Puna Chefs' and Farmers' Culinary Festival – Detailed Schedule

Puna Chefs' and Farmers' Culinary Festival - Detailed Schedule

Saturday, October 22nd

Festival Opening and Orientation - 5PM

Harvest Dinner – 6:00 - 7:30PM
Guest Chef:  Dana Butler – Farm-to-Fork
This dinner will feature produce from the farms of Puna. Each dish will highlight the products of one local farm, with information about the farm and products provided to guests.

About Dana Butler:  We are pleased to feature Kalani’s own Dana Butler as a feature chef. Dana is the lead chef at Kalani, and is passionate about local food and produce.
$24 guests / $19 kamaāina (includes admission to Harvest Dance)

Harvest Dance featuring  Blue Star Octave – 8:00 - 10:00PM
The Harvest Dance, held in the Kalani EMAX, will feature Blue Star Octave, a local Puna band with flavors of jazz, bluegrass, and country interwoven through the evening.
$15 guests / $10 kamaāina.


Sunday, October 23rd

Maku’u Market Guided Tour – 8:30 - 10:30AM
Maku’u Market is one of the busiest and most colorful markets on the Big Island. Join us for a unique behind-the-scenes visit to the market, and speak with the farmers whose living depends on the land.
$15 guests / $10 kamaāina.

Ecstatic Dance – Harvest Theme – 10:30AM – 12:30PM
Kalani is the birthplace of Ecstatic Dance, a dance with evolving music held in a non-verbal space. Physically explore through this high-energy yet meditative practice.
$15 guests / $10 kamaāina.

Dragon’s Eye Tour – 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Dragon’s Eye is a farm dedicated to natural farming, aquaponics, and learning. Our visit will explore the farm’s facilities, as we discuss Korean natural farming techniques and new sustainable ways of farming chickens.
$15 guests / $10 kamaāina.


Monday, October 24th

Culinary Class: Kalua Pig and Fermented Salads – 10:00AM - 12:00 Noon

In this culinary class, Chef Max Fathom will teach how to prepare Kalua Pig, and explore its many uses. To complement the pork, Max will demonstrate the preparation of fermented salads, such as kim chee, highlighting local and unusual ingredients.
$15 guests / $10 kamaāina.

Kalani Gardens Tour – 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Barcus Adams, our resident horticulture expert, will lead a tour of Kalani’s agricultural programs and horticulture, with a focus on sustainable agricultural practices, and distinguishing native from non-native plants.

Featured Dinner – 6:00 - 7:30PM
Guest Chef:  Max Fathom
This dinner will bring a modern twist to local Hawaiian favorite dishes, all featuring local products.

About Max Fathom: Max catered to Austin’s hip I.T. professionals prior to 8 years on the Big Island pioneering advances in local cuisine. Today, Max is an independent freelance chef working in commercial/film and video production doing on-set cooking and food styling.
$24 guests / $19 kamaāina.


Tuesday, October 25th

Culinary Class: Puna Sunrise Soufflé and Bananas Foster – 10:00AM - 12:00 Noon
Chef and huna kapuna Stewart Blackburn will bring local goat cheese, local greens, and free range eggs together for a delicious twist on the soufflé. And if that isn’t decadent enough, his use of local bananas to create a bananas foster will keep everyone eager for the tasting portion of this culinary adventure!
$15 guests / $10 kamaāina.

Lauhala Weaving – 3:00PM – 4:30PM
Auntie Lynda is a local treasure, who has produced extraordinary lauhala weavings, including recreating ki’ai burial baskets for the Smithsonian Institute. She brings myth, legend, and talk story to her enchanting sessions, which always draw a crowd.


Wednesday, October 26th

Xanadu – Experimental Farming Tour – 10:00AM - 12:00 Noon
Xanadu is a local farm with a focus on experimental farming practices. We will visit with the owners, and talk story about the joys, pitfalls, and learnings of being on the cutting edge of experimental farming.
$15 guests / $10 kamaāina.


Thursday, October 27th

Culinary Class: Cooking with Unusual Produce – 10:00AM - 12:00 Noon
Chef and instructor Scott Laaback will lead this exciting culinary class focused on unusual produce from the region. Students will prepare jackfruit seed hummus and ulu chips as well as curried breadnut (barring them falling prematurely from the tree) in a chaya leaf wrap.

About Scott Laaback: Scott is an instructor with the Dragon’s Eye Learning Center in Kapoho.
$15 guests / $10 kamaāina.

La’akea Permaculture Community Visit – 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Join us on our visit to La’akea Permaculture Community, where the community will immerse us in the ins and outs of permaculture. This region of Hawaii is particularly famous for permaculture projects, and the friendly folks at La’akea have been amongst those at the leading edge.
$15 guests / $10 kamaāina.

Featured Dinner – 6:00 - 7:30PM
Guest Chef:  Mark Ceranski
Author and Chef Mark Ceranski arrives on the Big Island, having served as an executive chef for a Saudi Prince, a Formula One team owner, and countless British dignitaries. His upcoming book, “Potboiler: In the Kitchen with Royalty, Dictators and Despots,” will thematically influence Mark’s menu.
$24 guests / $19 kamaāina.


Friday, October 28th

Culinary Class: Maku’u Market Meals – 10:00AM - 12:00 Noon
Kalani’s head chef Dana Butler will teach participants how to prepare these Maku’u Market favorites: winged beans, warabi (fiddlehead ferns) and green papaya.
$15 guests / $10 kamaāina.

The Last Supper – Murder Mystery Dinner – 6:00PM – 9:00PM
The Last Supper is a thrilling evening of mystery, held on Friday, October 28th - the closing night of the Puna Chefs' and Farmers' Culinary Festival.

Kalani is a 501(c)(3) charity, and this event is a fundraiser for Kalani's Hawaiian culture programming, which is offered free to the community.

Feature chef and local celebrity Stewart Blackburn will present a delicious slow-food dinner, made entirely of local food and produce. And then, he will be callously "murdered," sending our guests on a mission to find the culprit.

Our cast of characters includes our detective host, SPACE/Belly Acres comedy favorite, Dave Rave; Discovery Channel host Will Donnelly; and director/actor and Second City alumni Drew, who will be joined by local talent Kasi Jammeh, Venetia Featherstone-Witty, Samuel Hogarth, and Barcus Adams.

The suspects will interact with the guests throughout the dinner, as clues and scenes unfold, leaving a trail of decoys and enough to convict our sneaky culprit.

One lucky guest who correctly guests the murderer will win a month pool/spa pass and a complimentary wellness treatment at Kalani!

$24 guests / $19 kamaāina. Reservations highly recommended:  www.Kalani.com/mystery or 800-800-6886.


Saturday, October 28th

SPACE Market Guided Tour – 8:30 - 10:30AM
SPACE Market, at the local Seaview Performing Arts Center, is a delightful taste of Puna. All products are locally produced. Join us for a casual and friendly exploration of this local and colorful market. Free