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HAWAII : Honolulu celebrates the mango with family-friendly event

By Web Staff
Published: July 25, 2015, 9:08 am

Honolulu Hale

Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced Friday that the first ever Mango Jam Honolulu, a celebration of one of Oahu’s most beloved fruits, will be held next month on the grounds of Honolulu Hale.

The free family-friendly event will take place from 4:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, and 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, on the Frank F. Fasi Civic Center Grounds surrounding Honolulu Hale.

Free parking will be available in the city’s municipal parking lot; enter from the left lane of Beretania Avenue just past Alapai Street.

Mango Jam Honolulu will feature an art exhibit, live entertainment, food and craft booths, keiki activities and a produce market.

Headlining the entertainment lineup at 8:30 p.m. both days will be Kapala on Friday and Kapena on Saturday. Jeff and Robi, Lehua & Shawn, the Royal Hawaiian Band, Hawaii Youth Symphony members, Brown Bags to Stardom performers, and Ahi Vela will also perform.

The entertainment stage, food and cr…


The 50 Best Caribbean Beach Bars

June 10, 2015 | 6:56 pm 

It may seem like a list of 50 beach bars is a lot. 

But when we finished compiling this momentous list, we weren’t even breathing hard. 

That’s because the Caribbean is the beach bar capital of Planet Earth, and we could easily have placed another 100 beach bars on here. 

But these are our favorites, whether it’s because of the beach itself, the famous cocktail, the food, the service, or the personalities. 

The primary prerequisite? The bar has to be located on the beach itself — not just on the water, or across the road from the beach. There has to be sand! 

These are the Caribbean beach bars we’re raising a glass to. 

Here they are: the 50 best Caribbean beach bars.


The Soggy Dollar Bar — Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

This isn’t just a beach bar. It’s a legend. It’s a place that attracts pilgrims from all over the world to taste its famous Painkiller; it’s set on a spectacular…


House Votes To Ban States From Labeling GMO Foods
"Regardless of what consumers want, they won’t be told,” said one opponent.

Michael McAuliff

Senior Congressional Reporter,  The Huffington Post

Posted: 07/23/2015 | Edited: 07/23/2015 04:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON -- Do you want to know whether your food has genetically modified organisms in it? The House of Representatives voted to make that harder on Thursday by banning states from passing their own laws requiring GMO labels.

Instead, the House passed a bill called the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act that would set up a voluntary program for companies that want to disclose genetically modified ingredients. Firms that want to claim their food is GMO-free would have to submit to a certification process overseen by the Department of Agriculture.

But the measure would ban states such as Vermont, Maine and Connecticut, which have passed GMO-labeling laws, from putting them into practice. It would also allow the Food and Drug Administration to…


Mango madness

Bayview celebration showcases ‘king of fruits’

MGN Online

Posted: Friday, July 24, 2015 10:19 pm

Valley Morning Star

BAYVIEW — So, you think you know everything you need to know about mangoes?

You might be surprised what more you can learn at the Mango Festival at Rivers End Nursery in Bayview today.

For example, did you know there are more than 4,000 recognized varieties of the tropical fruit?

“Most people are only familiar with the few varieties you find in the stores,”
said Kathy Pechacek, who owns the nursery with her husband.

“The biggest and most important part of the festival is the mango tasting and flavor evaluations,”she said.

“We will have a wide variety of different ones for people to taste.”

The day will also include programs where visitors can learn more about growing mango trees in their yards.

For those who already grow the tropical fruit locally, they can enter contests for the Biggest Mango, the Most Beautiful Mango and the Most Bizarre Mango.

Professional and amateu…