A Taste of Kauai, Yesterday and Today
Friday, January 24, $115
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Next tour: Friday, February 21
Tasting Kauai is happy to accommodate Japanese visitors. Please call 808-635-0257.
Reservations required, call 808-635-0257
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: $115 plus 4 percent tax.
Advanced reservations are required. Phone 808-635-0257. If we don’t answer, please leave a message or send us an email. We will get back to you right away. Once you register, you will be emailed an itinerary.
Special arrangements have been made for Tasting Kauai so that we can offer this tour for a low price. There is an additional 4 percent tax. Deadline to register for the January 24 tour is Wednesday, January 22, by 12 noon HST.
Space is limited.
All cancellations made one week prior to registration deadline will be refunded in full. Full charges will apply to cancellations made less than one business week before registration deadline. 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.
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. Haku are $25, wristlets and ti leaf lei are $10. Flower lei are also available, ask for prices. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 808-635-0257 to make your order.
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