Taro Festival in Waipa

Mark your calendars!  The Waipa Kalo Festival is this weekend, October 16th and 17th.  Kalo, more commonly known as “taro” is a food staple in the Hawaiian islands.  Information from the Waipa Foundation website describes it as follows:

Waipa Foundation, in partnership with Limahuli Garden and Preserve, will host a Kalo Festival this year, on the weekend of October 16th-17th, 2010. “E Ola Na Iwi ia Kakou” means to honor the traditions of our ancestors and is the theme of this grassroots event, which will focus on highlighting, celebrating, and sharing anything and everything about kalo.

Saturday, October 16th from 10am-8pm, will be the ho`olaule`a in the big field at Waipa, and will feature hands-on workshops, educational displays, booths, tasting and demonstrations; Biggest kalo competitions and recognition of kupuna mahi`ai Kalo (Kalo farmers); lo`i tours, food and craft vendors, keiki activities and games, a cooking contest, and Kalo art contest (in partnership with select schools). Entertainment will include music, presentations and movies into the evening. This event is a fundraiser for the Waipa Community Kitchen and Poi Mill, and will be a minimum to zero waste event, so think about to bringing your own plates and utensils, and do not use styrofoam. Entry fees for the day will be $3 for adults and $1 for kids.

On Sunday, Limahuli Garden and Preserve will host a Kalo varieties identification workshop from 9-11am followed by a Kalo tasting and pa`ina until 12:30pm.

Contact Waipa Foundation at 826-9969 or through www.waipafoundation.org for more information.

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