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Hawaii Island Festival Poke Contest
September 8, 2018
Sample Hawaii’s famous appetizer
Hawaii Island Festival-30 Days of Aloha Poke Contest is part of a month-long celebration honoring the state’s host culture. Festival events include a re-enactment of an ancient Hawaiian royal court that appears in full costume and is announced by feather standards and the blowing of the pu, or conch shell.
The Poke Contest begins with the royal court’s entry and dramatic hookupu (gift) presentation, followed by a culinary demonstration and announcement of contest winners.
Poke (po-KEH) is the Hawaiian word for slice or chop. The local-style, chunky-shaped pupu (appetizer) typically consists of marinated, fresh local fish that’s raw, seared or cooked. However, tofu and meat can be used to concoct poke and the ingredients and style of preparation depends on the creativity of the cook.
Contest competition is among amateurs and professionals in four categories: traditional, which uses the basic ingredients of raw fish, sea salt, seaweed, kukui nut, taro, breadfruit and coconut milk; poke with soy sauce, poke with limu (seaweed) and cooked poke. Winners earn cash and gift baskets.
Taste your choice of poke from 40 different contestants, who each prepared six pounds per entry. The contest is a great way to taste a favorite island snack prepared numerous ways.
September Date TBA
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
$5 Door, plus $5 festival ribbon
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