The first annual “Parade of Farms” is set for Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Kunia Corridor in Central Oahu.
The “Parade of Farms” presented by Oahu Resource Conservation and Development Council includes an open house at the Hawaii Agricultural Research Center, farm and agricultural business tours and an afternoon pau hana reception at Manulele Distilleries.
Throughout the day there will be 3 distinct tours that share experiences with the full spectrum of agricultural businesses and activities in the region. The “Our Food” tour will feature local farms and a tour of the Kunia Plantation Village project. The “Our Products” tour will share the manufacturing processes at Oils of Aloha and Manulele Distilleries; these products add value to an agricultural crop. And the “Innovations” tour will include visits to agricultural businesses adopting new technologies that are key to the success of agriculture in Hawaii.
The Hawaii Agriculture Research Center will host an open house where participants will be greeted and enjoy hands on family friendly activities including cacao processing (bean to bar) and coffee and honey tasting. Informal tours of the research lab and the test field crops, as well as farm fresh lunches, will be available at this venue.
At a KoHana Pau Hana we will join makers of the rum and learn about the nuances of agricole rum. Rum tasting, light pupus and a Rum Cocktails demonstration will also be part of the casual talk story closing activity of the day.
The open house is free. Reservations and tickets are required for the tours and can be purchased on-line at http://oahurcd.org/parade-of-farms/ or call 808-622-9026. Ticket prices range from $10-$20.