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Breadfruit Festival 2011


Download the Breadfruit Festival Poster

Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network, the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden and Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden are presenting the Breadfruit Festival—Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in South Kona on Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. The Breadfruit Festival celebrates the rich culture of breadfruit (‘ulu) in Hawai‘i and the Pacific, raises awareness about the importance of breadfruit for food security and gives the people an opportunity to taste many delicious ways that breadfruit can be prepared. The Festival is free and open to the public.

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Cooking Contest

Read rules and instructions, and download entry forms. Contest entrants must submit an entry form with recipe(s). Check out the prizes!

Taste of 'Ulu (September 16-23)

The Keauhou Beach Resort, Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa and Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai will feature delicious 'ulu dishes on their menus. Plus, a special presentation at the Keauhou Farmers Market.

Breadfruit tree sales

Purchase breadfruit trees for pick-up during festival

Fine Art Contest celebrating 'ulu

View contest results here!

Download the Festival poster

This pdf poster is suitable for printing and showing to all your friends!

Download the Festival program

The six-page program covers scheduling, site map, and background material.

Directions to Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, the festival location.

Breadfruit-inspired food will highlight the festivities. Chefs Olelo paa Faith Ogawa of Glow Hawaii and Scott Lutey, Executive Chef of the Eddie Aikau Restaurant and Museum will be demonstrating how to make various delicious breadfruit dishes and giving out samples to taste. A local food buffet featuring breadfruit will be presented by Chef Betty Saiki and the West Hawai‘i Community College Culinary Arts Program. Members of the public are invited to enter the Breadfruit Cooking Contest with their own favorite recipes. Open to all Hawai‘i Island residents, Cooking Contest prizes will be awarded in the categories of Appetizer, Soup/Salad/Side Dish, Main Dish/Entrée, Dessert, Best of Show and Healthiest Choice. Celebrity Chefs Mark Tsuchiyama of Hualalai Resort, Jacqueline Lau of Roy's Restaurants, and Olelo paa Faith Ogawa will be joined by food writer Sonia R. Martinez and KITV weekend anchor Pamela Young to judge the Cooking Contest.

The Breadfruit Festival will feature many Hawaiian and Pacific Islander cultural activities, including: Mahi‘ai and educator Jerry Konanui will lead a hands-on workshop in the art of preparing ‘ulu poi. Hawaiian cultural expert Wesley Sen will be demonstrating how to make tapa from ‘ulu bark. ‘Ohana of the late Micronesian navigator Mau Piailug will share ‘ulu preparation techniques from their home island of Satawal. Master artisan Keoni Turalde will be carving a Hawaiian pahu (drum) from ‘ulu wood. Cultural experts Ryan McCormack of Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School and others will be giving talks on the culture, history and mythology of ‘ulu in Hawai‘i. Other cultural activities include ‘ulumaika, lei making, and quilting featuring ‘ulu motifs.

Workshops on breadfruit propagation, tree care and maintenance, economic opportunities and other topics will be given by experts Dr. Diane Ragone and Ian Cole of the Breadfruit Institute. An art exhibit will feature breadfruit-inspired works from the Festival fine art and youth art contests. ‘Ma‘afala’ (Samoan) and Hawaiian varieties of breadfruit trees will be available for sale.

In the week leading up to the Breadfruit Festival, the Keauhou Resort will celebrate the "Taste of 'Ulu" by featuring gourmet dishes in its resort restaurants and at the Keauhou Farmers Market.

The Breadfruit Festival is sponsored by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s Kūkulu Ola—Living Hawaiian Culture Program. Other sponsors include Kamehameha Schools, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Keauhou Resort, Ke Ola Magazine, Ho‘oulu Lāhui, Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School, West Hawai‘i Community College Culinary Arts Program, Big Island Resource Conservation and Development, Glow Hawai‘i, Kona ‘Ulu, Hawai‘i Tropical Fruit Growers, Sonia R. Martinez, ‘Āpono Hawai‘i and dozens of individual “Breadfruit—Traditional Roots and Modern Fruits” campaign supporters.

Learn more about the Breadfruit Festival by visiting www.breadfruit.info.

Directions to Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, the festival location.

The Breadfruit Festival is a program of Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu—Revitalizing Breadfruit, a project of Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network and the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden to revitalize ‘ulu as an attractive, delicious, nutritious, abundant, affordable, and culturally appropriate food that addresses Hawai‘i’s food security issues.

Festival Sponsors


"Breadfruit—Traditional Roots and Modern Fruits" online campaign supporters

Christina Neumann, Ed Pollock, Peter Simmons, Russell Ruderman, Cindy Walsh, Jim Channon, Richard Rocker, Kaleopono Norris, Rebecca Parks, Paul Massey, Robert Osgood, Marc Kinoshita, David Sokol, Kjfrost, Angela, Priscilla Studholme, Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond, Hap Tallman, Aloha And Mark McGuffie, Kim Hoffman, Annette R. Hall, Caren Loebel-Fried, Karen Rosen, Michael C Whelan, Diane Ragone, Christopher McCullough, Ann Kobsa, Michael Kramer, Clyde Kidani, Louise LeBrun, Ngaire Gilmour, Mariposa Blanco, Sophia Bowart, Jim Wiseman, Jill Kuykendall, Caroline A, Brian Baker, Nita Ragone, Kohala Real Estate & 2nd Home Services, Bernard Vermeulen, Ian Cole, Lynn Beittel, Melora Purell, Shellee Machado, Neal Izumi, Diane Ley, LeAna B Gloor, Natalie Neal, Eve Emshwiller, Laura Davis, Caroline, Forrest Arnold, Magdalene McCann, Michael Swanander, Phaethon, Elyse Kirmaci, Bruce Shenitz, Sonia, Kim Bridges, Tyler Norris, Billie Dawson, 'Apono Hawai'i, Candice, John Antonelli, Christy Martin, Joao Kopytowski Filho, Olelo Pa'a Faith Ogawa, Hawai'i Island School Garden Network, Dennis, HAOsekeeping Inc., Puakoa Taga, J. B. Friday, Ismail Kirmaci, Kirk Eubank, Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden

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