EDIBLE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS AND TRAVAASA HANA PRESENT
“I AM HALOA” BENEFIT DINNER AT KAHANU GARDEN
Friday, May 2, 2014
4 – 7 p.m.
600 Ulaino Rd.
Hana, HI 96713
Cost: $75 per person, plus tax + fees
Limited seating. Reservations required. Event is Rain or Shine. No refunds or cancellations.
Parking is available on-site.
Note: there is no cell phone reception at Kahanu Garden.
On May 2, popular Hawaii chefs Lee Anne Wong (Koko Head Café, Top Chef, Cooking Channel), Isaac Bancaco (Kaana Kitchen at Andaz Maui), James Simpliciano (Simpli-Fresh Produce), and Derek Watanabe (Travaasa Hana) collaborate in Hana for a special community dinner celebrating kalo (taro), a staple of the Hawaiian diet and subject of the upcoming documentary “I am Haloa." Known for their commitment to preserving Hawaii’s culture, the chefs will prepare four delectable courses highlighting taro.
The dinner will take place outdoors at the awe-inspiring Kahanu Garden, a National Historic Landmark and cultural site located along the beautiful Hana coastline, just a few minutes away from Travaasa Hana resort. Daniel Anthony, kalo activist and “I am Haloa” film subject and consultant, will be at the event with the students featured in the documentary to talk story and demonstrate traditional poi pounding. Joel Katz will provide live entertainment, and a private tour of Kahanu Garden will be provided before dinner by assistant director Ian Cole.
“I am Haloa” will tell the story of three seniors at Kamehameha Schools, Lahela Paresa, Laahiahoaalohaokekaimalie Kekahuna, and Taylor Anne Mealii Fitzsimmons, as they embark on a journey of self-discovery under the guidance of Anthony, their kumu (teacher) and kalo kui (taro pounding) practitioner. The young women travel throughout the Hawaiian Islands to better understand their ancestry, meet with respected leaders, and re-establish a lifestyle link to the first Hawaiian, Haloa. For 90 days, they have committed to cultivating, harvesting and eating taro for three meals a day. They hope to inspire other young people in Hawaii to get excited about their communities, culture and Haloa.
All proceeds from the event will benefit “I am Haloa.”