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County of Hawaii Declares Saturday, April 13, as Hawaii Avocado Festival Day

The County of Hawai’i has declared Saturday, April 13, 2013 as Hawai‘i Avocado Festival Day. The official proclamation will be read during the 10 a.m.-5 p.m. outdoor event at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa.

7th Annual Avocado Fest

The seventh annual festival is a celebration of avocados, a locally grown fruit that packs a nutritional punch. Enjoy free entertainment, culinary and botanical-related activities on the Sheraton lawn fronting Kaleiopapa Road. Also on tap are arts, crafts and food booths; plus healing arts, alternative energy demonstrations and keiki fun.

Kumu Keala Ching opens the day with a Hawaiian pule (prayer), followed by chanting and hula. The entertainment stage lineup continues with Aunty Irma Kahekena Nahe Nahe at 11 a.m., Maka at noon, Big Island Blue Grass Band at 1 p.m., Sahra Indio at 2 p.m., Anela Strings at 3 p.m., 2 for the Show at 3:45 p.m. and Beginagain’s Wake at 4:15 p.m.

On the agriculture-culinary stage, learn how to graft avocados at 11 a.m., followed by a panel discussion on “Keeping the Culture in Agriculture.” Taste test entries of the recipe contest at 12:30 p.m. to vote for People’s Choice. Winners will be announced at 2 p.m. in entrée, dessert and guacamole categories. Recipe entry forms can be downloaded at www.avocadofestival.org.

Also on display will be original festival art by Jean Love and event t-shirts. For information, contact Randyl Rupar at 936-5233 or visit www.avocadofestival.org.

The 2013 Hawai‘i Avocado Festival is sponsored by Sanctuary of Mana Ke‘a Gardens, Hawai‘i Tropical Fruit Growers-West Hawai‘i and Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa.