By Léo Azambuja

Nick Castillo

Despite the persistent rain, the annual Banana Poka Round-Up festival in Koke‘e drew a good crowd May 27. Held at the historic Civilian Conservation Corps Camp, the family-friendly event sponsored by Hui o Laka featured Hawaiian music, ono food, basket making, children’s games, silent auction, flower arranging, crowing contest, crafts, and exhibits from several environmental organizations. The event focuses on the invasive banana poka vine, serving as lively forest education fair for locals and visitors on