Puna Ulu (Breadfruit) Festival Goes Nuts – Ulu a Niu

The Second Annual Puna ‘Ulu Festival—‘Ulu a Niu will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 9 am – 3 pm at Ho‘oulu Lāhui, the site of Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School at Pū‘āla‘a, adjacent to the ‘Āhalanui County Park warm ponds in Puna. The event is free and open to the public. The Puna ‘Ulu Festival—‘Ulu a Niu will celebrate ‘ulu (breadfruit) and niu (coconut) with a cooking contest, breadfruit trees and coconut palm trees for sale, presentations, keiki activities, cultural demonstrations, music all day with Diane Aki, Bruddah Cuz and Ili Wai, and local food featuring breadfruit and coconut.

The day will begin at 9 am with an opening pule by Kumu Hula Auli‘i Mitchell followed by a message from Governor Neil Abercrombie delivered by his representative Wendy Botelho-Cortez.

The buffet lunch will feature gourmet dishes by Casey Halpren of Café Pesto, Kanoa Miura of Aloha Mondays, and Mark Noguchi of Pili Hawaii and Taste. The tentative menu includes Fried ‘Ulu Croquettes, Braised Big Island Beef, Vegetable Curry, Heart of Palm Slaw with Coconut Mayo and ‘Ulu Chocolate Cookies.

Auntie Shirley Kauhaihao of Ke‘ei, South Kona, will be demonstrating how to select and prepare ‘ulu fruit. (Photo by Craig Elevitch)

Auntie Shirley Kauhaihao of Ke‘ei, South Kona, will be demonstrating how to select and prepare ‘ulu fruit. (Photo by Craig Elevitch)

Cultural activities include ‘ulu and kalo poi pounding with Uncle Jerry Konanui and ‘Anakala Isaiah Kealoha, kapa making with ‘ulu bark by experts Wesley and Lehua Sen, crafting of pahu drums from coconut with Keone Turalde, coconut weaving, and making cordage from coconut fiber with Larry Kuamo‘o. Keiki activities include games, face painting and block printing. Micronesians United will present traditional Micronesian preparations of ‘ulu with coconut milk. Demonstrations of how to make coconut milk will be held throughout the day. Local coconut water, fresh out of the coconut, will be for sale.

This year the festival is called ‘Ulu a Niu and will feature fresh coconut water for sale and cultural and horticultural activities related to niu (coconut) such as making of coconut milk, coconut palms for sale, crafting of pahu drums from coconut with Keone Turalde, coconut weaving, and making cordage from coconut fiber with Larry Kuamo‘o. (Photo by Craig Elevitch)

This year the festival is called ‘Ulu a Niu and will feature fresh coconut water for sale and cultural and horticultural activities related to niu (coconut) such as making of coconut milk, coconut palms for sale, crafting of pahu drums from coconut with Keone Turalde, coconut weaving, and making cordage from coconut fiber with Larry Kuamo‘o. (Photo by Craig Elevitch)

Learning how to cook ‘ulu and niu in new and traditional ways is one of the highlights of the festival. Cooking demonstrations will be given by local favorite Chef Mark Noguchi aka “Chef Gooch”; Shirley Kauhaihao will show how to select and prepare ‘ulu fruit; Dr. Nat Bletter, Chocolate Flavormeister of Madre Chocolate will be demonstrating how to make exquisite deserts from ‘ulu and niu; the Kua O Ka Lā students culinary arts class will present their award-winning spicy ‘ulu poke and raw foods experts Laura Dawn and Noah Dan will demonstrate how to make ‘ulu tortillas with a variety of sauces.

The public is invited to compete in the ‘Ulu a Niu Cooking Contest in which the public can enter recipes in the categories of Appetizer, Main Dish/Entrée and Dessert. Entries must include both ‘ulu (breadfruit) and niu (coconut), but the main ingredient must be ‘ulu. 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 www.breadfruit.info.

