Food prep class on March 21

To celebrate National Nutrition Month, Malama Kauai is offering a free food preparation and nutrition class from 9 a.m. to noon March 21 at Kealia Farms’ pavilion. Attendees will learn about whole foods, eating close to the earth, health benefits of food, and the Hawaiian diet based on the ahupua‘a system.

The first half of the morning will be a guided educational tour of the food system in the Kealia ahupua‘a with Kamealoha Hanohano-Smith, a cultural practitioner and Hawaiian immersion teacher.

“It is important for the overall well-being of our kamalii to know the genealogy of our traditional foods as it is intimately tied to our cultural and spiritual practices, and celebrated through oli, pule, hula, and moolelo,” said Hanohano-Smith.

The second portion of the workshop will be a discussion with Valencia Winn, a registered nurse, about the food we eat, where they come from, and tools that promote a healthier lifestyle. Valencia will focus on the nutritional and lifestyle needs in the treatment and prevention of chronic disease and helping others create a healthy lifestyle.

Info: villageharvest@malamakauai.org or call 828-0685 ext. 20.

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