Maunawili Road and Kelewina Street, Kailua, HI
I have been gathering wild edible foods for the past 20 years. I would like to show each and every one of you how to identify plant species, how to harvest and use these wild edibles, along with how to help the plants and trees thrive in a natural setting. Pack lightly (your stuff could get wet), dress to get messy, and come with spirit of adventure. Not a difficult hike, although there is a lot of big roots to walk on, water to walk through, or rocks to step over, and a fair amount of stairs. Plan on a 4-5 hour hike. Pack your own sack lunch and drinks. Bring a swim suit if you would like to jump into the falls at the end of the hike. Wear mosquito repellent if needed. The mosquitoes don'r bother me, but if I did, I would use a natural citronella repellent, or better yet, squeeze some juice out of citrus skins and rub it in. We will be leaving at 10:15 sharp, so don't be late! Kids are welcome! Dogs are allowed on the trail with a leash, but not allowed to swim in the water. Be mindful that bringing your dog may be a distraction to the whole class and may keep you from picking up valuable lessons along the trail.
Although this is a repeating event for those that have already attended in previous years, the availability of fruits and flowers are always seasonal. This makes for a different combination of edibles every time! I also feel there is always more to learn and discover. Time spent in nature is never wasted and always brings a sense of peace, awakening, discovery and beauty. If having trouble finding the trail head or running late, leave a comment in the bottom section.
Carpooling is encouraged to aid in conserving resources and ease meeting up.
Let me know if you are coming by bus, so we can arrange a shuttle into the valley from the highway. The #56, #57 and #77 stop at the intersection between the Kalanianaole Hwy. and Maunawili (Auloa Road), but only the #70 bus goes into the Valley at 9:40, yet not all the way to the trail head. If you are travelling by bus, please mention it in the comments, so others can give you a lift to the trail head. Keep in mind that we leave at 10:15 promptly and I really don't want to leave anyone behind.
Please bring any seeds or seedlings you would like to give back to the forest and we will plant them. There is no limit to how much we are allowed to return to the forest or even start an edible orchard ourselves!
There are a lot of edible greens, fruits and some flowers. So much you may not remember all of them. I will follow up with some messages or emails to those who attend that include photos, descriptions and suggested usage for future reference.
Raw food can be pricey, so one of the things I have been working on that I had read about in some raw food books, was to go out in nature, become familiar with the settings, and identify and consume fruits, flowers, and leaves straight from the plants and trees. This allows you to get the freshest, most vibrant food with the strongest genetics, since imported seeds have weaker immune systems and are less able to adapt to the climate and weather conditions here. If half of our food has been foraged, that would greatly cut down our produce bills! After taking this course, you may discover that there are fruits, flowers, weeds and seeds growing in your own lawn, garden, or neighborhood that grow in abundance.
Let me know what you would like to learn and what you expect, as a teacher can only educate a willing student that wants to learn and acquire the knowledge passed on. Come with an open mind and a sense of adventure.
Although it says the event goes from 10am-3pm, the time spent in the valley depends on many factors like the pace we are moving, the number of stops we make to discover and try something, the time spent at each stop, whether or not we go off the trail to search for unseen fruit orchards, and the time spent at the waterfall. Sometimes we don't get back to the road until 4 or 4:30. Plan your day accordingly, thanks.
The amount of $20 per student, the fee for this class I teach, will be collected when the hike begins. PayPal payments or personal checks are welcome.
The class will be limited to 20 students, as a large group makes it difficult for everyone to hear and see what I am pointing out when the trail is narrow and we are in a single file line. Get your spot while you can. Mahalo!
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.