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Coming Up – 4th Annual Mango Festival

The fragrant, richly-hued summer orbs that seduce island fruit lovers with their juicy goodness are celebrated July 28-29 at the fourth annual Mango Festival. The full weekend of fun at the Keauhou Beach Resort is officially proclaimed as Hawai‘i Island Mango Festival Days by Hawai‘i County Mayor Billy Kenoi.

The free family event offers entertainment, mango-themed displays, arts and crafts, mangolicious food and drinks, plus belly dancing workshops both days. Saturday’s fun also includes delicious culinary fun, horticulture activities and a panel discussion on “Putting the Culture Back into Agriculture” on the ocean lawn.

Foodie fun includes an amateur recipe contest. See what local residents are doing with mangos and cheer on your favorite entrants. After contest judging at 1 p.m. Saturday, attendees can sample entries—while they last. For recipe entry details, visit www.mangofest.org.

Hubert des Marais, executive chef at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i will provide tips on how to use mangos during a staged culinary demonstration at 2 p.m. Saturday. Chef Hubert recently moved to the Big Island from Africa and boasts more than 35 years in the hospitality industry spanning four continents. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, des Marais is noted for his deliciously healthy food that is fresh, flavorful and truly inventive.  He has been named one of “America’s Ten Best New Chefs” by Food and Wine Magazine, has been featured on the Food Network and was among an elite group of chefs invited to cook for the James Beard Foundation Awards Gala. Don’t miss this stellar culinary event—cameras are welcome.

For green-thumb wannabes, a variety of horticulture activities are set for Saturday. The West Hawaii Master Gardeners offers free advice for home gardeners and will distribute free remedies to battle soft-bodied insect pests, ants and powdery mildew. The organization will also sell plants, plus insect traps targeting coffee berry borers and fruit flies.

The Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers Association will provide info and samples of the varieties of mangos grown statewide. There will also be a grafting presentation.

Entertainment headliners on the Royal Gardens stage include world dance performer and instructor Willow Chang. With a degree in dance from the University of Hawaii, the award-winning Chang is proficient in a wide range of dance styles, including Middle Eastern belly dance, Argentine tango and Spanish flamenco. Chang performs 11 a.m. both days. Flo Chang offers afternoon belly dance workshops both days.

Taking the stage on either Saturday or Sunday (or both) is Latin funk band Leche de Tigre trio, reggae artist Sahra Indio, the Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko-Kohala performing Okinawan Eisa Taiko and Anela Strings. Local hula halau and keiki performers will light up the stage both days.

Mango Tango July 21

Preceding the Mango Festival is the Mango Tango Dance and Desserts FUNdraiser July 21 in Kealakekua at the New Thought Center in Pualani Terrace on Hwy. 11. The juicy jive includes a dramatic show of tango dancing, dessert bar, hand-crafted ales from Kona Brewing Company, silent auction and door prizes from 6-9 p.m. Get in on the salsa dance lessons from 6-6:30 p.m. with Carolyn Ching, followed by music by the Mango Tango band and a live Argentine tango performance. Tickets are $10 and extra donations are tax deductible. For tickets, phone 808-887-1292 or 808-756-4700 or get them online at www.newthoughtcenterofhawaii.com.

Mango Tango proceeds benefit the Mango Festival and New Thought Center, a sanctuary for the nourishment, development and evolution of each individual’s unique spiritual path.

Both the Mango Tango FUNdraiser and the free community festival are presented by the non-profit Sanctuary of Mana Ke‘a Gardens. The community is invited to collaborate, support and participate. Exhibitor booths for July 28-29 are available for businesses and non-profit organizations. Volunteers are encouraged to help with festival day activities, speaker support and workshops. Find vendor and volunteer signup forms at mangofestival.org.

Dates Set for the Fourth Annual Mango Festival

Mango mania returns to Kona for the fourth annual Mango Festival with activities on three days.

First up is the Mango Tango Dance and Desserts FUNdraiser July 21 in Kealakekua at the New Thought Center in Pualani Terrace on Hwy. 11. Admission is a $10 donation and fun includes a dramatic show of tango dancing, dessert bar and silent auction from 6:30-9 p.m. For ticket info, phone 887-1292.

