Events HawaiiWritten by Jason Ubay On 20 September 2011
Update – Kanu Hawaii Eat Local Challenge

This week, Kanu Hawaii’s Eat Local Challenge hits a high point with a forum on a redesigned food system, and a partnership with Yelp and local restaurants.

Kanu’s local food forum, “Big, Hairy, Audacious Ideas for a Hawaii Food Revolution,” takes place tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Kapiolani Community College Cafeteria. The free event is presented by the Hawaii Food Policy Council, Kanu, Kokua Hawaii Foundation, the Kaiser Permanente Foundation and the Culinary Arts Department of Kapiolani Community College.

Speakers include chefs Mark Noguchi (@musubman) and Ed Kenney (@edstown); Lisa Asagi, co-founder of She Grows Food and co-manager of the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation’s Oahu farmers markets (@hnlfarmers); Kamuela Enos (@kaumakaha) of MA`O Farms (@maoorganicfarms), Dexter Kishida of Kokua Hawaii Foundation’s Aina in Schools program, and Ashley Lukens of UH Manoa’s Dept. of Political Science.

Yelp Eats Local runs from Sept. 19 to 25. For every $15 to $30 spent per person, participating local restaurants will donate $5 to $10 to Kanu Hawaii. Restaurants include Sushi ii, Chai’s Island Bistro, Stage and many others. The full list can be found Yelp Hawaii’s website.

• For an inspiring take on the Eat Local Challenge, green business consultant Andrea Dean has been eating local on a food stamp budget. As of Sept. 18, she had $58 of her $314 food stamp budget left for the rest of the month. Read Andrea’s journal at Kanu’s website.

• You can still join the challenge on Kanu’s website. On Twitter, follow the hashtag #HIEatLocal.

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