locally grown by Xanadu Farms)
  • Roasted Free-Range Chickens with Local, Organic Honey and White Pineapple Glaze (honey and pineapple locally grown by Island Harvest Organics)
  • Roasted Organic Tofu with Honey and White Pineapple Glaze (featuring Natural Pacific Tofu made in Keaau)
  • Organic Brown Rice
  • Stuffed Tomatoes with Big-Island Grown Macadamia Nuts (tomatoes locally grown by Island Harvest Organics)
  • Sauteed Green Beans (locally grown by Ginger Ridge Farm)
  • Dessert: Chocolate Cake

Location: The Lanai at Kalani

Cost:  Dinner tickets are $24/$19 kama’aina.

Reservations Required. To make a reservation, please contact us.

Class: 7:30-8:30 PM: Hula - Special Food Theme

Jonathan Kimo LopezJoin Kalani’s hula kumu, Jonathan Kaleikaukeha Kimo Lopez, for this special hula class focused on hulas that have a food theme.  Hula is fun to learn for all ages and genders, and the interwoven stories and legends will inspire your further appreciation of the beauty of Hawaiian culture.

Location: Kalani Lanai

Cost:  Free

Reservations are not required.

 

Wednesday 9/11/2013

Tour: 9:00AM - 4:00 PM: Hilo Farmer's Market, Suisan Lunch, and Hamakua Mushroom Farm

 

Hamakua MushroomsThe Hilo Farmers Market is a must-see experience when you are on the Big Island. Over 200 local farmers and artisans sell their produce, crafts, gift items and tropical flowers in a festive outdoor atmosphere.

We will have lunch with our Presenting Sponsor, Suisan.  Suisan’s Fish Market in Hilo is an East Hawaii institution, and the poke there is sublime!

Finally, we will visit the Hamakua Heritage Mushroom Farm.  This farm is a state-of-the-art facility located in beautiful Laupahoehoe. They are equipped with specialty mushroom cultivation equipment, a sterile tissue culture laboratory and six indoor growing rooms, making it possible to produce a stunning variety of species.

Location: Tour leaves Kalani at 9:00AM. Contact us if you wish to self-drive and meet us at any of the tour locations.

Cost:  $35 / $20 kama’aina.

Reservations Required. To make a reservation, please contact us.

Event: 5:00-10:00 PM: Kalapana Night Market

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Uncle Robert Keli’iho’omalu is the legendary and beloved patriarch of the old Kalapana village, and his family compound is where this lively market is located. This colorful open air night market has hundreds of people showing up for fresh produce, tasty food, and live Hawaiian music.

Location: Uncle’s Awa Bar in Kalapana

Shuttle: Leaves Kalani every half hour from 5:00PM to 10:00PM, with pickups at Seaview Lawn and Kehena Beach. Returns on the 15s and 45s.

Cost:  Free

No reservation required.

 

Thursday 9/12/2013

Class: 10:00-12:00PM: Breakfast Secrets from the Kalani Kitchen

Puna Culinary Festival Kenneth Drotar is a Culinary Institute of America trained chef, who will be using local organic ingredients to demonstrate healthy fun food for the whole family.

Kenny’s class will focus on that most important meal:  breakfast!  He will share his vegan, gluten-free pancake recipe and other delicious breakfast dishes that feature farm-fresh eggs and locally grown tropical fruits.  In addition, Kenny will reveal the secrets behind Kalani’s famous granola recipe.

Kenneth shares, “In my classes you can feel great about consuming the food we are preparing. Buying local and knowing where the food comes from brings you closer to your food, and makes you part of the global change.”

Location:  Kalani Mauka Kitchen

Cost: $25/$20 kama’aina

Reservations Required. To make a reservation, please contact us.

Tour: 1:00PM-6:00 PM: Hilo Coffee Mill and Volcano Winery

Puna Culinary FestivalThe Hilo Coffee Mill supplies superb Hawaiian coffees in keeping with the spirit of a family-run coffee plantation. The Big Island of Hawaii produces some of the “richest” coffee in the world, comparable to any of the more famous coffee regions. The Hilo Coffee Mill is located on 24 beautiful acres in Mountain View, with a full viewing area and tasting bar, and was founded to help small local coffee farmers not only produce and process their coffee crops, but also assist in marketing these valuable crops to the rest of the world.

