Wai‘anae Gold Kiawe Bean Pod Flour, ‘Aina Bars, Info & Recipes

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‘Ai Pohaku – The Stone Eaters is a community-based economic endeavor that continues to nurture and grow our ‘aina connection through the cultivation, gathering and production of real food. With a strong foundation of the tradition of ku‘i kalo (hand pounding kalo into pa‘i‘ai and poi), we have spent a good part of the last six years learning about kiawe as a food for our people. Even though kiawe has been in the islands for almost 200 years, this ancient food is brand new for almost all of Hawai‘i’s people.

Vince Kana‘i Dodge,  founder of ‘Ai Pohaku.

Vince Kana‘i Dodge, founder of ‘Ai Pohaku.

The founder of ‘Ai Pohaku, Vince Kana‘i Dodge, is a papa (grandfather), educator, cultural practitioner and longtime resident of Wai‘anae where kiawe trees are plentiful. One day in early 2006 on MA‘O Organic Farms a couple from Arizona shared that “mesquite” – the cousin of kiawe – was a staple of all the Southwest native people. They said it was a sweet, nutritious and diabetic-friendly food. At that time the Wai‘anae community was in the throes of a diabetic epidemic. Imagine: a sweet, nutritious diabetic-friendly food growing in our backyards… Vince was called. We believe it is no accident that the concentration of kiawe and diabetics are in the same place.

Since then we traveled to Arizona to take the Desert Harvesters’ mesquite milling training in 2009, and in 2012 to Argentina to visit with the Wichi people who continue to eat kiawe daily as they have been for hundreds of years.

We are blessed to be joined in this endeavor by our Elementary to High School youth; by some of our houseless people; by cultural practioners; by aunties and uncles; by passionate cooks, chefs and bakers; by our friends here, on the continent and in Argentina; by our families and many many lovers of our ‘aina.

He ali‘i ka ‘aina, he kauwa ke kanaka. – The land is chief, people its servants. Olelo no‘eau 531

Contact:
Vince Kana‘i Dodge
Tel. 808-478-6492
Email: aipohaku@hotmail.com

Also see Star-Advertiser: Kiawe Flour, Other Local Products Make Winning Snack

One Response

  1. ALOHA, THANKS FOR KEAWE FLOUR,
    I HAVE MADE KEAWE PANCAKES AND IN MY MOCHI I FILLING OF AZUKI BEANS WITH LITTLE AMOUNT OF SUGAR, I ADDED KEAWE FLOUR. IT WAS ON.O PANCAKES TOO. ALSO BANANA BREAD, USING ,KEAWE FLOUR AND RICE FLOUR. AUNTY JEANNE OLD FRIEND.MY HUSBAND AND I ARE DIABETICS. KEAWE FLOUR IS GREAT. OLD FRIEND AUNTY JEANNE AND UNCLE BEN

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