This tour takes place exclusively at the Waipa ahupuaa, one of 67 watersheds homesteaded by the first Polynesians to settle on Kauai. The Waipa Foundation serves as a Native Hawaiian learning and community center where all who visit can renew ties to the aina (land) and learn about traditional values and lifestyle.
The 1,600 acre ahupuaa of Waipa is one of the few in Hawaii that remains intact and undeveloped. Owned by the Kamehameha Schools, Waipa is managed by the Waipa Foundation, a community-based 501c3 nonprofit that evolved from an original community initiative which began in the 1980’s.
Guests explore a loi (taro garden) fed by auwai, or irrigation system, that supplies water from mountain streams. After learning about significant foods, food plants, growing methods, and overall Hawaiian agricultural and land management concepts, approaches, and complexes in ancient times and their transition to today. At the “Poi Garage”, guests sample cooked taro corms, poi and kulolo, a traditional dessert made with coconut.
After a leisurely walk along Hanalei Bay, guests learn about fishing techniques and resource management at Waipa’s restored fishpond, then settle in for lunch served ohana style.
Lunch, prepared by Waipa’s chef, changes seasonally and is made with vegetables grown in onsite gardens, locally sourced meat or fish, and mamaki tea with lemongrass and mint. Hawaiians use mamaki as a health tonic and digestive aid.
Previous lunches have included butternut squash ravioli with lemongrass burre blanc; fresh fish, eggplant and purple sweet potato lau lau; massaged kale salad; cucumber kim chee and passion fruit cheesecake.
Price is $115 per person and advanced reservations are required. Special arrangements have been made for Tasting Kauai so that we can offer this tour for a low price. We can not offer any discounts. Tasting Kauai is happy to accommodate Japanese visitors. Please call 808-635-0257.
Space is limited.
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If you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion and would like to enhance your experience, consider a custom made haku. A haku is a traditional, hand-made lei worn on the head. The crown of flowers makes anyone feel like royalty! You can also order flower wristlets or ti leaf lei. Each piece is made to order by Elvrine Chow of Heavenly Hakus. Haku are $25, wristlets and ti leaf lei are $10. Flower lei are also available, inquire for prices. Watch Elvrine make haku on this Kauai Grown video.
All cancellations made ten days prior to tour date will be refunded in full, less a $10 service fee. Full charges will apply to cancellations made less than ten days before tour date. No shows will be charged in full. This event will be held rain or shine. Because of the nature of our tour, we are unable to accommodate special food requests. We do not provide transportation, so everyone must follow us in their car. Tours are based on seasons and explore what’s new on Kauai. Descriptions provided here may change, but the spirit of the tour will not.Register