Puna Chefs' and Farmers' Culinary Festival

Various Facilitators

October 22, 2011 - October 29, 2011

Learn, feast, and enjoy with us as we celebrate the Puna Chefs' and Farmers' Culinary Festival!

From October 22-29, visitors and Big Island residents will gather to experience the vibrant home-grown cuisine of Puna. Learning about and savoring Pacific, particularly Hawaiian, food will be the delightful experience of every participant.

The Puna Chefs' and Farmers' Culinary Festival includes:

  • Harvest Festival, Dance and Featured Chef dinner, October 22
  • Farm to Fork: a full week of culinary classes and activities, October 22-29
  • Two special culinary tasting dinners, October 24 and 27
  • The Last Supper, a murder mystery dinner and 'slow food' feast, on October 28

Click here to view a full schedule and detailed descriptions of all events taking place throughout the festival.

Taking place primarily at Kalani Oceanside Retreat Village, the festival also includes culinary-focused excursions to other organic farming productions, markets, and dining/culinary organizations.

Puna farmers' products and chefs and restauants of the district will also be featured throughout the festival.

Schedule of Events:

Learn with us...

In the week long Kalani workshop, four culinary classes will be offered. Taught by feature chefs the classes are:

  • Kalua Pig and Fermented Salads
  • Puna Sunrise Soufflé and Bananas Foster
  • Cooking with Unusual Produce
  • Maku’u Market Meals: winged beans, warabi (fiddlehead ferns) and green papaya

These classes will be complimented by sustainable agriculture tours and demonstrations by local farmers.

Click here to view dates, times, and a detailed description of each class and demonstration.

The Hawaiian heritage of sustainable agrarian living and healthful dining will be a model explored right on Kalani’s ancient village center premises, with preserved farming fields, walls (for animal enclosures), a halau (for teaching, dining, plant propagation and crafts ) and a heiau (dedicated to Lono and Kanaloa, gods of peace, abundance, agri- and aquaculture!

We'll also have tastings of locally produced food, beverages and chefs’ specialties; plus product vendors, eco-ag-wellness non-profit information booths, an agrarian art show and performances in the spirit of traditional hula, barn and bon dances.

Visitors and malihini will be familiarized with plants and products unique to Hawai’i, and our islands’ special mixes of multi-cultural influences. The event will inspire new aloha ambassadors who will go on to promote Puna’s attractions beyond Hawai’i shores.

Stay with us...

Visitors staying at Kalani during the festival will experience the wild side of jungle balls, Ecstatic Dances, and the farmers’ markets, which sustain all of the free, creative, eruptive energy, for which Kalani and Puna are famous.

The weekly Monday trek through Kalani’s sustainable 120 acres of agriculture, aquaculture and solar power generation will confirm your commitment to a more vital you and a more sustainable world! Scroll down for accommodation options and booking information.

Dine with us...

Theme menus inspired by local chefs and restaurants will be featured at The Lanai, Kalani, on the evenings of Monday October 24 and Thursday October 27, drawing visitors from near and far.

Dinner is from 6:00pm - 7:30pm; tickets are $24 and $19 for kama'aina.

Click here for more information about the guest chefs preparing these spectacular meals, along with detailed descriptions of the menus.

Reservations are necessary for both of these special events. Please call Kalani at (808) 965-7828 to reserve your place today.

Special Closing Event: The Last Supper

The festival's culminating highlight is The Last Supper, a closing savory “slow food” feast which includes a Halloween Chic “culinary costume” murder mystery dinner.

Guests and visitors will be invited to enjoy local cuisine at the largest and 'spookiest' themed dinner in Puna for a night they'll never forget.

The Last Supper will commence at 6:30pm at The Lanai, Kalani, on the Friday, October 28th; Tickets are $24 and $19 for kama'aina.

Reservations are highly recommended for this special event. Call Kalani at (808) 965-7828 or book online at www.Kalani.com/Mystery to reserve your place today.

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We are grateful to the sponsors of this year's Puna Chefs' and Farmers' Culinary Festival which include the Hawai`i Tourism Authority and the County of Hawai`i.

For more information about the festival, to reserve tickets, lend support to programs, request an auxiliary aid or reasonable modification, please call Kalani at (808) 965-7828 or e-mail [email protected]

About the Facilitator(s)


Workshop Fees

Rates for the Puna Culinary Festival are Kalani Experience rates, and include a free night's stay when you book for the full festival!

Fees include workshop, meals, accommodations, and use of Kalani's facilities including pool, hot tub and sauna.

Pick up/drop off shuttle service between Kalani and Hilo International Airport is also provided.

Fees per person: Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
6 - Cottage $ 1320 $ 1980
5 - Tropical Loft $ 1200 $ 1710
4 - Tree House Room $ 1200 $ 1710
3 - Bungalow Room $ 1140 $ 1560
2 - Lodge Room (private bath) $ 1080 $ 1440
1 - Lodge Room (shared bath) $ 960 $ 1170

Prices subject to change without notice.