Aloha All, My good friend, Dr. Randyl Rupar, is the driving force behind the wonderful Avocado Festival each year. This Saturday, February 21, will be the 9th Annual festival, which features live music, a myriad of vendor booths, and, of course, lots and lots of avocados! Avocados are incorporated into interesting and delicious dishes, some of which will be entered in contests and given out as free samples. This is a free event for the public to attend and located on the magnificent, historic grounds of the Sheraton Kona Resort overlooking lovely Keauhou Bay. Please come! For more info, visit www.AvocadoFestival.org.
This festival is a huge amount of work for Randyl, and he and I visited the mayor of the Big Island, Billy Kenoi, on February 10 to ask for his blessing and support of this amazing event. Mayor Kenoi received us very warmly. I was pleased to be able to also share my vision of Beyond Organic agriculture with him and his staff. My concepts were well received, and he thanked both Randyl and me for the work we do. In turn, we thanked the Mayor for his help in keeping GMOs off of our island and stopping the incinerator project, which supports the return of green waste to our soil through composting and mulch instead of burning it.