Let’s Fish & Poi together

Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center mixes poke contest, keiki fun, boat show, entertainment

The Maui Poke Challenge will be one of the highlights Saturday. There is still time to enter to win prizes in the fresh fish mixed contest. • Grand Wailea photo

Queen Ka’ahumanu Center and HMSA present Let’s Fish & Poi Together local-style festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kahului mall.

Highlights include the Maui Poke Challenge; a boat expo by Valley Isle Marine Center; outreach and education by isle ocean-related nonprofit organizations; and interactive keiki activities.

In addition, you may enjoy a poi pounding demonstration and live, island-style entertainment lineup featuring Malino with Master of Ceremonies, Da Island Boy Ke’van of KPOA radio.

As for the Maui Poke Challenge, chefs and wannabes are encouraged to enter. It will be judged in three categories: Keiki Amateur (ages 17 years and younger), Adult-Amateur and Adult-Professional. Judging will be based on originality, taste and presentation.

Judges include Michael Lofaro, chef de cuisine of Grand Wailea’s Humuhumu restaurant; and QKC’s own culinary talent, Michael Arakawa.

Prize winners will receive a $100 QKC gift card, a $200 gift card to Grand Wailea’s Humunukunukunukuapua’a restaurant, and a gift certificate for Sunday brunch for two at Ka’anapali Beach Hotel.

“Along with super professional contestants such as Christopher Napoleon of Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, we have a number of amateur contestants ready for the challenge. With categories for keiki, amateurs and professionals, no one will be left out,” says Toni Rojas, the QKC marketing director. “Everybody knows someone who makes great poke. It’s free to enter, so show off your special recipe and have fun.”

The Valley Isle Marine Center boat expo will allow you to dream of catching your own fish on the water. On display will be Bayliner Boats, Mercury and Zodiac inflatable boats, outboard motors, Ocean Kayaks and trailers. Company staff will be on hand to answer questions about boating and boat ownership.

For Maui Poke Challenge guidelines and application, and booth applications, visit www.queenkaahumanucenter.com or stop by the QKC Guest Services kiosk.

QKC is Maui’s only regional shopping center, featuring more than 100 shops and restaurants, including the island’s only department stores, Macy’s and Sears. It also boasts the all-digital, six-screen Ka’ahumanu Theatres.

For more information, call 877-3369 or visit www.queenkaahumanucenter.com