The public is invited to compete in the ‘Ulu a Niu Cooking Contest and can enter recipes in the categories of Appetizer, Main Dish/Entrée and Dessert.  Pictured is the 2012 Best of Show winner, Pūnana Cookies, by Raven Hannah and Jeremy Lutes. (Photo by Craig Elevitch)

The public is invited to compete in the ‘Ulu a Niu Cooking Contest and can enter recipes in the categories of Appetizer, Main Dish/Entrée and Dessert. Pictured is the 2012 Best of Show winner, Pūnana Cookies, by Raven Hannah and Jeremy Lutes. (Photo by Craig Elevitch)

Educational presentations about the cultural and horticultural aspects of breadfruit and coconut round out the event. Kua O Ka Lā students will present a need assessment of the importance of ‘ulu and niu in the community. Kumu Ryan McCormack will give two cultural presentations: ‘Ulu: A Hawaiian Perspective and Niuolahiki—The Life Giving Coconut. Noa Kekuewa Lincoln of Stanford University will present his original research on Kaluulu—the Ancient Kona Breadfruit Grove. Agroforestry expert Craig Elevitch of Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network will speak about Home Gardens—Pasifika Style. Dr. Diane Ragone and Ian Cole of the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden will be on hand to answer questions and will give presentations on Breadfruit and Sustainability and ‘Ulu from Root to Fruit: Tree Planting, Care and Maintenance. A tree planting with Leila Kealoha will commemorate the event.

Keiki activities at the Second Annual Puna ‘Ulu Festival—‘Ulu a Niu include games, face painting and block printing. (Photo by Craig Elevitch)

Keiki activities at the Second Annual Puna ‘Ulu Festival—‘Ulu a Niu include games, face painting and block printing. (Photo by Craig Elevitch)

The Puna ‘Ulu Festival is presented by Ho‘oulu Lāhui, Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School, Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network, the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. The festival is sponsored by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s Kūkulu Ola—Living Hawaiian Culture Program administered by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Doc Buyers Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation, Kamehameha Schools, Suisan, Aloha Mondays, Madre Chocolate and Café Pesto. The Second Annual Puna ‘Ulu Festival—‘Ulu a Niu is a part of a larger statewide effort to revitalize breadfruit for food security called Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu. Learn more about the Puna ‘Ulu Festival by visiting www.breadfruit.info or call 965-5098.

Breadfruit Festival Goes Bananas Seeking Original Recipes

The Breadfruit Cooking Contest at Breadfruit Festival Goes Bananas calls for original recipes that feature breadfruit as the main ingredient—a new twist this year also challenges cooks to combine breadfruit and banana into one unique dish.

The ‘Ulu Tart by Chef Ann Sutherland won Best of Show in the 2011 Breadfruit Cooking Contest. Photo Credit: Sonia R. Martinez

Breadfruit Festival Goes Bananas will take place on Saturday, September 29th, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in South Kona. The festival is free and open to the public. In addition to celebrating the cultural and culinary aspects of breadfruit (‘ulu), this year’s festival will also highlight breadfruit’s forest companion—banana (mai‘a).

The public is invited to compete for prizes by entering the Breadfruit Cooking Contest with their own original recipes. Prizes will be awarded in the categories of: Appetizer, Main Dish/Entrée (includes Soups or Salads served as a Main Dish), Dessert, Going Bananas (combining breadfruit & bananas in one dish), Youth (ages 12 to 18), Best of Show and Healthiest Choice. Each dish will be judged based on: best use of breadfruit, taste, appearance/presentation, originality and healthy ingredients. The Breadfruit Cooking Contest will be judged by a panel of local chefs and foodies—Edwin Goto owner of the “slow food” restaurant Village Burger; award winning private chef and “Conscious Hawaiian Cuisine” inventor Ōlelo pa‘a Ogawa; freelance food writer and former Honolulu Advertiser food editor Joan Namkoong; Chef Devin Lowder of Makali‘i Catering; food writer and cookbook author Sonia R. Martinez; and “Auntie Aloha”  Peneku Kihoi.

Winners of the two top prizes Best of Show and Healthiest Choice will each receive a $300 cash prize donated by Kamehameha Investment Corporation.  1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in the categories of Appetizer, Main Dish/Entrée, Dessert and Going Bananas will receive prizes donated by Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa, Kamehameha Beach Hotel, Fair Winds Cruises, Roy’s, Huggo’s, Kona Brewing Company, Hawai‘i Volcano Sea Salt, Volcano Island Honey Company, Sunshine Nursery, Big Island Brewhaus, Greenwell Farms, Mauna Kea Tea, Coffee Shack, Big Island Bees, Ocean Sports, Kona Coffeehouse & Café and the Keauhou Shopping Center. Winners in the newly added Youth category are competing for a Body Glove Cruise for two and $125 in movie tickets.

