Moalepe Trail: Kauai Eastside

Moalepe Trail: Kauai Eastside

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Kauai grown culinary tour

Kauai grown culinary tour


Stacy Sproat-Beck demonstrates how to peel the skin off taro. 

Volunteers at the Waipa Foundation in Hanalei, Kauai were cranking out the usual 1,200 pounds of poi to sell throughout the island on Thursday, but there were extra people in the ranks.

The foundation was the first stop for the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival’s Connoisseur’s Culinary Journey, a five-day event that highlights local food on different islands.

Hosted by Roy Yamaguchi, chef and owner of Eating House 1869, those in attendance explored the connection between farming and food on Oahu for the first two days of the tour and landed on Kauai for the third.

Volunteers at the Waipa Foundation bag poi during their regular poi making sessions. 

“It’s exciting to return to our roots with another culinary journey that honors our deep connection to everything that’s grown, raised and caught locally,” said Denise Yamaguchi, CEO of HFWF.

About 10 members of the media from around the country attended, and nearly everyone who showed up got their hands dirty, cleaning taro and diving into the traditional poi-making process.

“Making poi is a community activity,” said Stacy Sproat-Beck of the Waipa Foundation. “It’s one of the first foods we feed to our babies. It keeps indefinitely and, as a fermented food, it’s probiotic.”

Lyndsey Haraguchi-Nakayama explains how taro is harvested. 

After lending a hand at the poi mill, those on the Culinary Journey toured a bit of the Waipa Foundation’s 1,600-acre ahupuaa, which is owned by Kamehameha Schools and has been managed by the Waipa Foundation for more than 20 years.

The goal of the foundation is to provide an educational experience for those who want to know more about the ahupuaa resource management system, which holistically targeted the watershed and contributed to the thriving culture of ancient Hawaiians.

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