Have you seen the cool new 30 minute Hawaiian Food and Culture TV show? It’s called ‘Search Hawaii – Where Food Meets Culture.’ In it we follow the Grand Wailea Resort’s Chef Michael Lofaro and Hawaiian cultural practitioner Kainoa Horcajo as they travel to various Hawaiian islands to hunt, fish and pick local ingredients, and prepare unique meals based on the Hawaiian moon calendar. The meals are then prepared in someone’s home (no fancy chef’s kitchens) and then served to those who assist them.
Chef Michael Lofaro recently won Maui’s Chef of the Year Award (selected by his peers and published in the Maui No Ka Oi magazine). He is the Chef at the Grand Wailea’s ‘HumuHumu’ restaurant where the show’s own Mike and Kainoa also host Ka Malama dinners with foods inspired by, fished and gathered based on the Hawaiian moon calendar!
This is a great show to learn more about Hawaii, local traditions and see some great scenery from around the islands. Oh, and the chef and his cultural advisor are easy on the eyes, too!
I’ve watched the first four episodes now – my favorite has got to be episode 3 where they go wild boar hunting on Kauai! A little trivia from my friend Yvonne, who is the Executive Producer of the show: on filming day there were four teams looking for a wild boar, just to make sure they caught one for the show! I had to laugh when they showed Kainoa give the boar a piggy back ride out of Kauai’s rain forest! FYI, wild boars are not native to Hawaii and are considered a pest as they endanger native vegetation and animal species.
Where can you watch the show? Check out the ‘Search Hawaii: Where Food Meets Culture’ website or look them up on Youtube. If you’re in Hawaii, local TV station KHON2 will be airing their adventures this summer Saturdays at 9PM, repeating Tuesdays on CW93 at 9:30PM.
‘Search Hawaii: Where Food Meets Culture’ has been nominated for two Emmys (for episodes 2 and 3) in the Lifestyle – Program/Special category. Very exciting!
Special thank you to my friend Yvonne Biegel, Executive Producer of ‘Search Hawaii: Where Food Meets Culture’ for the pictures!