Schedule

Screen shot 2014-07-15 at 1.39.00 PMThe Puna Culinary Festival is an open invitation to experience the cutting-edge farm-to-fork practices of this district in tandem with the island’s unique blend of cultural influences. Join us for delectable locavore dinners prepared by talented chefs, cooking classes, film, market visits, farm tours and other special events.

Check out the full festival schedule below.

Puna Culinary Festival Passes
Puna Culinary Festival Passes are available for $175 (a $325 value) and include all Featured Culinary Dinners, Cooking Classes, and 10 PupuPalooza tickets. Culinary Festival Passes do not include Farm Tours.  Farm Tours may be purchased separately through Kalani Guest Services or online.

 

Sunday 9/21/14

Market: 8:30-11:00 am: Maku’u Market

Makuu1Maku’u Market is one of the busiest and most colorful farmer’s 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: Maku’u Market, Kea’au-Pahoa Bypass Rd, Pahoa, HI 96778

Transportation: Shuttles will leave Kalani at 8:30 am.  Or, meet at Maku’u Market office at 9:00 am if you wish to drive separately.

Price:  $15 with shuttle / free if meeting at Maku’u Market

Reservations Required: Reserve your ticket online, or please contact us.

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

DanaButlerJoin Kalani Kitchen Manager and Chef Dana Butler as we learn how to make Kālua Pork, and explore its many uses during and after the luau. To complement the pork, Dana will demonstrate the preparation of typical luau foods, including ahi poke, mashed purple potatoes, and warabi (Hawaiʻian fiddlehead fern) salad, made from fresh local ingredients grown on the Big Island.

Bring your hungry minds and your appetites – classes will feature sampling of all dishes prepared.

Location: Kalani Mauka 25 Kitchen

Price:  $25 ($20 kama’āina)

Reservations Required: Reserve your ticket online or please contact us.

Featured Dinner: 6:00-7:30 pm: Farm-to-Fork menu coming soon!

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Location: Kalani Dining Lanai

Price:  $29 ($24 kama’āina) per meal

Reservations Required: Reserve your ticket online or please contact us.

Art Show Event: 7:00-10:00 pm: DELICIOUS: A Feast for the Senses

Stewarded by Kalani, DELICIOUS gathers together the brilliant artists who are called to Hawaiʻi. We invite all to delight in the vital and creative voices of Puna.

ArtShowDELICIOUS will explore food themes in a variety of manifestations.  Local artists are invited to share their creative expression of food as it intersects with culture, family, or society; its impact on our environment; the history of food; food in pop culture; food in art; or another topic of their choosing in the medium of their choice.  Join us at Kalani for a DELICIOUS array of art and ornamentation, music, and refreshments.

Location:  Kalani

Price:  Donations gratefully accepted

No reservation required.  Artists interested in exhibiting, please email events@kalani.com.

Monday 9/22/14

Cooking Class: 10:00 am-12:00 pm: Consider the Egg

KennyDrotar“The real test of a chef doesn’t come from elaborate dishes with luxury ingredients such as foie gras and caviar but from how well he uses the most humble foods in the pantry. Consider the egg.” – Chef Thomas Keller, The French Laundry

Featuring organic eggs locally produced on the Big Island, Kenny will demonstrate a variety of preparations, including French-style scrambled eggs, omelets and quiches, frittatas and soufflés and how to make the perfect fried egg.

Kenny is one of Kalani’s beloved chefs, and is Culinary Institute of America (CIA) trained.  “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.”

Bring your hungry minds and your appetites – classes will feature sampling of all dishes prepared.

Location: Kalani Mauka 25 Kitchen

Price:  $25 ($20 kama’āina)

Reservations Required: Reserve your ticket online or please contact us.

Event: 1:00-3:00 pm: Kalani Medicinal Plants Tour with Auntie Lynda Tu’a

rs1010_jessewarren_0640-scrLynda Saffery Tu‘a received her formal training from a 1988 State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Apprentice Grant for Ulana Lauhala, a 1989 State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Masters Grant for Ulana Lauhala and a 2002 sabbatical to Tonga to study weaving and kapa making and design. She has been a Featured Artist in 1997 State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Publication “Traditions We Share.” She has also been honored to make ka’ai (burial baskets) for iwi kupuna (bones of the Elders) returned to Pu‘u Honua ‘O Honaunau from the Smithsonian Institute. She continues to teach the traditional ways and designs of the kupuna, enjoys being part of the holua culture and ulana makaloa revival, and uses and teaches la‘au lapa‘au (traditional herbal medicine). She especially finds fulfillment in honoring Wahi Pana (Sacred Places).