Mango Tango proceeds benefit New Thought Center, a sanctuary for the nourishment, development and evolution of each individual’s unique spiritual path, and the free, two-day community Mango Festival.

Geared for mango lovers of all ages, the Mango Festival returns to the Keauhou Beach Resort 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for a full weekend of juicy jive July 28-29. The free festival celebrates Hawaii’s delicious and diverse mango varieties during the peak of the harvest season.

Ken Love of the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers displays varieties of mangos grown in Hawaii.

Ken Love, president of the statewide Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers, says this year’s mango season looks good. “Although there have been limited rains, what we had came at the right time,” notes Love. “Diversifying mango crops by variety has helped to increase the overall quantity as flowering takes place at difference times. Overall, growers do a much better job of field sanitation, which has also helped to increase local production.”

Love is part of the event’s agricultural and educational offerings on Saturday. Attendees can also enjoy culinary demonstrations using mango and a mango-themed recipe contest for non-professional chefs.

Arts and crafts, mango-themed desserts and drinks, plus fresh produce will be offered both days. The focus on Sunday’s fun will be entertainment, with a non-stop medley of music and performing arts, including dramatic hula and a Belly Dance Extravaganza on the scenic, palm-fringed grounds of the resort’s Royal Garden.

Both the Mango Tango FUNdraiser and the free community Festival are presented by the non-profit Sanctuary of Mana Ke‘a Gardens. The community is invited to collaborate, support and participate. Exhibitor booths for July 28-29 are available for businesses and non-profit organizations. Volunteers are encouraged to help with festival day activities, speaker support and workshops. For info, contact event organizer Randyl Rupar at 808-334-3340.

Mangoes and Belly Dancing… The Mango Tango Dance and Desserts FUNdraiser

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The sound of classic Argentine tango will fill the air Friday, July 22 at the Mango Tango Dance and Desserts FUNdraiser.

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The evening of South American dance and music headlines the band Mango Tango and internationally known dancers Paula and Mariano Bielak to benefit New Thought Center Hawaii and the free community Mango Festival on July 30 in Keauhou.

Paula and Mariano Bielak

Paula and Mariano Bielak

Time is 6-9:30 p.m. at New Thought Center in Pualani Terrace on Hwy. 11. Admission is a $10 donation and fun includes a silent auction and dessert. For ticket info, phone 887-1292.

Based in Kona, Mango Tango includes Mary Collier on violin, Greg Shirley on guitar, Heloise Lochman on accordion and Brian McCree on bass. The lively tango “orquesta” will perform selections for tango’s syncopated dancing, suave lifts and drops. Also taking the stage are tango dancers Paula and Mariano Bielak of Buenos Aires.

Event beneficiary New Thought Center Hawaii is a sanctuary for the nourishment, development and evolution of each individual’s unique spiritual path. Newly located at Pualani Terrace, it offers Sunday worship 10 a.m.-noon.

The free annual Mango Festival is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 30 at the Keauhou Beach Resort. The all-day, family festival includes fruit tastings, grafting and growing demonstrations, plus a Belly Dance Extravaganza and non-stop entertainment.

Both the Mango Tango FUNdraiser and the Mango Festival are presented by the non-profit Sanctuary of Mana Ke‘a Gardens. For info, contact Randyl Rupar at 808-334-3340.

Big Island Mango Festival Seeks Participants

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Get your mouth watering for all the juicy fun at the free annual Mango Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 30 at the Keauhou Beach Resort.

The all-day, family festival celebrates Hawaii’s delicious and diverse mango varieties during the peak of the harvest season. Mango mania includes fruit tastings, grafting and growing demonstrations and culinary expertise. See why mango is ranked among the most widely produced and consumed fruit in the world.

Also on tap are sustainable living displays and opportunities to experience the healing arts. Enjoy a novel Eco Fashion Show and non-stop Hawaiian music and dramatic hula on the scenic, palm-fringed grounds of the Keauhou Beach Resort’s Royal Garden. Kumu Hula Keala Ching will open the festival with a traditional Hawaiian pule (prayer).

