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Beginner’s Guide To The Endocannabinoid System


Cannabis medications work so efficiently because of the endocannabinoid (EC) system, present in all humans and many animals as well.

Source: Beginner’s Guide To The Endocannabinoid System — The Reason Our Bodies So Easily Process Cannabis –

The 10th Annual Avocado Festival is coming soon!

The 10th Annual Avocado Festival promises to be really special!

Please plan to join us for this Celebration of Nature’s Bounty and the Healing Power of the Avocado!

Don’t delay – reserve your favorite Vendor Booth:

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Black Pepper and Turmeric – This Combination Could Save Lives

Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered that black pepper and turmeric combined together could play an important role in preventing and even treating breast cancer.

Source: Black Pepper and Turmeric – This Combination Could Save Lives

Frankincense Has Been Proven to be a Psychoactive Antidepressant

Recently a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem did a study to see what the effects were of this age-old practice.

Source: Frankincense Has Been Proven to be a Psychoactive Antidepressant

West Hawaii Today – Going Nuts!!!

Hawaii goes nuts after nuts

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When the first humans arrived in Hawaii, edible nutritional kernels or nuts were hard to find. About the only native nut was the mahoe, or Alectron macrococculus. They brought with them the coconut and the kukui nut. Technically, the coconut is not a true nut and although kukui nut is edible, it can create serious stomach issues when eaten. So in the arena of foods and nutrition, true nuts were lacking.

In the mid 20th century, University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources researchers literally scoured the tropical world for nut crops that might adapt to some of Hawaii’s diverse climates. Many nut-bearing species like almonds and cashews were introduced but none really found popularity like the Australian macadamia nut. Researchers developed many superior varieties and it wasn’t long before farmers began growing them commercially. Today, when folks think macadamia, they think Hawaii since the best varieties were promoted as Hawaiian macadamias even though they are now grown in parts of Africa, tropical America and Australia as well.

According to Randyl Rupar with Sanctuary of Mauna Kea Gardens, Hawaii Island is celebrating the success of macadamias Nov. 1 at the Sheraton Kona Resort &Spa at Keauhou Bay convention center. The event is open and free to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with live music and entertainment. From 5 to 8 p.m., there will be a benefit concert for the Voice of Kona Community Radio, Kona 100.5.

The Going Nuts For The Holidays Festival is an opportunity for the community to network with local artists, wood craftsmen, farmers and artisan nutty food folks while enjoying live Hawaiian cultural entertainment. For other details, contact the organizers at 936-5233 or

In the meantime, let’s visit some of the other nuts with potential here.

When was the last time you had pili nut pie, brittle or cookies? Unless you have lived in the Philippine Islands it is probably never. How about tropical almond cookies? Again, we don’t see them here but tropical almond confections are popular in Haiti and other parts of the Caribbean. The tropical almond, false kamani orTerminalia catappa, is originally from the East Indies but now found all over coastal regions of the tropical Pacific.


The Philippine Islands are a fascinating and beautiful part of the world. They are rich in plant and animal life and are populated by many interesting indigenous people with diverse cultures.

We are fortunate in Hawaii to have a large Filipino population that has brought a lot of flavor to our multicultural mix. It is surprising that more of the fruits and nuts that are popular there are not main stream here. For example, one of the tastiest nuts found in Manila is the pili. The pili nut, Canarium ovatum, is native to the Philippines and is the most important of about 10 nut-bearing species. The tree reaches an ultimate height of about 60 feet. Leaves are compound like the African tulip. Flowers are yellow, fragrant and form in terminal clusters. Male and female flowers are born on separate trees, so two trees of opposite sexes are required to produce nuts on the female tree. The oblong greenish fruits are black when ripe and are almost 2.5 to 3 inches long. The nut can be eaten raw or roasted and some consider it superior to the almond. My favorite recipe is the same as making peanut brittle, substituting pili nuts for peanuts.

