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A Tour of O’ahu’s only Oyster Farm – October 17

A Tour of O’ahu’s only Oyster Farm – October 17
Kualoa Ranch Moli’i Fishpond, Windward Oahu,  11:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Slow Food O’ahu is excited to offer a free, private, members-only tour of O’ahu’s only oyster farm at Kualoa Ranch in Windward, Oahu, hosted by Ku’uipo McCarty of Kualoa Ranch.  After years of test growing and tedious preparation, Kualoa Ranch is pleased to announce that they are permitted to sell farm fresh live oysters! Kualoa’s stock are the first Hawaiʻi grown oysters to be sold commercially in decades! The oysters are grown and harvested out of their Moli’i lo’i. The oysters grow in our AncientHawaiʻian Fishpond for about seven months before they are harvested live, put into sterile salt water for 48 hours, then sold at their Visitor Center.

Kualoa Ranch is hoping to spearhead a local movement of oyster farming and harvesting.Hawaiʻi imports nearly 400,000 oysters per year – and Kualoa wants to change that by growing our food and cultivating everything we can from our land.Growing oysters for consumption has been a four-year-long project for Kualoa Ranch. A lot of that time was spent waiting for the Department of Health to build its shellfish certification lab and train staff on standards.

While cattle in Mainland feedlots fatten faster than grass-fed beef raised here, oysters actually grow more quickly in Hawaiʻi, thanks to the temperate weather. Kualoa Ranch’s oysters come to market size in about seven months, whereas on the Mainland, it can take 18 months to three  years.

At the moment, the oysters are only available at the ranch store for $15 a dozen.

Check out the following video on You Tube or the article in Honolulu Magazine, “Why We’re Excited About Hawaiʻi Grown Oysters from Kualoa Ranch” by Martha Cheng to learn more.

There is NO COST to attend the tour but you MUST BE A SLOW FOOD MEMBER. This event is limited to 20 people.  Please stop by the Kualoa Ranch Visitor’s Center either before or after the event, where you may purchase the bounties of Kualoa, including their oysters, shrimp, fish and beef, as well as have lunch. If you wish to purchase oysters, go to their website and place an order ahead of time.

To register, go to  Directions to the fishpond will be provided as the date nears.

Slow Food Chinatown Tour – October 25

Slow Food Chinatown Tour – October 25
Chinatown, 9:30 a.m. – lunch

After a short hiatus, we are once again offering our Slow Food Chinatown Tour on October 25, 2015.  After the 2 hour tour, you will enjoy a fabulous lunch at a restaurant in Chinatown.

Explore the history, culture, and food traditions of Honolulu’s Chinatown. Visit markets, bakeries, noodle factories, specialty shops, temples and historic sites. Sample local foods such as poke, roast pork, look funn noodles, and tropical fruits.  Bring your shopping bags with you so you can  buy fresh produce, noodles, and specialty products.

The cost is $50 for members; $60 for non-members and includes lunch.  Registration is limited to 8 people.  To register, go to

We encourage you to attend this tour, as this will probably be the last tour we offer in 2015, as the holiday season approaches.

Seed Exchange and Gardening Fair – November 7, 2015

Seed Exchange and Gardening Fair – November 7, 2015

Waimea Valley,  8:30 – 2:00   
Slow Food O’ahu and Hawaii SEED invite you to a “Seed Exchange & Gardening Fair” at Waimea Valley on Saturday, November 7, 2015.  This FREE event will be jam packed with lots of goodies for backyard gardeners and farmers. Please bring your seeds and cuttings to share. Note these important details listed below. In addition to the Exchange, there will be a number of exciting activities and opportunities to learn more about island backyard gardening and food production. There will be workshops on Chickens, Beekeeping, Kalo, as well as childrens’ activities and a locavore potluck at noon. An added bonus will be a native plant sale and a fruit  tree giveaway.
Seed Sharing Protocol:
1. Do not share seeds of invasive species!
2. Do not share brassica seeds as spread of blackrot can happen, it is a seed-borne disease and many of the seed companies are having a problem with this.
3. Do not share old seeds as germination may be low.
4. label or bring a description of each of the seeds you share including date of harvest.
5. Bring your own seed envelopes or baggies and markers for labeling.
6. Do not take more than 25% of any seed or cutting; leave some for others.
If you are interested in seeds, you may be interested in Michael Tortorello’s article “What Comes After Heirloom Seeds” in the September 10, 2015 issue of the New York Times.

“A Taste of The Ark” – November 15, 2015

“A Taste of The Ark” – November 15, 2015
Restaurant in Manoa, 5:00 p.m.

The Ark of Taste is a program of Slow Food International and is a living catalog of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction. By identifying and championing these foods we keep them in production and on our plates. The Ark of Taste is a tool for farmers, ranchers, fishers, chefs, grocers, educators and consumers to seek out and celebrate our country’s diverse biological, cultural and culinary heritage. Since 1996, more than 1,100 products from over 50 countries have been added to the International Ark of Taste. Over 200 of these foods are in The Ark of Taste in the USA.

To celebrate The Ark of Taste, Slow Food O’ahu will be sponsoring our very own “Taste of The Ark Feast”  on Sunday, November 15, 2015 to highlight foods that are on The Ark list, are pending.  We will also supplement The Ark foods with a bounty of dishes that will all feature locally sourced ingredients.   We will convene at 5:00 p.m. with our Kohana Rum (and other drinks) with dinner to follow.

Chef Mark Noguchi

The Hawaiʻi foods that are on The Ark of Taste are: Poi (Kalo), Hua Moa Banana, Ele Ele Black Banana, Hawaiian ‘Ulu, Traditional Sea Salt, Ohia Lehua Honey, and White Kiawe Honey.  Our native Hawai’ian sugar cane is pending review.   In our next newsletter we will provide you will more information on these foods as we share with you our planned feast.

In addition to our Ark foods, our Taste of The Ark Feast will include a multitude of locally sourced ingredients such as Kohana Rum (made with local sugar cane), local lamb from Tin Roof Farm

s,  and surprises from Chef Mark Noguchi of Pili Hawai’i.

The cost is $70 for members; $85 for non-members.  Look for more information in our next newsletter in October.  However, space is limited and you can reserve a slot now by signing up at

Urban Foraging in Kaka’ako – November 29, 2015

Urban Foraging in Kaka’ako – November 29, 2015
Honolulu  2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

You don’t have to head for the mountains or the rainforest to find edible treasures. Join Slow Food Oahu for a foraging adventure in urban Honolulu and be amazed by what you’ll discover!

Dr. Nat Bletter, of Madre Chocolate, and Sunny Savage, author of “Wild Food Plants of Hawaii” will lead this adventure into the urban ‘wilds’ of Honolulu onSunday, November 29th from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Wear sun protection and bring water, a fork & spoon to sample goodies, and paper and plastic bags to collect in.

Check out Sunny’s book at or her Ted Talk at

The cost is $15 for members; $20 for non-members.  Sign up at: The meeting place will be emailed to you 2 days before the event.

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