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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