Hawaii Foods Delivering Nutrition With Aloha

Posted in Food & Dining on September 8th, 2008

Attention Hawaii food lovers! Have you ever wanted to know what the nutritional values were in the food you eat? Maybe you’re looking to eat a little healthier and wanted to know just how good or bad a certain type of food was. If you answered yes to those questions or perhaps you’re just curious about nutritional values and wanting to start a healthy diet, then we might have just found a great new tool to help you along the way.

This past weekend I was introduced to a great project, started last fall, that’s taking place at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The project, named “Hawaii Foods”, was developed by several members of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) at the University of Hawaii and is a collaboration with the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii (CRCH).

The goal of Hawaii Foods is to assist those in Hawaii in making a healthier choice in the selection of foods in their diet. While there may exist other tools out there to help in making a dietary choice, in Hawaii it sometimes becomes difficult in using those for local foods, due to the wide diversity in the population which leads to a culturally influenced food selection. Hawaii Foods emphasizes on those selections that may not be commonly consumed in other areas of the United States and this is what makes it unique. While it is very helpful to those in the islands, it can also be helpful to others around the world who may want to try some unique foods that are so common to us in Hawaii.

Because the foods eaten in Hawaii reflect the cultural range of its people, this website contains nutrient information on foods typically found in Western, Asian, Pacific Islander, and other “local” diets. It is an evolving resource, as nutrient data, recipes, publications, photos, and other information are continually being added to the databases.

Current options available to help you make healthier dietary choices:

  • Food/Ingredient Search
  • Browse By Food Group
  • My Diet (also known as Pacific Tracker or “PacTrac”) dietary assessment tool
  • Discover Recipes, Publications, Links

Try out Hawaii Foods and start your healthy diet today!


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Hawaii Foods Delivering Nutrition With Aloha

Posted in Food & Dining on September 8th, 2008

Attention Hawaii food lovers! Have you ever wanted to know what the nutritional values were in the food you eat? Maybe you’re looking to eat a little healthier and wanted to know just how good or bad a certain type of food was. If you answered yes to those questions or perhaps you’re just curious about nutritional values and wanting to start a healthy diet, then we might have just found a great new tool to help you along the way.

This past weekend I was introduced to a great project, started last fall, that’s taking place at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The project, named “Hawaii Foods”, was developed by several members of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) at the University of Hawaii and is a collaboration with the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii (CRCH).

The goal of Hawaii Foods is to assist those in Hawaii in making a healthier choice in the selection of foods in their diet. While there may exist other tools out there to help in making a dietary choice, in Hawaii it sometimes becomes difficult in using those for local foods, due to the wide diversity in the population which leads to a culturally influenced food selection. Hawaii Foods emphasizes on those selections that may not be commonly consumed in other areas of the United States and this is what makes it unique. While it is very helpful to those in the islands, it can also be helpful to others around the world who may want to try some unique foods that are so common to us in Hawaii.

Because the foods eaten in Hawaii reflect the cultural range of its people, this website contains nutrient information on foods typically found in Western, Asian, Pacific Islander, and other “local” diets. It is an evolving resource, as nutrient data, recipes, publications, photos, and other information are continually being added to the databases.

Current options available to help you make healthier dietary choices:

  • Food/Ingredient Search
  • Browse By Food Group
  • My Diet (also known as Pacific Tracker or “PacTrac”) dietary assessment tool
  • Discover Recipes, Publications, Links

Try out Hawaii Foods and start your healthy diet today!


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Hawaii Starts To Ban Plastic Bags

Posted in Environment on August 28th, 2008

The “Aloha State” is making good steps in the right direction towards protecting our environment and saving the planet. Hawaii is one of many states finally starting to implement bans on those pesky plastic bags that are hardly biodegradable and most of the time end up blowing around the roads and highways throughout the state.

In Hawaii they also pose a great threat to the ocean wildlife when they find their way into the sea via drains and sewage pipes. Whales, dolphins, seals and turtles die due to plastic bags because they mistake them for food and ingest them.

In the last few days both Maui and the Big Island have implement bans that are set to take effect in the next few years in order to give businesses time to use up their remain plastic bags. After that point, those who do not comply will face fines.

More Info: The Dangers of Plastic Bags


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CANstruction Honolulu

Posted in Food & Dining on August 24th, 2008

CANstruction combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed hungry people.

Competing teams, led by architects and engineers, showcase their talents by designing giant sculptures made entirely out of canned foods.

The event is held annually across the United States and currently has 121 participating cities. Honolulu is a proud participating city, helping out those in need by contributing the canned foods used during the event to the Hawaii Food Bank.

CANstruction Honolulu is made possible by AIA Honolulu, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Pearlridge Mall and a variety of other corporate sponsors.

Since Honolulu started participating in CANstruction back in 2006 we have witnessed the great projects that have come from local builders, architects and engineers. This year we had the great privileged of spending time with Fung Associates, Inc. and witness their entry being built from beginning to end. Check out the six hour build shortened to a length of under 8 minutes as they contribute their time and effort to help support the Hawaii Food Bank. You can also browse through our pics of CANstruction Honolulu with photos ranging from 2006-2008.


808Talk Hawaii: CANstruction Honolulu 08

Vote or Donate! Members of the public can also participate by bringing in their own canned food donations to vote for the completed structures. Voting/donations are welcome beginning late afternoon on Saturday, August 23 and continuing through Saturday, September 6.

Remember, One CAN equals One Vote. Make sure that you do what you CAN to help extinguish hunger in Hawai’i since the Foodbank is running low – Every CAN helps! You can vote as many times as you like we welcome your generosity.


CANstruction Hawaii


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CANstruction Honolulu

Posted in Uncategorized on August 24th, 2008

CANstruction combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed hungry people.

Competing teams, led by architects and engineers, showcase their talents by designing giant sculptures made entirely out of canned foods.

The event is held annually across the United States and currently has 121 participating cities. Honolulu is a proud participating city, helping out those in need by contributing the canned foods used during the event to the Hawaii Food Bank.

CANstruction Honolulu is made possible by AIA Honolulu, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Pearlridge Mall and a variety of other corporate sponsors.

Since Honolulu started participating in CANstruction back in 2006 we have witnessed the great projects that have come from local builders, architects and engineers. This year we had the great privileged of spending time with Fung Associates, Inc. and witness their entry being built from beginning to end. Check out the six hour build shortened to a length of under 8 minutes as they contribute their time and effort to help support the Hawaii Food Bank. You can also browse through our pics of CANstruction Honolulu with photos ranging from 2006-2008.


808Talk Hawaii: CANstruction Honolulu 08

Vote or Donate! Members of the public can also participate by bringing in their own canned food donations to vote for the completed structures. Voting/donations are welcome beginning late afternoon on Saturday, August 23 and continuing through Saturday, September 6.

Remember, One CAN equals One Vote. Make sure that you do what you CAN to help extinguish hunger in Hawai’i since the Foodbank is running low – Every CAN helps! You can vote as many times as you like we welcome your generosity.


CANstruction Hawaii


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