Grind Time: Hui o Ko‘olaupoko heads mauka

Nov. 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

PHOTOS BY JASON GENEGABUS / JASON@STARADVERTISER.COMGuests at Hui o Ko'olaupoko's second annual Huaka'i Mauka fundraiser were invited to tie a ribbon on a native plant as a pledge to donate towards the restoration of He'eia State Park. Guests pledged to pay for the planting of hala, 'ohia lehua, hibiscus and other Native Hawaiian species along Hakipu'u Stream.

PHOTOS BY JASON GENEGABUS / JASON@STARADVERTISER.COM

Guests at Hui o Ko’olaupoko’s second annual Huaka’i Mauka fundraiser were invited to tie a ribbon on a native plant as a pledge towards the restoration of He’eia State Park. Donations will help pay for the planting of hala, ‘ohia lehua, hibiscus and other Native Hawaiian species along Hakipu’u Stream.

BY JASON GENEGABUS / jason@staradvertiser.com

Protecting and caring for Hawaii’s precious natural resources is a noble and virtuous endeavor — and one that takes a lot of money and hard work to succeed.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of efforts to preserve the watershed in windward Oahu, which have been spearheaded since 2007 by 501(c)3 non-profit organization Hui o Ko’olaupoko. From Makapu’u to Kualoa, the group works with community members to “improve water quality through ecosystem restoration and storm water management.”

And like many other non-profits, HOK must continually raise money to help keep things running smoothly. Now in its second year, an annual two-part Makai to Mauka Fundraiser presents a fun way for the general public to get involved and learn more about the organization.

The first part, Huaka’i Makai (“Journey to the Ocean” in Hawaiian), took place Nov. 7 at Kailua Bay and included swimming, outrigger paddling and stand-up paddleboard races. Huaka’i Mauka (“Journey to the Mountains”) followed on Saturday with a “farm-to-fork” dinner collaboration by chefs Mark “Gooch” Noguchi of Pili Group and Kealoha Domingo of Nui Kealoha Hawaii.

Dozens of guests braved sporadic downpours outside the Kualoa Ranch ranch house as they enjoyed drinks from Barefoot Wines and Kona Brewing Company and bid on silent auction items. Guests were also invited to take part in a stream restoration tour as Ka’imi Hanano’eau and Keale provided a musical soundtrack for the evening.

Stream restoration jeep tours were part of the evening at Kualoa Ranch. Guests were provided with glass jars and screw-top covers to help keep drinks from spilling while on the tour.

Stream restoration jeep tours were part of the evening at Kualoa Ranch. Guests were provided with glass jars and screw-top covers to help keep drinks from spilling while on the tour.

Chef Mark "Gooch" Noguchi helps keep the mood light by shooting Instagram video of team members.

Chef Mark “Gooch” Noguchi helps keep the mood light by shooting Instagram video of team members.


.@piligroup doing work at @kualoaranch… #huiokoolaupoko

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Here’s a look at the menu, which included a number of ingredients sourced from Kualoa Ranch and surrounding ahupua’a:

Raw Kualoa Ranch oysters with wapine nioi grasalaria mignonette, habanero tobiko and ululoa micro greens.

Raw Kualoa Ranch oysters with wapine nioi grasalaria mignonette, habanero tobiko and ‘Ululoa Nursery micro greens.

Kahumana Organic Farms salad with liliko’i vinaigrette, pickled pohole and Ho Farms tomato.

Kahumana Organic Farms salad with Kualoa liliko’i vinaigrette, pickled pohole and Ho Farms tomato.

Kualoa tilapia, prepared lawalu style, foreground, with luau, grilled ‘uala, grilled ulu and Kualoa opae.

Kualoa tilapia, prepared lawalu style, foreground, with luau, grilled ‘uala, grilled ulu and Kualoa opae.

Braised Kualoa Ranch beef shanks, rainbow carrots, Ewa onion, kalo, poi stew gravy with truffled bone marrow mashed ulu and limu ele’ele.

Braised Kualoa Ranch beef shanks, rainbow carrots, Ewa onion, kalo, poi stew gravy with truffled bone marrow mashed ulu and limu ele’ele.

“Kalo Halo,” Filipino-inspired shaved ice with sweet wai niu syrup, kalo, ko’ele palau, chef Gigi Miranda’s ‘ulu pala coconut milk ice cream, haupia sauce, salted macadamia nut brittle and ‘Ululoa Nursery nasturtium.

According to Hui o Ko’olaupoko, funds raised from this year’s Makai to Mauka Fundraiser will be used for ongoing restoration project maintenance and engaging the community via volunteer opportunities. Learn more by calling (808) 277-5611 or visiting www.huihawaii.org.
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