In the Philippines, the kernel is made into several products, including plain roasted nuts, sugar-coated nuts, pudding and pili nut butter. They are great in nut chocolates and are a source of good cooking oil. The shell is an excellent source of fuel and is also used as a planting medium. In Indonesia, the shells are also made into ornaments. Resin may be tapped from the tree as with the rubber tree. It is used in perfumes, adhesives, plastics, printing inks, paint, varnish and many other products.

The University of Hawaii Waiakea Experiment Station has been studying pili production for years and found it to grow well in the Hilo region. It is a tropical tree. At this time, it appears the best growing areas would be below 1,300 feet, protected from strong winds and given irrigation where rainfall is below 50 well-distributed inches of rain per year.

The limiting factor in growing pili trees is availability of plants. Most trees in Hawaii and the Philippines are grown from seed. Grafting and budding are difficult. Air layering has limited success. Since the university does have a number of trees, it would be possible to obtain seed by contacting the UH CTAHR Agricultural Extension office. Seeds are not always available, but may be obtained when ready. The university also has information on orchard establishment. Although pili nut could be grown in a standard orchard layout, it also lends itself to growing under natural forest conditions as is done in the Philippines. Since significant yields do not occur until the 10th year, intercropping is desirable. This can fit in well with multicrop, sustainable agriculture systems.

Some nurseries are beginning to carry pili nut plants, especially on the Hilo side of the island, so you might check with your favorite nurseries and garden supply stores.

FUNdraiser for KONA LPFM coming up Nov 1

Kona1005LOGOFUNdraiser Benefit Concert for the upcoming community radio station KONA LPFM will takeplace on November 1 from 5 PM – 8 PM.
Dance and Party with LT Smooth, Bolo and more…
There is a $5.00 cover with a suggested donation of $20 for an annual membership to support our Local Community Radio KONA LPFM 100.5

Going Nuts for the Holidays – new festival coming up Nov 1

Introducing a new fun festival series:
Please join us for the 1st. annual “Going Nuts for the Holidays” festival!
Sunday, November 1, 2015 10 AM – 5:00 PM Sheraton Convention Center & Foyer


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Turmeric helps prevent Alzheimer and deadly brain plaques

Recent studies have proven that Turmeric helps dissolve Brain Plaques and prevent memory loss:

The Common Spice That Can Dissolve Deadly Brain Plaques and Prevent Memory Loss
PLUS: The Simple, Doctor-Developed 4-Week Plan for
Boosting Your Brainpower, Improving Your Memory and Banishing Brain Fog
Dear Health Conscious Reader,If you or a loved one are experiencing forgetfulness, brain fog or disturbingly frequent “senior moments,” and you’re worried that these memory lapses could be early signs of dementia or the dreaded brain disease Alzheimer’s, you’re not alone.

The latest statistics show that Alzheimer’s and other forms of significant cognitive decline are becoming increasingly common and are affecting people at younger and younger ages. In the U.S., 1 in 8 people over age 65 and as many as 1 in 2 of those over age 85 have Alzheimer’s, making it the most common type of dementia. Sadly, it’s become the 6th leading cause of death.[1]
No one wants to
lose their dignity and independence this way

If you’ve ever watched a close friend or loved one experience this devastating disease, you know how terrifying and heartbreaking it can be. Alzheimer’s robs its victims not only of their memories, but also of their ability to think, to care for themselves and to perform even simple everyday tasks.

No one wants to lose their dignity and independence in this way or to become a burden to their spouse or children in their final years together.

Could President Reagan’s Painful Decade-Long
Struggle Have Been Avoided?

In the early stages of his widely publicized 10-year struggle with Alzheimer’s, the late former U.S. President Ronald Reagan wrote in a public letter:

“I have recently been told that I am one of the millions of Americans who will be afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. … I only wish there was some way I could spare Nancy from this painful experience. … I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.” [2]

Ten years later, Nancy Reagan spoke of her sadness as her husband’s mental state deteriorated:

“Ronnie’s long journey has finally taken him to a distant place where I can no longer reach him. We can’t share the wonderful memories of our 52 years together. And I think that’s the hardest part.” [3] 

More than a decade has passed since Reagan’s death, and I know that many of my readers still feel absolutely powerless against the threat of Alzheimer’s.

