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Poke -- a favorite Hawaii food made of seasoned raw or cooked seafood -- takes center stage at the second annual Sam Choy’s Keauhou Poke Contest. The appetizing event runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on March 17 at Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay.
Highlights include competitions in six categories for both pro and amateur chefs, a zany celebrity cookoff, poke tasting and a poke-making demonstration by Choy, one of Hawaii's most famous chefs.
Local radio and television personalities emcee the day’s activities that also include Hawaiian cultural demonstrations of poi pounding and net making. An island marketplace offers produce and products from local food purveyors and farmers, and live music enhances the festivities.
Most of the action takes place outside on the Bay View Lawn with the poke contest judging, awards and tasting inside the Ainakai restaurant that overlooks the lawn. The $5 admission for attendees provides entry to both locations and benefits the $1 million Equip the Kitchens Campaign for the future Hawaii Community College-Palamanui.
Sam Choy’s Keauhou Poke Contest is part of Keauhou Resort’s annual Kamehameha III celebration from March 15-17, commemorating the Keauhou-born king Lani Kauikeaouli.