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Hundreds Attend Annual Liliko‘i Festival

October 17, 2016, 2:50 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 11:19 AM
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More than 700 people came out Saturday, Oct. 15, for the Fourth Annual Liliko‘i Festival at the Maku‘u Farmers Market in Pāhoa.

The festivities included performances, demonstrations, keiki activities, more than 28 vendors, a silent auction and a cooking contest.

Among the cooking contestants was returning prize winner Destiny Ohara of Pāhoa, who entered her Coconut Liliko‘i Pie and her Healthy Make Ahead Breakfast. Ohara wanted to make a dish that was inclusive of all lifestyles, especially vegans.

“I thought I’d give it a try and see what I could come up with,” explained Ohara, adding how vegans are often unrepresented at cooking events.

The Make Ahead Breakfast includes fresh kiwi, starfruit, oats, barley, cashew milk, cane sugar and liliko‘i.

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This creative recipe earned Ohara third place in the entrée category.

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The top three in each category of the liliko‘i cooking contest received cash prizes for their passionfruit creations.

2016 Liliko‘i Cooking Contest Winners

Entrée Category
1st – Triple Liliko‘i Benedict – Noelle Purvis of Pahoa
2nd – Passion BBQ Pulled Pork – Sunserene Quevedo of Hawaiian Paradise Park
3rd – Healthy Make Ahead Breakfast – Destiny Ohara of Pahoa

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Sides/Soups/Salads/Sauces/Preserves Category
1st – Spicy Smoked Lili‘ahi Cream Cheese Wonton with Lilikoi Chili Pepper dipping sauce – Michelle Richter, Any Kine Wontons LLC of Pepe‘ekeo
2nd – Liliko‘i Fire Sauce – Rosa Ahrens of Kea‘au
3rd – Liliko‘i Slaw – Sunserene Quevedo of Hawaiian Paradise Park

Desserts Category
1st – Lilikannoli – Pamela S. Jinnohara of Milol‘ii, Oahu (Also Winner of Best of Show)
2nd – Liliko‘i Pudding Cake – Sunserene Quevedo of Hawaiian Paradise Park
3rd – Liliko‘i Mousse Cheesecake – Lori Reyes of Captain Cook

The Liliko‘i Festival is sponsored and held by the East Hawai‘i Center for Spiritual Living. The 2016 Liliko‘i Festival was dedicated to the beloved Rev. Tag.

The 2016 Liliko‘i Cooking Contest recipes are available at www.soniatasteshawaii.com.

For The Lilikoilicious Cookbook, featuring award-winning passionfruit recipe,s go to http://www.lilikoicookbook.com.

For more information about the Liliko‘i Festival go online.

Puna Taiko performing during the Fourth Annual Liliko‘i Festival on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Maku‘u Farmers Market in Puna. Photo: Crystal Richard.

Puna Taiko performing during the Fourth Annual Liliko‘i Festival on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Maku‘u Farmers Market in Puna. Photo: Crystal Richard.

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Approximately 700 people came out Saturday, Oct. 15, for the Fourth Annual Liliko‘i Festival at the Maku‘u Farmers Market in Pāhoa. Photo: Crystal Richard.

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The Make Ahead Breakfast includes fresh kiwi, starfruit, oats, barley, cashew milk, cane sugar and liliko‘i by Destiny Ohara of Puna. The Make Ahead Breakfast won Ohara third place in the entrée category at the 2016 Liliko‘i Festival in Puna on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Photo: Crystal Richard

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Returning prize winner Destiny Ohara of Pāhoa serving her Liliko‘i Coconut Pie for the tasting of the cooking contest at Fourth Annual Liliko‘i at the Maku‘u Market on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. Photo: Crystal Richard.

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The main attraction of the Annual Liliko‘i Festival is the cooking contest which has been organized by Sonia Martinez the last four years. The contest is divided into categories including; entrée, sides/soups/salads/sauces/preserves, desserts and best of show. Photo: Crystal Richard.

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Among more than 28 vendors was a booth selling the many varieties of liliko‘i vines, including yellow, purple, Jamaican and giant. Complimentary yellow liliko‘i fruits were given with each purchase at the 2016 Liliko‘i Festival in Kea‘au on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Maku‘u Farmers Market on Hawai‘i Island. Photo: Crystal Richard.

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Lilikoi Mousse Cheesecake Among the 11 entries in this year’s Liliko‘i Festival Cooking Contest and the 2016 third place winner of the desserts category, was a Liliko‘i Mousse Cheesecake made by Lori Reyes of Captain Cook. Photo: Crystal Richard.

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First place of the 2016 Liliko‘i Cooking Contest desert category and best of show went to Pamela Jinnohara of Miloli‘i, Oahu for her Lilkannoli at the Fourth Annual Liliko‘i Festival on Saturday, Oct. 15, on Hawai‘i Island. Photo: Crystal Richard.

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First place of the entrée category went to Noelle Purvis of Pāhoa for her Triple Liliko‘i Benedict at the Fourth Annual Liliko‘i Festival in Kea‘au on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. Source Photo.

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Michelle Richter of Pepe‘ekeo won first place in the Sides/Soups/Salads/Sauces/Preserves Category with her Spicy Smoked Lili‘ahi Cream Cheese Wonton with Lilikoi Chili Pepper dipping sauce at the 2016 Liliko‘i Festival in Puna on Oct. 15. Source Photo.

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Pamela S. Jinnohara of Miloli‘i, Oahu, won first place in the deserts category and best of show at the Fourth Annual Liliko‘i Festival in Kea‘au on Hawai‘i Island. Source photo.

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Noelle Purvis from Tin Shack Bakery giving a demonstration on how to process raw liliko‘i at the Fourth Annual Liliko‘i Festival at the Maku‘u Farmers Market on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. Photo: Crystal Richard.

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