Annual Farm Festival at Hāmākua Harvest Focuses On Local Food, Products and Fun


Are you looking for a truly authentic, local and cultural event? Come and experience the Annual Farm Festival at Hāmākua Harvest on Sunday, May 20, 2018 8 am to 3 pm located at the intersection of Highway 19 and Mamane Street in Honoka’a.

Hāmākua Harvest welcomes the community to come and enjoy this truly memorable event featuring all local products and the best of local food and entertainment, abundant keiki activities and multiple educational experiences, all designed to delight the senses.

The Farm Festival kicks off Honoka’a Western Week, which highlights the local paniolo culture and farming community along the north eastern side of Hawaii Island.

Experience authentic Hawaiian culture as Joshua Lanakila Mangauil of the Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hāmākua opens the festivities with a traditional Hawaiian protocol and awa ceremony. The ever popular Dominic Yagong will be the festival’s emcee, introducing entertainment, special guests and more throughout the day.

Our 40 vendors will be selling only locally produced products and artisanal foods. For a full list of our hand selected vendors please visit


Get up and dance or just relax and enjoy some of Hawaii’s favorite local musicians

8:30 The Rachel Scott Band takes the stage with their contemporary, rock and folk music.
10:00 Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hāmākua Community Hula Hui
11:45 The Big Rock Band playing on their home turf, plays classics from the 60s to 80s, including Jazz and Latin sounds.
1:15 Dennis Padilla and Friends sharing their Hawaiian melodies and acoustic tunes.

Be mesmerized as you watch  the aerial arts performances brought to you by CirquéOhana or stop by their booth to learn how to juggle.

Expanded Keiki Zone

Your children will be delighted with the all-day activities at the expanded Keiki zone adjacent to the Learning Garden.

Mosaic Art, Bean Bag Toss, Bubble Fun, Face Painting, Origami, Painting Activity.

9:30 and 12:00 Planting Activity
10:00 to 12:00 Miniature Donkey Rides
10:00 & 1:00 Kids Yoga Class
11:00 Make and Take Seed Pots
12:30 to 3:00 Petting Zoo

Educational presentations

8:30– Agroforestry Solutions for Hāmākua

Dave Sansone will share how agroforestry can help you beat the weeds and pests, improve the soil, and increase production–naturally. Dave is the Agriculture Production Specialist for The Kohala Center and the owner of Agroforestry Design, LLC. / 808-464-3657

10:15– Grafting Avocados

Ty MacDonald from CTAHR  – Learn how to graft avocados from an expert.  Ty is a University of Hawai’i extension agent working with the landscape industries in West Hawaii.  He also coordinates the Master Gardener training program.

11:45Growing a Complete Diet in Hawai’i

Wade Bauer will share how to efficiently grow your own food at home to provide a fresh organic balanced diet. From field or backyard to table – propagation, cultivation, harvest, preservation, and use. Wade has taught permaculture in Hawai’i for over 10 years. He has a degree in Environmental Biology and is the founder of “Malama Aina Permaculture: Edible Landscape Design, Education & Nursery” in Kapoho. Hawaii-Permaculture-Institute.weebly.comContact: 248-245-9483 [email protected]

1:15– Sustainable Tropical Fruit and Nut Production

Alyssa Cho from CTAHR will share integrated approaches to sustainable tropical fruit and nut production in Hawai’i. Alyssa is an assistant researcher in sustainable farming systems with an emphasis in tropical fruits and nuts.

Hands-on educational programs

8:30 – Grow Your Own Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms

Zach Mermelwill share how to grow you own edible and medicinal mushrooms for food, for fun, and possibly for profit. In this hands-on workshop, learn how to easily cultivate functional fungi on “waste” materials found around your farm and homestead.

10:15 – Make Your Own Humpback Whale Hats and Gyotaku Fish Print

Andy Collins works with Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, the second largest protected area on Earth.  He will have an informational booth with kids activities including making Humpback Whale Hats and Gyotaku Fish Printing.

11:45 – Propagate Your Own Sugar Cane Using Various Methods

Curtis Tatewill be providing information on growing sugar cane from cuttings and then guide participates in propagating their own sugar-cane keiki using various methods.

1:15 – Hawaiian Pahu (Drum) Carving
Keoni Aweau Turalde,from the Lihikai Hawaiian Cultural Learning Center, will be showing us how to make Hawaiian drums for hula and traditional ceremonies.

Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hāmākua
Have an authentic Hawaiian experience!  Join the Cultural Center and get your hands in the ground and participate in planting the taro “huli” and then join them to participate in pounding the poi.


Make new friends, have some fun and volunteer to help make this a truly memorable community event.

Volunteers receive custom t-shirts, a mahalo pizza party, marvelous camaraderie and wide spread gratitude.  Join the fun by contacting [email protected].

Silent Auction

Our Silent Auction will offer opportunities to bid on everything from fancy dinners to local products.

If you have anything to donate, please contact us at [email protected].

All donations are tax deductible.


Mahalo to our sponsors so far:

Hawai’i Beef Producers
Hawai’i Community Federal Credit Union
Hāmākua Coast Realty

Show your support and advertise your business!

Last year 1,800 people attended the Farm Festival and this year we expect even more.  Please help support our Festival and our commitment to supporting local agriculture and enriching our community.

Your tax-deductible donation will assure that your company’s logo will be prominently featured on our Wall of Sponsorson the day of the festival and will remain posted for an additional six months of advertising to those that visit our weekly Farmers’ Market.

Corporate sponsors will be mentioned throughout the day of the Festival by our emcee, will be included on our Festival program and will be thanked in both print and on-line advertising after the Festival.

Don’t miss this opportunity to promote your business while supporting this worthy cause.

SNAP/EBT Purchases Warmly Welcomed

If interested please contact us at [email protected]

Shuttle Bus 

As part of our Waste Wise initiative and to facilitate additional off-site parking, please car pool and allow our free shuttle bus service to escort you to the Festival from various locations throughout Honoka’a town.

Find more details about the Festival and the Hāmākua Harvest project at or on Facebook/hamakuaharvest

Proudly sponsored by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority

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Meet the Author

Julie Ziemelis

Julie Ziemelis is an entrepreneur, business owner, author, blogger and vlogger in Kailua Kona. She created and moderates the “365 Things to Do in Kona” page and the Kona Newbies group on Facebook. She blogs at and and vlogs with her husband, Eric, at “365Hawaii” on YouTube. Julie also authored the books, “How to Move to Kona” and the “Insiders Guide to Buying Real Estate on the Big Island of Hawaii”. You will most likely find Julie in Kona hiking, running, biking, taking photos and sharing Aloha.

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