Hawaii — you could be here (Photo: Thinkstock)
Get those Hawaiian shirts ready — you may just win a chance to wear one on the islands. (Photo: Thinkstock)
It’s said that Hawaii’s Polynesian cuisine is some of the healthiest in the world. In our estimation, it’s also some of the tastiest, too — exotic flavors and spices melding with local fish, taro, coconut, and tropical fruits, enjoyed toes-in-the-sand as palms sway in the breeze overhead. Mai tai optional.
“Fantasy,” you say? How about “delicious reality.”
Yahoo Travel, the Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival, and Hawaiian Airlines want to fly you and a guest to Oahu for three nights in paradise. Winners will stay at the Modern Honolulu, a luxury hotel on Waikiki Beach, and will be able to experience a slice of what this exciting 10-day festival (Aug. 29–Sept. 7, 2014) has to offer with tickets to a signature event.
For a chance to win, we just need your help.
CAPTION THIS PHOTO TO WIN
Above is a photo from last year’s Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival at the Modern. Submit an original caption for it via Twitter using the hashtag #HFWF14 and mention @YahooTravel. Up to 10 entries per person will be considered, so have fun — and be creative! Contest ends Aug. 11, 2014. Full details below.
SAMPLE ENTRY: “By plane or by balloon, Hawaiian food lifts your tastebuds. #HFWF14 @YahooTravel”
If you need even more inspiration, how about looking to the 80 internationally renowned chefs who will all be cooking up Hawaiian regional cuisine at the fourth annual event: Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto, NYC), Christina Tosi (Momofuku Milk Bar, NYC), Masaharu Morimoto (Morimoto Waikiki), Philip Johnson (e’cco Bistro, Brisbane), Yuji Wakiya (Wakiya, Tokyo, Japan), and Andy Ricker (Pok Pok, Portland and NYC) are just a few of the celebrity chefs on hand.
Attendees can expect chef battles and tastings galore, plus cocktail parties and gala dinners, all set against the beautiful natural background of Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island of Hawaii. Participants can even get their hands dirty farming some taro (the purple-tinted tuber that makes up poi) or helping rebuild an 800-year-old traditional fishpond.
James Beard Award-winning chef Roy Yamaguchi — creator of Hawaiian fusion cuisine — founded the 10-day event to showcase the agricultural and foodie movements of the islands. Most people may think of Hawaii for surf and sun, pig roast luaus and pineapple, but when it comes to food, there’s plenty more to say mahalo to. Don’t you want to dig in?
You could be one of these sunbathers on Waikiki Beach — fat and happy after eating your way through the Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival. (Photo: Thinkstock)
• Round-trip airfare for two (2) to Honolulu for travel between Sept. 2 and Sept. 6, 2014
• Three-night hotel stay at the Modern Honolulu (standard room, double occupancy)
• Two tickets to A Lucky MODERN Buddha Belly, a signature event of the 4th Annual Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival, on Sept. 4, 2014
• Approximate prize value: $3,000
• Follow Yahoo Travel (@YahooTravel) on Twitter
• Tweet a photo caption with the hashtag #HFWF14
• Up to 10 captions/entries per person will be considered
• Entries will be judged on creativity, humor, and originality
• Open to U.S. residents 21+ only
• DEADLINE: Aug. 11, 2014
The winner will be notified via Twitter direct message by August 18.
A free trip to paradise could be yours — enter now! (Photo: Thinkstock)