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Hawaii Island Festival Poke Contest is Sept. 9

<p>Poke is lined up for public tasting at The Great Waikoloa Poke Contest, held on last year at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa. (FILE PHOTO)</p>

Poke is lined up for public tasting at The Great Waikoloa Poke Contest, held on last year at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa. (FILE PHOTO)

The Hawaii Island Festival Poke Contest is 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott. There is a small entry fee, plus purchase of $5 festival ribbon, to help perpetuate this celebration. Contestants are welcome. For information, call Linda Pokipala at 937-4896. On contest day, it’s a great opportunity to sample this traditional delicacy as presented by dozens of entrants who are both home cooks and top professional chefs competing against their peers for the championship. Visit www.hawaiiislandfestival.org for more information.