When it comes to festivals, the Hawaii Island has all of its bases covered. From a mania of mangoes to a bounty of breadfruit, we’ve featured several of them on the blog; take that back, a lot of them.
Here’s a recap of festivals to be on the look out for when you’re on the Hawaii Island.
Love Avocados? Head to Kona
“Buttery” and “nutty” might not come to mind when describing an avocado; unless you’re in Hawaii, that is. These unique varieties of avos truly live up to their tropical blend. Find them at the farmers markets or at local grocery stores, or if you’re like me, you’d prefer them as a dip. Guac and chips can’t be beat.
A Mango-Licious Festival
Every mango season, treetop canopies get painted with a spectral array of oranges and yellows. Mangoes take over the island landscape, as they sweeten the air with their fragrant aroma. This festival celebrates the colors, scents and – of course – the savory tastes of the Hawaiian mango.
Breadfruit Bounty at Big Island Festival
The Hawaiian name for breadfruit is ulu, which are much more obscure than the ever-boastful mango. Ulu lay low in the shade, beneath a span of verdant fronds, and when the time’s right, they’ll make their much-anticipated appearance. This festival honors a fruit that not only sustained Hawaiians for centuries but continues to nourish our community today as well. Ulu is packed with fiber, magnesium, potassium, calcium and vitamins A and C.
A Few New Beans for Kau Coffee Fest
From fruits, the Hawaii Island takes us to coffee (duh!). This festival happens every April in Kau, featuring a coffee college and even a coffee beauty pageant. Fill your cup with coffee from this Hawaiian Island.
Cherry Blossoms in Hawaii
Did you know that Hawaii was home to cherry trees? The delicate blossom trees thrive in Wahiawa (Oahu) and Waimea (Hawaii Island). Meaning, you don’t have to travel to Japan to be enchanted by their beauty. This particular festival began more than two decades ago, expanding beyond the cherry tree to include other multicultural facets of Hawaii as well.
50 Years of Merrie Monarch
Ahh, the hula. An ancient Hawaiian art form that was once almost lost but has no doubt been found. The Merrie Monarch Festival reminds us of that, through the effortless grace and passion that each dancer exhibits.