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Kaupo Beach Park

Waimanalo, HI 96795

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Join us as we learn about our kupuna and their way of enjoying fish and poi! E Pu Pa`akai ka kou—Let us all share salt together is the theme we will be elaborating on. Pa`akai is salt, Pu is to eat a little, share potluck, said in a humble invitation; together.


Attendees will learn how to clean and prepare fish like aholehole, akule, enenue and Uhu (based on availability) from Joey Palupe, cultural expert. Our KOKA staff will also be teaching you how to ku`i kalo, pound kalo, to make your own 1lb poi to take home. Come prepared to share in rich culture, knowledge and food. Families welcome. Class is limited to 40 people. Nominal fee for kalo.


This manao encompasses the coming together of `ohana to share in nourishment together. Sharing a meal is a time for a family to be fed with not only food but with aloha and mana as well.

In the time of our kūpuna food and the sharing of a meal was held sacred. Certain types of food were reserved for specific people and also prepared in a particular way depending on who was going to be partaking in the meal. Today, we have the opportunity to share in all foods but the sacredness of the food has not changed.


Our thoughts, words, and actions around the food feeds us as well. It feeds our spirits. The sharing of food also involves the preparing of the food. Prior to the food reaching our table someone has to make it. Prior to it being made our food has been grown, raised or gathered.


Do you have a bowl of poi on your table or do you remember your kūpuna having a bowl of poi on the table that everyone shared from? Do you eat a meal together with your ‘ohana every day? Are you allowed to watch TV or have an electronic device at the table while sharing?


Let‘s take a moment to think about these things. None of these things were present in the time of our kūpuna except for the bowl of poi. What can we do today to perpetuate the sacredness of food and sharing in a meal? Come prepared to share in rich culture, knowledge and food!

Fish and Poi is a STEAM HKP Collaboration.

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