Along with Honolulu’s largest bon dance, live music, cultural displays and dozens of food vendors, another highlight of Friday’s Mo‘ili‘ili Summer Fest is the farmers’ market, featuring produce and food from farmers on Kamehameha Schools’ agricultural lands.
The fourth annual Summer Fest takes place in the former Varsity Theatre parking lot along University Avenue, from 5 to 10:30 p.m. on July 3. Free parking and shuttles will be available from University of Hawaii at Manoa to the event site. Here’s an overview of what’s on tap.
The farmers market is the place to pick up fresh, local foods and products from the following vendors:
Holoholo General Store
Holoholo General Store was founded with the mission of bringing fresh local produce to people on Oahu. The group behind the North Shore endeavor won last year’s Mahi’ai Match-up Contest by Kamehameha Schools and the Ke Alii Pauahi Foundation, earning a five-year lease and cash prize to start Holoholo Farm.
At the farmers market, Holoholo will be selling a variety of locally produced foods and flowers. “We grow beautiful wildflowers at the farm, so we’re going to put together flower crowns for kids and bouquets for people to take home,” says Jill Nordby, Holoholo’s CEO. “In addition, we’ll have liliko‘i mustard, homemade granola, coffee, honey, balsamic fig vinegar, and we’re going to offer cowboy caviar kits with recipes, like our three-bean dip and black-eyed pea kale soup.”
Holoholo also will be selling kim cheee from Counter Culture Foods + Ferments, which was the second-place winner at this year’s Mahiʻai Match-Up. For more information on Holoholo, visit “http://holoholostore.com/” target=”_blank”>holoholostore.com
Mamaki Native Hawaiian Herbal Tea
Mamaki is one of three major medicinal teas that ancient Hawaiians used to use, says Kekaulike Arquette, co-owner of Mamaki Native Hawaiian Herbal Tea, which will be selling its Punaluu-grown teas at the festival. “What’s unique is that you can only get it from Hawaii,” he said.
Arquette says mamaki grows wild on all the islands, but that’s it’s challenging to grow, and that’s why as far as he knows, he’s the only one producing it commercially on Oahu. He’s created a hybrid version that’s 100 percent organic. The benefits of this tea, which can be described as a non-caffeinated, naturally sweet herbal tea, are numerous. “It’s good for someone who’s feeling tired, sleepy and lazy,” Arquette said. “If you drink a hot cup before bed, it will help you fall asleep and feel refreshed the next day. It’s also good for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.”
At the festival, Mamaki Native Hawaiian Herbal Tea will be selling packaged mamaki herbal tea; mamaki and kinehe herbal tea; mamaki and uhaloa herbal tea; mamakit and wāpine herbal tea. If you want to try the tea right on the spot, they will be selling 16-ounce cups of iced tea and samples of each tea.