A story about his family’s business, Waiahole Poi Factory, and its roots in Hawaiian culture and community.

Liko Hoe was raised in the ahupuaʻa of Hakipuʻu and grew up during the reawakening of Hawaiian culture in the 1970s, often called the Hawaiian Renaissance. He studied Hawaiian language at Kamehameha Schools and then at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, graduating with a B.A. in Hawaiian language and an M.A. in Religion with a focus on Hawaiian and Polynesian religions. Hoe has taught Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies in the University of Hawaii system since 1996 and lectured for many years at Windward Community College. He currently manages the Waiāhole Poi Factory, which has been in his family since 1971.

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