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Lei ChicOnce upon a time, a dashing prince savored a sweet princess from the clutches of an evil gizzard. Together they laughed and plated to their stomach’s content, their cups overflowing with delicious events.

Then one day, luck desserted them. Their trays became bland and tasteless; the future looked sour. That is, until Taste of the Nation appeared.

This inaugural ball offers a delectable escape for weary diners. Seventeen of Hawaii’s master chefs grant magical dishes on the Great Lawn of Bishop Museum, including Le Bistro’s Alan Takasaki, Town’s Ed Kenney, Morimoto Waikiki’s Isamu Goto, Heeia Kea Pier’s Mark Noguchi, Hiroshi Fukui, Roy Yamaguchi, and Honorary Chef Chair Alan Wong.

Local farmers and artisanal producers from across the state bring in their freshest and finest ingredients. Tastebuds dance after sampling Big Island Abalone, Kona Kampachi, Kauai Shrimp, and Maui Cattle Company beef.

Pair every bite with cocktails, live entertainment and a silent auction. To sweeten the pot, 100 percent of ticket sales proceeds go to Share Our Strengths’ efforts to fight childhood hunger, including support of the Hawaii Foodbank and AINA in Schools to feed hungry children in the islands.

Giving everyone in the kingdom a reason to celebrate.

And the prince and princess returned to their royal palate and lived happily ever after.

Taste of the Nation is Sunday, April 29, 6:30-9:00 p.m. Tickets are $100 online or $125 at the door. Visit Taste of the Nation’s Web site for more information.