The mango celebration is a zero waste event and presented by the non-profit Sanctuary of Mana Ke‘a Gardens with support from the Keauhou Beach Resort.

The community is invited to collaborate, support and participate. Exhibitor booths are available for businesses and non-profit organizations. Volunteers are encouraged to help with festival day activities, speaker support and workshops. For info, contact event organizer Randyl Rupar at 808-334-3340.

Free Mango Festival July 31

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Mango season hails the arrival of summer and the exotic, luscious fruit is celebrated Saturday, July 31 at the Hawaii Healing Garden Mango Festival.  The 10 a.m.-5 p.m. free event is held on the scenic, palm-fringed Garden Lawn of the Keauhou Beach Resort.

The all-day family fun festival showcases Hawaii’s delicious and diverse mangos, and attendees will be able to peel, cut or bite their way into more than 20 varieties of the most widely produced and consumed fruit in the world.

Presented by HawaiiHealth Guide.com and The Sanctuary of Mana Ke‘a Gardens, the Mango Festival celebrates all things mango with a day filled with mango-themed activities, presentations, food and fun on two stages.

Event organizer Randyl Rupar says the festival opens with a pule and stories of Keauhou by Kumu Hula Keala Ching and Hawaiian dance by Ka Pa Hula Na Wai Iwi Ola. The non-stop entertainment lineup continues with Kahikina Nahenahe  ukulele group accompanied by hula; Aunty Tutu’s Lindsey Ohana & Friends, Bernice and Manuel Roberto on soothing flute and harp; an eco-fashion show starring apparel and accessories from Divine Goods, Mango Songs by Stuheart, musical stylings by Jan Orbom and Bolo Mikiela Rodrigues on his trademark “ukeitar.”

The presentation stage offers educational demonstrations and talk story with local experts on growing and using mango. Ken Love, executive director of the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers, will share mango varieties and research while CTHAR’s Ty McDonald will discuss mango grafting.

Chef Hector Wong of myyellowkitchen.com will do a culinary presentation and Smita Patel will discuss how to preserve mango for year-round use as chutney and jams. David Bruce Leonard LAc will discuss healing plants of Hawaii.

In addition, the festival offers a Green Healthy Living outdoor expo featuring natural products, medicinal plants, arts and crafts, massage, health and wellness practitioners, keiki activities, plus mango tasting, healthy foods and organic farm produce. A silent auction benefits future Hawaii Healing Garden festivals…

Event schedule and volunteer information is available on-line at http://www.HawaiiHealingGarden.com or by calling 808-638-0888 on Oahu, or the Sanctuary of Mana Kea Gardens in Kona at 808-936-5233

The Hawaii Healing Garden & Mango Festival

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The Big Island has double the fun with the Hawaii Healing Garden & Mango Festival Saturday, July 31 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort. This year’s Hawaii Island festival is a collaborative event with the Annual Mango Festival, expanding the flavors of the island’s summer mango season. Admission is free.

The all-day festival celebrates Hawaii’s delicious and diverse mango varieties, with juicy mango recipe and fruit tastings, a mango tree and plant sale, grafting and growing demonstrations, mango-themed activities, plus arts and crafts.

Also on tap are organic agriculture and cultural healing arts displays. Enjoy an Eco Fashion Show, Hawaiian music and dramatic hula on the scenic, palm-fringed grounds of the Keauhou Beach Resort’s Royal Garden.

The annual mango celebration is a zero waste event and presented by Hawaii Health Guide and the non-profit Sanctuary of Mana Kea Gardens with support from the Keauhou Beach Resort. The event joins the statewide series of Hawaii Healing Garden Festivals, which offers an educational opportunity for the community to gather with cultural health practitioners, educators, botanical experts, chefs, nutritionists, gardeners, farmers, agriculture and sustainability experts, health-oriented businesses and nonprofit organizations to showcase Hawaii’s growing healthy, green services and cultural resources.

