Tuesday, June 7, 2016

We are excited to announce the 2016 Eat Local Art & Essay Contest Winners Aaron Woolpert of Aina Haina Elementary and Camille Quindica of Kapolei Middle School!

This contest is presented by Hawaiʻi Gas and designed to raise awareness in our keiki about Hawaiʻi's locally grown produce, in conjunction with the Localicious Hawaiʻi campaign to raise funds for ag education. 

Grades K-3 Winner 
Aaron Woolpert, Grade 1
Aina Haina Elementary, Mrs. Nakasone Class
"My Favorite Local Veggie Dishes!"
"Korean Banchan Yum! Yum!"

Grades 4-6 Winner
Camille Quindica, Grade 6
Kapolei Middle School, Mr. Daryle Mishina
"Hawaiian Lunch:  My Favorite Local Food!"

"What is your favorite local dish?  Is it Chicken Katsu?  Or maybe Spam, eggs and rice?  My favorite local dish is the Hawaiian Plate Lunch.  Laulau, Poi, and Poke.  Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.
Laulau is made from taro leaves or luau leaves with moist pork in the middle.  It is wrapped in ti leaves and steamed until it is ready to eat.  The  taro leaves are grown locally as well as the ti leaves.  The pork is flown in from the mainland because I guess we eat much more than we can grow.
Poi is one of my favorites even though some people don't like it.  I love the taste of poi.  Poi is made from the corm of the taro plant.  Taro is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world and the Hawaiians brought it over when they first settled Hawaiʻi.  The corm is cooked, then pounded out.  Water is added to the mash and voila!  You have fresh poi ready to eat.  You can find poi in just about every supermarket and it just isn't a Hawaiian plate lunch without it.
Poke is made from tuna or ahi which is caught locally in Hawaiian waters.  The fish are brought to the auction and restaurants and markets buy them.  They look for the deep red color found in the tail.  Once the fish is bought, it is filleted and cut into cubes.  Soy sauce, sesame seed oil, seaweed, and whatever else you like is mixed with the fish to create the poke.  Just thinking about it makes me hungry.  I can't think of any other locally grown dish that can beat a Hawaiian plate lunch, can you?"

To learn more about Localicious Hawaiʻi and restaurants that support our local agriculture, visit www.LocaliciousHawaii.com