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Honolulu Fish Auction Tour

Honolulu Fish Auction Tour
Saturday, March 10, 2012 6 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.

We’re offering this popular event once again – if you’ve not done this tour, you’ve been missing out! We’ll meet at 6:00 a.m. to greet the sun and the Honolulu fishing fleet as the boats come rolling in! Dr. John Kaneko, Program Director of the Hawaii Seafood Council, will guide the group on a walking tour of the Honolulu Fish Auction and Pier 38 Fishing Village waterfront. During the visit you’ll see fishing vessels and the variety of Hawaii’s fresh ocean fish. Learn about how they are harvested, handled, inspected, quality graded and sold through the country’s only fresh tuna auction. Find out what is done to manage Hawaii’s fisheries and what makes Hawaii Seafood the “best in class” in terms of quality, safety and sustainability. Come support our local responsible fisheries. After absorbing all that information, you can end the event with a great take-away breakfast on your own (including fish just brought in on the boats) from nearby Nico’s at Pier 38 – one of Honolulu’s little treasures.

Please RSVP by March 7 to Michelle at Please include in your RSVP your name, member status, phone or email and the name of any nonmember or member guests you would like to bring. THIS EVENT IS LIMITED TO 12 PEOPLE and tends to fill up fast, so please reply quickly if you know you would like to attend. The cost for members is $5 and nonmembers is $10 (please note: breakfast is not included in the price) and payment must be received by the date of the event. Payment information, directions and final details will be sent to all confirmed guests a few days prior to the event.

Volunteers Need for Chocolate Festival

Volunteers Need for Chocolate Festival on February 25
Dole Cannery Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Now that we have your attention with the words “volunteer” and “chocolate” in the same sentence…  Slow Food O’ahu is seeking 4 members to volunteer staff an information booth at the Hawai’i Chocolate Festival on February 25 at the Dole Cannery from Noon – 5 p.m. We would like to have 2 volunteers each from Noon – 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Those of us who volunteered last year had a terrific time, not to mention enjoyed the chocolate.  If we are able to secure volunteers then we will have a booth again.   Please check out the site at and if you are interested in volunteering, let us know at  Look for more information about the festival in our next newsletter.

“Ingredients Hawaii Part One” – Movie World Premiere

“Ingredients Hawaii Part One” – Movie World Premiere 
February 4, 2012
Mamiya Theater on the St. Louis High School campus

5:30/7:00 VIP showing; 9:00 second showing

Grab this rare opportunity to meet people instrumental in creating Oahu’s new local food community, and see the world premiere of the highly anticipated follow up to the acclaimed documentary, “Ingredients”. The film by Bob Bates features Ed Kenney, the interns of Ma’o Farms, Mark Noguchi, Jay Maddock, the Ahupua‘a of Ko‘olaupoko, Sweet Home Waimanalo & Farm Roof, Waikiki School, Aloha Harvest & Foodscapes Hawaii.

“Ingredients Hawaii Part One” illustrates O‘ahu’s emerging local food community as an alternative to imported and processed foods. The film illustrates the ways we are reclaiming our agriculture and local food traditions in light of an uncertain food future.

The event is sponsored by Whole Foods, the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture, Kamehameha Schools, and the Hawaii Council for the Humanities.

* 5:30pm VIP Reception & World Premiere and 7:00 p.m. World Premiere – $45
Includes food, cocktails and after film discussion on the future of sustainable agriculture in Hawaii.

* 9:00pm Second Screening, and after-film discussion.  $10 pre sale, $12 at the door, $5 students (at the door with valid student ID)

FOR TICKETS – Visit the website:

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Gnocchi – Making Class

Gnocchi – Making Class: A MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT
Sunday, February 5, 2012  10 a.m. – Noon

Dirce Carmi, our favorite Slow Food member from Torino, Italy is back in town and has generously offered to teach another class on gnocchi making to Slow Food O’ahu members!   Dirce will teach the traditional method of making gnocchi with potato, eggs and flour. When we’re pau with the hands on lesson (limited to 6 people) we will cook up the gnocchi and have lunch together. The lunch will include gnocchi with sauce(s), a salad of local ingredients, and bread. In case you aren’t aware, Dirce taught the staff at town Restaurant in Kaimuki the fine points of making and serving gnocchi.

