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North Kohala’s Farm to Wok Cook-off celebrates food self-sufficiency

North Kohala’s Farm to Wok Cook-off will be on Saturday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Hawi Jodo Mission on Akoni Pule Highway in Hawi.

Teams from Hawaiian Airlines, University of Hawaii Hilo, Bromeliads Hawaii LLC, Sustainable Kohala, Kahua Pa‘a Mua, Honsador Lumber and Kaiser Permanente will compete in an “Iron Chef” style cooking competition featuring Kohala grown ingredients. A tasting featuring the results of the competition is included in the ticket price.

The community is asked to contribute fruits, vegetables and herbs, to be used as surprise ingredients in the cook-off. Community members who contribute food, which must be received the night before, will receive free tickets to the event.

Farm to Wok will be hosted by LAVA 105.3 FM’S Eddie O, with live music provided by T&T Hawaiian Style, Roz & Matt Kupukaa, Sydney Case and Young Hearts.

Throughout the day, there will be informational booths on North Kohala’s food self-sufficiency efforts. The event is a fundraiser for the Palili ‘O Kohala project, a 10 family taro growing cooperative in North Kohala.

Tickets are limited at $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For tickets and information or to donate fresh local food, call Carol at 889-5391 or go to