We will then visit the Volcano Winery, whose wines, inspired by volcanic fire and the bounty of the island, are only available here in the Hawaiian Islands. Tropical fruits like yellow guava and the exotic jaboticaba berry are blended with traditional wine grapes and transformed into vibrant creations that capture the playful spirit of Hawaiian paradise.

For the more traditional palate, they offer a Pinot Grigio along with their Symphony Mele as pure grape white wines and Pinot Noir for red wine lovers. And their Macadamia Nut Honey Wine, made from the island’s blossoms of the Macadamia Nut tree, is a sweet after-dinner treat that is uniquely Hawaiian – a favorite with locals and visitors from all over the world. Since they started growing tea at the winery, they also added a Tea Wine (Infusion) to our lineup as a specialty wine.

Location: Shuttle leaves Kalani at 1:00PM.  Contact us if you wish to self-drive and meet us at any of the tour locations.

Cost:  $25 / $20 kama’aina.

Reservations Required. To make a reservation, please contact us.

Featured Dinner: 6:00-7:30: Author & Chef Mark Ceranski

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Author and Chef Mark Ceranski lives in Puna, having served as an executive chef for a Saudi Prince, a Formula One team owner, and countless British dignitaries. His upcoming book, “Potboiler: In the Kitchen with Royalty, Dictators and Despots,” will thematically influence Mark’s menu.

Menu:

  • Miso Soup
  • Locally-caught Catch of the Day with Miso Glaze
  • Organic Agedashi Tofu (featuring Natural Pacific Tofu made in Keaau)
  • Organic Rice
  • Udon Noodles with Locally-grown Mushrooms (from Hamakua Heritage Farm)
  • Spicy Glazed Japanese Eggplant (locally grown by Island Harvest Organics)
  • Kalani-grown Watercress Goma-Ae
  • Cold Rice Noodles with Shrimp, Wasabi & Kalani-grown Green Onions
  • Dessert: Butter Mochi No. 2

Location: The Lanai at Kalani

Cost:  Dinner tickets are $24/$19 kama’aina.

Reservations Required. To make a reservation, please contact us.

Event: 8:00-10:00PM - Great Film for a Great Cause: King Corn

Puna Culinary Festival In support of the Hawaii Island Food Basket (our local food bank) we will be featuring the movie a King Corn, a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In the film, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm.

Hawaii Island Food Basket

The Food Basket is an island-wide, supplemental food network that collects and distributes nutritious, high-quality food to low-income households, the working poor, the disabled, the ill, senior citizens, children, and other members of the Big Island’s most vulnerable populations.

Location: Kalani EMAX 8:00-10:00PM

Cost:  Canned Food Donation or Cash Donation – Proceeds to the Hawaii Island Food Basket.

Reservations are not required.

 

Friday 9/13/2013

Tour: 9:00AM - 12:00 Noon: La'akea Farm

Puna Culinary Festival Join us on our visit to La’akea Permaculture Community, where the community will immerse us on the ins and outs of permaculture. This region of Hawaii is particularly famous for permaculture projects, and the friendly folks at La’akea have been amongst those at the leading edge.

Location: Shuttle leaves Kalani at 9:00AM.   Contact us if you wish to self-drive and meet us at La’akea  at 9:30AM.

Cost:  $25 / $20 kama’aina.

Reservations Required. To make a reservation, please contact us.

Class: 2:00-4:00PM: Cooking Class with Mark Ceranski: Secrets from a Storied Chef

Puna Culinary Festival Author and Chef Mark Ceranski lives in Puna, having served as an executive chef for a Saudi Prince, a Formula One team owner, and countless British dignitaries.

Mark will prepare a three course meal featuring locally grown and produced ingredients such as microgreens, chevre, papaya, local eggs, and grass-fed beef.

