About Us

The Slow Food Movement

The founding father of the Slow Food Movement, Carlo Petrini, recognized in 1986 that the industrialization of food was standardizing taste and leading to the annihilation of thousands of food varieties and flavors. Concerned that the world was quickly reaching a point of no return, he wanted to reach out to consumers and demonstrate to them that they have choices over fast food and supermarket homogenization. He rallied his friends and began to speak out at every available opportunity and soon the movement was born and Slow Food was created. Today the organization is active in 45 countries and has a worldwide membership of over 85,000. People have responded to the growing movement, because they have become tired of buying the same things, eating the same foods and living the same lives. With these interests in mind, our mission is to create a robust, active movement that protects taste, culture and the environment as universal social values. Slow Food programs are dedicated to the mingling of taste, culture and the environment.

The Slow Food O’ahu Chapter

Slow Food O’ahu is one of more than 200 chapters of Slow Food USA located throughout the United States. We are dedicated to promoting the values of the slow food movement (see below) here on O’ahu.

Slow Food O’ahu has a volunteer board and is operates through its bylaws. We meet approximately monthly to conduct business. For more information, contact us at slowfoodoahu@yahoo.com

Our Values

Oahu Slow Food subscribes to the Statement of Principles adopted by Slow Food USA:

  • Sustainability
    • recognizing the interdependence of people with one another and with our environment
    • caring for the land and protecting biodiversity for today’s communities and future generations
    • promoting pure food that is local, seasonal and organically grown
  • Cultural Diversity
    • recognizing food as a language that expresses cultural diversity
    • preserving the myriad traditions of the table
    • cultivating and reinvigorating a sense of community and place
  • Pleasure and Quality in Everyday Life
    • celebrating the diverse expressions of our earth’s bounty
    • appreciating and encouraging creativity, passion and beauty
    • respecting and supporting artisans who grow, produce, market, prepare and serve wholesome food
  • Inclusiveness
  • following democratic principles in a spirit of sharing and service
  • educating members and others about Slow Food’s mission
  • dedicating ourselves to local cooperation and global collaboration
    • Authenticity and Integrity
    • insuring our values are embodied by all staff, board members and convivium leaders
    • manifesting these values in all of our events, projects and publications
    • committing ourselves to partnerships with like-minded individuals and organizations
  • To these we would add a concern for humane treatment of farm animals, and a policy of supporting food charities from the proceeds of all events.

Other Convivia

There are other groups in the state:

One of our ongoing goals is supporting Oahu’s Terra Madre delegation. We have helped raise funds for our farmers and other food producers so that they can go to Italy for the Terra Madre conference. Our delegates left to right: Paul and Laurie Reppun (Terra Madre 2006), Summer Shimabukuro, Manny Miles and Keli’i Kotubetey (Terra Madre 2008).

Ark of Taste

The US Ark of Taste is a catalog of over 200 delicious foods in danger of extinction. By promoting and eating Ark products we help ensure they remain in production and on our plates.

Slow Food USA accepts nominations for additional products to be considered in The Ark of Taste.  If you are interested in suggesting a product, click here for a Nomination Form.

There are currently five Hawaii products in the Ark of Taste:

White Kiawe Honey of Hawai’i

Poi: Kalo

Alaea, traditional Hawaiian sea salt


Hawaiian Ulu (breadfruit)


Hua Moa Banana

Ele Ele Banana

Ele Ele Banana

Manalauloa Kalo

Manalauloa Kalo

Ohia Lehua Honey

Ohi’a Lehua Honey

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