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Breadfruit cooking contest for original recipes

A Cooking Contest at the Breadfruit Festival—Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu on Saturday, September 24, 2011 seeks dishes based on original recipes that feature breadfruit as the main ingredient. Celebrity Chefs Mark Tsuchiyama of Hualalai Resort, Olelo pa'a Ogawa of Glow Hawaii and Jacqueline Lau of Roy's Restaurants, will be joined by food writer and cookbook author Sonia R. Martinez and KITV weekend anchor Pamela Young to judge the Cooking Contest. The contest is open to all Hawai‘i Island residents and prizes will be awarded in the categories of Appetizer, Soup/Salad/Side Dish, Main Dish (Entrée), Dessert, Best of Show and Healthiest Choice.

'Ulu in North Kona.
An immature 'Ma'afala' 'ulu fruit in North Kona.

Contest entrants must submit an entry form with recipe(s). Pre-registration is appreciated, but not required. Dishes will be dropped off at the Breadfruit Festival on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in South Kona between 8:00 am and 8:45 am. Contestants are asked to bring dishes two ways—a plated 10” to 12” dish for presentation and judging and a larger platter (approximately 9” x 13”) for public sampling. Directions to Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, the festival location.

The Breadfruit Festival—Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu celebrates the rich culture of ‘ulu in Hawai‘i and the Pacific, raises awareness about the importance of breadfruit for food security and teaches about the many delicious ways to prepare breadfruit.

In addition to the Cooking Contest, Chef Olelo paa Ogawa will be demonstrating how to make various delicious breadfruit dishes. Chef Betty Saiki and the students from the West Hawaii Culinary Arts School will be preparing breadfruit delicacies and other locally grown food for sale. Recipes will be made available to the public.

Rules, instructions and entry forms

Option 1: Download editable Word file    

Option 2: Download PDF file for printing and filling out by hand


Each dish will be judged for:

  • Best use of breadfruit
  • Taste
  • Appearance/Presentation
  • Originality
  • Healthy ingredients


1st Place Breadfruit Cooking Contest

2 persons Ocean Sports Catamaran Cruise for two ($250 value)
2 persons Fair Winds Cruises ($250 value)
2 persons Body Glove Cruises for two ($240 value)
2 night Log Cabin Bed & Breakfast ($250 value)
2 nights stay at the Keauhou Beach Resort and Scuba Trip to Kealakekua Bay on the Sea Quest ($400 value)
2 persons Hawaii Forest and Trail- Kohala Zipline’s Kohala Canopy Adventure ($300 value)

2nd and 3rd Place Breadfruit Cooking Contest

Kona Brewing Company Gift Certificate
Huggo’s Restaurant Gift Certificate
Sunrise Nursery Gift Certificate
Big Island Bees sample boxes
Starbucks Hawaii Gift Certificate
Java on the Rocks Gift Certificate
Volcano Island Honey Gift Box
Nia Hawaii Class Card with Megan McArthur

Questions can be directed to Sonia R. Martinez at 963-6860 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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