• Lā‘Ulu - vegan ulu and yucca crust pizza

Lā ‘Ulu – ‘Ono Food

Whether you grew up loving ‘ulu or have never tasted it, the food at Lā ‘Ulu showcases its versatility.

Hawaiian type breadfruit trees, called ‘ulu, produce fruit from mid-summer to late fall. One oral tradition relates that the god Kū saved his family from a famine by disappearing into the ground, reappearing as the first ‘ulu tree.

Breadfruit is high in carbohydrates, a fair to good source of dietary fiber and many nutrients, and low in fat and protein.

Although secondary to kalo (taro) and ‘uala (sweet potato) in traditional Hawaiian diets, large ‘ulu groves were once cultivated on Maui. Hawaiians baked ‘ulu in imu (underground ovens) and broiled the whole fruits over coals for a starchy staple. Fully ripe, soft breadfruit is sweet and edible raw, but most Pacific recipes use the firm, cooked fruit as a savory starch.

Foods that will be for sale on September 4 will appear here; please check back for updates.

Food vendors and menu items will include:

  • Hōkūao Pelligrino, Nohoanu Farm -
    Insalata Italiana di ‘Ulu (Italian ‘ulu salad), ‘ulu flour
  • Gary Johnson, Hana Ranch
    ‘ulu fries
  • John Cadman, Maui Breadfruit Company
    – vegetarian ‘ulu curry, ‘ulu tamales, Pono Pies, ‘ulu hummus
  • Kevin Bell, Farm to Fridge
    ‘ulu ice cream
  • Dana Shapiro, Hawai‘i ‘Ulu Cooperative -
    ‘ulu flour
Lā ‘Ulu - Ripe 'ulu for sale
Lā ‘Ulu - Ripe 'ulu for sale

This project is sponsored by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, working to improve the lives of Native Hawaiians.

Location
The Garden is located at 150 Kanaloa Avenue in Kahului, Maui, right across from the War Memorial Stadium.
(808) 249-2798

Hours of Operation
Tuesday through Saturday,
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed occasionally for inclement weather and Hawaii State Holidays.

Admission
Members: Free
General: $10
Kama'āina (with Hawai'i ID) & Keiki Under 12: Free

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Upcoming Events

Jul
28
Wed
8:30 am Weed and Pot Club
Weed and Pot Club
Jul 28 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Weed and Pot Club
If you love working with native plants, you will love the Weed & Pot Club! This volunteer gardening group meets every Wednesday morning, from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Spend...
Jul
31
Sat
10:00 am Imu Building Workshop with Ikaik...
Imu Building Workshop with Ikaik...
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – Aug 1 @ 11:00 am
Two-Day Workshop: Saturday, July 31, from 10am–6pm & Sunday, August 1, from 8am–11am This two-day, in-depth workshop will teach many aspects and benefits of cooking in an imu (traditional Hawaiian...
Aug
4
Wed
8:30 am Weed and Pot Club
Weed and Pot Club
Aug 4 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Weed and Pot Club
If you love working with native plants, you will love the Weed & Pot Club! This volunteer gardening group meets every Wednesday morning, from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Spend...
Aug
11
Wed
8:30 am Weed and Pot Club
Weed and Pot Club
Aug 11 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Weed and Pot Club
If you love working with native plants, you will love the Weed & Pot Club! This volunteer gardening group meets every Wednesday morning, from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Spend...
Aug
14
Sat
9:00 am Kapa Dyes from Native Plants wit...
Kapa Dyes from Native Plants wit...
Aug 14 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Join Lisa and Lei in a master class as they share their extensive Hawaiian dye knowledge. In this live webinar participants will take a deeper dive, with more detailed information,...