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Mangos Take Center Stage Sunday in Keauhou

June 25, 2014, 3:33 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 6:44 PM
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Fresh, delicious Hawai`i Island-grown Mangos will be the featured item of the day from noon to 6 p.m. on the lawn of the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa this Sunday.

The 6th annual mango fest will have on display many varieties of locally grown mangos showcased in a variety of horticultural and culinary activities, and festival attendees will enjoy a wide array of “mangolicious” treats and smoothies offered by local vendors, said a festival release.

Local home chefs will be creating mango salads, entrees and desserts for the amateur recipe contest for which there will be a “Peoples’ Choice” award, and visitors may also bring a mango recipe eligible for prizes from Choicemart and Island Natural stores. See recipe entry details on Facebook at Big Island Mango Festivals.

Harold Moodie will make a presentation on grafting mangos. Grafted trees will be for sale.

The West Hawaii Master Gardeners will provide free advice for home gardeners at a question-and-answer booth, and Mark Suiso of the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers Association will offer info about and provide sample of many of the varieties of mangos grown statewide.

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Also look for arts and crafts booths and non-stop entertainment featuring Bolo, Maka, Poncho Man, Auntie Irma’s Kahikina Nahenehe Ohana and Hands of Fatima Bellydance Troupe.

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The 2014 Mango Festival is sponsored by Sanctuary of Mana Ke`a Gardens, Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers-West Hawaii and Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.

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