Join edible Hawaiian Islands, Hāna Ranch, and Travaasa Hāna as they kick off the 24th Annual Taro Festival with a fundraiser Poi Supper on Friday April 29th at the ranch. All proceeds from the dinner will be donated to the Hāna Youth Center to continue to grow and support the next generation in Hāna.
4pm: Arrive at Hāna Ranch for pūpū and Kōloa Rum cocktails created by Matthew Biancaniello, a visiting cocktail chef from Los Angeles
Matthew Biancaniello creates adventurous cocktail experiences. He formulates cocktails based on farm-fresh and unique, organic ingredients. Never working off a set cocktail menu, Biancaniello visits at least five different local farmers markets a week to source his ingredients, which inspire his imaginative cocktails. For this Poi Supper, Matthew will be foraging ingredients from the ranch to create his legendary cocktails with Kōloa Rum Company.
4:15pm: Tour the organic farm with Angie McGinness, the Farm Manager at Hāna Ranch
The farm at Hana Ranch is rooted in the values of land stewardship, collaboration, and community. Their produce is grown organically without the use of harmful synthetic chemicals or genetically modified seeds. They believe that by caring for the land, they can deliver the best produce to their customers and strengthen the foundation of their community.
4:30pm: Experience the art of pounding poi with Viliami Tukuafu of Ma Ka Hāna Ka ʻIke
Ma Ka Hāna Ka ʻIke is an award-winning construction skills training program for at-risk youth in Hāna. Their approach is to teach academic subjects through real-life, hands-on application, where students can understand the concepts they’re learning through tangible examples. For this Poi Supper, Viliami will be joined by two Hāna students as they pound poi with traditional boards and stones with locally grown kalo.
5pm: Sit down for a locally grown dinner with an ocean view
Salad course prepared by Chef Jay Johnson from Travaasa
Fish course prepared by Chef Jon Watson from Hāna Ranch
Meat course prepared by Chef Jon Watson from Hāna Ranch
Dessert prepared by Chef Jay Johnson from Travaasa
*Menu may change due to produce availability and weather