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Trucker Dukes Event Includes Gelato-Eating Contest

November 22, 2016, 4:37 PM HST
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Trucker Dukes will be at a fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 27 at Ono Gelato Kīhei. Courtesy photo.

Trucker Dukes will be at a fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 27 at Ono Gelato Kīhei. Courtesy photo.

An all-day fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 27 to help three-and-a-half-year-old Trucker Dukes will now include a gelato-eating contest. Trucker, the youngest of four children, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and has been fighting cancer since 2014.

The contest runs between 3 and 5 p.m. at Ono Gelato Kīhei in Azeka Makai. The café is donating 10% of the day’s sales to the Trucker Dukes Cancer Fund. Plus, 100% of the sales from all Fireman’s Hat Sundaes will go directly to the Trucker Dukes Cancer Fund on Sunday, when Ono Gelato Kīhei is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The contest goal is to eat as much gelato or sorbet as you can within a 10-minute time span.  Participating contestants receive a $5 Ono Gelato gift card for future use, courtesy of Century 21 All Islands Fine Homes & Estates. There is a limit of 15 contestants in each division. Flavor choices include French Vanilla Gelato, Triple Chocolate Gelato, Strawberry Sorbetto and Pineapple Sorbetto.

Here is the schedule:

3 p.m. – Trucker and family arrive


Gelato Eating Contest*
3:30 p.m. CHILDREN 8 and under
4 p.m. TWEEN/TEEN (9-15)
4:30 p.m. “ADULT” (16 and over)


The winner in each category receives six months’ worth of gelato from Ono Gelato Kīhei (gift card valued at $75).

Age groups:

CHILDREN 8 and under – Small size Gelato or Sorbetto – entry fee $1.00


TWEEN/TEEN (9-15) – Pint of Gelato or Sorbetto – entry fee $7.50

“ADULT” (16 and over) – Quart of Gelato or Sorbetto – entry fee $15.00

Entry forms can be picked up at the Ono Gelato Kīhei; register online or on the day of the event by noon. No entries will be accepted after that time on Sunday.

All donations are welcome to help cover the costs for Trucker’s medical bills, travel costs and the family’s lost income.

· Donate online and learn more Trucker and his family at the Team Trucker website.
· Visit any Bank of Hawai‘i branch to donate to the Trucker Dukes Cancer Fund.

Ono Gelato Kīhei is donating 5% of all sales to the fund for the rest of 2016.

Nicol and James Bradley, owners of Ono Gelato Kīhei since April 2015, have recently remodeled the café and have introduced a new menu. Just voted BEST IN MAUI 2016, the goal of Ono Gelato Kīhei is to produce the finest and freshest traditional Italian gelato with an island flair and serve made-to-order, Hawaiian-inspired breakfast, sandwiches, and salads.

You can find the gelato at the Kīhei location as well as Café Kula in the Grand Wailea and Rodeo General Store in Makawao.

To learn more, visit Ono Gelato Kīhei’s website or call 808.495.0287.

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