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Puna Holds First International Day of Mango Festival

Posted July 27, 2017, 02:00 PM HST Updated July 28, 2017, 09:24 AM HST
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    East Hawai‘i’s First Annual International Day of Mango was held Saturday, July 22, 2017, at the Hawaiian Sanctuary in Puna.

    The ‘ohana-style event featured mango themed booths, live music featuring Paula Fuga, a mango dish taste-testing contest, keiki-friendly activities and endless mangos.

    Event Coordinator Stuart Johnson of Mango Mana brought in nearly a ton of Big Island mango.

    There were more than 14 varieties to pick from and at just $2 a pound, it’s no surprise approximately 1,440 pounds of Kona mango were sold.

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    “The culinary cooking contest went to a delicious baked mango bread,” shared Jasmine Silverstien of Heart Beet Catering.

    Keep an eye out next summer for the Second Annual International Day of Mango by Aloha Ohana Mango Mana.

    Kona King Mango at the First Annual International Day of Mango at the Hawaiian Sanctuary in Pahoa, July 22, 2017. Photo: Crystal Richard.

    Mana Mango booth at the first annual International Day of Mango on July 22, 2017. Photo: Crystal Richard.

    Jackfruit Cakes served with mango salsa, Jackfruit Seed Ulu Hummus, Taro Root Purple Sweet Hummus, toasted coconut Tabbouleh and local organic red kraut at the International Day of Mango at the Hawaiian Sanctuary in Pahoa, July 22, 2017. Photo: Crystal Richard.

    Blessing Ceremony kicking off the first annual International Day of Mango in Puna, July 22, 2017. Photo: Crystal Richard.

    Over a dozen types of Big Island Mango at the International Day of Mango, July 22, 2017, at the Hawaiian Sanctuary. Photo: Crystal Richard.

    Big Island Mangos on display at the first annual International Day of Mango at the Hawaiian Sanctuary on July 22, 2017. Photo: Crystal Richard.

    Crazy Day of Mango Special at the First Annual International Day of Mango in Puna, July 22, 2017. Photo: Crystal Richard.

    Crystal Richard
    Crystal Richard moved to East Hawai’i in 2005 to attend UH Hilo. While earning her bachelor’s degree in English and a certificate to teach English as a second language, Crystal served as the editor-in-chief of “Hohonu,” UH Hilo’s academic journal, and as assistant editor-in-chief at “KeKalahea,” UH Hilo’s student newspaper. From a young age, Crystal fell in love with the written word and has always dreamed of a career in journalism. She has worked as a Big Island Now freelance reporter since September 2016. She is a wellness and health advocate who enjoys swimming, gardening, reading and spending time with her animals and loved ones.
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