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New kids cooking classes at Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort feature exotic Hawaii-grown foods

Date: June 23, 2006
Release Number: 27/06

What is a dragonfruit and can I eat it?
New kids cooking classes at Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort feature exotic Hawaii-grown foods

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii - The answer is: It's a type of cactus, and yes, the flesh is sweet and edible.

The dragonfruit is also one of several kinds of Hawaii-grown foods thatyoungsters can learn about at a free cooking class for kids being offeredthis summer for guests staying at the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort onHawaii's Big Island. The new class is a fun way for young travelers toexperience some of Hawaii's locally grown foods from a professional chef,and how to make yummy treats from them.

Taught by Jason Koppinger, the hotel's energetic executive chef, the kidscooking class will be available on select Wednesdays between June 28 throughAugust 9, 2006, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Participating children will learn tomake simple recipes like smoothies or cupcakes using such locally growningredients as dragonfruit, lychee, white pineapple, guava, banana andjackfruit. (Specific fruits subject to availability.) The program is beingsupported by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and the Hawaii TropicalFruit Growers Association.

Earlier this year, Koppinger earned two of the country's most prestigiousprofessional designations from the American Culinary Federation (ACF):Certified Executive Chef and Certified Culinary Educator.

"We love to tell our guests they have got to try some of the wonderful foodsthat are raised locally on the Big Island, everything from tomatoes andlobster to dragonfruit and ginger," said Mark Burson, director of food &beverage for the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort and vice president of ACF'sBig Island Chapter. "For our very young guests, this cooking class is a funway for us to share some of our more exotic foods in a really fun way."

A special "Kids' Cooking Class" rate of $139 per night is available at thehotel for families who will be participating in the cooking class. Forreservations and to sign up for the Kids' Cooking Class, call toll-free1-877-532-8468 and ask for extension 2515. Locally, the reservations numberis 808-324-2515. All participants in the cooking class must be accompaniedby a responsible adult or parent. Rates are per room, per night, two personssharing. Subject to availability and change. Taxes not included. Cannot becombined with other offers. Outrigger's Family Plan allows children 17 yearsand younger to stay free in the room when sharing with parents in existingbeds.

The Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort is located in scenic Kailua-Kona,adjacent to Kahaluu Bay Beach Park. The hotel offers meeting facilities,restaurants, salon and spa services, tennis courts, pool, shopping, ancienthistorical sites and Hawaiian cultural programs for adults and children. Formore information about the hotel, visit www.outriggerkeauhou.com.
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High resolution digital images of the hotel are available for editorial useupon request. Contact Luly Unemori, Pono Communications, at 808-986-0404 orpono.comm@verizon.net.
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MEDIA CONTACT:MaryLou Foley, Outrigger Beachfront Division 808-924-6040 . marylou.foley@outrigger.com

Nancy Daniels, APR, Outrigger Hotels & Resorts808-921-6839 . nancy.daniels@outrigger.com

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