What you'll do
This is a hands-on experience that starts with an introduction about Hawaiian plants and fruit trees and a tour of the sanctuary grounds. Once everyone gets acquainted with one another, we will harvest from our garden and head to the pool-side, open air kitchen to prepare the food we've gathered. We have a 3 mile coastline view from the kitchen area, and you can cool off with your feet in the pool. Dinner classes include Kona's breathtaking sunsets at no extra cost! Each experience will focus on a different type of cuisine, (Italian, Thai, Indian, Mexican, etc.) but each will consist of a type of salad, a main course (usually involving a starch, i.e. grain, pasta, bread, etc.), and a light dessert. We will, of course, be using as many vegetables as possible, and plenty of fruit as well, with as much locally grown produce as we have at any given time of year. As we prepare the food, there will be instructions and lessons on knife handling, small appliance use, how best to cut ingredients, what parts of fruits and vegetables to use, and what to compost. For those interested, it is perfectly fine to bring your own bottle of wine/beer. You will leave with new cooking skills, a full belly, and likely a few new friends. Voila!!
- Passionate cooks
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I've been a vegetarian for over 22 years & a vegan for over 14. I was taught how to cook by spending time in the kitchen with my mother & grandmother, who was a chef at the Waldorf-Astoria in NYC. I bring to the table my love of great cuisine and working with fruits & vegetables that we grow on our sanctuary grounds. You will likely be working with ingredients that you have never tasted before, or at the very least, ripe! My passion for the safety of animals led me on this path, & I have discovered that not only can you thrive on a vegan diet, but you can literally change the world with the food choices you make. Eating with compassion means helping the environment, all animals; domestic & wild, & humanity. We also have a beautiful sanctuary called Banyan Tree, & we have six vacation rentals here. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/271689
All ingredients are provided This is a full, 3 course meal that we collectively prepare and, of course, eat! Everything is…
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Where you'll be
Welcome to paradise! The experience takes place at the magical Banyan Tree Sanctuary, a unique gem in Kailua Kona, HI. The sanctuary is a quiet oasis at the end of the road with birdsong as music, that is home to a wonderful organic garden with 38 varieties of fruit. Spending an afternoon here will rejuvenate your soul & provide an escape from the busyness of everyday life. To see our vacation rentals, go here: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/27168
Things to keep in mind
If requested, the host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the host know before the experience if you’d like your needs to be accommodated.
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.
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Up to 8 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. It’s up to each guest to understand the ingredients being used and communicate any allergies or dietary restrictions to the host. Guests should also…
Banyan Tree Sanctuary Guest House has six guest accommodations if you would like to stay with us, or you are welcome to come to the vegan cooking class independently. This is an open air kitchen so bring bug spray and wear long pants if you are susceptible to being bitten.
Vegan Hawaii Cooking Class/local produce