The community is invited to collaborate, support and participate. Presentation and workshop proposals are now being accepted for consideration in the festival programs. Exhibitor booths are available for businesses and non-profit organizations. Volunteers are invited to help with organizing, planning and festival day activities, speaker support and workshops. Booth packets and event expo information is available on-line at http://www.HawaiiHealingGarden.com or by calling 808-638-0888 on Oahu, or the Sanctuary of Mana Kea Gardens in Kona at 808-936-5233.

The Hawaii Healing Garden Festivals are presented by Hawaii Health Guide with support from the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Donations are facilitated via the local non-profit The Forward Foundation 501(c)3

June’s Sizzlin’ New From Hawai’i’s Big Island

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Big Island Visitors Bureau

Come to the Big Island and explore Hawaii’s Island of Adventure

Hawaii’s Big Island (June 2009) —Hawai‘i’s Big Island heats up this summer with a new direct flight on the horizon, yet keeps your wallet cool with a bevy of  “do more, spend less” deals and adventures.

ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

Uplifting News for Travelers. Following the successful launch of its direct Seattle to Kona flight last year, Alaska Airlines announces a new direct service between Oakland and Kona International Airport three times a week starting Nov. 10, and will expand neighbor island service, too.  www.alaskaairlines.com.

Paradise Helicopters has a brand-new aah-dventure: the Secluded Valley Massage. After an exhilarating flight above the Kohala coastline, the helicopter touches down in a private, lush valley where a babbling brook provides background during a relaxing massage. Memorable for couples or groups. Visit www.paradisecopters.com or call (866) 876-7422 or (808) 969-7392.

“Wheel adventurers” will love Ride The Rim’s new Waipi‘o Valley Adventure on an ATV or buggy. Experienced guides lead you to the unparalleled vistas and waterfalls at the back of Hawai‘i’s “Valley of the Kings.” Tours operate twice a day, seven days a week from Kukuihaele and are about three hours long. Visit www.ridetherim.com or call (877) 775-1450 or (808) 775-1450.

Kohala Kayak takes $20 off! In commemoration of Hawai‘i entering statehood in 1959, the three-hour kayak and snorkel tour is just $59 for all of 2009. Stand-up paddling also available. Visit www.kohalakayak.com or call (808) 882-4678.

Pedal Power. Raise money for multiple sclerosis research just like an Ironman cyclist on the Bike MS: Go BIG or Go Home cycling adventure, Aug. 8 (65 miles) & 9 (50 miles). Pedal on pavement alongside volcanic rock landscapes, breathtaking ocean views, paniolo ranches, and historic towns. Sponsor Hilton Waikoloa Village provides discount group rates to participants. Register at www.mshawaii.org or call (808) 532-0808.

Kona Honu Divers, Inc. has a great deal for divers, which includes five to seven nights at one of Kona’s prime condominium properties and five to six days of two-tank morning boat dives aboard Kona Honu Divers’ custom dive boat. Upgrades and additional nights available upon request. Valid through November. $1,029  to $2143.25 plus taxes and fees. Call (808) 324-4668 or (888) 333-4668 or visit www.konahonudivers.com.

Want more? Click http://bigisland.org/calendar for detailed information about Hawai’i Island events and be sure to mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Hawaii Film Hoike, featuring Hawaiian filmmakers at Hilo’s Palace Theatre. Sept. 19-20. Visit www.hilopalace.com.

ACCOMODATIONS

Mango Magnificence! The first annual Mango Festival is Aug. 1 on Hawai‘i’s Big Island, and Keauhou Beach Resort is celebrating with a special festival package. Priced at $149/single or $199/double, the package includes one-night accommodations, a buffet breakfast the following morning and entry to the Mango Festival’s Kona Mango Experience and the Mango-Inspired Dinner. For reservations, call  (866) 326-6803 (808) 324-2515.

Mauna Lani Point, located on the stunning Kohala Coast, provides guests with a free pass to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, 4th night free and a $200 gift card now through Dec. 19. Mauna Lani Point is an ultimate oceanfront location with golf resort amenities and one-and two-bedroom luxury villas. Townhomes and estates also available. Call (866) 966-5985 or visit www.visitmaunalani.com.

