Chef Roy Yamaguchi

Taste of the Hawaiian Range Attendees

Wendi Gred and Jillian Scheme of Big Island Bees describe the benefits of participating in the Taste of the Hawaiian Range. (1:45 min.)

Big Island Bees Testimonial

Chef Peter Merriman

Paniolo Lingo


braided rawhide rigging of the "Hawaiian tree" cowboy saddle

Attendees Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Mealani's Taste Of The Hawaiian Range & Agriculture Festival 2015 Gala

Chef YamaAttendees to the 2015 Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range enjoyed activities old and new to mark Taste's 20th anniversary. The event boasted a lineup of 30 chefs from three islands and featured two founding members of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine as educational presenters: Peter Merriman of Merriman’s and Roy Yamaguchi of Roy’s.  

Remembering the Old
The Araki family of Hilo’s Kuhio Grille received a plaque for 20 years of event participation. Ten culinary participants of the 1996 inaugural taste were awarded plaques to display at this year’s event.  The Araki family of Hilo’s Kuhio Grille was gifted with a special Big Island-shaped plaque for 20 years of continuous participation.

Every attending family received a free anniversary cookbook.Recipes by long-time event chefs, ranchers and committee members were featured in the 20th Anniversary Mealani's A Taste of the Hawaiian Range Cookbook, which was complimentary to every attending family. Compiled by Chef Sandy Barr Rivera and rancher/committee volunteer Jeri Moniz, the 28-page cookbooklet offered 20 recipes for pasture-raised beef, pork, lamb and goat.

Download Discounts on New Exhibitor Pages
Exhibitors had the option to have a Taste website landing page to share special offers and info at the event. Attendees could access the pages using their smartphone via a QR code. For the list of nearly 20 landing pages, which offer ongoing special offers and discounts that can be downloaded, visit http://www.tasteofthehawaiianrange.com/exhibitor-offers/index.html.

Attendees could win an oven mitt by correctly matching meat cuts with steer primals at the Hawai’i Cattlemen’s Council’s booth.In addition, there were 38 product/educational displays. Some booths shared tastings of products, like Turnip Wagon's micro-vegetables, while others offered compelling agricultural displays. A popular educational attraction was the Hawaii Cattlemen Council’s interactive display featuring a large drawing of a steer.  Attendees could win an oven mitt by correctly matching a beef cut illustration to the area it comes from on the steer. 

Scavenger Hunt Awards Overnighter, Many Prizes
Over 80 attendees participated in Taste's inaugural digital scavenger hunt, which tasked gamers to complete tasks and find answers at participant booths or in the event program. A sample question: What tastes good prepared as a curry or a kraut…clue: booth B56? The answer was squash as B56 was the location for Squash & Awe’s booth.

Sustainable Island Products is one of the many exhibitors offering ongoing discounts at tasteofthehawaiianrange.comScavenger hunt winners were randomly drawn at event’s end and the grand prize was an overnight stay at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Mahalo to Redwater Café, The Food Basket, Inc.-Hawai‘i Island’s Food Bank, Village Burger, Big Island Bees, MacFarms of Hawaii, Buddha’s Cup Coffee, Sugai Products, Inc., Atebara Taro Chips, Royal Hawaiian Coffee, Squash and Awe Farm, King Laulau Brand Poi, Sustainable Island Products LLC and Honolulu Coffee Company for donating prizes.

Taste of The Hawaiian Range 2015

2015 Taste of the Hawaiian Range - Celebrating 20 Years (2:26 min.)

Peter Merriman

Chef Peter Merriman, pioneer of the Hawaii Regional Cuisines Movement speaks about his culinary journey. (48:50 min.)

Braised Oxtail by Roy Yamaguchi

Chef Roy Yamaguchi demonstrates Cooking Pasture-Raised Beef 101 - Braised Oxtail ( 9:24 minutes)