 

Location: Meet at Kalani Dining Lanai

Price:  Free

No reservation required.

Featured Dinner: 6:00-7:30 pm: Farm-to-Fork menu coming soon!

FarmtoForkThe Culinary Festival Featured Dinner menus will be crafted based on seasonality and availability of the freshest ingredients from our local supplier and farmer partners.

Location: Kalani Dining Lanai

Price:  $29 ($24 kama’āina) per meal

Reservations Required: Reserve your ticket online or please contact us.

Event: 8:00-9:30 pm: Great Films for a Great Cause

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Location:  Kalani

Price:  Donations gratefully accepted for Hawai’i Island Food Basket

No reservation required.

 

Tuesday 9/23/14

Farm Tour: 8:30 am-4:00 pm: Hamakua Heritage Mushroom Farm and Vanilla Bean Luncheon

Hamakua MushroomsThe Hamakua Heritage Mushroom 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, including the Ali’I (Hawaiʻian Oyster Mushroom), the Pioppini and the Pepeiao (Wood Ear) varieties.

Our second stop on this tour will be at the Hawaiʻian Vanilla Company, the first commercial growers of the vanilla bean in the United States.  Located on the Hamakua Coast, the Hawaiʻian Vanilla Co. strives to produce the best vanilla and vanilla-related products in the world.  The tour includes the “Vanilla Luncheon, a four-course vanilla-inspired meal featuring gourmet recipes developed in the company’s test kitchen.”  The luncheon will be followed by a presentation and farm tour.

Tour pricing includes transportation from Kalani and all admission/luncheon fees. When purchasing tickets, please notify Kalani Guest Services if you wish to drive separately to the tour location. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared for inclement weather.

Location:  Hamakua Heritage Mushroom Farm and Hawai’ian Vanilla Company

Transportation:  Shuttles will depart from Kalani Guest Services promptly at 8:30 am. If you wish to drive separately, please meet the group at Hamakua Mushroom Farm at 9:00 am.

Price:  $85 / $75 kama’āina

Reservations Required: Reserve your ticket online or please contact us.

Event: 3:00-5:00 pm: Lauhala Weaving

LauhalaWeavingLearn the traditional Hawaiian art of lauhala (pandanus leaves) weaving 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 Hawai’ian culture.

Location: Kalani

Price: Free

No reservation required.

Featured Dinner: 6:00-7:30 pm: Farm-to-Fork menu coming soon!

VegetarianMealThe Culinary Festival Featured Dinner menus will be crafted based on seasonality and availability of the freshest ingredients from our local supplier and farmer partners.

Location: Kalani Dining Lanai

Price:  $29 ($24 kama’āina) per meal

Reservations Required: Reserve your ticket online or please contact us.

 

Wednesday 9/24/14

Market: 9:00 am-2:00 pm: Hilo Farmer’s Market and Suisan Luncheon

HiloFarmerMarketThe Hilo Farmers Market is a Big Island must-see! More than 200 local farmers and artisans sell their produce, crafts, and tropical flowers in a festive outdoor atmosphere.

After visiting the market, we will enjoy lunch with the Puna Culinary Festival’s Presenting Sponsor, Suisan.  Suisan’s Fish Market in Hilo is an East Hawaiʻi institution, and their poke is legendary! We will tour their historical building and fish market, and enjoy a poke bowl luncheon overlooking Hilo Bay.

Tour pricing includes transportation from Kalani and all admission/luncheon fees. When purchasing tickets, please notify Kalani Guest Services if you wish to drive separately to the tour location. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared for inclement weather.

Location:  Hilo Farmer’s Market and Suisan

Transportation:  Shuttles will depart from Kalani Guest Services promptly at 9:00 am. If you wish to drive separately, please meet the group at Hilo Farmerʻs Market at 10:00 am.

Price: $35 / $25 kama’āina

Reservations Required: Reserve your ticket online or please contact us.

Cooking Class: 2:30-4:30pm: Hotpot of Transformation with Stewart Blackburn

Stewart_BlackburnAs part of the “Shaman in the Kitchen” series, chef Stewart Blackburn will demo a delicious one-pot meal and show how simple things like cooking one’s own food can influence important aspects of life. This takes the notion that we are what we eat one step further. This class is an examination of how we think as we cook and eat can greatly influence the reality we experience.