Could President Reagan’s descent have been prevented with modern science? No one can say for sure, but cutting-edge research is showing that there are many extremely effective ways to keep Alzheimer’s at bay. However, most people are still completely in the dark about what they are, and unfortunately most doctors are unaware of the latest science, or rely exclusively on a pill from Big Pharma as a “solution.”

I’m Joshua Corn, Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now, one of the fastest-growing natural health publications in the nation. At Live in the Now, we’re dedicated to providing alternative health solutions that are safe, effective and practical. And helping people avoid Alzheimer’s and dementia is a matter I’m deeply passionate about — especially since my 85-year-old father was diagnosed with cognitive decline.

Please keep reading, because the latest research from UCLA, Tufts University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as dozens of other prestigious institutions, is revealing that there are actions you can take right now to stack the odds in your favor for maintaining a healthy brain and a sharp memory throughout your entire life. And you deserve to know what they are!

Joshua Corn, Editor-in-Chief of the Live in the Now newsletter, is a health freedom advocate who’s been involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years. He’s always been dedicated to promoting health, vitality, longevity and natural living. Josh is currently writing a book on natural remedies and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, organic gardener and animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.
The Truth About Alzheimer’s and Cognitive Decline

Scientists have identified a basic pathologic process underlying Alzheimer’s development that involves the formation of abnormal protein deposits in the brain known as beta-amyloid plaques, but they still aren’t entirely sure what causes this to happen.

The pharmaceutical drugs that have been approved to treat Alzheimer’s are only marginally effective, at best. These drugs come with a variety of undesirable side effects, such as nausea, headaches and dizziness,[4] that someone who is already scared and confused clearly doesn’t need to deal with.

If you try talking to your doctor about your memory loss concerns, chances are you’ll be told there’s nothing you can do, aside from taking a diagnostic test to confirm your worst fears.

But the truth is that Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline are much less inevitable than you might think. The latest research is showing that cognitive dysfunction is really a lot like heart disease and type 2 diabetes — it develops over time as a result of our habits and lifestyle. And while some of us may be genetically predisposed to have a higher risk, it does not strike at random. In other words, you CAN beat the odds!

Simple Steps for Preventing Alzheimer’s

The latest science is showing that you can significantly reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s with some simple strategies that most anyone can implement.

But with so much conflicting information out there, knowing what’s truly best for your brain can be tricky.For example, did you know that the low-fat, low-cholesterol diet the medical establishment has promoted for years is actually disastrous for cognitive health? That’s because it can literally starve your brain of essential nutrients it needs to function!

You won’t likely hear this from your doctor, but emerging research is showing that you can protect and enhance your memory and prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia by doing things like:

Taking specific supplements, like an extract of a common spice that has been shown in studies to dissolve the plaques associated with Alzheimer’s. More on that in a moment…
Maximizing your intake of certain key essential fatty acids, while minimizing your consumption of carbohydrates and avoiding sources of certain toxic heavy metals
Using simple strategies to keep stress under control, keeping your brain active by learning new things, cultivating close interpersonal relationships and maintaining a positive outlook
Don’t Let the Mainstream Medical System Make a
Tragic Statistic Out of You. You Deserve Better!

Without proactively caring for your brain, your chances of suffering from severe deficits in cognitive function at some point in your life are about 50/50 — no better than a flip of a coin. But if you take action now, you can change the odds of subjecting yourself — and your loved ones — to so much stress, sadness and suffering.

As Editor-in-Chief of the Live in the Now newsletter, I’ve published thousands of articles on scientifically proven natural heath strategies, and many of them focus on cognitive health. My newsletter has over 200,000 subscribers, and one of the parts of my job I enjoy most is interacting with my readers. Through our emails and conversations, I’ve learned firsthand that many people are utterly confused as to how to best care for their brain as they age.

