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Activists pound poi at state Capitol event

By Sarah Zoellick

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 16, 2014

~~<p>As Senate and House leaders proposed ways to propel the state toward a more prosperous future, a hui of community groups rang in the 2014 legislative session by gathering in the Capitol courtyard to honor the past by continuing one of Hawaii's most-revered ancient practices: pounding taro into poi.</p>
<p>Until 2011, producing and consuming handmade poi was illegal because it violated Department of Health food safety laws, event coordinator Daniel Anthony said. A law passed that year exempted hand-pounded poi, or pa'i'ai, from those laws.</p>
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As Senate and House leaders proposed ways to propel the state toward a more prosperous future, a hui of community groups rang in the 2014 legislative session by gathering in the Capitol courtyard to honor the past by continuing one of Hawaii's most-revered ancient practices: pounding taro into poi.

Until 2011, producing and consuming handmade poi was illegal because it violated Department of Health food safety laws, event coordinator Daniel Anthony said. A law passed that year exempted hand-pounded poi, or pa'i'ai, from those laws. Login for more...



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