July 26, 2018
Mango lovers rejoiced at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, for the sweet taste of summer. The 10th Annual Mangoes at the Moana event was held on Saturday, July 14. Celebrating the milestone anniversary, special events were held to enjoy all things mango.
The mid-morning events was held at the infamous Banyan Tree Courtyard. Shaded under the banyan tree the day began with the opening of the Mango Grove Market and the Mango General Store.
Avid mango growers were welcomed to submit their homegrown mangoes for chance to be this year’s Best Mango winner at the Best Mango Contest. The mangoes were judged on flavor, skin, texture and aroma. Attendees to the event were free to sample the mangoes submitted for the Best Mango contest.
Kids of all ages enjoyed hands-on activities such as cookie decorating, Mango origami folding, glitter tattoos and balloon twisting.
Mango growers of all levels were welcomed to a day of Mango seminars. Starting with Mangoes 101: Introduction to Mango Growing and ending with Mangoes for the Seasoned: Advanced Mango Seminar. Questions were welcomed with the experts for any questions regarding Mangoes or general plant growing tips.
Cooking fanatics were welcomed to live cooking demonstrations held by Moana’s chefs. The dishes included Mango Poke and Mango Panna Cotta.
MANGOLICIOUS SUNSET RECEPTION
Set oceanfront at the Diamond Lawn guests were welcomed to the Mangolicious Sunset Reception. Ten local celebrity chefs presented their tastiest mango creations.
This year’s line-up included: Koko Head Café, MW Restaurant, The Pig & the Lady, 12th Avenue Grill, Hawaii Convention Center, Hy’s Steakhouse, RumFire Waikiki, The Modern Honolulu, Tiki’s Bar & Grill and Appetito.
Mixologists from Southern Wine & Spirits, Azure Restaurant & Bar and Splash Bar were shaking up some refreshing libations.
Congratulations to this year’s throwdown winners:
Judge’s Choice Winner
Mango Bao Bun, Soft Shell Crab, Pickled Green Mango by Chef Keith Pajinag, The Modern Honolulu.
People’s Choice Winner
Mango Fried Chicken by Chef Lee Anne Wong, Koko Head Café.
A Silent Auction was held with proceeds benefiting the Kapiolani Community College’s Culinary Arts Program.
Mahalo to all that had joined us for this sweet celebration.