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'Uala Krunch ( 10oz bg )

'Uala Krunch ( 10oz bg )


A 10oz package filled with our signature blend of warm spices, organic rolled oats, various seeds, locally sourced 'uala, coconut, Kaua'i pa'akai, honey, macadamia nuts, and Hawai'i grown cacao. Delicious as an anytime snack, a cereal, or sprinkled on ice cream, over yogurt, on fruits, in salads, baked goods, or anyway you prefer. The options are endless. 

  • 'Uala

    'Uala is second only to Kalo as one of the most important canoe crops in Hawaiian culture. Historically, ‘uala has been used for food, medicine, ritual practices and countless other uses. The young stems, leaves and tubers are cooked for food; the tubers also can be mashed to make ‘uala ho’omalamala, which is eaten like poi. Mashed ‘uala can also be mixed with water and left to ferment to make a sweet potato beer called ‘uala ‘awa’awa. The leaves, stems and milky sap are used to treat ailments, and historically nursing mothers wore leis of ‘uala with dripping sap to ensure good milk flow. ‘Uala was and still is used to fatten pigs and as bait for catching ‘opelu. The dried leaves can also be used as extra padding under lau hala or makaloa mats.

    Mo'olelo 'Uala

    The goddess Hina-‘ai-a-ka-malama was frustrated. She loved her human ‘ohana but her husband, the chief ‘Ai-kanaka, was lazy, and their two sons, Puna-i-mua and Hema, were just like him. ʻAi-kanaka and his sons hardly ever helped with chores or contributed to the family’s survival. They depended on Hina-‘ai-a-ka-malama to maintain their hale and provide for their ‘ohana. She pounded the softest and whitest kapa from the wauke plant for their clothing. She wove beautiful mats from the leaves of the hala tree for sitting and resting. She made torches from the nuts of the kukui tree to light their home. Despite working all day to care for her 'ohana, she still had to complete all the household chores since no one else did them. She was disappointed in her human family. One day she discovered that once again there was no food for their evening meal. No poi, no fish, nothing! The behavior of her ‘ohana was heartbreaking. The next morning as Hina-‘ai-a-ka-malama gazed towards the sun, she spotted a brightly colored rainbow arching across the sky. Hina-‘ai-a-ka-malama decided to climb it in search of a new home. “I will live on the sun!” she declared. Hina-‘ai-a-ka-malama started to climb up the rainbow. She rose higher and higher into the sky, past the clouds. As she got closer to the sun, she became hotter and hotter. The heat made Hina-‘ai-a-ka-malama feel weak, so weak that she could barely continue to crawl up the colorful path through the sky. “Aue! I feel like I’m on fire!” she cried. “I can’t stay on the sun.”

    Hina-‘ai-a-ka-malama slid down the rainbow to the clouds. She rested there until she regained her strength and could return back to the earth once more. As the sunset in the west behind the Ko’olau mountains, she looked towards the east and noticed that the moon had risen. It was a full moon shining brightly in the night sky. The moon was beautiful. Hina-‘ai-a-ka-malama declared, “I will climb to the moon and find rest there. The moon will be my new home.”

    Hina-‘ai-a-ka-malama fetched her special ipu named after her beloved brother Kipapa-lau-ʻulu. He gave her this ipu containing knowledge of the mahina and hoku. Hina-‘ai-a-ka-malama was always able to get food for her troublesome family, for Kipapa-lau-‘ulu showed her where and when certain foods would grow and be ready to harvest and gather. Along with Kipapa-lau-‘ulu, she gathered her most valued possessions and tucked them under her arm. Hina-‘ai-a-ka-malama sprinted up Maʻeliʻeli and leaped into the sky towards the moon.

    ‘Ai-kanaka saw what was happening and ran after her anxiously calling out to his wife. “Stay,” he pleaded, “do not leave your family to live in the sky!” “I have made up my mind. I am leaving to live on the moon!” Hina-‘ai-a-ka-malama replied firmly. She continued to climb higher and higher into the night sky. ‘Ai-kanaka ran up Ma’eli’eli and with a mighty jump, he reached for her. Hina-‘ai-a-ka-malama nearly escaped, but’ Ai-kanaka managed to grab her foot.

    Hina-‘ai-a-ka-malama chanted and chanted to her ‘ohana, her ‘aumākua, and to those who live in pō to help her escape. Finally, her prayers were answered. She pulled free from ‘Ai-kanaka, but her foot broke off. ‘Ai-kanaka, holding Hina-‘ai-a-ka-malama’s foot, tumbled and tumbled down the side of Ma’eli’eli and fell to the ground. Filled with great sadness, ‘Ai-kanaka buried Hina-‘ai-a-ka-malama’s foot in the ground at Maʻeliʻeli. He then returned home to tell his sons of the tragedy.

    In spite of her injury, Hina-ʻai-a-ka-malama was still determined to reach the moon and make it her new home. Holding Kīpapa-lau-ʻulu in her arms, she slowly stumbled onto the moon. Hina-ʻai-a-ka-malama was finally free!

    ‘Ai-kanaka and his sons were broken hearted by the suffering they caused Hina-‘ai-a-ka-malama. From her new home on the moon, she could hear ‘Ai-kanaka, Puna-i-mua and Hema as they cried, expressing their apologies with tears and chants. Over time, Hina-‘ai-a-ka-malama realized that her ‘ohana felt truly sorry for the way they had mistreated her. With aloha and a generous, forgiving spirit, Hina-‘ai-a-ka-malama gave her ‘ohana a precious gift. From the place where her foot was buried, a vine started to grow. It was a new plant that we know today as ‘uala, sweet potato.

    From ancient days until today, ‘uala is cultivated by breaking off and planting pieces of the mother plant.

    This Mo'olelo talks of Hina’s connection to growing food, and the sacrifices she made on her journey to the moon. So, the next time you see the beauty of a full moon, look carefully, you just might see Hina. 

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