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. As author of, “The Skills of Pleasure: Crafting the Life You Want,” Stewartʻs classes are always full of useful information, insights, and playfulness.

Bring your hungry minds and your appetites – classes will feature sampling of all dishes prepared.

Location: Kalani Mauka 25 Kitchen

Price:  $25 ($20 kama’āina)

Reservations Required: Reserve your ticket online or please contact us.

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

Friday night Na Kupuna Kanikapila, Elders play musicUncle 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 Robert’s Awa Bar and Farmer’s Market in Kalapana

Transportation:  Leaves Kalani every half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, with pickups at Seaview Lawn and Kehena Beach. Departs Kalapana on the 15s and 45s, with the last shuttle leaving Uncle Robert’s at 9:45 pm.

Price: Free

No reservation required.

 

Thursday 9/25/14

Cooking Class: 10:00 am-12:00 pm: Class with Scott Laaback

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Sustainable living skills expert and chef Scott Laaback will teach and discuss how to prepare fruits from the diverse genus Artocarpus which includes breadfruit, jackfruit, and breadnut, in traditional and modern ways.

Scott Laaback lives and works in Holualoa on a small diversified family farm and cooks in the kitchen at Daylight Mind Coffee company on Ali’i drive in Kailua. He has been a resident of the Big Island for six years and a student of food cultures and traditions for the last twenty.

“Food is the foundation of our cultures and our society. It is the ‘glue’ that has held our cultures together for the last eight to ten thousand years. How we relate to food is ultimately who we are. The way we relate to food gives us the power to consciously construct ourselves, our society and our world with our food choices. As with any construction, the quality of the result is dependent on the quality of the construction material. I think humanity has gotten to the point where we should ask ourselves, ‘How are we going to our world?’” -Scott Laaback

Bring your hungry minds and your appetites – classes will feature sampling of all dishes prepared.

Location: Kalani Mauka 25 Kitchen

Price:  $25 ($20 kama’āina)

Reservations Required: Reserve your ticket online or please contact us.contact us.

Farm Tour: 1:00-6:00 pm: Hilo Coffee Mill and Ginger Ridge Farm

110712_Hilo_Coffee_MillThe Hilo Coffee Mill supplies superb Hawaiʻian coffees, in keeping with the spirit of a family-run coffee plantation. 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 also visit Ginger Ridge Farms, a 40-acre organic farm in Mountain View on the lush flanks of Mauna Loa. Ginger Ridge supplies much of the lettuce, leafy greens, kale and other produce served at Kalani. Howard James, the proprietor, has spent years experimenting and perfecting organic production. His farming philosophy focuses on caring for the soil, as a healthy aina is the heart and soul of nourishing food.

Tour pricing includes transportation from Kalani and all admission/luncheon fees. When purchasing tickets, please notify Kalani Guest Services if you wish to drive separately to the tour location. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared for inclement weather.

Location:  Hilo Coffee Mill and Ginger Ridge Farm

Transportation:  Shuttles will depart from Kalani Guest Services promptly at 1:00 pm. If you wish to drive separately, please meet the group at Hilo Coffee Mill at 2:00 pm. Price: $35 / $25 kama’āina

Reservations Required: Reserve your ticket online or please contact us. contact us.

Featured Dinner: 6:00-7:30 pm: Farm-to-Fork menu coming soon!

home_2The Culinary Festival Featured Dinner menus will be crafted based on seasonality and availability of the freshest ingredients from our local supplier and farmer partners.

Location: Kalani Dining Lanai

Price:  $29 ($24 kama’āina) per meal

Reservations Required: Reserve your ticket online or please contact us.

Event: 8:00-9:30 pm: The Green Divas Talk Story

TheGreenDivasThere are lots of great ways for us to eat healthier – for us and the planet.  This year, the PCF is thrilled to bring The Green Divas to the Big Island.  Join us for an inspirational discussion of how we all can live – and eat — more sustainably.

The Green Divas (aka Megan McWilliams and Lynn Hasselberger) host a radio show and blog that highlight “low stress ways to live a deeper shade of green.”  Their goal is to inspire sustainable living from a guilt-free, low-stress perspective—making green information accessible to a broad audience using credible resources, humor and technology.

