Taste of Kalo: Live Music, Free Food and a Cook-Off

February 29, 2012, 4:34 PM HST (Updated February 29, 2012, 4:34 PM)

There’s a day where politicians and local personalities will compete “Iron-Chef” style, and Hawaiian music legends John Cruz and Cyril Pahinui will play for free. As if the hysterics and free entertainment weren’t enough, throw in a free chili bowl with rice and you’ve got the Taste of Kalo, taking place on March 10, at 9 a.m.

The Kohala Intergenerational Center at Kamehameha Park in North Kohala will be the grounds for this family friendly event. Expect to see politicians: Mayor Billy Kenoi, Russell Kokobun, Dwight Takamine, Josh Green, Gilbert Kahale, Cliff Tsuji, Jerry Chang, Fresh Onishi and David Shiigi among other local personalities duking it out in teams of two, to create the best kalo dish. Secret ingredients accompanying the kalo will be unveiled at the event, and were donated by community members. Master of Ceremonies and Kalo Challenge participant Eddie-O, will keep the day moving along with humor and fun.

Prizes will be given for these categories: Most Sustainable, Most Creative, Most Aromatic, Best Presentation and The People’s Choice Award. The audience can also take part in another competition to enter the Best Salad Dressing Competition. February 29, is the last day to enter this competition. Entry forms can be obtained from the Kohala Intergenerational Center, by calling 884-5838, or by downloading the form from

The salad dressing competition will be judged around 11 a.m. and attendees will be invited to eat at noon. The day winds down around 3 p.m.  Advance lau lau sales are available by calling Bert at 889-0431.

For more information visit the Community Harvest Hawaii webpage listed above, or call 884-5838.



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