Farm Fair at Kualoa Ranch

9 07 2022

The Hawaii State Farm Fair down the highway at Kualoa Ranch goes on for one more day on Sunday. We ran out of energy earlier than in previous years, but not before scouring the plant booth for herbs, and the produce booth for bananas, tomatoes, and a pineapple.

We stood in a long line for fresh lemonade in a quart size Mason jar. We made the rounds in the agriculture exhibit tent. And we admired the 4-H farm animals.

Our grandkids are off island this summer, so we skipped the kiddie rides and the ponies. Finally, we headed home before any appetite lured us to the plate lunch line; tacos seemed popular.

If you are on Oahu, you might consider taking in this rural experience.

Be well.


Up and coming, oh, it’s here!

11 07 2013

Hello studio fans!

Three events to alert you to, from closest to farthest to in-between:

•  The Farm Fair this weekend at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, July 13 and 14

•  Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 4 premier in London on July 13

•  The Prince Lot Hula Festival at Moanalua Gardens, Honolulu, on July 20

"Kamaipuupaa" 24" x 18" original oil on canvas panel by Rebekah Luke

“Kamaipuupaa” 24″ x 18″ original oil on canvas panel by Rebekah Luke

I’m excited for all three, but this morning Eric Whitacre released his VC4 to everyone in the choir. I’m in it! What I want to know is, can you hear me? Can you see me? Let me know, okay? Here is the link, and as Eric says, “Please watch in HD and for the love of all that is holy TURN IT UP.” The VC4 officially premiers at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Coronation Festival in London before the Queen. It feels good to me for being a tiny part of this project of world music.

Closer to home is the delightful Hawaii State Farm Fair and 4-H Livestock Show down the road at Kualoa Ranch. Please click on the link for details if you want to go. Maybe I’ll see you there. When we told Miss Marvelous’s family about it, they said, “Aww…” They remembered what a good time they had (they’re in Italy now). Here are my photos from two years ago.

Thirdly, please save July 20 for the Prince Lot Hula Festival, a day-long program of wonderful Hawaiian dance, arts, crafts, and food at the beautiful Moanaloa Gardens. I will have a booth there with my oil paintings and some lower-priced reproductions of “Kamaipuupaa,” my image of the earthen mound that is the stage the hula dancers perform on. Moanalua Gardens is one of my favorite places to paint.

This is a good opportunity to see and purchase my work — originals, giclée, and art prints. DH and my friend Pi‘ikea will join me with custom-made ukulele and t-shirt designs. Look for Booth #50, that is in the furthest corner from any of the entrances, easy to find! Again, please click on the links for details. I hope to see you!

Copyright 2013 Rebekah Luke

Images of the farm fair

9 07 2011

Posting my favorite farm fair photos from the 2011 Hawaii State Fair and 4-H Livestock Show at Kualoa Ranch today. We all like the fair because we get to see the farm animals. And I think the windward Oahu ranch is a great place to stage it, don’t you?

Kualoa Ranch provided the venue for the weekend fair. Not bad, eh?

“Made in Hawaii” and “buy local” seemed to characterize the food choices in both the farmers market and the food booths, including Kualoa Ranch All Natural Grass-fed beef, Kahuku corn, and OnoPops.

Check out all the local Hawaiian flavors of this frozen treat. I had "surinam cherry clove." The list includes "mango lime habanero," "watermelon hibiscus," "pickled green mango" and "starfruit lemongrass."

I love Kahuku corn!

These are my photos of the animals:

Our friend Oliver and a miniature horse named Buttercup

Some of the several kinds of fancy pigeons

Newly born chicks

The out-of-town judge from Texas gives pointers to these 4-H'ers exhibiting their lambs. The champion is the one on the left and in the photo below.

"Slick" is the name of this champion market lamb, exhibited by Sydney Porter, 15, and bred by Paul and Vera Eguires.

Here's Sydney, again, exhibiting "Major," the champion market steer.

Besides eating the food and viewing the animals, there was a tent full of plants for sale.

Flowers and bedding plants galore

Fresh herbs for our recipes

Among the educational exhibits & demonstrations, I learned about aquaponics (e.g., raising tilapia and organic vegetables in one closed system)—something I’d like to invest in at the studio—from Olomana Gardens, and DH picked up some fresh garlic herb butter from Naked Cow Dairy.

For the small kiddies there were the ubiquitous inflatable bouncies, horseback rides, and a couple of carnival rides. Before we left, Miss Marvelous and her dad had to spend their tickets one one last ride.

So much fun on the whirly ride! Wheeee!

The farm fair continues tomorrow, Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission. I’m not sure if any large animals will be there tomorrow, as the auction takes place this evening. I hope the fair comes here again next year.

Copyright 2011 Rebekah Luke

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