Farmer Dinner at Cactus in KailuaPosted by Keli'i Kotubetey on March 28, 2013
Chef John Memering of Cactus Restaurant in Kailua is partnering with Hanohano He’eia (He’eia ahupua’a organizations including Paepae o He’eia, Kāko’o ‘Ōiwi, and Papahana Kuaola) to highlight ingredients from He’eia in a one-night “Farmer Dinner”.
The dinner will be held on Thursday April 4th and includes ingredients sourced from He`eia: he’e from Kane’ohe Bay, Samoan crab and limu from the fishpond, pa’i’ai, poi, lu’au, and ho’io from Hoi, and ulu and uala from Waipao.
Chef Memering is an avid supporter of work being done in He’eia to restore these lush lands to their food-producing potential and created this dinner as a way to showcase the wonderful foods currently available.
He was first introduced to the ahupua’a during one of Mark Noguchi’s Hanohano He’eia workdays where food industry professionals and friends joined forces to learn the dirty details about where our local food comes from. It was and continues to be a great exercise to strengthen the ties between the producers of food, the preparers of food, and the consumers of food.
Please support Chef Memering and Cactus Restaurant in Kailua for this one night extravaganza. Follow the links below to check out the article in Honolulu Magazine and the official press release. Ola ka ‘āina o He’eia!