Mea ‘Ai (Food)
‘Ono kāhi ‘ao lūau me ke aloha pū
A little taro green is delicious when love is present
Even the plainest fare is delicious when there is love.
Mary Kawena Puku‘i ‘Ōlelo noe‘au #2524
At the Conference
Your conference registration includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Friday and Saturday, as well as breakfast and lunch on Sunday. We are proud to feature freshly prepared food using local ingredients by some of Hawai‘i’s finest programs and establishments:
Friday Breakfast and Lunch
The ROOTS Project is an ‘āina-to-table initiative that aims to strengthen the Kalihi Valley community through the growing, preparing and sharing of food. ROOTS Café is located in the Kōkua Kalihi Valley Wellness Center and open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 to 1 p.m. ROOTS provides local, sustainable, and organic meals with the goal of nourishing the body, mind, and spirit while honoring cultural connections to land, food, and community. ROOTS is grounded in Hawaiian traditions and practices of land stewardship and collective work.
Friday Dinner and Saturday Breakfast
Hale Kealoha ʻAi Pono creatively uses traditional, locally sourced ingredients to feed the lāhui. The Kailua restaurant is owned and operated by Kaneala Smith, a third-generation owner who is heavily influenced by his grandfather Herbert Kealoha Hoe, first-generation owner. Serving traditional Hawaiian mea ‘ai, Hale Kealoha currently provides ʻono Hawaiian cuisine at their Kailua location Kealoha, school lunches to Ke Kula o Samuel Kamakau Public Charter School, and island-wide catering services.
Saturday and Sunday Lunch
Mission Social Hall and Cafe (featuring chef Mark Noguchi)
There’s food, and then there’s food with a great story. The kind of story that conjures the aroma wafting from your family’s kitchen. The kind of story that recalls the traditions of our ancestors. The kind of story that brings people together around a table. Stories that come from food planted with care, raised with compassion, harvested with gratitude, and enjoyed with family. Food that honors the voice of every ingredient.
We love food with a great story. The kind of food that reminds us of something familiar, but in a way we’ve never tasted. Food that carries tradition forward, with gratitude. This is the story we are writing.
Saturday Dinner and Sunday Breakfast
Robert Kealohapumehana Domingoʻs Nui Kealoha offers a recipe of deep respect for the cultural and spiritual significance of Hawaiian food combined with a keen sense of modern style. He believes that good cooking begins with ALOHA, and utilizes ingredients that are pono for the ‘āina and for kānaka. A passion for cooking and the gratitude of seeing happy, well-fed kānaka has elevated his mea ʻai to new levels, and inspired him to create the Nui Kealoha catering company.
For those who may wish to venture out and sample some of the nearby cuisine, here are a few options:
At Puck’s Alley
(University Avenue @ King Street – 0.7 mile from conference venue)
Greek Corner – $$
1025 University Avenue, Honolulu, 96826
+1 808 942-5503
11 a.m.–10 p.m.
Casual Greek venue known for their large portions and delicious options
A Place to Eat – $$$
1035 University Avenue, Honolulu, 96826
+1 808 941-4554
Local Asian fusion
L&L Barbecue – $$
931 University Avenue, Honolulu, 96826
+1 808 951-9888
8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Casual local eatery known for their
Curry House CoCo Ichibanya
1009 University Avenue, Honolulu, 96826
+1 808 947-2206
11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Local style Japanese curry and cuisine
(0.9 mile from conference venue)
2469 South King Street, Honolulu, 96826
+1 808 941-1313
Specializing in diverse, healthy food featuring Mediterranean and North African cuisine, salads, and smoothies
Tsukuneya Robata Grill
(0.5 mile from conference venue)
1442 University Avenue, Honolulu, 96826
+1 808 943-0390
Casual Japanese venue known for their tsukune, robata items, and housemade tofu and sake
(0.9 mile from conference venue)
2509 South King Street, Honolulu, 96826
+1 808 951-7447
Vibrant and compact Indian restaurant serving familiar dishes along with vegetarian options
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers
(1 mile from conference venue)
2424 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, 96826
+1 808 949-0050
10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Colorful Hawaiʻi-based fast food chain serving creative burgers, plus sandwiches, fries, and ice cream
(6 miles from conference venue)
2153 N King St, Honolulu, 96819
+1 808 791-9400
Tuesday and Thursdays – 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Local, sustainable and organic meals
On-campus eateries (Friday 25 September only)