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Feb 27, 2013 08:59 PM

Hanalei taro

Does anyone know where on Oahu I can buy uncooked Hanalei taro roots for making poi? Any other variety of poi taro would be fine too.

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  1. I'm pretty sure I saw uncooked taro at the farmer's markets, chinatown and marukai, but i'm not sure if it's the variety best for poi.

    1. I'm pretty impressed with the variety of different taro that Tamashiro Market carries, so my recommendation would be that you give them a call.

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      1. re: honu2

        I've seen Samoan taro at Tamashiro's, which I am not sure would work for poi or not, plus dryland taro and Japanese taro, which are not good for poi. I purchased Lehua poi taro from them once, but it didn't make a poi as delicious as the Hanalei taro tuber from the Punahou Carnival, which is why I am trying to find a source.

        1. re: Quince

          Wouldn't Hanalei taro be the taro that is grown in Hanalei? (The one that produces a kind of pinkish colored poi?) If so, I wouldn't think there would be source on Oahu for the tubers because how many people on Oahu pound their own poi from tubers flown from Kauai? As you probably know, the produce at the Punahou carnival is donated by Punahou alumni and is collected by grads from grads wherever they live.

          If you are looking for tubers grown on Oahu for poi, another source would be Waiahole Poi Factory.

          1. re: honu2

            Hey, Waiahole poi taro would be fine too. Any poi taro. I have seen cooked Hanalei taro at the Mililani farmer's market, so I was hoping there might be somewhere that sold it uncooked on this island.