The winners of the Breadfruit Cooking Contest will be announced at the festival at 12:00 pm by celebrity chef Sam Choy, who will be demonstrating some of his favorite ways to cook with ‘ulu from 10 am – 12 pm.  Other experts will demonstrate how to cook with breadfruit and banana and Chef Betty Saiki and the West Hawai‘i Community College Culinary Arts Program will serve a locally sourced buffet luncheon featuring breadfruit.

Pre-registration for the Breadfruit Cooking Contest is encouraged, but not required. Rules, Instructions and Entry Forms can be found at www.breadfruit.info.

Breadfruit Festival Goes Bananas is presented by Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network, the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden and Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden. The festival is sponsored by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s Kūkulu Ola—Living Hawaiian Culture Program administered by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Doc Buyers Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation, Kamehameha Schools, Kamehameha Investment Corporation, Ho‘oulu Lāhui, Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School, West Hawai‘i Community College Culinary Arts Program, Ke Ola Magazine, and Big Island Resource Conservation and Development.

 

Breadfruit Festival Goes Bananas – Looking for Artists

Artists are invited to submit original 2D media artwork to the Breadfruit Fine Art Contest, a part of Breadfruit Festival Goes Bananas being held at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in South Kona on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

The Gift of Kū by Caren Loebel-Fried, winner of the 2011 Breadfruit Fine Art Contest.

The Breadfruit Fine Art Contest is part of the educational outreach associated with the festival, celebrating the beauty of the tree and fruit as well as the rich cultural heritage and future role of ‘ulu in Hawai‘i. Recognizing ‘ulu’s traditional role in mixed agroforestry, this year’s festival will also highlight ‘ulu’s Pacific-wide companion, mai’a (banana). Artwork can incorporate ‘ulu and mai‘a, but ‘ulu must be dominant in the piece.

Artists must register for the Breadfruit Fine Art Contest at www.breadfruit.info by September 14th in order to be able to submit work, which must be dropped off at the Donkey Mill Art Center September 18-21 from 10am to 4pm. Artwork that is not pre registered by September 14th will not be accepted. All artwork will be displayed at Breadfruit Festival Goes Bananas on September 29th. One winning piece will be selected and the winner will receive a gift certificate for a stay at a local luxury resort.

Young artists are invited to enter a Youth Art Contest, but they must submit through a school or community group. For the Youth Art Contest— 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each age category will win cash prizes ($75, $50 and $25, respectively) donated by Kamehameha Investment Corporation and a gift bag donated by Starbucks Hawai‘i.  The top winner overall will receive a Dolphin Quest Dolphin Encounter for two.

The Breadfruit Fine Art and Youth Art Contest guidelines and submission forms can be found at breadfruit.info. Questions can be directed to Andrea Dean at 960-3727 or andrea@andreadean.com.

The Fine Art Contest is organized by: Donkey Mill Art Center, Hawaii Homegrown Food Network, the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden and Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden. Breadfruit Festival Goes Bananas is presented by Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network, the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden and Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden. The festival is sponsored by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s Kūkulu Ola—Living Hawaiian Culture Program administered by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Doc Buyers Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation, Kamehameha Schools, Kamehameha Investment Corporation, Ho‘oulu Lāhui, Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School, West Hawai‘i Community College Culinary Arts Program, Ke Ola Magazine, and Big Island Resource Conservation and Development.

Learn more about the Breadfruit Festival by visiting www.breadfruit.info or calling (808) 756-9437.

 

Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu – Celebrating Breadfruit in Hawai‘i Youth Art Contest

The Hawaii Homegrown Food Network, Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden are presenting the Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu – Celebrating Breadfruit in Hawai‘i Youth Art Contest.

“Ever Greens” by Prince Pecote of Kohala High School was a 1st place winner in the 2011 Youth Art Contest

The Youth Art Contest is part of the educational outreach associated with the Breadfruit Festival Goes Bananas, which will be held at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in South Kona on Saturday, September 29, 2012. The artwork of contest winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd in each age group) will be displayed at the Breadfruit Festival and the winners will win great prizes.

The contest is open to all youth artists in Grades 1–12. To qualify, entrants must be full-time residents of Hawai‘i County and must be affiliated with a school, home school group or organization. The school/organization needs to pre-judge the entries for submission. Each school may submit up to four works of art (one for each division). The divisions are: Grades 1–3, 4–6, 7–9, and 10–12.

