Hawai´i Food & Wine Events Return to Big Island

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Hawai´i Food & Wine is returning to the Big Island.

Two events are scheduled for Oct. 1 and Oct. 2, 2021, at resorts on the Kohala Coast. Limited tickets are available, though time is a factor for those who want to attend. The details of each event are as follows:


  • Event Name: Pele & Poli‘ahu
  • Date: Oct. 1, 2021
  • Time: Check-in 5:30 pm, dinner begins promptly at 6 pm.
  • Location: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
  • Event description: An ancient tale of immortal sibling rivalry is brought to life in this culinary dance of fire and ice. Legend has it that Pele, the goddess of volcanic fire and her sister Poli´ahu, the goddess of snow, challenged each other to a holua or wooden sled race. The fierce competition is said to have divided the Island of Hawai´i into Poli´ahu’s tranquil north and Pele’s fiery south. In a tribute to the island’s juxtaposing landscapes and lore, this grand tasting event brings you a contrast of flavors and tastes. Chef de Cuisine Ryan Brannigan of Manta at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel shares his expertise in local fare and collaborates with celebrated chefs from across the US to bring you a mouthwatering harmony of fire-roasted bites, hot off the grill served alongside refreshingly cool dishes and sips.
  • Suggested copy: Kick-off #HFWF21 at the stunning Mauna Kea Beach Hotel for Pele & Poli‘ahu, an evening of fire & ice and a culinary tribute to ancient Hawaiian folklore. A star-studded lineup of chefs from across the country converge on the Island of Hawai‘i. Visit www.HFWF.me for further info and tickets. 
  • Event Page/Tickets Link: https://hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com/events/pele-poliahu/
  • HFWF Website: www.HFWF.me


  • Event Name: Cuisines of the Sun
  • Date: Oct. 2, 2021
  • Time: Seating begins at 5 pm.
  • Location: CanoeHouse at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection
  • Event Description: Take a culinary journey around the world and bask in the sun with this legendary event. An homage to the original Cuisines of the Sun event series from 1991-2001 and curated by HFWF co-founder and pioneering chef Alan Wong, this five-course dinner is an unparalleled display of gastronomic diversity and excellence. Wong is joined by CanoeHouse’s executive chef Matt Raso and renowned California chefs Raphael Lunetta and Celestino Drago. With a strong commitment to using sustainably sourced local ingredients these culinary masters create an eclectic menu featuring dishes inspired by warm climates and destinations that stretch across the Equator. From Ecuador to Indonesia, this iconic event is an expedition taking your palate to far-flung places.
  • Suggested copy: We’re excited to bring the iconic Cuisines of the Sun event for HFWF21. Returning to its original location at CanoeHouse at Mauna Lani, the evening brings together a talented team of chefs to celebrate dishes inspired by warm, sunny climates. Visit www.HFWF.me for further info and tickets. 
  • Event Page/Tickets Link: https://hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com/events/pele-poliahu/
  • HFWF Website: www.HFWF.me


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