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Another find: Further notes on traditional Hawaiian foods

December 8th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Food, Health, History

Here’s another “find” which turned up among the many boxes of papers and documents my mother saved over the years.

It’s a single page of notes recording information provided by “Mrs. Webb at Bishop Museum in 1924.” The notes were taken by Professor Carey D. Miller, a nutritionist who joined the UH faculty in 1922, and immediately began researching the food and nutrition practices of Hawaii’s people.

“Mrs. Webb” was Elizabeth Lahilahi Webb [1862-1949], a Hawaiian history specialist at Bishop Museum, described as a “confidant” to Queen Lili‘uokalani.

Interesting points:

Poi- “principal food”

Fish every day.

Chickens–”not used very often”

Sugar cane–”ate sugar cane all time”

Bananas–”women forbidden”


Pig–”once in a while”

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Also see: “More info on Hawaiian foods


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  • Chris

    Imagine if our government and corporations stopped their Pave the Aina approach and put the billions they get from the tourist industry towards traditional and healthy Hawaiian foods.

    Imagine the healthy shift that would happen. Diabetes would be knocked out in Hawai’i.

  • Nancy

    Maybe I misunderstood your post; if so, I apologize in advance. I don’t understand why the government should have to browbeat people into choosing healthier options, or what tourism and “Pave the Aina” have to do with it. Plenty of healthful food is already available, and Hawaiians are no more or less ignorant about it than anyone else.

    People stray from eating good food because they don’t like it as much as they like sugar, fat, and all that. I sure don’t! But I’m trying to change my eating habits because I know better.

    But if some government rep of some kind tried to tell me what to eat, I’d tell them to get bent.

    On the other hand, it makes sense to continue the various government-sponsored TV ads urging people to exercise and eat well. Keep getting the message out, and maybe we’ll listen.

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