That’s why I got together with Live in the Now’s Senior Medical Editor and practicing physician, Dr. Kevin Passero, to write a book based on our over 30 years of combined knowledge and experience that provides you with a clear action plan to give you the best possible chance of avoiding Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline.Drawing on Dr. Passero’s medical training and clinical expertise and utilizing a wide range of in-depth scientific research that I have aggregated from other leading experts in the field, we’ve created a simple, easy-to-read guide to keeping your brain healthy for life.

Dr. Kevin Passero is a licensed Naturopathic Physician specializing in integrative care. At his clinics in Washington, D.C. and Maryland, he has helped thousands of patients address cognitive problems and other health challenges using advanced

protocols that utilize the best of both natural and conventional medicine.

His mission is to help people find long-term solutions utilizing the most natural and least toxic therapies possible. Dr. Passero is also the Senior Medical Editor for Live in the Now.

It’s called Save Your Brain from Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and for a limited time, you can get this 127-page book for only $19.95. I priced it this low because I want as many people as possible to benefit from it — starting with YOU!

In Save Your Brain from Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Dr. Passero and I break down the research to make it easy for you to identify your cognitive health risk factors so you can protect and restore optimal brain function — with specific dietary and lifestyle changes that anyone can easily embrace.

The simple 4-week program outlined in the book will improve your memory and concentration now, while protecting your long-term brain health. And the best part is, a lifestyle that promotes long-term brain health not only strengthens neurons and combats mental decline, it also improves blood sugar regulation, cardiovascular function, mood balance and overall health.

Turmeric: So Effective, Big Pharma
Wishes It Could Turn It Into a Drug

If you learn nothing else from reading this message, and even if you don’t purchase Save Your Brain from Alzheimer’s and Dementia, please remember this: A growing body of scientific evidence is indicating that a compound calledcurcumin, found in the curry spice turmeric, can be one of your best weapons against cognitive decline — when taken in the right form and dosage.

As I mentioned, a major trigger of memory loss is the buildup of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain. As these plaques accumulate, brain cells lose their ability to function and communicate properly.

Exciting new research shows that curcumin stops the process that causes the buildup of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain![5] And perhaps even more significant than blocking the buildup of new plaques, a study by researchers at UCLA showed that curcumin actually helps to clear away existing plaques.[6]

So why haven’t you heard about curcumin from your doctor or the “authorities” on Alzheimer’s prevention? Well, I won’t go into detail here, but the short answer is, mainstream medicine relies heavily on the drug “solutions” Big Pharma provides. And Big Pharma hasn’t yet figured out a way to turn curcumin into a lucrative pharmaceutical drug.

The Alzheimer’s Prevention Plan
Your Doctor Won’t Give You
Curcumin is just one of the powerful brain protectors that should be part of your daily routine. In Save Your Brain from Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Dr. Passero and I give you a comprehensive plan with all the tools you need to take advantage of cutting-edge nutritional science. This way you can easily stack the deck in your favor by halting or reversing the decline in cognitive function that leads to such memory lapses as forgetting common words or the inability to recall the names of familiar faces.We’ll also describe how leading researchers are using specific foods and nutrients to suppress brain inflammation, restore healthy cardiovascular and cerebrovascular function, Brain Book

and reduce the buildup of toxic compounds in the brain linked to Alzheimer’s and other cognitive health problems.

Best of all, like many of the patients Dr. Passero has worked with, there’s a good chance you’ll begin to see improvements in your mental functioning and overall health within the first week of the program.

Here’s an overview of what you’ll learn:

What causes Alzheimer’s — and how to use this knowledge to your advantage when it comes to preventing it — Page 4
How eating some common foods that are probably in your pantry right now can lead to cognitive decline and dementia — Page 14
Why your blood pressure may be the most reliable indicator of whether you will suffer severe cognitive decline — Page 24
The surprising truth about the “taboo” foods your brain actually needs to function optimally — Page 39
The “smart foods” and nutrients, like curcumin, that should be a major part of your diet because they can prevent cognitive decline — Page 59
How stress reduction techniques, exercise, meditation and other activities can improve your mood, ability to concentrate and overall cognitive health — Page 77

Save Your Brain from Alzheimer’s and Dementia distills the latest cutting-edge research on brain health protection into a simple, effective action plan packed with all the tools you need to supercharge your brain, and take control of your cognitive health.

