If Life is a Bowl of Mangoes... Head to Makaha This Sunday

If Life is a Bowl of Mangoes... Head to Makaha This Sunday

At a recent food and wine festival on a neighbor island, we had the pleasure of meeting a woman whose family owns a mango farm, located on O`ahu's West Side. She shared with us the joy of picking mangoes from their 50-tree farm, the nuances of different varietals, and images of summer days spent with sticky mango juice dripping down her arms.
She then told us about the second annual Makaha Mango Festival, which is taking place this Sunday, August 2, from noon to 7:00 p.m., in at the Makaha Resort and GolfClub.

The family fun begins with kids activities, a mango peeling contest, bobbing for mangoes and a "decorate your mango" station. Things get slightly more serious with demonstrations on everything from the different varieties of mangoes, to little known mango facts and more. Things really hit their stride when top local mango experts (seriously!) share how residents with mango trees in their yards can graft branches to harvest different types of mangoes than what the trees normally bear.

Of course, any Hawaiian food festival wouldn't be complete without a recipe contest (yes, all dishes must feature mangoes. Duh!). You can download the entry form from the website ahead of time, and submit accordingly. Think you've got the chops to make the best mango chutney? A mango upside down cake? Mango rubbed ribs? Get to the kitchen!

For the adults, there will be a "Mango Happy Hour" in the afternoon, that features "adult beverages" made with mango. The day wraps just before sunset, when two great music acts take the stage and rock out attendees. Marlene Sai will begin, followed by legendary singer-songwriter-performers, Hapa.

There is still time to become involved as a vendor at the festival. For those of you new to Hawaii, just visiting or simply don't make it to the west side often, this is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a safe, healthy and enjoyable afternoon in Makaha. It's gonna be sweet! (Had to do it.)

Makaha Mango Festival. Admission is free. 

Legendary singer-songwriters-performers Hapa will perform as the sun sets over Makaha Beach this Sunday, August 2.