Check them out at thegreendivas.com!

Location: Kalani

Price: Free

No reservation required.

 

Friday 9/26/14

Farm Tour: 8:30 am-12:30 pm: Dragon’s Eye Farm and Evening Rain Farm

110412_Dragons_Eye_farm_tourDragon’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. We will then tour Evening Rain Farm, which is home to many exotic varieties of tropical produce, and is designed to be an experiment in sustainable living.  Jackfruit, breadfruit, bread nut and many varieties of banana, papaya, zapote – and more – thrive at this beautiful farm. Tour pricing includes transportation from Kalani and all admission/luncheon fees. When purchasing tickets, please notify Kalani Guest Services if you wish to drive separately to the tour location. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared for inclement weather.

Location: Dragon’s Eye Farm and Evening Rain Farm

Transportation: Shuttles will depart from Kalani Guest Services promptly at 8:30 am. If you wish to drive separately, please meet the group at Dragon’s Eye at 9:00 am, their driveway is on the left toward the end of Papaya Farms Road.

Price:  $35 / $25 kama’āina

Reservations Required: Reserve your ticket online or please contact us.

Cooking Class: 2:00-4:00 pm: The Green Way to Juicing and Smoothies with The Green Divas

Hosted by The Green Divas, Megan McWilliams and Lynn Hasselberger.

In this class, Meg and Lynn will take on Puna’s bountiful local produce and demonstrate healthy and delicious juicing and smoothie techniques.

TheGreenDivasThe Green Divas host a radio show and weblog that highlights “low stress ways to live a deeper shade of green.”  Their goal is to inspire sustainable living from a guilt-free, low-stress perspective—making green information accessible to a broad audience using credible resources, humor and technology

Bring your hungry minds and your appetites – classes will feature sampling of all dishes prepared.

Location: Kalani Mauka 25 Kitchen

Price:  $25 ($20 kama’āina)

Reservations Required: Reserve your ticket online or please contact us.

Event: 5:00-10:00 pm: Taste of Pāhoa

PahoaRestaurants in Pāhoa will join in celebrating the vibrant nature of Puna Cuisine with evening specials featuring fresh, local ingredients.

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

Participating Restaurants: Coming soon!

Price:  Free

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

 

Saturday 9/27/14

Market: 9:00-11:00 am: SPACE Market

SPACESPACE Market 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:  Uncle Robert’s Farmer’s Market, Kaimu

Transportation: Shuttles will leave from Kalani Guest Services promptly at 9:00 am and will return at 11:00 am.

Price:  Free

Reservations Required: Reserve your ticket online or please contact us.

Event: 3:00-5:00 pm: PupuPalooza

PupupaloozaGraphic_smallPupuPaloozaPupuPalooza is a spirited cook-off style appetizer competition and public tasting.  Food enthusiasts will present their best appetizer for evaluation 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!

Think you have what it takes to win? Check out PupuPalooza Rules and Registration Guide.

Location:  Kalani

Price:  $1 per ticket, exchange 1 ticket for 1 pupu

No reservation required to attend. Tickets will be sold at the door – cash only, please.

Reservations required for PupuPalooza contestants only. Contest entry is free of charge. All entries must be registered no later than FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014.

Learn more on the PupuPalooza page.

Featured Dinner: 6:00-7:30 pm: Farm-to-Fork menu coming soon!

ticketsThe Culinary Festival Featured Dinner menus will be crafted based on seasonality and availability of the freshest ingredients from our local supplier and farmer partners.

Location: Kalani Dining Lanai

Price:  $29 ($24 kama’āina) per meal

Reservations Required: Reserve your ticket online, or please contact us.

 

Sunday 9/28/14

Market: 8:30-11:00 am: Maku’u Market

Makuu2Maku’u Market is one of the busiest and most colorful farmer’s 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: Maku’u Market, Kea’au-Pahoa Bypass Rd, Pahoa, HI 96778

 

Transportation: Shuttles will leave Kalani at 8:30 am.  Or, meet at Maku’u Market office at 9:00 am if you wish to drive separately.

 

Price: $15 with shuttle / free if meeting at Maku’u Market

 

Reservations Required: Reserve your ticket online, or please contact us.

 

- Purchase tickets online – no fees!

- Contact us for more information and to make reservations by phone.

- Special festival accommodation packages are available – come, stay, eat and play!