This year's Taste of Hawaii held this past Sunday on June 1st at Smith's Tropical Paradise on the Wailua River was a great success. The event continued its greening trend which started several years ago. The last two years all the utensils and cups and trays were bio-degradeable. This year, a local organization called Zero Waste Kauai participated by taking all the food and biodegradeables to compost and separate all the recycleable materials.
Over 1300 paid guest and close to 800 volunteers, musicians and chefs filled the park starting early Sunday morning and ending at 4PM. There were 14 music groups and some spectacularly delicious foods. My wife particularly liked the tomato-basil-chile gelato. I was enthralled by the Marriott's offering of mediterranean samples, including a little piece of lamb, edamame pate, couscous and chickpea salad.
The musical highlight of the event was the performance in the pavillion by Makana, who is one of the most unusual and talented slack key guitarists alive today. Makana blends the study and wisdom of the great slack key masters with the youthful exuberance, passion, and sheer joy of being inventive with his guitar and voice.
Here are a few pictures you may enjoy. If you are ever on Kauai in June, Taste of Hawaii is always the first Sunday of the month. You've got to check out this way cool event.
Ron Margolis, RA, CDPE, ABR Hawaii Life Real Estate Services 808.346.7095 email: firstname.lastname@example.org