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Book Launch – “NOURISH: A Book Project about Hawaiian Food Systems”

October 26 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Through vivid photos and essays, our book showcases an inspiring group of men and women who are revitalizing foodways in Hawaii.

Nourish showcases and inspiring group of men and women who are revitalizing foodways in Hawaii through vivid photos and essays.

After years of studying farmers and food producers in the Hawaiian Islands for post-doctoral research, Clare Gupta dreamed up a book project with her friend and fine art photographer Gillian Bostock Ewing to portray these individuals and their inspiring work. “Nourish: The Revitalization of Foodways in Hawaii” captures the heart of what motivates the men and women on these islands — that nourishment stems not only from calories and nutrients, but also from a deep-rooted connection to the land, sea and beings, past and present.

Foodways are the cultural, social and economic practices connected to the production and consumption of food. It’s a term that encompasses more than just the literal pathways through which food is produced. It is a concept that we use to draw attention to the intersection of food in culture, traditions, and history. In Hawaii, these intersections have evolved dramatically over time. The images in this book present a portrait of how food is produced, prepared and consumed in Hawaii today. The essays, written by food scholars and practitioners probe deeper into how Hawaii’s unique history shapes its food traditions and what new pathways towards a vibrant local food system are emerging. We believe strongly that together, the images and essays in this book make visible the spaces of possibility for re-inscribing shared community values into food, both in Hawaii and beyond. These efforts offer inspiration and hope as we seek to create a more sustainable and nourishing planet.

Nourish Team

Clare Gupta — Co-author

Gillian Bostock Ewing — Co-author & Photographer

Brian Scott of Boon Design — Book Designer

Marc Weidenbaum of Dstl.info— Editorial Support


Authors: Malia Akutagawa, Emalani Case, Twilight Greenaway, Ualani Ho‘opai, Juliet McMullin, Albie Miles, Mary Mostafanezhad, Nancy Redfeather, Richard Spiegel, Krisna Suryanata, Mehana Vaughan, and Aiko Yamashiro.

Farmers & Organizations: Una Greenaway of Kuaiwi Farm, Nancy Gove of Pacifica Hawaii Gourmet Sea Salt, Ken & Roen Hufford of Honopua Farm, Kahealani Kaaihili of Mokuwai Piko Poi, Ka Honua Momona Fish Ponds, Ravi Kapur of Liholiho Yacht Club, Uncle Kama of Molokai, Dash & Erika Kuhr of HIP Agriculture, Jill Mattos of Hawaii Big Island Beef, Shannon Shultz of BEEing Aloha, Dick Thretfall of Hawaii Island Goat Dairy, and Earl Yamamoto of Best Farms.

Special Thanks: Betsy Cole, The Kohala Center, and Sustainable Molokai


October 26
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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