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19th Annual Taste of Hilo Tickets on Sale



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19th Annual Taste of Hilo Tickets on Sale

The Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaii has scheduled its 19th Annual Taste of Hilo for Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, from 1 pm to 3 pm, at Sangha Hall in Hilo. Presale tickets are $55. They may be purchased by calling the Chamber’s office at 808-934-0177, or by email at Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $70, if the event has not been sold out.

This year’s event will feature pigs raised using natural farming practices which eliminates the need for antibiotics, vaccines and hormones. Developed by Master Kyu Han Cho of the Janong Natural Farming Institute of South Korea, this sustainable farming method uses generations-old practices from Japan and South Korea, combined with Cho’s graduate education in agriculture and veterinary science.

Mike DuPonte from the University of Hawaii, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, serves as the resource person for this exciting project. University Dining Services by Sodexo will be preparing the pork in a variety of ways that are sure to please everyone’s palate.

The Taste of Hilo annually features the culinary skills of more than 35 chefs, restaurants, and patisseries, who provide their talents, ingredients and staff to make this annual event a success. Participating this year are:

AJ & Sons

Akmal’s Indian Kitchen

Aloha Mondays

Anheuser Busch

Any Kine Wontons

Blue Zones Project

Café 100

Café Pesto

Coca Cola

Cupcakes Boom

Hawaii Youth Business Center

Hawaii Community College

Hawaii Island Gourmet Products

Hawaii Lassi

Hilo Coffee Mill

Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Hilo Medical Center

Johnson Brothers

Kuhio Grille

Mehana Brewing Company

Ocean Sushi

Paradise Beverages


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Remy’s Plate Lunch


Suisan Fish Market

Sweet Cane Café

Sweet Thunder Products

The Cherry Company

Volcano Winery


Young’s Market

Yan’s Kitchen














Discover what your favorite restaurants will feature at this year’s Taste of Hilo. Over the years, the Japanese Chamber has raised more than $160,000 through this event to support educational programs at the Hawaii Community College.

The Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawai‘i fosters economic sustainability as well as perpetuating the Japanese cultural heritage and traditions in Hawai`i.  Its mission is to promote the wellbeing of our community through business and personal relationships that embody the values of Kahiau & Okage Sama De.  In Hawaiian, Kahiau means giving without expecting anything in return. Okage Sama De is a Japanese proverb, which means I am what I am because of you.


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