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Breadfruit cooking contest call for original recipes

Ulu Tamales cooked by the Kua O Ka La Public Charter School students, who won an award at the September 2011 breadfruit festival. (Photo courtesy of Sonia R. Martinez)


A cooking contest at the Puna Ulu Festival calls for original recipes that feature breadfruit as the main ingredient.

The Puna Ulu Festival is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 3 at Hooulu Lahui, the site of Kua O Ka La Public Charter School at Pualaa, adjacent to the Ahalanui County Park warm ponds in Puna.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Puna Ulu Festival features a cooking contest, breadfruit trees for sale, presentations on the cultivation and care of ulu trees, poi pounding, tapa making, activities for the keiki, music all day and local food featuring breadfruit.

The day will include a Breadfruit Cooking Contest in which the public can enter recipes in the categories of Appetizer, Main Dish/Entree and Dessert.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each of these categories and for Healthiest Choice and Best in Show.

Breadfruit Cooking Contest rules and entry forms can be found at

Dishes can be dropped off at the Puna Ulu Festival 8-10 a.m. Saturday, March 3. Contest entrants must submit an entry form with recipe(s) — pre-registration is appreciated, but not required.

Contestants are asked to bring dishes two ways — a plated 10” to 12” (or an 8 inch bowl for liquid dishes such as soups and curries) dish for presentation and judging, and a larger platter (approximately 9” x 13”) for public sampling.

In addition to displaying and sampling the cooking contest entries, cooking demonstrations will be held throughout the day featuring Chef Casey Halpern from Cafe Pesto, Shirley Kauhaihao, a Hawaiian cultural practitioner from Kona and the students of Kua O Ka La PCS. There will also be a locally sourced buffet lunch that features breadfruit.

The Puna Ulu Festival is sponsored by Hooulu Lahui, Kua O Ka La Public Charter School, Hawaii Homegrown Food Network, the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden and Kamehameha Schools.

The Puna Ulu Festival is a part of a larger statewide effort to revitalize breadfruit for food security called Hooulu ka Ulu.

— Find out more:
Puna Ulu Festival: 965-5098,

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