To register for this event, please RSVP to Michelle at  by January 31.  Please include in your RSVP your name and phone or email.  THIS CLASS IS LIMITED TO 6 PEOPLE AND YOU MUST BE A MEMBER TO ATTEND. The cost of the class will be $30, including the lesson and lunch, and will be held in a private home in the Waikiki area.  Please note:  Due to the nature of this event and the necessity of purchasing ingredients beforehand, if cancellations are required after the RSVP date and we are unable to fill your spot, you will be held responsible for payment.  Payment information and directions will be sent to you following your RSVP with the address. Final details will be sent to all confirmed guests a few days prior to the event.

Television Special — “The Rain Follows the Forest”

Television Special — “The Rain Follows the Forest”
January 19, 22, 26, and 28 see times below

DLNR has produced a half-hour television special, “The Rain Follows the Forest,” with Jason Scott Lee setting out on a journey to learn about sustainable life in our island home.  Through interesting conversations, he learns about Hawai’i’s fragile fresh water supply and shares ways in which we all can contribute to protecting our watersheds. Why is this important to food?  Because food sustainability is not possible without a protected and well-managed water supply.

Air dates in January are as follows:
KGMB Thursday 1/19/2012 6:30-7pm
KGMB Sunday 1/22/2012 at 4:30-5pm
KHNL Thursday 1/26/2012 at 6:30-7pm
KHNL Saturday 1/28/2012 at 6:00 – 6:30pm

For additional information, you may find “The Rain Follows the Forest: A Plan to Replenish Hawai’i’s Source of Water” which was released by Governor Abercrombie in November 2011 on the DLNR website at .

Monsanto in Hawai’i – Panel Discussion

Monsanto in Hawai’i  – Panel Discussion
Wednesday, January 18, 2012,  7:00 – 9:00pm
Hawaiian Studies Halau o Haumea, UH-Manoa, 2645 Dole Street, Honolulu

You are invited to attend a panel discussion that directly affects the quality of our food system in Hawai’i – a discussion of the role of Monsanto in Hawai’i.   The panel will feature Kamuela Enos of MA’O Organic Farms, Trisha Kehaulani Watson of Honua Consulting, and long-time Moloka’i activist, Walter Ritte. Professor Jon Osorio will moderate.

Attendees are encouraged to read the cover story in a recent issue of Honolulu Weekly on GMO Seed in Hawai’i at

Slow Food O’ahu Annual Meeting and Potluck

Slow Food O‘ahu Annual Meeting and Potluck – January 15, 2012
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Waldorf High School Campus, 5257 Kalanianaole Hwy. (Aina Haina)

Please join us for our annual Slow Food O‘ahu Annual Meeting and Potluck on January 15, 2012 to start off the new year.  What will be on the menu for 2012? Your participation is important to us. Share your ideas and talents! While our individual efforts as consumers and advocates are important, only by working together can Slow Food hope to create change in the food system.  Let’s brainstorm together and start the year on a positive note. We can choose from cooking classes taught by the creative cooks among us, legislative advocacy, school garden tours, lectures, films, themed potlucks, cookbook exchanges, farm tours and harvest celebrations…the calendar is yours to invent.

The meeting and the potluck will be at the Waldorf School in Aina Haina. Please note that if you Google Map the address, it will give you the correct map, but it will say ‘Waimanalo’ in the automatic address.  This is not correct.  The school is located in Aina Haina near the Aina Haina Shopping Center on the ocean side of the highway.  Parking is limited but you can park at the Shopping Center or in the neighborhood. Also, please note that the Waldorf School has a lower campus at a different location.

Our business meeting will be held from 11:00 a.m. – Noon. The potluck will follow from Noon – 2:00 p.m.  For reservations please contact Michelle at

This is a green event.  Please bring your own plate, cup and cutlery.

