"It's Hawaiian and Scottish gastronomy to da max," says co-chair Alan Davidson of the annual Princess Ka'iulani Festival coming up from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Haleakala Waldorf School in Kula.
Princess Ka'iulani was the daughter of Hawaiian Princess Miriam Likelike and Scotsman Archibald Cleghorn, so the late heir to the Hawaiian thrown was half Hawaiian and half Scottish. She was educated and later exiled to Britain, thus the dual-ethnic festival theme, according to Davidson, who is also vice president and pipe sargent of the Isle of Maui Pipe Band.
"The Isle of Maui Pipe Band will offer a selection of British and Celtic foods including bangers (Scottish sausage) and mash, Irish stew and vegetarian curry. We will also offer a tea tent complete with baked goods, tea, coffee and cold drinks," he says.
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Tweety Lind (right) of the Kipahulu Living Farm Ohana, demonstrates poi pounding to a young guest at last year’s festival.
As for the Hawaiian fare, bring your appetites. Uncle Richard Ho'opi'i and his ohana at Kahakuloa Hawaiian Church will sell ono plates packed with kalua pig, lomilomi salmon, aku poke, loko, chicken long rice, poi and opihi. You may also purchase poi made from a choice of kalo (taro) or ulu (breadfruit) along with laulau from the Kipahulu Living Farm as well as haupia, coconut candy and coconut water from Haleakala Waldorf School's 8th-grade class; and squid luau and butter shrimp from the parishioners of Maluhia Church.
Those with a penchant for cooking will want to enter the cooking contests. The winner of the Best Laulau Contest will be awarded a $200 gift certificate to Humuhumu at the Grand Wailea resort.
All entries must be submitted by 11 a.m. to the school's Christopher Hall Kitchen. Judges includes Senator J. Kalani English, Mana'o Radio's "Tita" Kathy Collins, and Dining Editor Carla Tracy of The Maui News.
The same rules and time apply to the Best Shortbread Contest, to be judged by Cheryl Sterling and the Rev. Heather Mueller. The winner gets a $200 certificate to attend the Old Lahaina Lu'au.
Haleakala Waldorf School is located on Kula Highway, across from the Kula Post Office. Carpooling is suggested as parking is limited. If you miss the ono grinds Saturday, you'll get a second chance from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the first Princess Ka'iulani Cup Cricket Match at Baldwin Beach Park in Paia. Maui Cricket Club will battle Honolulu for this prestigious trophy. For more details, call co-chair Norman Mizuno at 573-1130.