HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa has partnered with Makaha Mangoes to kickoff its 4th annual "Mangoes at the Moana" event on Saturday, July 21. Locals and visitors are invited to join in on the festivities from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Included in the day's celebration, guests are also invited to Mangoes at the Moana's 3rd 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. This year Mangoes at the Moana is proud to present a new component to the lineup of fun, "Mango Cocktail Mixdown." Open to public participation, "Mango Cocktail Mixdown" is a competition between cocktail enthusiasts and professional mixologists using Kettle One Vodka and mango as featured ingredients in a mixed drink.
Mangoes at the Moana events on July 21 will take place at the following locations and times:
Moana Mango Recipe Contest, 8 - 11:30 a.m. Lani Kai Room
Food Writer and Master of Ceremony Wanda Adams invite chefs and chef hopefuls to submit their best mango recipes. Finalists are invited to present these recipes to be tasted by a panel of celebrity of judges including Whole Foods Natalie Aczon, HONOLULU Magazine Biting Column's writer Martha Cheng, Honolulu Star Advertiser Dining Out's editor Alana Folen, First Daughter Media Works Melanie Kosaka, Moana Surfrider's Executive Chef Richard Lancaster, and Hawaii News Now Sunrise Morning Show's Steve Uyehara. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. in front of the resort's Lani Kai Room located in the Tower Wing. Prizes include a two-night 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.
Best Mango Contest, 8 - 10 a.m. Lani Kai Room
Mango lovers are welcome to submit two homegrown backyard mangoes for a chance to win "Best Mango of the Year." A panel of judges including KITV4 news team personality Paula Akana, KGMB Sunrise Morning Show anchor Dan Cooke, Makaha Mangoes Mark Suiso, and KITV4 news reporter Pamela Young will be determining which mango will have the best flavor, skin, flesh, and aroma texture. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. in front of the resort's Lani Kai Room located in the Tower Wing. The grand prize is a two-night stay in an ocean front room at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa ($1,400 value).
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 Makaha Mangoes, artist Doug Young from Young's Hawaii Works of Art, Tea Chest, Naked Cow Dairy, Ono Pops, Waialua Soda and Tropilicious. Moana Surfrider will also be offering a selection of delectable mango appetizers, plate lunches, desserts, and fresh mango smoothies for purchase.
Mango Throw Down, noon - 4 p.m., Banyan Courtyard
This annual friendly cooking competition will feature 13 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 $6 per script for one plate at each booth or $75 for all-you-can-taste; also available now for $65 pre-sale until July 20. Chefs will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges including Celebrity Chef Roy Yamaguchi, Moana Surfrider General Manager Craig Anderson, and Beachhouse at the Moana Chef de Cuisine William Chen.
A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Leeward Community College Culinary Arts School.
Participating chefs in the 3rd annual Mango Throw Down will include:
· Chef Kevin Hanney, 12th Ave Grill and SALT
· Chef Colin Hazama, Sheraton Waikiki
· Chef Michael Imada, Japengo Restaurant
· Chef Ed Kenney, Town
· Chef Hardy Kirschner, Michel's at the Colony Surf
· Chef Robin Lee, Nobus Waikiki
· Chef Jon Matsubara, Azure Restaurant
· Chef Ronnie Nasuti, Tiki's Grill & Bar
· Chef Celeste Pasag, Beachhouse at the Moana
· Chef JJ Preaseth Luangkhot, JJ French Bistro
· Chef Sean Priester, Soul
· Chef Russell Siu, 3660 on the Rise
· Chef Brett Villarmia, RumFire
Mango Cocktail Mixdown, 4 - 5 p.m., Banyan Courtyard
Three finalists will be selected to present their cocktail recipe to the public for voting. As the newest addition to this year's Mangoes at the Moana festival, the inaugural "Mango Cocktail Mixdown" is open to public participation. "Mango Cocktail Mixdown" is a competition between cocktail enthusiasts and professional mixologists using Kettle One Vodka and mango as featured ingredients in a mixed drink. All finalists will receive a Kettle One gift basket and the winner will receive a grand prize of a two-night stay in an ocean front room at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa ($1,400 value).
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.
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 mango tea, mango scones, sorbet, and mousse. Moana Classic Tea service is $34.00 and First Lady Tea service is $48.
Throughout the "Mangoes at the Moana" event lineup on Saturday, July 21, 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 Kamaka Fernandez Trio, 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'¨¡ina getaway package throughout July 2012. The package includes:
· Rates starting at $199/night in Vibrant Waikiki accommodations
· 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, click HERE or call the Moana Surfrider at 808-237-4749 and ask for the concierge desk. For dining reservations or information, please call the Starwood Waikiki dining desk at 808-921-4600.
Self parking is available at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani and is complimentary for four hours with validation at the Mangoes at the Moana event.
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