Food Recipes

Hamakua Harvest Haupia Sweet Potato Pie by Lei Lei Paolacci

Haupia Sweet Potato Pie is a shoe-in winner during sweet potato season and Lei Lei is a talented woman who loves creating delicious dishes using fresh local ingredients. Hamakua Harvest farmers market manager, Lei Lei Paolacci, has been passionate about cooking since she was young and knows her way around the kitchen, these days you …

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Cucumber Salad by Cameron Foy from the Kapili ‘Oihana Internship Program

When asked to share a recipe, Cameron Foy thought of her favorite cucumber salad. She purchases locally grown cucumber from the farmers market or grocery store and mixes an easy marinade that is quick, simple, and refreshing. Cameron shares that this side dish or snack, “is so ono and can be prepared and enjoyed by all!” …

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Hukilau Lanai’s Warm Quinoa Salad with Hanalei Taro Hummus

This warm quinoa salad recipe uses seasonal ingredients grown by local Kauai farmers like cauliflower, curry leaves, sweet peppers and limes. Ron Miller, co-owner and chef of Hukilau Lanai, typically pairs this recipe with grilled fish at his restaurant known for spectacular food enjoyed in a lovely setting. Ron studied and graduated from the Hotel …

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Mama Jelly’s Chicken Papaya from Tita Kaiwi of Maui Food Bank

A comforting Filipino soup — chicken papaya is the “chicken noodle soup” of Hawaii. To get the ingredients for this recipe Tita Kaiwi took a trip to the Maui Upcountry Farmers Market in Pukalani. On a Saturday morning as the sunlight just began to peak over the mountains onto the tops of tents Tita stopped …

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Kabocha Squash Soup from Kaimana Brummel of Blue Zones Project

The meal Kaimana Brummel makes for every occasion has humble beginnings at her local farmers market where she first discovered the star of her kabocha squash soup. Kaimana lives right across the street from Upcountry Farmers Market in Pukalani, Maui. When she had her first child one of their weekly rituals was walking across the …

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Uala Dill Salad by Kaui Onekea of Ehuola Ohana Health Project

This uala dill salad recipe was developed by Kaui Onekea for the Ehuola Ohana Health Project. Her goal for this dish was to create a delicious mac salad substitute filled with farm fresh ingredients sourced entirely from Kalihi FoodHub and its partnering farmers. She also wanted to fill the recipe with lots of color, extra …

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Easy Ulu Doughnut Holes from The Locavore Store

For the self-proclaimed non-bakers – like Catarina Zaragoza, co-owner of The Locavore Store — this ulu doughnut holes recipe is for you! It’s easy, forgiving, remarkably delicious and gives life to the ripened ulu hanging from your tree or sitting on your counter. The Locavore Store initially started as a co-op; 10 years ago Catarina …

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Poi Banana Bread from the Keiki Produce Prescriptions Program

Poi Banana Bread sounds like the beautiful marriage of two of some of the most culturally iconic Hawaiian food crops — kalo and maia, respectively taro and banana. Baking 145 poi banana bread loaves in 5 hours turned out to be a pleasant break for Monica Esquivel who is the Dietetics Program Director at CTAHR …

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Kiawe Flour Blondie Aina Bars by Vince Dodge of Waianae Gold

These Blondie Aina Bars are made with “golden, sweet smelling, amazing tasting flour” shares Vince Kanai Dodge, who can vividly remember the first time he received and cooked with Kiawe flour, known in America as Mesquite. That first meal was Indian flatbread with a curry dinner and that night a seed was planted with every …

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Sautéed Radish Leaves by Amanda Smith, the Menehune Chef

“The connection to the food and the land is what I fell in love with”, shares Amanda Smith. And after seeing her overall well-being improve once moving to Kauai she knew sustainability and food would be her passion in life. Simple, easy meals like her sautéed radish leaves have helped her to not only feed her …

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Cassava Patties by Aunty Kaiulani Odom of Kokua Kalihi Valley

This Cassava Patties recipe is a favorite of Kaiulani, director of the Roots Program at Kokua Kalihi Valley. An incredible non-profit organization working to foster health and healing in the Oahu community by honoring culture and the island’s precious resources. The Roots Cultural Food Hub buys organic produce from local farmers and creates the most …

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