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Slow Food Oʻahu Annual Meeting – February 4, 2024

Eating Our Way to Ono & Pono

This year, we are pleased to introduce Jhana Young from Conservation International Hawaiʻi (CI Hawaiʻi) as our guest speaker. She was born and raised in Hawaiʻi and leads sustainable seafood initiatives in the islands, including the taʻape fish project and the Hawaiʻi Sustainable Seafood campaign. Jhana enjoys fishing, hunting, and cooking and is passionate about eating invasives as one of the solutions to addressing food security and ocean health in the islands. Jhana is also a Slow Food Oʻahu board member. She will share a few stories of her work at CI Hawaiʻi and with Slow Food Oʻahu that demonstrate the ways communities across Hawaiʻi are mobilizing to target invasive fish and wild pigs in the islands—and how we each can support this work. 

Save the date, February 4, 2024, 3 PM. We’ll meet at Native Books in Chinatown, 1164 Nuʻuanu Avenue. Public parking is available in the underground City lot just off Beretania Street (near Smith Street).

Photo of Jhana Young
Jhana Young of Conservation International Hawaiʻi

Jhana will speak at 3 PM, followed by our traditional ono and pono Slow Food potluck. We will offer tastings of wild pork and taʻape, also known as Tahitian snapper.

Our business meeting will start after you’ve helped yourself to a plate of tasty local food. The meeting will focus on event ideas for 2024 and board elections. More information is available elsewhere in this newsletter on what kinds of skills could contribute to the growth and vigor of our local Slow Food convivium. Please check it out and send us your contact information if you think Slow Food work is your kuleana.

Slow Food Oʻahu Chinatown New Year’s Food Tour – February 18, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • Join us on an exciting Slow Food Chinatown Tour. We’ll explore the history, culture, and food traditions of Honolulu’s Chinatown during Chinese New Year.
  • Shop colorful markets to learn about seafood, fresh produce, and traditional foods.
  • Visit bakeries, noodle factories, specialty shops, temples, and historic sites.
  • Sample local foods such as poke, roast pork, and tropical fruits.
  • Bring your shopping bags so you can buy fresh produce, baked goods, and specialty products to enjoy at home after the tour. 
Wo Fat Building photo
The historic Wo Fat Chop Sui building in the heart of Honolulu’s Chinatown

Following the tour, we will enjoy lunch together at one of Chinatown’s fine restaurants. The family-style Chinese menu will include several dim sum items. Meal cost is included in the tour price. Please alert us in advance of any food restrictions.

The meeting location and suggestions for parking will be emailed to ticket-holders 48 hours before the tour. Please note: We keep this tour limited to 8 participants to ensure an intimate experience and avoid blocking already crowded sidewalks and markets, but we also need to set a minimum of 5 participants to ensure that our volunteer tour leaders’ efforts are used to good advantage. If we don’t fill the minimum, we will offer full refunds and alert ticket holders to other upcoming tours. Thanks for your understanding.

The cost is $65 for members and $75 for non-members, which includes the price of tastings along the tour and lunch. 

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