Stories from Mark’s upcoming book, “Potboiler: In the Kitchen with Royalty, Dictators and Despots,” will thematically influence Mark’s class. Whether cooking on a budget or with none in mind, these secrets will help your dishes delight.

Location:  Kalani Mauka Kitchen

Cost: $25/$20 kama’aina

Reservations Required. To make a reservation, please contact us.

Event: 5:00-10:00PM: Taste of Pahoa

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Featured restaurants in Pahoa will provide special menus and entertainment, while the shops of Pahoa stay open later for this special Mainstreet Pahoa event.

Location: Mainstreet Pāhoa, District of Puna, Hawai‘i County, Hawai‘i.

Participating Restaurants:

  • Luquin’s Mexican Restaurant
  • Kaleo’s
  • Paolo’s Bistro
  • Ning’s Thai Cuisine
  • Pele’s Kitchen
  • Aloha Leha Cafe
  • Coco Island Cuisine
  • Blackrock Bar and Restaurant

Cost:  Free

Reservations should be made with participating restaurants if a sit-down meal is desired.

 

Saturday 9/14/2013

Event: 9:00-11:00 AM: SPACE Market Visit

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SPACE Market, at the local Seaview Performing Arts Center, is a delightful taste of Puna. All products are locally produced. Join us for a casual and friendly exploration of this local and colorful market.

Location: Shuttle leaves Kalani at 9:00AM; or meet at the entrance to SPACE Market at 9:15AM.

Cost:  Free

Reservations Required. To make a reservation, please contact us.

Closing Event: 3:00-5:00 PM: PupuPalooza - A celebration of local appetizers

PupuPalooza Our featured closing event, PupuPalooza is a whimsical and delicious celebration of local appetizers. It will run as a “cook-off,” with competition between Contestants for a variety of cash and other prizes. Community is welcome to participate both as a Contestant or just to come by and sample the pu pus. Donations of food will also be accepted, with all food donations going to the Hawaii Island Food Basket. Learn more on the dedicated PupuPalooza page.

Featured Dinner: 6:00-7:30 PM: Exotica! Chef Mariana Bergtold

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Delve into a dinner of exotic produce and clever taste combinations during this closing feature dinner with Chef Mariana Bergtold. Mariana is a Puna resident and full-time chef with a history of innovative cooking that will excite vegetarians and omnivores alike.

Menu:

  • Pioppini Mushroom, Celery and Organic Tomato Soup (featuring produce from Hamakua Heritage Farm, Ginger Ridge Farm and Island Harvest Organics)
  • Pesto Roasted Cheesy Bread Fruit (featuring Kalani-grown Basil & Breadfruit)
  • Local Grass-fed Grilled Beef Sirloin Tip in a marinade of Local Lillikoi, Herbs & Palm Sugar
  • Organic Mixed Grains with Local Roasted Golden Beets and Macadamia Nuts
  • Organic Spicy Tempeh Poke with Local Avocado
  • Kalani-Grown Watercress, Starfruit, and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds in a Citrus Dressing
  • Dessert: Zapote, Apple Zapote and Starfruit Crisp (Vegan & Sugar-free)

Guest Chef: Mariana Bergtold

Location: The Lanai at Kalani

Cost:  Dinner tickets are $24/$19 kama’aina.

Reservations Required. 

 

Sunday 9/15/2013

Event: 8:30-10:30 AM: Maku'u Market Visit

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Maku’u Market is one of the busiest and most colorful farmers’ markets on the Big Island. Join us for a visit to the market, where you can explore the local foods produced on the Big Island and speak with the farmers whose living depends on the land.

Location: Shuttle leaves Kalani at 8:30AM; or meet at Maku’u Market office at 9:00AM.

Cost:  $15 with shuttle/Free if meeting at Maku’u Market.

Reservations Required. To make a reservation, please contact us.

 

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies and procedures to participate in this event should contact us at (808) 965-7828 as soon as possible, but no later than September 3rd, five days before the scheduled event.