Poi And Grits

The symbols and customs of a culture…


It would be the height of folly to marry into a new family but not make its history, its customs and its food your own!  To keep the new customs at arm’s length is to condemn one to never understanding that culture.  The symbols and customs of a culture provide points of reference by which people in that culture can locate themselves and know who they are.  Without a relationship with the culture in which one lives we cannot “belong”.

Of all the mysteries for Mainlanders about Hawaiʻi perhaps the most inscrutable is poi. Since I want to be a member of the Hawaiian family and not simply a guest in the house, on one of my early trips I was determined to taste the mystery of poi.  After tasting it a few times I honestly didn’t know what to make of it!  I neither like it nor…

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