Lā ‘Ulu – ‘Ono Food
Lā 'Ulu Breadfruit Day has been postponed.
COVID-19 cases, especially the Delta variant, are currently at their highest numbers on Maui and in our state since the beginning of the pandemic. Maui is also the least vaccinated county, at 55%. The County of Maui has decided that, for public safety, the 2021 Lā 'Ulu Breadfruit Day event scheduled for September 4 must be limited to 100-150 participants. For comparison, the 2019 Lā 'Ulu event had an attendance of 2,000. Because of this, we have decided to postpone all scheduled 2021 Lā 'Ulu activities, both virtual and in-person.
If you can, please get vaccinated!
Check back here for the new date.
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 for Lā ‘Ulu 2021 will include:
- Hōkūao Pelligrino, Nohoanu Farm -
Insalata Italiana di ‘Ulu (Italian ‘ulu salad), ‘ulu flour
- Gary Johnson, Hana Ranch –
- 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 -