Forces for Good Symposium

Forces for Good Symposium – January 7
State Capitol 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Register now to participate in the second annual Forces for Good Symposium sponsored by the Hawai‘i Chapter of the Sierra Club on January 7, 2012.  Speakers include Bill McKibben, world-renowned environmental activist, author & educator, and numerous environmental and community leaders. Our comprehensive program includes panels focused on clean energy, food self-sufficiency, and smart growth development. A panel discussion will focus on FOOD SUSTAINABILITY.  Slow Food O‘ahu hopes to work more closely with The Sierra Club as the Legislature convenes to discuss key health issues (i.e., sugar sweetened beverages) and agricultural policies (i.e., conversion of farm land for development).  If you are interested in helping Slow Food O‘ahu, please let us know and consider attending the Symposium. For registration information and more details on the agenda contact the Sierra Club Hawaii website at

“Truck Farm” Movie Screening

“Truck Farm” Movie Screening – January 6
Sunset Beach Elementary School 5 – 8 p.m.

The movie “Truck Farm” will be shown at Sunset Beach for ‘Aina Family Night from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday, January 6, 2012 at Sunset Beach Elementary School Cafeteria.  There will be family garden activities from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m., screening of the movie from 6 p.m.- 7 p.m., and special musical guest Simon Beins, Truck Farm Composer, from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The event is sponsored by Kokua Hawai’i Foundation, Rex the Surf Dog, ‘AINA Kine, Hale’iwa Farmers’ Market, Tin Roof Ranch, The O’Shea ‘Ohana, Celestial Natural Foods, Big Wave Tomatoes, Meleana’s Farm CSA, and Hawai’i’s Special, Inc.

Tour of Mari’s Garden and Aquaponic Farm

Tour of Mari’s Garden and Aquaponic Farm
Saturday, November 12, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Note: This event is re-scheduled from a prior date.

Join us for a tour and a very local lunch at Mari’s Garden in Mililani on Saturday, November 12 from 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. for a tour of Fred Lau’s aquaponic farm. The $30 member/ $35 nonmember fee includes the tour, a three-pound bag of fresh veggies from the farm and a lovely lunch prepared by Chef Ave Lambert consisting of banana-leaf-steamed tilapia,  beet and avocado Manoa lettuce salad, herbal iced tea, and fruit dessert. BYOB. Until just 17 months or so ago, Fred was a local nursery owner, having run his nursery operation for decades. He made the plunge into aquaponic farming and is now raising hundreds of pounds of produce and fish each week. Come and see this remarkably productive operation.

Please RSVP to Michelle by Wednesday, November 9 at .This event is LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE and is sure to fill up, so please RSVP quickly if you would like to attend!  Please include in your RSVP your name, member status, phone or email and the name of any nonmember or member guests you would like to bring.  Payment of $30/members and $35/nonmembers MUST be received by Friday, November 11.  Please note, due to the nature of this event and the necessity of purchasing ingredients beforehand, if you need to cancel after the RSVP date has passed, you will be held responsible for payment.  Payment information will be sent to you following your RSVP and address and final details will be sent to all confirmed guests a few days prior to the event.

Koko Crater Coffee Roasters Tour

Koko Crater Coffee Roasters Tour
Tuesday, November 8, 2011   5:00 – 6:30 p.m. 

Join us for a tasting and tour of Koko Crater Coffee Roasters in Kaka’ako.  Koko Crater Coffee Roasters, located at 1020 Auahi Street Building 5 Bay 8, has been in business at this location over 20 years.  They micro roast (less than 50 pounds per roast), hand label and pack each individual order for their customers.  They are primarily a wholesale business with customers such as Mocha Java in Honolulu, and Morning Brew in Kailua.  They also have a booth at the KCC Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, and roast Hawaii-grown beans as well as other coffees from around the world.  Their unique Espresso which has a chocolate, nutty and sweet profile is one of our most popular blends.  They custom roast and private label for businesses, events and individuals.

Master Roaster Kamaka Ho’opai. who has been roasting for over seven years, will be our host.  He says that he “learned everything about coffee roasting from Karen Ertell” who was the owner when he began roasting.  Kamaka welcomes visitors to the shop and loves to share his knowledge and love for coffee with everyone who visits.

The cost is $5 for members; $10 for non-members. There is a maximum of 20 people for this tour.  Please RSVP to Michelle Phillips at by November 4 (or until the capacity is reached).

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