We’re so confident it will work for you that we offer an unbeatable 365-day “any reason” money-back guarantee. Combine this with the very low special price of $19.95, and you truly have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

All the Tools You Need to Save Your Brain

With Save Your Brain from Alzheimer’s and Dementia you’ll get an easy-to-read and easy-to-follow 127-page book that provides you with:

A simple 4-week action plan to keep your brain healthy for life — Page 89
Thorough explanations of the science behind the cognitive protection strategies we recommend in the book
A list of and detailed information on the top nutritional supplements you should be taking for your brain with dosages and buying tips — Page 94
Specific guidelines for which foods to eat and which foods to avoid
— Page 101
Complete details on our advanced supplement recommendations for those who currently have early-stage Alzheimer’s or dementia — Page 111
Guidelines for interpreting blood test results and using them to customize your brain health protection strategy — Page 115
PLUS: As a bonus, you’ll get The Save Your Brain Cookbook, which includes a 7-day meal plan and more than 20 delicious brain-healthy recipes! AND: If you order today, you’ll also receive free access to personalized, one-on-one support from our Certified Nutrition Experts who have been trained to guide you through the program. Cook Book
We Want to Help You Avoid Becoming a Victim

We truly believe that Save Your Brain from Alzheimer’s and Dementia will improve your cognitive health in more ways than you ever dreamed possible. In fact, we’re so confident that it will work for you that we want you to be able to try it out risk free.

In addition to it being priced as low as $19.95, it comes with an amazing 365-day “any reason” guarantee. That’s right, you have an entire year to try the program, and, if it doesn’t work for you, it’s FREE.

I stand by this program 100%. If you decide that you’re not satisfied for any reason, simply contact us within one year of purchase for a full “no questions asked” refund. You don’t even have to send anything back to us! You truly have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Order Now and Get On the Right Track
for a Lifetime of Cognitive Health

We’re confident that you or your loved one will notice dramatic improvements within the first few weeks on our program. And if you stick with it, you will be on the right track for a sharp mind for the rest of your life.

Here’s what you can expect:

Better focus and concentration
Quicker thought processes
Increased alertness
Better memory retention
Improved mental clarity
More energy and stamina
Fewer “senior moments”
So much more!
Brain Book

It’s never too early — or too late — to start protecting your brain. New research suggests that Alzheimer’s takes longer to develop than previously thought, with the onset of brain changes seen as early as your 40s. And that means there’s a large window of opportunity to take action. The best advice is to start early, and stay at it, especially if you have a family history of the disease.

But even if you’re in your 60s, 70s or 80s, you can still benefit tremendously by taking a proactive approach to protecting your brain.

The undeniable truth is that Alzheimer’s is preventable. And by taking action now, you truly can stack the odds in your favor for keeping your brain healthy, so you can enjoy the years ahead without becoming a burden to your spouse or children.

If you’re ready to take control of your cognitive health, I hope you’ll give Save Your Brain from Alzheimer’s and Dementia a try! Don’t forget, if you order today, you can also receive The Save Your Brain Cookbook as a special bonus and free access to our specially trained Certified Nutrition Experts.

Get Save Your Brain from Alzheimer’s and Dementia
for Just $19.95. ORDER NOW!

To Your Good Health,

Joshua Corn
CEO of Stop Aging Now
Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now

P.S. I truly believe this book is the cognitive health solution you need to maintain a healthy brain for life. And it’s only available through this special offer. Remember, it’s backed by a 365-day “no questions asked” guarantee, so if you aren’t satisfied I encourage you to get a full refund. Order now — your brain health depends on it!

P.P.S. Don’t forget — if you order today, you can get The Save Your Brain Cookbook as a bonus, PLUS you’ll receive FREE access to personalized one-on-one support from our Certified Nutrition Experts who have been specially trained to guide you through the program.

