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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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Ho'oulu ka 'Ulu - Revitalizing Breadfruit Update #2

Young 'ulu fruit.
A young 'ulu fruit.
323 people responded to our 'ulu survey - well beyond our expectations! Please see below for survey highlights. Here are some ways for people to participate in revitalizing breadfruit:
  1. Save the date: Saturday, September 24, 2011, we will have a Breadfruit Festival at Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook.
  2. We are looking for farmers who are already producing 'ulu to participate in a project to improve management practices and marketing. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday, November 23, 2010 if you are interested in participating.
  3. If you have 'ulu fruit that is going to waste and you would like it to be harvested by skilled professionals and be given to people who want and need it, please click here to participate in a gleaning project to help those who are hungry.
Mahalo nui loa for your interest in 'ulu and food security in Hawai'i!

Craig Elevitch and Andrea Dean
for the Hawai'i Homegrown Food Network
and Ho'oulu ka 'Ulu partner organizations

'Ulu survey highlights
  • 323 people responded from around Hawai'i Island. There were about 20 people who responded from other islands and the U.S. mainland.
  • Prize winners were: Gina Franchini of Hilo (first prize, Traditional Trees book), Sonya Stanchfield of Kurtistown (second prize, $50 Island Naturals), Robert York of Kealakekua (third prize, Pathways book), and Yuri Zhuraw of Paauilo (fourth prize, Hawaiian Mangos poster). Congratulations!
  • 58% of respondents eat 'ulu 1-10 times per year. On the other end of the spectrum, 2% (7 people) eat 'ulu more than 100 times per year!
  • About half of the 'ulu consumed by respondents comes from family or friends. The next two biggest sources are people's own trees and farmers markets.
  • 46% of the 'ulu grown by respondents is unused and goes to waste.
  • Cooking, Hawaiian cultural practices, and planting and management were the top three priorities for respondents in revitalizing 'ulu.

Link to Ho'oulu ka 'Ulu - Revitalizing Breadfruit Update #1

Old 'ulu tree in South Kona

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