Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Hawaii: The Bounty of He'eia II

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Kamehameha Schools Presents "The Bounty of He'eia", an excursion of the Hawai'i Food and Wine Festival.  We've moved up the mauka (mountain) to Papahana Kuaola, near the top of the He'eia ahupua'a of O'ahu.  

This is a continuation of "The Bounty of He'eia" Part I at Paepae o He'eia, see Part 1.  We spent the morning at the He'eia Fishpond at the makai (ocean) and now we are on the mauka side of the He'eia ahupua'a.  

Arriving at Papahana Kuaola,
the non-profit arm of Hui Kū Maoli Ola,
a Native Hawaiian plant nursery.

Aloha!

explaining the Papahana Kuaola grounds
and the future of the native Hawaiian plant 
population for generations to come.

I met Rick at a media dinner in Los Angeles
about a year and a half ago.  He talked about the 
native plants and the health of the Hawaiian 
ecosystem.   I'm fortunate that "The Bounty
of He'eia" was brought back again this year.
Mahalo Kamehameha Schools! 

The tour of the grounds 
took us over the stream
and into the kalo patches.

are working to revitalize the native Hawaiian
plants with a focus on education and
habitat restoration.

Ti Leaves

I wish my ti leaf would grow like this...

explaining how the natural springs 
irrigate the kalo patches.

Kalo (taro) 
a Hawaiian staple

Look at those luau leaves...
I'm so jealous that I can't
get good ones at home...

Making poi

With the kalo from the patches across the stream,
traditional poi pounding was taking place.


With poi now on the table, 
Time for Lunch!

Laulua with Taro 3 ways
and Ulu (Breadfruit)

Laulau
pork and butterfish wrapped in
taro leaves and then wrapped
in ti leaves and steamed.

I love laulau and poi!

Taro leaves with lychee-guava smoked pork
with chili pepper water

Almost too beautiful to eat!

But the pork was sweet and smokey,
how can you not like that?

Steamed Moi
Once reserved for Hawaiian royalty

This one needed more salt,
but was steamed perfectly.

Prepared by the participants earlier in the morning 

Condiments for the Moi

You can see that our table had one moi left...

One of the Best Haupia puddings I've had,
topped with sweet potato and a dash of salt.


There was so much food served,
could only eat so much,
had to save room for tonight's
"Enter The MODERN Dragon:  Morimoto and Friends"


If you have the chance to visit Papahana Kuaola,
Paepae o He'eiaor participate in a future
"The Bounty of He'eia",
you'll love the tradition, culture, stories,
history, and well worth the trip!   


For more information on

Hui Kū Maoli Ola,
Hawaiian Plant Specialists


Congratulations
Kamehameha Schools on your
125th Anniversary!



Mahalo!




NOTE:  I was a guest of the Hawai'i Visitors and Convention Bureau
O'ahu Visitors Bureauand their partners.
I thank them for their invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.






Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats

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