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Coconut Festival will debut Oct. 20 on Hilo’s Moku Ola

<p>Photo by Forest & Kim Starr </p><p>Coconuts at Maui Nui Botanical Garden on Maui.</p>

Kahu O Kahiko and Ku Kolo will present a Hilo Coconut Festival on Saturday, Oct. 20, at — where else ? — Coconut Island, or Moku Ola. It is free to the public.

“Come one and all to our first annual Hilo Coconut Festival and enjoy family, food, and fun,” said spokesman Vince McMillon. The festivities on Coconut Island, makai of Lili‘uokalani Gardens on Banyan Drive, will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Kids and families will enjoy Hawaiian entertainment, drum making, rope making, basket weaving, workshops and cultural demonstrations, and more. There will be games and zany contests as well as visual arts, handicrafts by local artisans, and gift and clothing vendors,” said McMillon.

“The coconut is the tree of life in Hawaiian culture and tradition. Every part of the tree has purpose, from clothing, shelter, food and utensils as well as bowls and drums,” he said. “The coconut is used for sugar, oils, medicines, vinegars, fermented drinks, and electrolytes for hydration. Many ceremonies and rituals include the coconut.”

Also featured and celebrated will be the plants ko, hala, lai, and awa and their importance in Hawaii.

“There will be delicious coconut dishes as well as local foods to tease your tastebuds,” said McMillon. A portion of the proceeds will go to support Kahu O Kahiko, promoting the culture and traditions of Hawaii.

Those interested in being a vendor or an event sponsor may contact him at 315-4847, or visit the website, hilococonutfestival.wordpress.com.


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