KAPALUA, Maui, Hawaii – On Saturday, June 13th, local farmers, fishermen and chefs will showcase Maui’s bountiful harvest of produce, fish and game at the 2nd Annual Island Harvest & Hukilau.  This fun-filled event is part of the 3rd Annual Earth Maui Nature Summit, an island-wide environmental event presented by the Kapalua Nature Society.

Held at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Beach House Lawn from 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm, the Island Harvest & Hukilau features a traditional hukilau, farmers’ market, food and product booths, and entertainment by Uluwehi Guerrero and Hapa.

 A modern interpretation of the traditional fishing art, the hukilau, opens the festivities at 4:30 pm.  Guests may help pull in the nets as part of this ancient Hawaiian fishing practice which involves the entire village’s participation in pulling large fishing nets full of bounty from the sea onto shore. The Island Harvest food festival and farmer’s market follows at 5:00.    

 During the Island Harvest, eleven of Maui’s favorite chefs will be paired with local farmers creating over 33 selections of savory recipes incorporating island grown and raised products by land and sea.  Chefs participating include David Abella of Roy’s Kahana Bar & Grill; Steve Amaral of Cucina Pacifica; Patrick Callarec of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua;  Keith Cevoli of Maui Brews; Tony Edington & Sean Kinoshita of The Kapalua Bay Hotel; D.K. Kodama & John Peck of Sansei Restaurant & Sushi Bar; John Lopianetzky of Royal Lahaina Resort; Doug Lum of Joe’s Bar & Grill; Bobby Masters of Hula Grill; David Ribbens of Westin Maui; and Alex Stanislaw of The Plantation House Restaurant.

 Along with the culinary talents of Maui’s chefs, a sampling of Maui’s cornucopia will be represented by local farmers and fishermen including Da Kine Herb Farm, D.Y. Ishii Farm, Goble’s Hawaiian Flower Farm, Ka’anapali Estate Coffee, Local Island Fresh Edibles, Maui Flowers Growers Assoc., Maui Mushrooms, Maui Pineapple Company, Ono Organic Farms, Robbie’s Tropical Flower & Herb Farm, Sweet Kula Farms, Tedeschi Vineyards, and The Sadang Family.

Maui’s own products will also take centerstage.  Guests will enjoy a variety of popular island products including beers and logger by Maui Brews, POG by Haleakala Dairy, Hawaiian Mist Water from The Water Man, a variety of cheeses from Rimfire Imports, a sundae bar by Roselani Ice Cream, and an assortment of freshly baked breads from The Bakery.
Guests will also delight in two memorable concerts performed by Uluwehi Guerrero and Hapa.  

Cost is $65/person for early reservations (by 12:00 noon on Saturday, June 13); $80/person for late registration; and $15/person ages 12 years and under.  Space is limited, advance reservations recommended. 

 For more information, contact the Kapalua Nature Society: 800  Kapalua Drive, Kapalua, Maui, HI 96761; telephone 669-0244 or fax 669-4480.  Hukilau is subject to ocean and weather conditions.