Ho'oulu Lāhui, the site of Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School at Pū'āla'a, located next to the 'Ahalanui Hot Pond Park in lower Puna on the Island of Hawai'i was the host for the celebration of the 2nd Annual Breadfruit Festival this past Saturday, March 2nd.
This year's theme 'Ulu a me Niu celebrated the pairing of breadruit and coconut and all of the educational and recreational exhibits prominently featured both.
There were lectures, workshops, cooking demonstrations, music and hula; cultural exhibits, games for the children, face painting, quilting and other crafts; Hawaiian drum making, 'ulu pounding, coconut frond weaving and much more including a cooking contest.
All cooking contest entries were encouraged to combine both the breadfruit and coconut in their recipe entries.
This year's Second Place Winner in the Appetizer Category was an 'Ulu Mac Pesto Pupu and the winning dish was entered by Jesse Imgrund of Pahoa.
Ulu - breadfruit
Mac - macadamia nuts
Keiki - children
Konane - ancient Hawaiian board game played with black and white stones
You can find out more information about the Kua O Ka La School, hosts of the Spring breadfruit festivals by visiting their website www.kuaokala.org plus all recipes from the previous breadfruit festival contests at Breadfruit.info in the Hawai'i HomeGrown Food Network site.
The Breadfruit Festivals are a project of Ho'oulu ka 'Ulu. For more information, please visit www.breadfruit.info
More recipes will be shared in the next few days
To read the previous posts and recipes please click on the following links.