KEAUHOU, Hawaii: Fern Gavelek Communications passes along this finalized line-up for the 2011 Mango Festival to be held at the Keauhou Beach Resort.
KEAUHOU-KONA, HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND—Find mango activities, keiki games, ono grinds, arts and crafts, farmers market and continuous entertainment at the third annual Mango Festival 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 30 at the Keauhou Beach Resort. The free festival celebrates Hawaii’s delicious and diverse mango varieties during the peak of the harvest season on the scenic, palm-fringed grounds of the resort’s Royal Garden.
Mango-themed activities start 11 a.m. when University of Hawaii Extension Agent Ty McDonald demonstrates mango grafting. Bring in your different varieties of mangos for identification by Ken Love, president of the statewide Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers. Love discusses the importance on using local fruit at noon during “Why Hawaiian Mangos?” At 2 p.m., popular pastry chef Hector Wong of Oahu shows how to pair mangos with Keauhou’s Original Hawaiian Chocolate. Samples are on the house!
Other ag presentations are “Bee Happy” by Alisa Yahna at 1 p.m., “Tier Gardening and DYI Compost” by Patrick McDonald at 3 p.m. and “Incense: a SEEDs program for Teenagers” by Stephanie Bolton at 3:30 p.m.
Entertainment opens the festival at 10 a.m. with a traditional blessing and hula by Kumu Keala Ching and Na Wai Iwi Ola Hula Halau. A variety of music and dance continues with Pule Kahikina Nahe Nahe at 10:30 a.m., Maka & Friends at 11:15 a.m., Hands of Fatima belly dancing at noon and the Stuheart Band at 12:30 p.m.
Stepping off at 2 p.m. is the Divine Goods Fashion Parade with Nouveau Gypsy Belly Dance Troupe featuring Sahra Indio. Bolo takes the stage at 3 p.m., followed by the Anela Harp Ensemble at 4 and Divine Dance. A closing ceremony wraps up the festival at 4:45 p.m.
The Mango Festival is a zero waste event and presented by the non-profit Sanctuary of Mana Ke‘a Gardens with support from the Keauhou Beach Resort. For info, phone 808-334-3340.