HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A mango madness took place at the Moana Surfrider in Waikiki for the 3rd Annual Mangoes at the Moana event on Saturday. The festival included food tastings, seminars, and various forms of entertainment.
The event kicked off in the morning with a mango recipe contest that had chefs and chef-wannabes alike, competing for the best dish. The competition was judged by celebrity chefs including Cooking Channel's Lee Anne Wong and Honolulu Star Advertiser's Dining Out editor, Alana Folen. Prizes ranged from an Afternoon Tea at the Veranda to a two-night stay at the Moana Surfrider.
The event also promoted the use of locally grown mangoes. Makaha Mangoes, the head partner with the resort, was the primary supplier for the event. Hawaii is known for its multitude of mangoes that aren't found on the mainland. Chef Lee Anne Wong, who's from New York, said it best, "To be able to come here and just to see the wide variety of mangoes that people are growing in their backyards is incredible."
The mango process is a give and take between suppliers and consumers. According to local growers, by getting more people interested in the fresh mangoes, they may purchase more from local suppliers like Makaha Mangoes. Candy Suiso, owner of Makaha Mangoes, explained, "It's more than just eating a fresh mango."