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Mad about mangoes

The aftermath. (Hawaii 24/7 photo by Karin Stanton)

Karin Stanton | Hawaii 24/7 Contributing Editor

More than 1,000 people stopped by the garden lawn at Keauhou Beach Resort to indulge in all things mango.

Saturday’s event included about 50 vendors, crafters and mango experts, as well as a host of healing arts practitioners. The festival also featured a full slate of music and entertainment.

In its first year presented by Hawaii Health Guide and The Sanctuary of Mana Kea Gardens, the Mango Festival offered a healthy & green living outdoor expo with natural products, medicinal plants, arts and crafts, health and wellness practitioners, keiki activities and healthy foods. A silent auction benefits future Hawaii Healing Garden festivals.

Chef Hector Wong shared off his cooking skills, while farmers and ag experts gave tips and talks.

Michael Saiz, of Hawaii Health Guide, said combining the agricultural theme with healing arts makes sense and promotes shared values.

Keauhou Beach Resort general manager Paul Horner said he was delighted to host such a great example of a community festival, especially as it promoted healthy lifestyles and good agricultural practices.

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A variety of mangoes were on display and on sale. (Hawaii 24/7 photo by Karin Stanton)

Chef Hector Wong shows off his skills. (Hawaii 24/7 photo by Karin Stanton)

Tropical fruit expert Ken Love can talk about mangoes for hours! (Hawaii 24/7 photo by Karin Stanton)

One of the healing arts. (Hawaii 24/7 photo by Karin Stanton)

Got coconut milk? Yup, coming up. (Hawaii 24/7 photo by Karin Stanton)

(Photo special to Hawaii 24/7 by Colin Gould)

(Photo special to Hawaii 24/7 by Colin Gould)

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