Haleiwa mar­ket to show­case kalo in all its glory Oct. 24

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - Front Page - By RASA FOURNIER

Haleiwa Farmer’s Mar­ket hosts a Taro Fes­ti­val from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24, when many of its 60-plus ven­dors will in­cor­po­rate the na­tive root crop into their of­fer­ings.

Ex­pect taro tor­tillas, taro french fries, poi smooth­ies, poi crepes, taro bread, chefs’ demon­stra­tions and two com­pe­ti­tions with prizes.

The Taro Recipe Con­test wel­comes the use of all parts of the taro plant in an en­tree, dessert or tra­di­tional dish. To ap­ply, e-mail halei­wa­farm­ers­mar­ or call 388-9696.

The Heav­i­est Taro Con­test aims to beat the Guin­ness World Record of 7.5 pounds (grown in China). Only Hawai­ian va­ri­eties will be con­sid­ered, and pre­sen­ters are asked not to re­move the ha, or stalk.

“The (Jan­uary) ca­cao fes­ti­val brought in 5,000 vis­i­tors and I think the taro fes­ti­val will draw even more peo­ple,” said mar­ket co-owner Pam Bo­yar, not­ing that grants from U.S.D.A. and Hawaii Tourism Author­ity make it all pos­si­ble — and free.

“We’re go­ing to have a big tent with Tutu’s Back­yard where North Shore kupuna will be talk­ing story with peo­ple,” added Bo­yar. “That will be a lot of fun, and (North Shore res­i­dent) Aunty Betty Jenk­ins is re­ally look­ing for­ward to that.”

Also on tap are lomi lomi mas­sages, keiki ac­tiv­i­ties, kanikapila with Ernie Cruz Jr., the Au Sis­ters, slam poet Kealoha, Hawai­ian games, tra­di­tional arts and crafts.

A bus will shut­tle guests to free, hour­long tours of nearby lo‘i. Keiki taro will be on

sale, and au­thors Jim Hol­lyer and Dale Evans will sign copies of Taro Maukat o Makai, A Taro Pro­duc­tion and Busi­ness Guide for Hawaii Grow­ers.

The Haleiwa Farmer’s Mar­ket is lo­cated near Haleiwa Beach Park, where Kame­hameha High­way meets Joseph Leong High­way, and there’s free park­ing.

“We’ll have chairs, but peo­ple can bring their own mats,” she said. “We also want to make it sus­tain­able, so we’re invit­ing peo­ple to bring their own plates and forks.”

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