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Hawaiian word of the day: Paiai

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The Hawaiian Word of the Day is paiai.

Paiai is made up of two smaller words: pai which a bundle of package, and ai which refers to kalo. So, paiai is kalo that has been hand pounded with the least amount of water possible, and wrapped into a ti-leaf bundle.

Paiai goes through a fermentation process which creates beneficial bacteria and allowed paiai to be a food source on long journeys throughout Polynesia.

Not to be confused with poi, paiai has a thick consistency and can be mixed into poi by gradually adding water.  

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