Friday, September 23, 2011

Portuguese Cultural Festival, Saturday, October 1

Hawai‘i's history would not be the same without the contributions of the Portuguese. Immigrating here in the late 1800s, the Portuguese brought with them myriad skills and traditions that have helped to shape the local culture through the decades — everything from cattle ranching, dairy farming and rock-wall building to stone ovens, sweet bread, the ukulele and steel guitar!

On Saturday, October 1, the Kona Historical Society will host its annual Portuguese Cultural Festival in Kealakekua. The all-day event celebrates the Portuguese contributions to Hawai‘i's ranching heritage, as well as all things Portuguese. Hawaiian saddle makers will be on hand to demonstrate their leather art, while lauhala weavers will show off their creations, and "real McCoy" Portuguese singers, dancers and speakers will entertain in the native tongue. Bring the keiki (kids) and enjoy pony rides from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Noted pa‘u riders will conduct a lei-making workshop highlighting native and indigenous flowers traditionally used by pa‘u equestrian units in floral parades. Free tours of the historic H.N. Greenwell Store and Museum will also be featured.

Additionally, local-style kau kau (food) will showcase a bounty of Portuguese cuisine including homemade sweet bread baked in an authentic Portuguese stone oven. Once a mainstay in every Portuguese community throughout the Islands, the Portuguese oven, or "Forno," resembles an igloo. The Kona Historical Society built its own stone oven on site, where staff members bake bread every Thursday and sell it to the public for fund-raising purposes. Portuguese sweet bread, so popular today, evolved from rustic breads baked by the early immigrants. The Portuguese introduced milk and butter to the Hawaiians, and today, their specialty food has become a major component of Hawai‘i's regional cuisine. Other favorite Portuguese food items include pickled onions, sausage, malasadas and Portuguese bean soup.

Located about 15 minutes from Holualoa Inn, Kona Historical Society is a must-see destination when you are visiting the Big Island. Our Big Island bed and breakfast is located on an historic 30-acre property that features many intriguing sites including ancient holua slides and old coffee trails. Our chef bakes delicious goodies, breads and desserts each day at the Inn. For authentic Portuguese sweet bread fresh out of the stone oven, our ohana recommends the Kona Historical Society's weekly bread-baking event, held every Thursday, or better yet, the annual Portuguese Festival, coming October 1.

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