Whereas, mangoes are native to Southern Asia, especially Eastern India and Myanmar, where they have been cultivated, praised and even revered in their homeland since ancient times; and

Whereas, the earliest record of mangoes in Hawai’i was in 1824 with the introduction of a number of plants from Manila, Philippines; and

Whereas, Hawai’i has adopted and embraced the mango, and residents, no matter if they are from the country or city, enjoy this incredibly diverse fruit, which can be eaten green, ripe, fresh, preserved, alone or in combination with other fruits, and as part of dish, sauce or drink; and

Whereas, mangoes are also high in anti-oxidants and dietary minerals, and agricultural experts have devoted careers to the cultivation and development of hundreds of mango varieties; and

Whereas, anyone who grew up in Hawai’i knows that a few of the trademarks of a local home are a large mango tree in the yard and a long bamboo pole with a clothes hanger loop and cloth bag at the end to pick mangoes; and

Whereas, this fragrant, richly-hued summer orb that seduces island fruit lovers with its juicy goodness will be celebrated July 28-29 during the Fourth Annual Mango Festival at the Keauhou Beach Resort; and

Whereas, this family tree event offers entertainment, mango-themed displays, arts and crafts, mangolicious food and drinks, belly dancing workshops, culinary fun, horticulture activities and a panel discussion on “Putting the Culture Back into Agriculture” on the ocean lawn,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BILLY KENOI, Mayor of the County of Hawai’i, do hereby proclaim July 28-29, 2012, as

Hawai’i Island Mango Festival Days

in the County of Hawai’i and encourage our residents and visitors to enjoy the Fourth Annual Mango Festival and the many varieties of mangoes grown in Hawai’i.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused The Seal of the County of Hawai’i to be affixed. Done this 13th day of July, 2012, in Hilo, Hawai’i.

-Billy Kenoi

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