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Revitalizing Breadfruit

Revitalizing Breadfruit

"The Ho'oulu ka 'Ulu Project.“

Ho'oulu ka 'Ulu is a project to revitalize 'ulu (breadfruit) as an attractive, delicious, nutritious, abundant, affordable, and culturally appropriate food which addresses Hawai'i's food security issues. It is well known that Hawai'i imports about 90% of its food, making it one of the most food insecure states in the nation. Additionally, since the economic downturn of 2008, many families lack access to affordable and nutritious food. We believe that breadfruit is a key to solving Hawaii's food security problems.

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Newsletter 31 - September 2011


This month we are in the homestretch preparing for Ho'oulu ka 'Ulu--Breadfruit Festival 2011 on September 24, so you will see that this issue is heavy on breadfruit information and news. It is estimated that before Western contact breadfruit groves throughout Hawai'i provided the nutritional value to feed at least 75,000 people. Even one breadfruit tree can provide a significant contribution to the food needs of a family. Add to the food value the environmental and cultural values of breadfruit, and we believe that breadfruit is a vital component for food security in Hawai'i.

Enjoy eating locally & sustainably!

Me ke aloha,

Craig Elevitch and Pedro Tama
for the Hawai'i Homegrown Food Network
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Breadfruit tree in South Kona.


Every Thursday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Puna
Hawaiian Style Permaculture Class

Every Thursday, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, Hilo
Raw Food Made Easy

Every Friday, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, Hilo
Vegetarian Cooking Made Easy

Friday, September 9 to Sunday, September 11, 2011, North Kona
Hawai'i 21st Annual Tropical Fruit Growers Conference

Monday, September 12, 2011, South Kohala
2nd Annual Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge

Monday, September 12 - Thursday, September 15, 2011, South Kohala
Western Apicultural Society Conference & Tours

Friday, September 16, and Saturday, September 17, 2011, North Kona
Bringing Back the Means of Beekeeping

Saturday, September 24, 2011, South Kona
Hawai'i Breadfruit ('Ulu) Festival

Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 06:00pm - 08:00pm, Hamakua
Improving Soil Fertility & Plant Growth with Biochar

Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 06:00pm - 08:00pm, Hamakua
Soil Science

Friday, September 30, 2011, South Kohala
Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agriculture Festival

Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 06:00pm - 08:00pm, Hamakua
One Acre & Independence - Home Production & Food Self Reliance

Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 06:00pm - 08:00pm, Hamakua
Improving Soil Fertility & Plant Growth with Biochar

Saturday, October 8, 2011, 09:00am - 12:00pm, Hamakua
Free Farm Tour: Biochar Production & Natural Farming with IMO's

Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 06:00pm - 08:00pm, Hamakua
Connections: Permaculture Concepts to Increase Ease & Joy

Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 06:00pm - 08:00pm, Hamakua
Small Scale Poultry in Hawai‘i

Saturday, October 15, 2011, 09:00am - 12:00pm, Hamakua
Free Farm Tour: Raising Pigs using Korean Natural Farming

Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 06:00pm - 08:00pm, Hamakua
Permaculture for Production Farms

Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 06:00pm - 08:00pm, Hamakua
Natural Farming Methods

Saturday, October 22, 2011, 09:00am - 12:00pm, Hamakua
Free Farm Tour: Permaculture for Production

Saturday, October 22 - Saturday, October 29, 2011, Puna
Puna Chef's and Farmer's Culinary Festival

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 06:00pm - 08:00pm, Hamakua
Korean Natural Farming

Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 06:00pm - 08:00pm, Hamakua
Marketing for Small Farmers

Saturday, October 29, 2011, 09:00am - 12:00pm,  Hamakua
Free Farm Tour: Natural Farming Practical Applications

Saturday, October 29, 2011, 02:00pm - 07:00pm, Hamakua
5th Annual Hamakua Alive! Festival

Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 06:00pm - 08:00pm, Hamakua
Small Scale Dairy Goats

Saturday, November 5, 2011, 09:00am - 12:00pm, Hamakua
Free Farm Tour: Dairy Goat Milking and Pasture Management

Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 06:00pm - 08:00pm,  Hamakua

Saturday, November 12, 2011, 09:00am - 12:00pm, Hamakua
Free Farm Tour: Marketing Hamakua Produce

Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 06:00pm - 08:00pm, Hamakua
Crop Management for Optimum Quality & Yield

Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 06:00pm - 08:00pm, Hamakua
Natural Beekeeping: Catching Your Own Pollination Hive

Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 06:00pm - 08:00pm, Hamakua

Saturday, December 3, 2011, 05:30pm - 08:00pm, South Kohala
Christmas at The Fairmont - Dining With the Chefs

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Written by Sonia R. Martinez | 26 August 2011

Share your favorite breadfruit creations at the Cooking Contest.
Share your favorite breadfruit creations at the Cooking Contest.

A breadfruit Cooking Contest will rock taste buds on Saturday, September 24 during the morning hours of the Ho’oulu Ka ‘Ulu – Breadfruit Festival at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook. Contest entrants are encouraged to submit an entry form with recipe(s) by September 12, 2011, via e-mail or snail mail to the addresses provided on the forms, but entries will be accepted until 8:00 am on the morning of the festival. Judging will take place first thing in the morning on the day of the festival. Please be sure to visit the website and carefully read contest schedule, rules and regulations and what time to drop off your entry.


