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Today I got an education in "local" local foods, as in Hawaiian foods. I have always steered clear of "local" local food because I don't eat pork and can not abide the calories in even one scoop of macaroni salad. However, real local Hawaiian food I love (except pork.)
Today was one of those embarrassing haole days. After dance class (Nia) I stopped by the farmer's market to do some connecting with people about the North Kohala Eat Locally Grown Campaign and to try to score some food, of course.
A booth at the corner caught my eye - squid luau, opihi, limu and crab. Score! I ordered all of the above, but realized that I didn't know what to do with the limu, opihi or the crab. I have had opihi and limu at luaus before, but they were prepared for me. I have never eaten the Hawaiian crab. Totally embarrassing! How could I have been living here for 20 years and not know how to prepare those foods. And worse yet, I don't know how to harvest those foods. No wonder why locals give me the sideways eye when I talk about eating locally. I know nothing about eating "local" locally! Someone teach me please!