Moana Surfrider Kicks off 6th Annual “Mangoes at the Moana” Event

July 10, 2014

Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa has partnered with Makaha Mangoes to celebrate its 6th annual “Mangoes at the Moana” event anniversary on Saturday, July 19.

Locals and visitors are invited to join in on the festivities from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Included in the day’s extensive lineup of celebratory activities, guests are also invited to Mangoes at the Moana’s most popular event “Mango Throw Down” featuring local celebrity executive chefs in a friendly cooking competition using mango as the main ingredient from noon – 4 p.m.

Another competitive component to this year’s Mangoes at the Moana lineup of fun will include “Mango Cocktail Mixdown.”  Open to public participation, “Mango Cocktail Mixdown” is a competition between cocktail enthusiasts and professional mixologists using Cruzan Rum and mango as featured ingredients in a mixed drink.

Mangoes at the Moana events on July 19 will take place at the following locations and times:

Moana Mango Recipe Contest, 8 – 11:00 a.m.  Parlor Room, Tower Wing, Third Floor 

Chefs and chef hopefuls are invited to submit their best mango recipes.  Finalists are invited to present these recipes to be tasted by a panel of celebrity of judges.  Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. in front of the Parlor Room located on the third floor in the Tower Wing. Prizes include a two-night stay in an ocean front room at the Moana Surfrider, dinner for two ($150 value) at Beachhouse at the Moana, and Afternoon Tea for two ($96 value) at The Veranda.

DSC_0238Best Mango Contest, 8 – 11 a.m.  Ballroom, Tower Wing, Third Floor 

Mango lovers and growers are welcome to submit two homegrown backyard mangoes for a chance to win “Best Mango of the Year.”  A panel of judges will be determining which mango will have the best flavor, skin, flesh, and aroma texture.  Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. in front of the Ballroom on the third floor in the Tower Wing. The grand prize is a two-night stay in an ocean front room at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa.

Mango Farmer’s Market, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Banyan Courtyard and Ballroom, Third Floor, Tower Wing

Hawaii’s mango farmers will provide free samples of the different varieties of mangoes that are grown on their farms.  Guests will have a chance to “talk story” with the farmers to get an in-depth view of how they raise their trees to produce a world-class product and an opportunity to purchase fresh ripe mangoes.  Several of Hawaii’s vendors will feature their unique mango-inspired products in the Banyan Courtyard including Makaha Mangoes, Whole Foods, North Shore Soap Factory, Madre Chocolate, Ono Pops and Kaiulani Spices.

This year’s vendor list will also feature special guest Leonard Kim, owner of Cherrystone’s Restaurant in Gardena, California.  Kim will be serving his award winning chili that has won over five acknowledgements including two consecutive years at Malibu Chili Cook-off with fans who voted including Hollywood celebrities Nick Nolte and Pamela Anderson.

Another guest vendor joining this year’s lineup will be Eric’s Edibles from Orange County, California.  Owner and Creator Eric Hayashi will be showcasing his passion for creative gourmet desserts by presenting his signature mango macaroon with mango butter cream and vanilla macaroon with mango butter cream.  Moana Surfrider will be offering a selection of delectable mango appetizers, plate lunches, desserts, and fresh mango smoothies for purchase.

Mango Throw Down, noon – 4 p.m., Banyan Courtyard

This annual friendly cooking competition will feature 10 local celebrity chefs preparing creative dishes featuring mango as the main ingredient.  Admission is free and guests are welcome to taste each chef’s creation for $6 per script for one plate at each booth or $75 for all-you-can-taste; also available now for $65 pre-sale until July 18.

Participating chefs will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges including this year’s Top Chef finalist and Executive Chef of Spoon Bar and Pizzando in Healdsburg, California Louis Maldonado, Moana Surfrider’s General Manager Craig Anderson, and Moana Surfrider’s Executive Chef Ryan Loo.

A portion of the event’s proceeds will go to benefit Kapiolani Community College’s Culinary Program.

Participating chefs in the annual Mango Throw Down will include:

  • Wade and Michelle Ueoka –  MW Restaurant
  • Conrad Aquino –  Turtle Bay Resort
  • Colin Hazama –  Sheraton Waikiki
  • Dave Caldiero –  Town Restaurant
  • Hardy Kintscher – Michel’s at the Colony Surf
  • Leanne Wong –  Koko Head Café
  • Shaymus Alwin-  Azure Restaurant
  • Ronnie Nasuti –  Tiki’s Grill & Bar
  • David Lukela – Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa
  • Rodney Weddl – La Tour Cafe 

Mango Cooking Demonstration, 12 – 2:30 Grand Salon

Demonstrations will be led by Moana Surfrider’s new executive pastry chef Nanako Perez-Nava.

Noon – 1 p.m.                 Everything Mango:  sweet, savory and sassy
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.            Summer Mango Desserts


Mango Cocktail Mixdown, 4 – 5 p.m., Ballroom, Tower Wing, Third Floor

“Mango Cocktail Mixdown” sponsored by Cruzan Rum and Beam Suntory is a competition between top mixologists using Cruzan Rum and mango as featured ingredients in a mixed drink.  Six contestants will be competing before a panel of judges to win the title of Hawaii Cocktail Sessions 2014 Champion in partnership with Mangoes at the Moana.

The final three contestants will receive gift baskets and the winner will receive a trophy with a two night stay in an ocean front room at Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa.

Mango Seminars and Workshops, 11:45 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ballroom, Tower Wing, Third Floor

11:45 a.m.    Mango 101: Introduction to Mangoes
2:45 p.m.     Mangoes for the Seasoned: “How to Make My Mango Tree Productive”

Guests are invited to learn about different varieties of mango grown in Hawaii and each mango’s unique texture and aroma.

Experts will share best practices in growing a healthy fruit-bearing mango tree, pruning techniques, production, how to maintain a tree, prevention disease, and other relevant information on the care of mango growing. 

Lunch and Afternoon Tea, noon – 3 p.m., The Veranda 

Afternoon Tea at The Veranda is a local tradition with a selection of fine teas, delicious finger sandwiches, salads, scones and delicate pastries, and relaxing views of Waikiki Beach.  Throughout July, Mango lovers will also delight in a mango-filled menu including mango tea, mango scones, sorbet, and mousse.  Veranda Tea service is $34.00, Moana Classic service is $40.00 and First Lady Tea service is $48.

Throughout the “Mangoes at the Moana” event lineup on Saturday, July 19, there will be free entertainment at the resort’s Banyan Courtyard from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Some of Hawaii’s talented local artists will be performing at the event.

For information about the “Mangoes at the Moana” festivities, please visit the website or call the Moana Surfrider at 808-922-3111 and ask for the concierge desk.

For dining reservations or information, please call the Starwood Waikiki dining desk at 808-921-4600.

Self-parking is available at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani and is complimentary for four hours with validation at the Mangoes at the Moana event.

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