‘Discover Kualoa’ Aims To Draw In The Crowds

Kakaako, North Shore and Waikiki have already been “discovered,” so this month it’s Kualoa’s turn, showcasing the culinary delights and cultural specialties of the Hakipu’u ahupua’a.

The first of three Discover Kualoa events- all held at different parts of the sprawling Kualoa Ranch – is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 18. The focus is on food and art, with an emphasis on “farm-to-table” eating, so attendees can expect to see local chefs using local products, as well as an extensive farmers market with both fresh produce and ready-to-eat wares. Activities for visitors will include poi pounding, lauhala weaving, lei making and surfboard shaping, among others.

Additional Discover Kualoa events are planned for Feb. 15 (Ka’a’awa ahupua’a) and March 15 (Kualoa) as part of the campaign, focusing on the Makahiki season and Hawaiian song and dance, respectively. Ticket prices have yet to be announced, but some details are online at discover.kualoa.com or at facebook.com/discoverkualoa.

The “Discover Our Islands” initiative highlights unique offerings from different neighborhoods around the state.