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Hawaiian Cultural Exchange Private Tour - Poi Workshop & Hawaiian Cooking Class

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Get a unique lesson on Hawaiian culture at Mana Ai Organic Farm. Walk through the farm and learn of how ancient Hawaiians cultivated taro and made poi. You'll learn about the imu, a traditional oven, and see how to pound poi, a staple food.

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Visit Daniel Anthony’s Mana Ai Farm in Kahaluu Valley by Kaneohe Bay for a unique and authentically experience. Daniel invites you to his organic farm to teach you ancestral practices of making poi and cooking lau lau to perpetuate Hawaiian culture. He also shares the history of Hawaiian sustainable agriculture, passing on a message of health, sustainability, and preservation of the world's precious resources.
Fun Fact
Q: What are Poi and Taro?
A: Taro, or Kalo, is a starchy root similar to potatoes, yams, or cassava. As a staple food, taro holds an important place in Hawaiian culture and mythology. Poi is a traditional Hawaiian food made by pounding or mashing cooked taro with water until it forms a thick paste.

Q: How to make Poi?
A: After cooking the corm (root) of the taro by baking or steaming it, poi is made by pounding taro corms on a wooden pounding board (papa ku'i 'ai) and stone pestle (pohaku ku'i 'ai) until it forms a dough-like substance. Water is then added to create a paste, with more water creating thinner, less viscous poi. Fresh poi tastes slightly sweet and is eaten by itself. When left to ferment, poi develops a tangy flavor and is then usually eaten with foods such as kalua pig or lomi salmon.
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4-hour Custom Cultural Exchange
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  • Duration (incl. transportation): 3.5 hour(s)
  • Available: Daily
  • Pick-up: Available
  • Inclusion: English-speaking guide / Snacks
  • Schedule
  • Pick-up
    Time & Location
  • Drop-off
    Time & Location

  • 09:30 Pick-up
  • 10:30 Cultural Experience start at Daniel Anthony’s Mana Ai Organic Farm
  • Walk through the organic farm
    cultural tour and workshop IMG_4187 Daniel will show you around Mana Ai Farm, an organic farm that uses no chemicals or GMOs. Learn about organic fertilizers and both ancient and modern sustainable farming practices in Hawaii.
  • Learn about Taro
    cultural tour and workshop IMG_9403 Taro, or Kalo, isn't simply a plant to the Hawaiians, it's integral to the Hawaiian culture itself. This plant connects with Hawaiian myth, cuisine and agriculture. Daniel will tell you of the importance of Taro to Hawaii.
  • Cooking Demonstration
    cultural tour and workshop IMG_5136 See the ancient Hawaiian imu in action as it’s used to prepare lau lau: cooked pork wrapped in taro leaf that is a staple of Native Hawaiian cuisine. Learn how to make the most fundamental of Native Hawaiian food, poi, and cook a variety of items to experience Hawaiian cuisine.
  • 13:00 Drop-off
Package detail / Schedule
    • Children of all ages can participate in this activity.
Required Items to Bring & Attire
    • Water in reusable container
    • Sunscreen (Non-toxic products only )
Requirement(s) - Others
    • Please refrain from bringing plastic bags or bottles to your trip.
Additional Note(s)
    • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
    • This activity operates regardless of weather.
    • The menu is subject to change without notice.
    • The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.
    • Lunch is not included.
    • Activities will vary depending on weather conditions and time of the year, activities may be both indoors and outdoors. If necessary, rain ponchos will be probided.
Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
    • You can book a minimum of 2 and maximum of 4.
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Are child car seats available for use?
  • Yes, you can request a child car seat for infants and booster seat for children ages 4 and over when you book the tour. You may also bring your own car seat if you own one.
What kind of food do we cook on this tour?
  • A variety of items are prepared, such as poi, laulau, breadfruit fries, and other Hawaiian recipes. Not only does the tour include a traditional menu, but also unique modern twists like Poi Pizza! Ingredients are fresh local produce, so items may vary depending on the season.
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Payment/Cancellation policy
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Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made after 09:30 local time, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
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Language English
Pick-up Available
Duration incl. transportation 3.5 hour(s)
Availability Daily
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Hawaiian Cultural Exchange Private Tour - Poi Workshop & Hawaiian Cooking Class