For the past decade the fertile, historic area from He‘eia to Kahalu‘u on the Windward Side has been become a locus for agricultural activism. A standout organization is Kako‘o ‘Ōiwi, a nonprofit that secured a 38-year lease on more than 400 acres—known as the Hoi marshland—where it is restoring agricultural and ecological productivity. Every second Saturday of the month all kinds of people volunteer for community work day to help maintain the taro lo‘i. But the project is also expanding its production beyond taro to things like asparagus and strawberries…and sheep.
On Nov. 11, Kako‘o ‘Ōiwi holds its first fundraiser—”A Farm to Table Meal”—for a poi mill and kitchen facility. The casual event will feature lamb barbacoa tacos. Kako‘o ‘Ōiwiʻs marketing director also happens to be one of the island’s best chefs—Lindsey Ozawa, who used to make food magic at Nobu Waikiki and Prima. In case you’ve been wondering what became of him, he’s been morphing into a farmer in He‘eia. So, yeah, he and a bunch of his chef friends will be making the tacos from the bounty of Hoi.
Last day to buy tickets is Nov. 1! They cost $75 each and you can buy them here.