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The 16th Annual Taste of Hawai’i

September 6, 2012, 11:52 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 7:14 PM
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This weekend, Hawai’i Island has the golden opportunity to play as well as raise funds for a very good cause.

Three days of fundraising for cancer research includes a delicious foodie event and silent auction on Friday, a golf tournament, tennis competition and a run/walk.

The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is the venue for this weekend of physical activity and palate pleasing from September 7 through September 9.

Want to know the best part?

“All the proceeds go to a cure for cancer, and it stays in Hawai’i,” said Raphael Felder, resort assistant manager and coordinator for this weekend of fun.

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Last year, the annual Taste of Hawai’i event had approximately 200 to 300 people in attendance. The entire weekend raised around $95,000 for a cure for cancer. This year’s goal is $100,000.

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Attendees can bid on enticing prizes, sample morsels from the island’s best restaurants and have a great time doing something good. Felder exclaimed, “it’s really fantastic.”

Walk/Run at the Four Seasons Hualalai, image courtesy of the Four Seasons

Everything is donated. The food, the participating restaurants’ staff and the silent auction prizes are all given with a gracious spirit to support cancer research.

“It’s truly incredible because it’s something I’ve never seen before…this has become such a huge event…we have people calling us to take part in this,” said Felder.

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Taste of Hawai’i tickets are $85 for adults and $40 for children. Tickets are available at the door. Reservations are appreciated and can be made by calling 808-325-8000. Dress is resort casual.

Enjoy live music, hula and fire dance performances. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. in the Hoku Amphitheatre.

The golf and tennis competition take place on Saturday. On Sunday at 7 a.m., cheer or join approximately 300 to 400 runners in the 5k and 10k run/walk event. Early registration and $25 recommended donation will include a t-shirt. It’s $30 on race day.

For more information on the 16th Annual Taste of Hawai’i, the run/walk, golf tournament and tennis competition call 808-325-8052. Or, visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai.

The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is located at 72-100 Kaupulehu Drive in Kailua-Kona.

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