HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For those who think that poi-pounding is just a long-lost Hawaiian tradition, think again. Young Hawaiian entrepreneur Daniel Anthony does it all the time. The malo-wearing, poi-pounding entrepreneur has gained quite a following, and the demand for his poi has not ceased. Amy Kalili has more.
We caught up with our poi-pounding friend at his community kuʻi in Kâneʻohe.
Aloha kakahiaka kâkou. Ua launa aku nei me ka mea kuʻi ʻai ma kana hanana kuʻi ʻai kaiaulu ma Kaneʻohe.
"This is a community "kuʻi" evening. We'll steam kalo and then everyone can pound and then eat poi," said Daniel Anthony, Haku, Mana ‘Ai.
I kçia pô e hana ana kâkou i kekahi kuʻi kaiaulu. E hoʻomoʻa ʻana mâkou i ke kalo, a hiki iâ ʻoe ke ʻimi i ke kalo, a kuʻi, a ʻai i ka poi.
It was a great opportunity to learn and practice this Hawaiian tradition and then get the ultimate reward, fresh poi!
Ua maikaʻi ʻoiai he wâ ia e hoʻomaʻamaʻa ai i kçia ʻike kuʻuna a ʻo ka mea maikaʻi loa nô hoʻi, ua hoʻi me ke ʻeke poi hou!
Kalo and poi aren't always available in stores and when there is poi, it's expensive. I want to teach people how to make it themselves.
Paʻakikî loa e ʻimi i ke kalo. Inâ hele ʻoe i ka hale kûʻai, ʻehia kâlâ no hoʻokahi paona poi? Makemake wau e hôʻike i ka poʻe a pau pehea. Maʻalahi e hana i ka poi, maʻalahi e kuʻi i ke kalo.
I kçlâ makahiki aku nei, ua hele wau ʻehâ manawa a kuʻi me nâ keiki o Pûnana Leo o Kawaiahaʻo.
Hiki i nâ keiki ke kuʻi. Hiki iâ ʻoe ke kuʻi kalo? ʻO kçia ka pana puʻuwai no kâkou. Inâ kuʻi nâ kanaka, ola nâ kânaka.
Whatever people kuʻi, they take home to feed their families. Daniel alone pounds up to 300 pounds a week, 15,000 pounds per month, and sells his paʻiʻai in the community.
ʻO kâ ka poʻe e kuʻi ana, na lâkou nô kçlâ no ka hânai i ka ʻohana. No Daniel ponoʻî nô naʻe, kuʻi ʻo ia he 300 paona o ka pule, he 15,000 o ka mahina a kûʻai ʻia aku ka paʻi ʻai me ka iʻa maloʻo a pçlâ. ʻOi aku naʻe kona makemake i ke aʻo aku.
But his passion is clearly teaching others, including our keiki.
Eia naʻe, ʻo ke aʻo aku i ko ke kaiâulu kona aloha nui, keu aku ka hana me nâ keiki.
Last year, we held four workshops with the keiki of the Pûnana Leo o Kawaiahaʻo. Even our keiki can kuʻi. You can kuʻi right?
I kçlâ makahiki aku nei, ua hele wau ʻehâ manawa a kuʻi me nâ keiki o Pûnana Leo o Kawaiahaʻo. Hiki i nâ keiki ke kuʻi. Hiki iâ ʻoe ke kuʻi kalo?
And while it is about providing food, it goes well beyond that.
ʻOiai he pili i ka hana meaʻai, aia ma ʻô loa aku o kçlâ nâ haʻawina o ke kuʻi kalo ʻana.
It is as a heartbeat for us and our traditions. As long as we are kuʻi-ing, we'll be thriving.
ʻO kçia ka pana puʻuwai no kâkou. Inâ kuʻi nâ kanaka, ola nâ kânaka.
To order your fish and poi visit www.ManaAi.com.
E ʻoka i kau iʻa a ʻeke poi e kele aku iâ www.ManaAi.com. Aloha.
Original Airdate 1/28/2010
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