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Fresh Fish, Poke and Local Food Dishes Coming Soon to Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company

Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company, a retail store and visitor center for over 10 years, will soon feature the famously fresh fish, poke and local food dishes from North Kohala’s Kawaihae Kandyz. Currently causing a splash on the food scene with a flair for local fare, Kawaihae Kandyz has been garnering attention in the town of Kapa‘au for the past year and a half, winning acclaim for their signature Shoyu Poke Nachos.

Poke Nachos

The official launch date is set for Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company, located in Kawaihae on Highway 270 at 61-3251 Maluokalani St.

The popular eatery is owned and operated by Chef Shannon Javillonar and wife Fran. Chef Javillonar was inspired to start his own business after 10 years with a well-known hotel along the Kohala Coast. As Javillonar worked his way up, he learned the trade and crafted his talent to create “home-style cooking” with a unique take on local food.

In addition to his signature Poke Nachos, his Poke Bombs and Poke Bowls are up-and-coming local and visitor favorites. His fish is caught fresh and priced based on the current market value. All of his creations are made-to-order. Since it opened for business, Kawaihae Kandyz has blossomed with followers on social media, and earned great reviews on Yelp, Trip Advisor, Instagram and Facebook, and of course word-of-mouth.

Poke Bombs

When asked why he is looking to expand, Javillonar said “Many of my customers travel from as far as Kona, Waikoloa, the Kohala Coast and Waimea. I’ve been getting a lot of requests to open in Kawaihae so they would not have to travel to Kohala. Kawaihae is a great location and is centralized. It lets our local residents also know about Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company’s Visitor Center and Retail Store and what a hidden gem they are. It’s a win-win situation!”

Kawaihae Kandyz will be open at the Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company location in Kawaihae on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call (808) 896-2767. , located in Kawaihae

Hamakua Macadamia Nut Co., partnered with Edmund C. Olson, is a locally owned and operated enterprise, committed to providing 100% Hawaiian macadamia nuts, 100% of the time, in ways that are economically efficient and environmentally responsible.  Their goal is to provide a future for the growers, jobs for Hawai‘i Island workers and produce the highest-quality products to sell to the world.  For more information, visit www.HawnNut.com.

Today – Sam Choy’s Keauhou Poke Contest

Let’s bring on the competition! Challenges celebrity Chef Sam Choy. The first annual Sam Choy’s Keauhou Poke Contest is this weekend on Sunday, March 18 at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa’s Convention Center.

Open to both amateurs and professional chefs, competition is in four poke categories: traditional, spicy, cooked and with soy sauce.

Doors open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 18 for culinary activities, Hawaiian entertainment, a Hawai‘i Island Marketplace and a presentation on sustainable aquaculture.

Poke critiquing begins 10 a.m. by a panel of judges including Carla Tracy, dining editor of the Maui News, and Fanny Au Hoy, retired Hulihe‘e Palace curator. Contest awards, followed by public tasting, are at 12:30 p.m. Event emcees are radio personalities Kimo Kahoano of Honolulu and Ke’ea Alapa‘i of KAPA.

Headlining the entertainment lineup is The ROOKI’s:  Don Kauli‘a on slack key, Russell Paio on guitar, Keola Grace on electric bass and Pomaika‘i Brown on a “frypan” steel guitar. The Hawaiian group’s name is an acronym for the Royal Order of Kamehameha I.

More culinary fun includes a Celebrity Poke Cook-off with surprise guests at 11:30 p.m. Don’t miss when celebrity chef Sam Choy shows “how it’s done” during the 1:30 p.m. demonstration, “How to Make Poke by Sam Choy.” A TV host, cookbook author and founder of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine, Choy put poke on the culinary map with his delicious recipes using cubed fish. Pronounced poh-KAY, poke is typically raw or cooked fish seasoned with Hawaiian sea salt, spices and sesame oil, and then accented with seaweed, nuts and other ingredients.

Event attendees can also browse for locally produced foods at the all-day Island Marketplace, which will feature produce and value-added products by local food purveyors and farmers. Guy Toyama, of Friends of the Natural Energy Laboratory Hawaii Authority, presents “NELHA: a Catalyst for Sustainable Seafood Production” at 10:30 a.m.

Public admission to all contest activities is $3 at the door (keiki 12-and-under are free) and proceeds benefit the future culinary facilities at Hawai‘i Community College-Palamanui. Free shuttle will operate from Keauhou Shopping Center (pickup near Longs Drugs) to the contest from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Sam Choy’s Keauhou Poke Contest is part of Keauhou Resort’s annual Kamehameha III celebration March 16-18 that commemorates the Keauhou-born king, Lani Kauikeaouli.

The contest is sponsored by Kamehameha Investment Corporation, Kamehameha Schools, the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort Spa, Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai, Aloha Shoyu and Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company.