The deadline for submissions is September 14, 2012.  Interested schools should indicate their intent to submit by August 9, 2012 to Fia Mattice at 896-5122 or matticef@gmail.com.

Contest guidelines, and links to content standards and the submittal form are available at www.breadfruit.info.

Ulu Questions Answered at Breadfruit Festival

Breadfruti Institute

Your questions about growing ‘Ulu (breadfruit) answered by Ian Cole, Collection Manager and Curator for the Breadfruit Institute:

  • What growing conditions are necessary to grow breadfruit? (Soil, light, space in the landscape, elevation)
  • What are the cultural needs of breadfruit? (pruning, fertilization, harvesting)
  • What are the main pests of breadfruit and their impact on the crop?

This workshop is part of an educational program about breadfruit leading up to the Breadfruit Festival 2011 on September 24.

Presentation by:  Ian Cole, Collection Manager and Curator for the Breadfruit Institute at Kahanu Garden in Hana, Maui, who will present an introduction to growing breadfruit in the home garden.

Cost: FREE

Sponsored by: West Hawaii Master Gardeners Assoc., UH Extension Agency, Hawai’ian Homegrown Food Network, & the Breadfruit Institute

Breadfruit Festival and Art Contest Coming Up

Media Release:

Hawaii 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 Garden will also be holding a dedication for its new visitor center at 12:00 noon on the Festival day. The Festival and dedication are free and open to the public.

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 teaches about the many delicious ways to prepare breadfruit.

A highlight of the day will be cooking demonstrations by local celebrity chefs, food booths featuring breadfruit and other local favorites prepared by Hawai‘i Island’s finest chefs, and the “I Love Breadfruit” Cook-Off Contest where anyone may enter their favorite breadfruit dish to compete for prizes.

The Breadfruit Festival will also feature Hawaiian and Pacific Islander cultural activities including ‘Ulumaika (breadfruit bowling), talks on the culture and history of breadfruit, ‘Ōlelo No‘eau, woodworking, quilting demonstrations, tapa making, ‘ulu poi making and more.

Workshops on breadfruit propagation, tree care and maintenance, economic opportunities, the Hunger Initiative and other topics will be given by experts Dr. Diane Ragone and Ian Cole of the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.

An art exhibit will feature the finalists in a fine art contest which focuses on the beauty of breadfruit, and a youth poster contest. Breadfruit trees will be available for sale on festival day, but supplies are limited and advance purchase for pick up at the festival is encouraged by contacting hooulu@hawaiihomegrown.net.

In addition to the September 24th Breadfruit Festival in South Kona, an East Side festival spearheaded by project partners Ho‘oulu Lahui and Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School will be held March 2-3, 2012.

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

ART CONTEST CELEBRATES THE CULTURE AND BEAUTY OF BREADFRUIT

The Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu – Revitalizing Breadfruit in Hawai‘i Art Contest. The art contest is part of the educational outreach associated with the Breadfruit Festival—Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu which will be held at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in South Kona on Saturday, September 24, 2011. The contests celebrates the beauty of the breadfruit tree and fruit as well as the rich cultural heritage and future role of ‘ulu in Hawai‘i.

In a mauka region of Kona there was once a band of ‘ulu trees ½ mile wide and 18 miles long called kalū ‘ulu that produced as much as 36,000 tons of ‘ulu fruit per year. Today, few of these trees remain. Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu is a project to revitalize ‘ulu (breadfruit) as an attractive, delicious, nutritious, abundant, affordable, and culturally appropriate food which addresses Hawai‘i’s food security issues. The art contest will help raise awareness about the importance of ‘ulu in Hawai‘i.

All Hawai‘i Island artists are invited to submit original 2D media artwork to the art contest. Electronic submissions are due on July 25th for initial judging and semi-finalists will be asked to bring original work to the Donkey Mill Art Center on Thursday, August 11th for an artist’s reception and final judging. The artwork of finalists will be displayed at the Breadfruit Festival. One winning piece will be selected to be reproduced into a collectable poster commemorating the Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu project, which will be sold at the Breadfruit Festival and beyond as a fundraiser for the festival and project. Prizes will be awarded for best artwork.

Additional information and submission forms can be found at www.breadfruit.info.