Māhuahua ʻAi o Hoi (“Regrowing the Fruit of Hoi”) is a long-range, community-driven vision for a nearly 405-acre parcel within Heʻeia, Oʻahu to restore agricultural and ecological productivity to this once abundant landscape. In addition to revitalizing kalo production in the alluvial wetlands of the Heʻeia ahupuaʻa, one of the key priorities of Māhuahua ʻAi o Hoi is to improve the availability and accessibility of kalo in local markets.
Heʻeia kūpuna, Aunty Alice Hewett recalls childhood memories of delivering poi in hand-sewn bags from her ʻohana’s Heʻeia poi shop (McCabe Poi Shop) to businesses and homes in Honolulu. While we no longer hand-stitch our poi bags, Kākoʻo is continuing the tradition of making poi milled in Heʻeia more available and accessible to families and businesses in town.
In December 2012, Kākoʻo launched a pilot delivery program, offering “door-to-door” poi delivery to ʻohana, friends and supporters in town. Today, with the help of our network of supporters, our kalo delivery program has grown significantly. We now offer poi and paʻiʻai, a less processed kalo product, to businesses and homes in Kalihi, Iwilei, Downtown Honolulu, Kakaʻako, Ala Moana, Ward, Waikiki, Kaimuki, Palolo, Kahala and Aina Haina and hope to expand to more locations in the future. In addition, we continue to offer on-farm pick-up at our Heʻeia site for our ʻohana and friends on the Windward side.
Each week, we send out our kalo e-newsletter, sharing information about the variety(ies) of kalo being milled along with ordering and pick-up or delivery options. For more information, subscribe to our kalo e-newsletter or email us at email@example.com.
Honolulu Magazine, Biting Commentary, “Fresh-milled poi from the farm, delivered by Kako‘o ‘Oiwi” (April 22, 2013): http://www.honolulumagazine.com/Honolulu-Magazine/Biting-Commentary/April-2013/Fresh-milled-poi-from-the-farm-delivered-by-Kakoo-O-Oiwi/
Windward Community College, Ka ʻOhana, “In Good Taste-Kalo making a comeback” (May 5, 2013): http://kaohana.windward.hawaii.edu/?p=2609
Honolulu Weekly, Lesser Known (June 5, 2013): http://honoluluweekly.com/story-continued/2013/06/lesser-known/