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28 Feb '14

PAPAHANA KUALOA

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Mondays are usually dreaded for anybody with a '9-5', but driving the opposite direction of traffic and being greeted with the lush green Ko‘olau mountains is what you would call, 'a good start to the work week'. This past Monday was far from the typical workday we're used to in the office at FITTED.
We teamed up with The Pili Group, O.H.A., and Kupu to serve Papahana Kualoa at the Lo‘i patches. Papahana Kualoa is located in the ahupuaʻa of Heʻeia in the ʻiliʻāina of Waipao.
Before we all dispersed to our designated working areas, Mark 'Gooch' Noguchi, a well known chef who much rather be known as a 'cook', made sure he gathered everyone together for an oli of protection and well-being, and to snap a photo before we got to work, as seen above.
I learned that these workdays were done at least once a month at various ahupua'a by The Pili Group. Gooch also mentioned that, "As a chef, its good to know where your ingredients come from."
To me, this was a humbling experience, it put things to perspective about what we call work in our modern world in contrast to what work was back in the day. The labor that goes into working in the Lo'i takes a great deal of work and dedication.
On behalf of FITTED, we want to extend a Mahalo for the opportunity to serve and to those that were involved.
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