In July, King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, located on a beautiful white sand beach in Kailua-Kona, plans to re-open one tower of 230 rooms after an extensive, Hawaiian-inspired renovation.  The newly designed guestrooms feature themes of lava, native flora, and the intricate detail of the Hawaiian tattoo.  Visit www.konabeachhotel.com to see photos of the new rooms, and for special packages and offers.

Kona Village adds value to every stay with airfare and activity credits through Dec. 19. Book any published room rate in select categories and receive $800 airfare credit and bungalow upgrade. Or, book any published rate and receive four spa treatments and four rounds of golf at Hualālai; values worth more than $1,540. Call (800) 367-5290 or visit www.KonaVillage.com. Restrictions apply.

Every Third Night Free at the Outrigger Fairway Villas! Enjoy a relaxing getaway in your own private Waikoloa Beach Resort condominium. Rates for a three-night stay starting at $163/night. Offer valid through Dec. 21. Free parking and free local and toll-free calls. Call (800) 688-7444 or visit www.outrigger.com.

Two for One. Make a new booking at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii and receive a second room absolutely free! This offer includes guaranteed connecting rooms in the same category booked for garden view, partial ocean view, and ocean view categories-perfect for friends and families looking for a getaway. No minimum stay required. Valid through Dec. 20.  May not be combined with any other promotion.  Call (800) 845-9905 or visit www.fairmont.com/orchid.

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa celebrates 50 years with the “Hawaii Statehood Package.” Guests will receive the fourth night free when they book three nights, VIP turndown service, daily breakfast for two, a one-time $50 resort credit, and a newly minted Hawai‘i State Quarter (while supplies last and good for one per package). Based on availability, restrictions may apply. Visit www.Marriott.com and use promotional code PRO or call (800) 721-6996.

A Deal That Will Make You See Stars! Guests at Arnott’s Lodge in Hilo enjoy Mauna Kea Sunset and Stargazing for just $85 – the best deal on the mountain! Visit www.arnottslodge.com or call (808) 969-7097.

Unlimited Golf Package at Hilton Waikoloa Village & Waikoloa Beach Resort. Golf at Waikoloa Beach or Kings’ Course and play a second round, same day, same course on availability. Includes golf shuttle, storage of bags, and practice facilities. Starting at $314 plus tax/night for one golfer. Some restrictions, black-out dates apply; reservations based on availability. Offer valid through Dec. 20.  Not valid with other offers. Request rate plan P6. Call (800) HILTONS or book online, http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/reservations/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=KOAHWHH&spec_plan=P6&spec_plan_desc=Unlimited+Golf

The Polynesian-styled Sea Mountain Resort is located next to the mesmerizing black sands of  Punalu‘u Beach Park, and only a 30-minute drive from Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, home of Kīlauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.  Rates from $99/night, valid through Dec. 20. Call (800) 525-5894 or visit https://mycrs.innpoints.com/book/book/guest/stay?hotelCode=1794&promotionCode=HAWAII

GROUP GATHERINGS

Meet for Less at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. The Premier Meetings Package includes meeting room rental and set up; podium, microphone and projector screen; water station throughout the day; mini continental breakfast and afternoon refreshments at just $25/person, tax and tip inclusive. Valid until Dec. 31. Minimum of 25 people. Call (800) 367-5004 or email groups@castleresorts.com.

Aston Kona by the Sea Unveils “The Beach Club,” a new oceanfront function space, which can be transformed for intimate sunset wedding receptions or themed bridal showers. The space features two separate rooms that can be configured differently to seat up to 52 people. Room rates start at $169/night through Dec. 21; blackout dates and restrictions may apply. Visit www.AstonHotels.com or call (866) 774-2924.

Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa Executive Chef Eric Lelinski has developed a “Sustainable Menu” for banquets that brings the freshest, tastiest, best quality food available to the resort’s tables. From organic eggs and potatoes to a seasonally adapted Big Island fruit platter and salads of locally grown greens and vegetables, Sheraton Keauhou, home to the Kona coast’s largest meeting facility, introduces the Big Island’s best to discerning palates. www.SheratonKeauhou.com