Hawaiian Cultural Presentation: Poi Pounding

Darwin Kaneaiakala will be demonstrating the traditional Hawaiian practice of “poi pounding” at The 8th IAFOR International Conference on Education in Hawaii (IICE2023), held alongside The 3rd IAFOR International Conference on Arts & Humanities in Hawaii (IICAH2023).

Poi is a traditional staple of Hawaiian cuisine, and is made from taro, breadfruit or plantain that is pounded into a smooth paste and eaten by hand. This Hawaiian cultural presentation demonstrates the Hawaiian traditional protocols of poi pounding using traditional tools and the kalo (taro). A tasting of the fresh poi will culminate the presentation.

The IICE/IICAH2023 Organising Committee is currently calling for papers to be presented at the event. Submit your abstracts by October 19, 2022 to participate.

To participate IICE/IICAH2023 as an audience member, please register for the conference.

This plenary will also be available for IAFOR Members to view online. To find out more, please visit the IAFOR Membership page.


Darwin Kaneaiakala
Cultural Practitioner, United States

Darwin Kaneaiakala
Darwin “Kaleolani” Kaneaiakala is a native Hawaiian cultural practitioner from the island of O’ahu. He was born, raised, and still resides in the Ahupua’a of Kāne’ohe on the Windward side. He practises Polynesian sailing, Lua (The Art of the Hawaiian Warrior), and mahi’ai (farming). Learning the art of ku’i kalo (smashing taro) from Daniel Anthony over eight years ago, he discovered the health benefits of kalo, a staple food of the Hawaiian people. He passes on his cultural knowledge by sharing food and teaching others to ku’i.

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