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“Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?”

Aloha kakou,

Do you know that their are farmers right here on the Big Island whose crops were severely limited due to a lack of bees to pollinate them? Please join us in Waimea this Friday to hear from farmers and beekeepers about the plight of our honey bees. We will be showing the film “Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?” and there will be a panel discussion with experts on beekeeping and honey production. The movie is kid friendly so bring the keikis!

There will be honey tastings as well, so come and learn why that little bear in your cupboard isn’t really honey anymore. You will have the opportunity to purchase honey and wax products and Slow Food Hawaii will be selling pupus, all with honey as an ingredient, at the event as well.

So come get the buzz on bees at this FREE event

Friday January 25th from 6-9:30pm
Gates performing Arts Center on HPA upper campus
RSVP to Ming Wei Koh at 443-9231 or

Bee the Change

Bee the Change:  What is Happening to Our Honeybees – An Evening At the Gates Performing Arts Center, HPA Upper Campus, Waimea, Friday, January 23, 2013, 6-9:30 p.m.  


Click on the graphic to see related activities at HPA.

Bee the Change

30-Minute Mozzarella Class, 1:00 pm, Sunday, November 18

Slow Food Hawaii sponsors these classes as a fundraiser and to bring attention to the fact that the only two cow’s milk dairies in the State are here on the Big Island, and it is now easy to buy incredibly fresh, local milk at your supermarket.

This is a hands on class. You will learn how and when to add citric acid and rennet to milk, how to recognize that your milk has separated into curds and whey, how to cut and cook the curds, and then to drain and cook them further so that they can stretch into great mozzarella! You will also learn about “Plan B”: what to do if the process doesn’t work as planned (it happens). At the end, you will have about a pound of fresh mozzarella to take home or share.

For more info, please email Kim at kimhoffman(at)

Experience the Art & Pleasure of Tea

Experience the Art & Pleasure of Tea

~Tour a Premiere Hawaiʻi Tea Estate & Production Area~Experience a Traditional Gongfu Cha Tea Ceremony~Sample 100% Organic, Hand-crafted Artisan Tea Varietals along with Delicious Home Baked Delicacies
~Relax & Enjoy a Fun, Educational Day above Onomea Bay
~Take Home Complementary Tea from the Farm!

Proceeds Benefit Slow Food Hawaiʻi

When: September 16, 2012
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Where: Above Onomea Bay, Papaikou (Directions will be sent upon registration)
Cost: $25 per person

Please RSVP, as space is limited

To register go to the PayPal button on the right.

For additional information call Kaleo at 756-0334


Laulau Pa’ina

Slow Food Hawai’i is teaming up with Alohi Polynesian Dance Academy! Kumu Lani Isaacs will be teaching a class on how to make lau lau from start to finish. We will clean all the leaves, ti and lu’au, cut the fillings into bite size pieces, and then wrap it all into perfect packets for steaming. While the lau lau are cooking (it takes about 3 hours) we will enjoy lunch and maybe even a little hula!  Participants are welcome to head to the beach or run errands in town, then return to enjoy our delicious creations. (Bring wine!) Everyone will get to take some lau lau home, but most of it will be packaged and frozen for the Waipio Campout feast on August 18th.

This is a great opportunity to gather together, create and share a terrific meal and support Slow Food Hawaii and the students of this halau.  Please join us by signing up at or call Clare at 936-6511.

When: Sunday August 5th from 9AM until pau

Where: Kumu Lani Isaacs Home, Lakeland in Waimea

Cost: $40 Slow Food Members, $45 nonmembers. Use PayPal buttons below.



Agriculture Baseline Study

This baseline study was prepared for the County Department of Research and Development by the University of Hawaii at Hilo Geography and Environmental Studies Department and Island Planning. The principal authors were Jeffrey Melrose and Dr. Donna Delparte.

SFH hosts homegrown lunch for garden educators

Slow Food Hawai’i hosts garden educator’s lunch

Slow Food Hawai’i helped create the Mala’ai Culinary Garden at Waimea Middle School, and continues to support this wonderful garden program.  On June 12, on a spectacular Waimea day, SFH served lunch to 40 participants in the Ku ‘Aina Pa program at Mala’ai.  The spread included vegetarian lasagne, Kohala beef, Mala’ai green salad, curried kabocha soup, tropical fruit salad, fresh wholegrain bread, and sweets for dessert.

Terra Madre Delegates

We are pleased to announce our 2012 Terra Madre Delegates!

Hawaii was allotted 5 delegates for our region and 3 of the five are from Big Island. They are: 

Kaleo Correa-a 29 year old native Hawaiian organic farmer from Hilo. She and her husband are the fifth generation to work this 122 year old, 10 acre farm which is completely off grid. They grow taro, sugarcane, fruit and more. She is also working on her PHD studying sustainable community garden education.

Casey Halpern-the Executive Chef at Cafe Pesto in Hilo for the last 11 years. Casey was born on O’ahu 35 years ago and has lived on Big Island since he was just a kid. He is an active participant as a guest teacher and mentor for middle school children all over Hilo. He also supports many of our local producers by featuring their products on his menus.

Jenny Bach-a beekeeper and school garden teacher, Jenny and her husband are also organic farmers where they farm a significant portion of their food including taro, greens, dairy goats and sheep for meat. Raised in Hawaii, Jenny recognizes the importance of education and has created the Honeybee Education Project, a free outreach program for children of all ages.

All three are active Slow Food Hawaii members with a demonstrated passion for Slow Food principals.

And from O’ahu 

Dean and Michele Wilhelm-  this native Hawaiian couple live in a tree house on a 7.6 acre farm and completely off the grid. They are restoring ancient taro lands while farming produce and creating a gathering place where Hawaiian cultural, environmental and social values can be lived and passed on to future generations. They run a mentoring program for teenagers who work on the farm, as well.

Congratulations to our delegates and we will see you in Turin, Italy for Terra Madre!

Terra Madre will be held from October 25th to 29th in conjunction with Salone del Gusto. It is a gathering of producers, educators, chefs and food enthusiasts from 153 countries and an opportunity for these delegates to share and learn and be inspired. This year it is open to the public so anyone can attend!Image

Waipio Valley Camp Out – August 18, 2012

Waipio Sunset

This is our biggest fundraiser for our delegates to Terra Madre and most popular event. We will all gather in the valley at the Mock Chew’s beautiful property and set up camp. We will come together, share an amazing Slow meal, meet our delegates and hear from Kulia Kauhi Tolentino. Kulia has family ties to the valley and has made it her life’s work to restore old lo’i (taro patches) with the help of her students. She has an inspiring story and we are blessed that she will be joining us to share her knowledge.

This is an opportunity to unplug for a couple of days, get quiet and relaxed, and experience the special power and rich history of Waipio.

We encourage you to bring ukelele or guitar for kanikapila and stuff for breakfast on Sunday where we spend a lazy morning cooking and eating together.

So save the date, August 18th and RSVP to

Slow Food Members cost is $100, nonmembers $125. We have a paypal button set up on our website, or you can mail a check to:

Slow Food Hawaii
PO Box 383413
Waikoloa, HI 96738

We must have your paid reservation by July 31, 2012.

More details to follow….

Bean to Bar Chocolate Making/Tasting/History Class

The Bean to Bar Chocolate Making/Tasting/History class was awesome! Mahalo Nat from Madre Chocolate for everything. For a description of the class, click on the link above. For those of you who missed it, we will have more classes so please email if you’d like to be put on the mailing list.