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Breadfruit workshop slated in Lahaina

By Staff | Jul 28, 2011

Experts will explain how to grow and prepare ulu (breadfruit) at the Aug. 6 workshop.

LAHAINA — Learn all about breadfruit at an upcoming workshop to be held on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lahaina Jodo Mission.

Sponsored by Lahaina Restoration Foundation and The Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, the workshop, “Ho’oulu i ka ‘ulu — Let the breadfruit flourish,” will cover the culture and history, propagation, planting, pruning, fertilizing, harvesting, preparing and the eating of breadfruit.

The fee to attend is $15 payable in advance. Call the foundation office at 661-3262 to register.

Lahaina Restoration Foundation is interested in restoring the historic landscape of Lahaina as well as its historic buildings. In 1823, Reverend Stewart of Lahaina wrote in his diary: “The settlement (Lahaina) is far more beautiful than any place we have yet seen on the Islands… The breadfruit trees stand as thickly as those of an irregularly planted orchard and beneath them are kalo patches and fishponds, 20 or 30 yards square… (Sites of Maui, Lahaina #79).

The breadfruit workshop will begin with a Hawaiian cultural presentation by Cliff Pali Ahue and members of halau hula Na Maile Ku Honua.

Ahue’s many skills include those of choreographer, composer, musician and dancer. He credits much of his success to time spent studying under Winona Beamer.

Ian Cole, the collection manager and curator for the Breadfruit Institute, will then give a presentation on breadfruit propagation, planting, pruning, fertilizing and harvesting. Cole manages the breadfruit collections at Kahanu Garden in Hana and McBryde Garden in Lawai, Kauai. He has worked with the Breadfruit Institute (BFI) since 2005.

Chef James McDonald of I’o Restaurant, O’o Farm, pacific’O, ‘Aina Gourmet Market and Feast at Lele will demonstrate how to make a dessert from ripe breadfruit. Sampling of breadfruit chips and his dessert will follow.

A question and answer session will be held. Ulu (breadfruit) trees will also be sold at the event.

Lahaina Jodo Mission is located at 12 Ala Moana St. There is plenty of free parking at the site. The $15 fee does not include lunch; please bring your own. Fruit, tea, coffee and water will be provided.

For more information, or to register, call Lahaina Restoration Foundation at 661-3262.