Foraging in Hawaii

topic posted Tue, November 22, 2005 - 8:49 AM by  Padma
I would like to gather some ripe opinions from this garden of succulent minds.

Would it be possible to live solely off foods found growing in Hawaii? I have no problem living off a diet of 90% fruit.

That's all. I would greatly appreciate any answers you could give.

good fortune,
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    Sun, November 27, 2005 - 11:33 AM
    There is so much edible stuff growing in Hawaii, it is completely possible to live off foraging. I have done so for up to a month at a time while rambling in the Na Pali coast area.
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      Tue, November 29, 2005 - 10:57 AM
      Wow, great!
      Na Pali coast was actually where I had in mind.

      In addition to fruits, what else is there to be found? Hopefully when I get there I'll be able to find someone to show me everything that's edible, which may not be immediately obvious.

      Have you done any foraging in other parts of the world? If this experiment in Hawaii works out, then the world will be my playground...
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        Tue, November 29, 2005 - 8:06 PM
        taro, taro greens, mushrooms, watercress, noni, seaweed, fruit up the wazoo, lambs quarters, fern tips, yucca, kukui nuts (only in SMALL doses), ginger root and lots of other stuff I don't know the names of
        If you plan to forage all over the place get a good book like'botany in a day' that will teach you how to identify plant families....
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          Sat, December 17, 2005 - 6:38 PM
          You may want to consider bringing a few sprouting jars w/ you and some good seeds: sunflower etc.
          Fruit is highly acidic to the blood.
          Think balance.
          It takes 20 units of an alkalizing food (greens, sprouts, seeweeds, veggies) to balance 1 unit of acid(fruit, meat, dairy...)
          You can find pure water in Hawaii, but for the rest of the world look out.
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            Wed, December 21, 2005 - 4:56 PM
            living in puna, hi, big island. aloha. it is possible but sustainable, hmmm to just keep picking, i dont believe so, a balance of wild and cultivated foods is what im doing. There are many farms that could use a hand or two for an unbelievable abundance in diet. The travel expenses involved (unless youre sailing)in a world wide foraged diet is not for me . If you can grow most of your food in Hawaii and dry it for travels, and spend time on farms abroad, more power to you. Youre a blessing spreading sustainable ethics for living. Much peas and aloha
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            Mon, January 9, 2006 - 10:23 AM
            Goblin Lover, we meet again.
            And again I wonder about your facts.
            Most fruit is alkalizing. Even citrus, for example, which is acidic pre-digestion. Check any chart, i'm sure it will agree.

            Now, there is in fact the problem of fruit being too high in its glycemic index. (has too much sugar.) Thus it needs to be balanced with bitter greens, for their grounding, cleansing effects. Otherwise the sugar will just be home to many bacteria. (Again, I recommend Gabriel Cousens' works on this.)

            Add an occasional coconut or avocado, and the diet is complete.
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      Sun, December 25, 2005 - 6:49 PM
      what about in January???
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        Mon, January 9, 2006 - 10:15 PM
        There's food year round in Hawai'i. One thing about foraging...make sure to become familiar with what areas are considered sacred by locals, and don't forage there. Also, if you pick taro, boil it, don't eat it raw unless you enjoy fiberglass. It will hurt you if not boiled.

        You'll want to make sure to get more than just fruit in you not only because a diet needs balance, but because it sweetens your blood and makes the mosquitoes really love you. Make sure to get a lot of ginger and garlic in you to help offset that.

        In summer, there's a couple weeks of mango season and everyone is out harvesting. Good stuff! Also, coconuts are very good for you. The liquid in them chemically matches our saline and what's better than spoon meat?

        If you decide to supplement with fishing, a good rule is not to eat the yellow ones. Many of them have toxins. You can get a three prong pole with the elastic on it pretty cheap. If you have that, some fins, and a net-type bag, and a good knife, you're doing well!

        Learn to use a machete well. It will help in all aspects of foraging, especially with those coconuts!

        On the side...if you happen to partake of a certain herb, papaya stems make an excellent makeshift pipe! They are hollow and the hairs act as an internal screen. Just put a bit in one end and you're ready to go!

        Some other useful tips:
        Don't sleep on the beach. you never know when a huge tide will come in.
        Don't sit directly under coconut palms. If one falls on you, it could kill you.
        Never turn your back on the ocean.
        Check the fins...usually it's dolphins, and they are great to swim with, but the pointy fins are bad.
        If you see whitecaps on the ocean, it's rough. Not a good swimming day. Surfing, on the other hand...
        Don't try to speak pidgin, you'll just look funny. The locals understand you just fine and prefer if you just be yourself.

        Hope this helps!

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