biggest culinary event celebrates its 5th year with a lineup of more than 100 local, national and international chefs. KITV4’s pamela young reports from the festival’s launch party tonight at the Halekulani. This year’s Hawaii Food and Wine Festival will be held on the Big Island, Maui and Oahu with seminars, excursions, and of course opportunites to majorly grind. 27:40 I KNOW YOU’RE WONDERING WHAT IS THAT. WELL IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT FOOD. THE RESTAURANT AND HOSPITALITY INDUSTRIES ARE HAWAII’S LEADING EMPLOYERS. AND THOSE INDUSTRIES ARE CONNECTED TO TOURISM, AGRICULTURE, AND RETAIL. SO THE FOCUS ONCE AGAIN WILL BE GROWING LOCAL, BUYING LOCAL, AND EATING LOCAl. 29:49 IF WE CAN PUT THE SPOTLIGHT TO HAWAII, OUR PEOPLE, THE CULTURE, FARMERS, PRODUCTS TO COOK WITH AND FUTURE FARMERS,THAT’S A GOOD THING. 16:30 THIS IS ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE HERE, TELLING THE WORLD WE CAN LIVE TOGETHER, WORK TOGETHER.. Last year 7500 attended events over 7 days. This year organizers are expecting 10,000. 22:47 TO BE ABLE TO SPREAD THIS FANTASTIC EVENT THAT’S ALSO BENEFITING A LOT OF CHRITABLE ORGANIZATIONS TO THE OUTER ISLANDS INCLUDING HAWAII ISLAND IS TERRIFIC. 20:50 THE HAWAII FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL BENEFITS ALl THE CULINARY SCHOOLS AND THE FARMERS, RANCHERS AND FISHERMEN 17:49 MAINLAND CHEFS WHO ARE COMING HERE, EXPERIENCING THE FOOD,T HE PRODUCE, THE ALOHA, AND TAKING IT BACK HOME. The festival starts at the end of summer, when tourism numbers normally dip. Organizers are getting the word out now so local, mainland and international guests can make their travel plans. At the Halekulani, PY KITV4 news. This year nearly a hundred chefs, food vendors and vintners will be participating. Proceeds go to the Hawaii Ag Foundation, the Farm Bureau, and the culinary schools at Leeward, Maui, and Kapiolani Community Colleges.