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Avocado activities abound (Feb. 16-18)

(Photo courtesy of Randy Magnus)


The sixth annual Hawaii Avocado Festival celebrates the versatile, native American fruit with three days of events Feb. 16-18 in Kona.

First on tap is the Amp Up with Avocado! Reception 5-9 p.m. Thursday Feb. 16 at the Kalanikai Bar & Grill at the Keauhou Beach Resort. The evening event is a benefit for the festival and Kona Pacific Public Charter School.

Enjoy a silent auction, avocado-themed pupus, Kona Brewery beer, music by Nahko of Medicine for the People and dancing for a $15 donation at the door.

Festival fun moves to Kealakekua Bay Bed and Breakfast Friday, Feb. 17 for a Farm-to-Fork Hawaii Dinner. The menu of the five-course, avocado-inspired meal is by Chef Devin Lowder of When Pigs Fly Island Charcuterie. Dessert Chef Hector Wong of My Yellow Kitchen in Honolulu will prepare a seven-layer avo dessert.

Seating is limited and a portion of the $85 price benefits the festival. For reservations, phone 328-8150.

The celebration culminates Saturday, Feb. 18 with the family-friendly 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Hawaii Avocado Festival at the Keauhou Beach Resort. The free, community event offers a wealth of activities for attendees of all ages sprawling throughout the resort’s grounds.

Get tips on growing and grafting avocado trees, plus trees will be on sale for the home orchard.

Leading the educational botanical sessions is a team of University of Hawaii staff: Dr. Ted Radovich, assistant specialist, Sustainable and Organic Farming Systems Laboratory; Dr. Mark Nickum, assistant professor, Sustainable Farming Systems, Tropical Fruit and Nut Crops; and Andrea Kawabata, assistant agent, coffee and orchards with UH Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

Continuing the discussion from last year’s festival, Radovich will again lead a panel in deliberating the topic, “Bringing the Culture Back to Agriculture.”

Enjoy free avocado sushi rollups — while they last — by West Hawaii Community College culinary students and an avocado recipe contest.

Chef Matt Dulin, Denver sushi guru at Elways Restaurant, is overseeing the contest with competition for Best Guacamole, Best Entrée, Best Dessert and People’s Choice.

Find entry and prize details at

Chef Hector Wong will demonstrate how to make a seven-tier Chocolate Oblivion Cake while using organic Hawaii Island avocado and Keauhou’s Original Hawaiian Chocolate—which is totally grown and made on the Big Isle.

Also on tap are more than 80 artisan and food booths, a farmer’s market, a variety of healing arts, alternative energy demonstrations and a full lineup of performing arts headlined by Bolo, Maka and Nahko of Medicine for the People. Volunteers with Kona Pacific Public Charter School are coordinating keiki activities.

This year’s original festival art is by Antoinette Sharfin, “Illuminature.” The art will be sold on organic cotton T-shirts and Sharfin will be available to sign the official commemorative festival poster that will be available for purchase.

The 2012 Hawaii Avocado Festival is sponsored by Sanctuary of Mana Kea Gardens, Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers-West Hawaii, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Keauhou Beach Resort, Hawaii Health Guide, Farm to Fork,, Divine Goods, Kona Brewing Company, Island Naturals, Kona Pacific Public Charter School and UH’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

For further information, contact Randyl Rupar at 808-936-5233.

(Photo courtesy of Randy Magnus)

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