Thursday, February 17, 2011

Avocado Festival Inspires Delicious Treats

The 5th Annual Hawai'i Avocado Festival will be held this Saturday, February 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook. Highlights of this fun and free Festival include guacamole tastings, avocado recipe contests, an organic farmer's market, locally-made arts and crafts, panel presentations, a Green fashion show, healing arts, live entertainment and local cultural performances.

New this year, Festival sponsors have arranged an "Avocado-Inspired Deliciously Local Dinner" on Friday, February 18th from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Keauhou Beach Resort. Tickets are $55, and will include live music, a silent auction and a buffet of mouth-watering creations, including Seared Ahi and Avocado Parfait with Lilikoi Vinaigrette and Avocado Cream Pie. For tickets, call (808) 334-3340 or click here.

In honor of the festival, we thought we'd share our Avocado Bread recipe with you.

3/4 cup mashed ripe avocados
3 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking sode
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts
(or chopped walnuts)

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9- x 5- inch loaf pan and set it aside. Mash your avocados, then combine in a bowl with the eggs, oil and vanilla. Mix well. Add the flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and baking powder and mix well. Fold in your nuts. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for the first half hour, then cover loosely with foil and bake for one hour (or until a stick inserted into the center comes out clean).

Here at Holualoa Inn, we use only the freshest ingredients grown on our 30 acres of farm land. In addition to our award-winning estate Kona Coffee, we grow all our own fruits, vegetables, herbs and even have chickens for our eggs. Breakfast at the Holualoa Inn is more than a meal - it's an experience.

Innkeeper Holualoa Inn

Thursday, February 3, 2011

18th Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival This Saturday

For centuries, the Japanese have celebrated the beauty of the blossoming cherry trees by feasting under them. This custom, known as Hanami, has spread throughout the world, and this year's Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival in Waimea is scheduled for Saturday, February 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

The Festival will feature performances of Taiko drummers and Bon dancers, as well as a variety of demonstrations, including mochi pounding, origami, bonsai, quilting, Japanese cooking and the traditional tea ceremony.  Beginning at the Parker Ranch Historic Homes on Mamalahoa Highway 190, running east to the Hawaiian Homestead Farmer's Market on Highway 19, Waimea will be filled with craft booths, Cherry Blossom artwork, live performances, farmer's markets and delicious foods.

This year, Mayor Billy Kenoi will launch the Festival by honoring legendary lei- and kapa-maker, Marie McDonald, and Milton Yamasaki, who's contributions to local agriculture research have brought Big Island the grass-fed beef industry and the cultivation of green tea and blueberries.

The Sakura, or cherry blossom, has many meanings in Japanese culture. It is a sign of good fortune, a symbol of love and affection, or hope. Some believe each blossom signifies a fallen Samurai, or that the souls of fallen warriors are reincarnated in each blossom. Because of its fleeting but intense beauty, the cherry blossom is seen as a metaphor for human mortality, encouraging us to truly enjoy each moment of our time on earth.

Whatever your belief, your Holualoa Inn ohana invite you to relax and enjoy the splendor and romance of life at our Kona bed and breakfast. Whether lounging by the pool, enjoying an outdoor couples massage, attending local cultural events or exploring Big Island adventures, we encourage you to take a moment and celebrate the beauty around you.

A hui hou,
Innkeeper Holualoa Inn