The 15th annual Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agricultural Festival featured 30 restaurants and chefs from our state in 2010. Many of these restaurants and their chefs showcased delectable dishes made from grass-fed beef, wild boar, lamb, goat and vegetables grown on Hawaii Island. In appreciation of their dedication to the event, a special 15 year award was announced at the event to a restaurant participating since the beginning of Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range.
15 Year Award Goes to Local Grind
Kuhio Grille Restaurant
The home of the 1-lb laulau and fried rice, Kuhio Grille, received the 15 year award at the Hilton Ballroom. Restaurant owner, Sam Araki, remembers CTAHR agent, Mike DuPonte, asking them to join the event as they were members of Big Island Farm Bureau. He recalls using a lot of local produce and taro leaves grown on their Waipio farm at that time with certain cuts of grass-fed beef. Araki shares, “The Taste event allows us to interact with our visitors. This year we made local style tripe stew and a lady from Europe said it tasted just like what she ate at home.” He feels the event can provide an educational opportunity where everyone supports local farmers and ranchers.
Till today, it still surprises him how many of his student employees “have no clue where their food comes from, how it is grown and how much work goes into it.” Araki shared, “the people at CTAHR should be recognized in this area for their educational outreach with sustainable agriculture and supporting the event.” He notes that it takes a lot of effort to provide a festival event and appreciates the time everyone puts their energy into it year after year.
Located at Prince Kuhio since it began in 1995, the family restaurant continues to support Hawaii Island farmers and ranchers with good honest local grinds they dish out to their customers everyday. Island favorites include homemade burgers, saimin, fried rice loco moco, hamburger steak and oxtail soup. Plus, the One-Pound Laulau made with pork and beef or boneless chicken thighs and fish are wrapped in taro leaves and steamed to perfection!
For breakfast, lunch or dinner, visit Kuhio Grille at the Prince Kuhio Shopping Center in Hilo located next to Jamba Juice or call 808-959-2336 for a take-out meal. Once again, congratulations to Kuhio Grille on their 15-year restaurant award!
Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agriculture Festival continues to bring together local ranchers, farmers and restaurants in showcasing culinary delights prepared expertly by chefs for festival goers “tasting and grazing” all they can imagine to eat. The quality of this event is rooted in small business participation, sponsorship and with in-kind donations such as our participating restaurants and chefs. For more information, continue to visit http://www.TasteOfTheHawaiianRange.com.