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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Native Foods, Native Stories series at the Bishop Museum

Native Foods, Native Stories series at the Bishop Museum

Hawaiians didn't exist on fish and poi alone. The Bishop Museum presents a series that sheds light on four other significant foods—‘awa, ‘ulu (breadfruit), ‘uala (sweet potato) and he‘e (octopus)—which also represent four major Hawaiian gods: Kane, Ku, Lono and Kanaloa.

The museum, in collaboration with the Department of Native Hawaiian Health at UH Manoa's medical school, kicks off the program tomorrow (February 2) with an ‘awa lecture: The Ceremonial and Social Usages of Awa in Hawaii, Then and Now. (6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., $10)

The series continues with an ‘ulu workshop, which includes lectures, ‘ulu tree sales and an ‘ulu tasting, presented in part by the Breadfruit Institute. (March 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., $20)

Keale, known as a musician and for his work with native species, presents the ‘uala lecture: A Force for Life, Health and Genealogical Connection. (April 12, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., $10)

The Kawelo family, who have lived, fished and cared for Kaneohe Bay for generations, will share stories and hunting and cooking stories on he‘e. (May 10, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., $10)

All programs are held in Atherton Halau, Bishop Museum. Lectures are free for Bishop Museum members. For more information and to RSVP, visit:

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