Written by Sonia R. Martinez | 27 August 2011

ʻAnaehoʻomalu Bay is a good place to kick back after shopping at The Farmers Market at the King's Shops.
ʻAnaehoʻomalu Bay is a good place to kick back after shopping at the farmers market at the King's Shops.

This market is different from other Hawai‘i Island farmers markets in that it is located on an outdoor promenade through a shopping complex. Located at the Waikoloa Beach Resort, the farmers market is nine months old and counts 12 to 15 vendors on any given Wednesday morning. The King’s Shops management provides the vendors with tents, tables, location, and facilities coordination in exchange for a monthly stall fee. Vendors hail from as far away as North Hilo and Hamakua on the windward side, and from North Kona, Waikoloa and Kohala on the leeward side.


Written by the Breadfruit Institute | 28 August 2011

General information

A breadfruit (on left) at the perfect stage of maturity to harvest.Breadfruit is traditionally grown in home gardens or integrated mixed agroforestry systems. It is often grown on steep hillsides, especially on the high islands of the Pacific. The trees provide shade, mulch, and a beneficial microclimate and can be planted with a wide array of useful plants.

The spreading surface roots are easily hit and damaged by mowers or other equipment so it is best to keep trees mulched. Provide a complete fertilizer at the beginning and end of the fruiting season to maintain the health and vigor of trees, especially trees that are 10 or more years old.


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"Celebrating ‘Ulu" Fine Art Contest Results

On Thursday, August 11, 2011 the Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa hosted an artist reception and educational program that featured ten finalists in the Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu – Revitalizing Breadfruit in Hawai‘i Art Contest. The well-attended reception began with a potluck dinner with numerous breadfruit dishes and other locally grown foods, highlighting the culinary arts of chef Olelo pa‘a Faith Ogawa of Glow Hawaii. Artists and 'ulu enthusiasts had a chance to mingle in an open atmosphere of food, culture, and agricuture. After the meal, Andrea Dean and Craig Elevitch presented the Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu project and showed video clips of Hawaiian cultural experts relating the culture and history of breadfruit in Hawai‘i. Then well-known Holualoa artist Hiroki Morinoue shared his thoughts about each of the ten contest entries from a teacher's perspective. Finally, Gerald Lucent of Donkey Mill Art Center announced the winner of the contest, "The Gift of Kū" by Caren Loebel-Fried.



Volunteer bookkeeper needed

The Hawai'i Homegrown Food Network is about two years old now, and has been growing at a steady pace since its inception. Our activities are expanding this year with the Ho'oulu ka 'Ulu--Revitalizing Breadfruit project, and stretching our bookkeeping needs beyond our current volunteer capabilities. We're looking for a bookkeeper who would be willing to contribute their time and know-how until such time as we can afford to pay a bookkeeper. If you know someone who might like to contribute in this way, please let us know.

The University of Hawaii CTAHR has released six new extension publications on tropical fruit written by Ken Love and Dr. Robert Paull. The publications cover Rollina, Abiu, Jackfruit, Jaboticaba, Soursop and Bilimbi. Each includes a recipe and nutritional information as well as a cost of production analysis from Dr. Kent Fleming.  They are designed to help growers utilize small niche market crops enabling greater sustainability through diversity. Download the publications here. Hard copies of the publications will be available at the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers Conference held Sept. 9 to 11 in Kona and at extension offices around the state.

Breadfruit Trees may be purchased at the Breadfruit Festival at Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden on September 24, 2011. Quantities are limited. But trees may be pre-ordered at a lower pre-order price, then picked up at the festival. For full details and pre-orderingclick here.

Specialty Crops book cover


From Bamboo to Black Pepper, Cacao to Coconut, Tea to Taro—Specialty Crops for Pacific Islands provides detailed cultivation, value-added, and marketing information for over two dozen of the most important specialty crops for Pacific Islands and other tropical locations.

Specialty crops provide a rapidly growing economic opportunity for innovative farmers and gardeners who are interested in diversifying their products. The book provides insights into sustainable cultivation and processing techniques for local and export markets with an emphasis on innovating production methods, postharvest processing, and marketing.

Specialty Crops for Pacific Islands is a reference book for gardeners and small farmers throughout the tropics who are interested in new economic opportunities from specialty crops. This new resource book by 40 contributing authors covers value-added processing, enterprise development, accessing unique markets, sustainable local food production, economic and ecological viability, multi-crop agroforestry systems and local systems with export potential.

The producers of Specialty Crops for Pacific Islands have previously published two books on related topics—Traditional Trees for Pacific Islands (2006) and Agroforestry Guides for Pacific Islands (2000). This new book promotes high-quality food, fiber, and health care crops grown in diverse agroforestry systems with an emphasis on providing small farms with opportunities for local consumption and commercial sale.

The book is illustrated with over 940 color images and each chapter covers a different crop. Specialty Crops for Pacific Islands also highlights producers from throughout the Pacific and shares their experiences—both their challenges and successes.
Visit for further information and to order the book at an introductory price.

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