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March 12, 2019

HFWF18 Donates $384,750 to Community Organizations #HFWF18

Photo courtesy Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
Last night I was fortunate to have attended the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival's Mahalo Reception at Mariposa at Neiman Marcus, where it was announced that $384,750 was donated to 23 non-profit community organizations.

According to a press release, these partners "contribute to the Festival through many different levels including student volunteers, agricultural educational activities, event concepts, fundraising, cultural enrichment, etc., as well as to its overall success."

The $384,750 donation brings total community giving to nearly $2.5 million in eight years.

“We are fortunate to have so many people involved as sponsors, companies, government agencies, and individuals who are part of the greater HFWF organization,” said Denise Yamaguchi, HFWF Chief Executive Officer. “It is through the efforts of thousands of people who work on the Festival that allows us to give back to so many organizations in our community.”

2018 Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival beneficiaries include:
Culinary Institute of the Pacific -$80,000
KCC Culinary Arts Program - $55,000
KCC Hospitality and Tourism Program - $20,000
Leeward Community College Culinary Program - $25,000
Hawaii Island Community College Culinary Program - $10,000
Maui Culinary Academy - $10,000
Hawaii Agricultural Foundation - $70,000
IMUA Family Services - $50,000
Maui County Farm Bureau - $20,000
Hawaii Seafood Council - $5,000
Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation - $2,500
Paepae o He‘eia - $7,500
Papahana Kuaola - $7,500
Eight public high schools were awarded - $21,750
Olomana School - $7,500
Waipahu High School - $3,500
Farrington High School - $3,000
Leilehua High School - $3,000
Roosevelt High School - $1,500
Kalani High School - $1,500
Mililani High School - $1,500
Radford High School - $750

The reception featured tastings by HFWF Co-Founders Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi, Kevin Lee from PAI Honolulu, and Mariposa’s Lawrence Nakamoto.
Alan Wong - Alan Wong's Honolulu / Pork Malunggay, Mongo, Green Beans

Alan Wong - Alan Wong's Honolulu / "Choripan" Niihau Lamb, Salsa de Peruana

Roy Yamaguchi - Roy's Restaurants / Yuzu Kosho Hamachi Crudo

Roy Yamaguchi - Roy's Restaurants / Ssamjang Short Ribs

Lawrence Nakamoto - Mariposa at Neiman Marcus / Carbonara Pasta
Lawrence Nakamoto - Beet "Poke" Bowl
Kevin Lee - PAI Honolulu / Beef & Foie Gras Torchon


Kevin Lee - PAI Honolulu / Mentaiko Taramasalata

The Ninth Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is scheduled for October 5-27, with launch tickets now on sale for Apr. 25 and 26 events with Chef Rick Bayless



Hawaii Food & Wines Festival is a program of the Hawai‘i Ag and Culinary Alliance. Its mission is to attract national and international attention to the extraordinary culinary talent, as well as the diversity of quality locally grown products to ensure Hawai‘i maintains its competitive edge as a world-class, culinary destination.

For updates, visit www.HFWF.me and follow HFWF on Twitter/Instagram (@HIFoodWineFest) and Facebook (facebook.com/hawaiifoodandwinefestival).

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