Scientific References

1. Alzheimer’s Association. 2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. Alzheimer’s & Dementia. Volume 8, Issue 2.
2. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. (1994, November 5). Text of letter written by President Ronald Reagan announcing he has Alzheimer’s disease. Retrieved from
3. (2004, May 9). Retrieved from
4. National Institute on Aging. (2014, January). Alzheimer’s Disease Medications Fact Sheet. Retrieved from
5. Ono K, et al. Curcumin has potent anti-amyloidogenic effects for Alzheimer’s beta-amyloid fibrils in vitro. J Neuro Res. 2004;75:742-750.
6. Zhang L, et al. Curcuminoids enhance amyloid-beta uptake by macrophages of Alzheimer’s disease patients. J Alzheimer’s Dis. 2006;10:1-7.


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West Hawaii Today on the Mango Festival

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By Tracey Leigh Yager Special to West Hawaii Today

When you ask Randyl Rupar what he loves about mangoes, he answers with an enthusiastic, “Everything.”

“When God or Goddess created mangoes, it was to put smiles on people’s faces,” said Rupar, a member of the Sanctuary of Mana Kea Gardens and the original founder of the Big Island Mango Festival, now in its seventh year.

As a champion of Big Island tropical fruit, Rupar seeks to spread that smile across thousands of faces again at this year’s festival on Saturday at the Sheraton Kona Resort &Spa at Keauhou Bay.

“The roots of this really began 10 years ago on a small farm in Honaunau,” Rupar explained. “Out of nowhere, 300 people showed up. It was really crazy. Then I knew we were on to something.”

From there, the festival moved to Amy B.H. Greenwell’s Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook, but the 2,000 visitors overwhelmed the parking. This was followed by a stint at the Keauhou Beach Resort. And then finally, the celebration moved to the Sheraton, which is now its official home.

With 40 booths, 10 which are given away to community service organizations, the festival features the most unique and varied mango dishes the island has to offer.

“This festival is so much fun,” said Rupar. “Kamaaina and tourists alike can get samples of delicious local foods they‘ve never tasted. That is coupled with a strong Hawaiian cultural element, along with local arts and crafts. And it’s a free event. There is a real sense of freedom at the festival.”

Rupar feels the true purpose of the event is to strengthen the community, which is why keeping the event free is an important component. A fundraiser dinner was held on July 18 at Under The Bodhi Tree to help with the cost of this year’s festival.

“We have had to come up with some pretty creative ideas on how to raise the funds to indeed keep it at no charge,” he said.

Ken Love, executive director of the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers Association, has been instrumental in assisting Rupar in his efforts. For Love, the festival is a chance to raise the consciousness of our community of what local produce really means and why it is important.

“Why we are bringing in lychees and mangoes from different tropical markets from around the world when we are at the height of our season is beyond me,” Love said. “The variety of our own mangoes and their level of food quality and nutrition just can’t be beat.”

For example, Love compared the flavor and nutrient-rich mangoes grown in West Hawaii soils to containers of unripe mangoes shipped here from Asian growing areas that are artificially ripened.

In flavor and food value, he said, these imports can’t compare.

In addition to showcasing this year’s bumper crop of the island’s 200 varieties of mangoes, the festival is a zero-waste event. Last year’s festival generated ten 33-gallon bags of recycling, and only one small kitchen bag that went to a landfill.

“Things can be devastating today, making you not want to leave your house or read the news,” Rupar said. “But we are adamant about showing people that you can have an event with literally thousands of people and it can be done. We can compost. We can recycle. We do not have to trash our island.”

This year’s festival master of ceremonies will be Big Island’s Kahikini Tommy Ching. The Mayoral Proclamation will be delivered by Guinevere Davenport, who was Miss Kona Coffee 2013 and Miss Mokihana 2015. At 10 a.m., Lily Dudoit will conduct the opening pule. This will be followed by Bolo Slack Key guitar and Ukulele Hula Joy Ka Lea Galagate Rothe.

From there, the sky is the limit for mango tasting and entertainment — from artisan foods and beverages, demonstrations and lectures about local agriculture and keiki activities until 5 p.m.

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