Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa has partnered with Makaha Mangoes to kickoff its 3rd annual "Mangoes at the Moana" event on Saturday, July 9. Locals and visitors are invited to join in on the festivities from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Included in the day's celebration, guests are also invited to Mangoes at the Moana's 2nd annual "Mango Throw Down" featuring local celebrity executive chefs in a friendly cooking competition using mango as the main ingredient from noon – 4 p.m.
Mangoes at the Moana events on July 9 will take place at the following locations and times:
Moana Mango Recipe Contest, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Lani Kai Room
Chefs and chef hopefuls are invited to submit their best mango recipes. Finalists are invited to present these recipes to be tasted by a panel of celebrity of judges including Bravo's Top Chef contestant and Cooking Channel Unique Eats host executive chef Lee Anne Wong and Honolulu Star Advertiser Dining Out's editor Alana Folen. Registration will begin at 8:45 a.m. in front of the resort's Lani Kai Room located in the Tower Wing. Prizes include a two-nights stay in an ocean front room ($1,400 value) at the Moana Surfrider, dinner for two ($150 value) at Beachhouse at the Moana, and Afternoon Tea for two ($96 value) at The Veranda.
Mango Farmer's Market, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Banyan Courtyard
Hawaii's mango farmers will provide free samples of the different varieties of mangoes that are grown on their farms. Guests will have a chance to "talk story" with the farmers to get an in-depth view of how they raise their trees to produce a world-class product and an opportunity to purchase fresh ripe mangoes. Several of Hawaii's vendors will feature their unique mango-inspired products including Ono Pops, Waialua Soda and Tropilicious. Moana Surfrider will also be offering a selection of delectable mango appetizers, entrees, desserts, and fresh mango smoothies for purchase.
Mango Throw Down, noon – 4 p.m., Banyan Courtyard and Lani Kai Room
This annual friendly cooking competition will feature 11 local celebrity chefs preparing creative dishes featuring mango as the main ingredient. Admission is free and guests are welcome to taste each chef's creation for $3 per script; number of scripts required will differ at each booth. Chefs will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges including New York City restaurant Kogi's Executive Chef Lee Anne Wong, one of the finalists for the first season of Bravo's popular cooking reality show Top Chef and Cooking Channel's Unique Eats host. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit University of Hawaii's Culinary Institute of the Pacific.
Participating chefs in the 2nd annual Mango Throw Down will include:
• Chef Chai Chaowasaree, Chai's Island Bistro
• Chef Darren Demaya, Kai Market
• Chef Kevin Hanney, 12th Ave Grill
• Chef Wayne Hirabayashi, The Kahala Hotel & Resort
• Chef Hardy Kirschner, Michel's at the Colony Surf
• Chef Dave "D.K." Kodama, D.K. Steakhouse
• Chef Jon Matsubara, Azure Restaurant
• Chef Ronnie Nasuti, Tiki's Grill & Bar
• Chef Jason Peel, Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Cuisince Waikiki
• Chef Goran Streng, Tango Contemporary Café
• Chef Rodney Uyehara, Beachhouse at the Moana
Mango Seminars, 1 – 3 p.m., Lani Kai Room
Mango 101: Introduction to Mangoes, 1 – 2 p.m.
Guests are invited to learn about different varieties of mango grown in Hawaii, and each mango's unique texture and aroma. Several experts will be available to answer questions on how to successfully grow mangoes, preserve and prepare mangoes, and other general inquiries.
Mango 501: Mangoes for the "Seasoned" (advanced course), 2 – 3 p.m.
Experts will share best practices in growing a healthy fruit-bearing mango tree, pruning techniques, production, how to maintain a tree, prevention disease, and other relevant information on the care of mango growing.
Mango Boot Camp, 11a.m. – noon, Moana Lani Spa, A Heavenly Spa by Westin
Mango Boot Camp is a wellness seminar providing information on the health aspects and benefits of mangoes through body treatments, various exercises and movement. Moana Lani Spa also invites participants to experience its popular mango body scrub.
Lunch and Afternoon Tea, 12 – 3 p.m., The Veranda
Afternoon Tea at The Veranda is a local tradition with a selection of fine teas, delicious finger sandwiches, salads, scones and delicate pastries, and relaxing views of Waikiki Beach. Throughout July, Mango lovers will also delight in a mango-filled menu including Nalo Field salad with mango dressing, mango tea, mango scones, sorbet, and mousse. Moana Classic Tea service is $32.50 and First Lady Tea service is $48.
Throughout the "Mangoes at the Moana" and "Mango Throw Down" event on Saturday, July 9, there will be free entertainment at the resort's Banyan Courtyard from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Some of Hawaii's talented local artists performing at the event include Tahiti Rey, Olomana, Taimane Gardner, and Puuhonua Trio.
For those looking to stay and play over the weekend, Moana Surfrider will be offering a limited-time Kama'âina getaway package throughout July 2011. The package includes:
• Rates starting at $199/night in Vibrant Waikiki accommodations
• Complimentary self parking
• Complimentary 2 p.m. check-in and 2 p.m. check-out
• 25% discount off food at the Beachhouse at the Moana, The Veranda and the Beach Bar
For reservations or more information, please call 808-921-4640 and ask for the KAMVIP rate plan. For information about the "Mangoes at the Moana" festivities, please visit www.mangoesatthemoana.com or call the Moana Surfrider at 808-922-3111 and ask for the concierge desk. For dining reservations or information, please call the Starwood Waikiki dining desk at 808-921-4600.