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|Poi Gift Basket - We Delivered..!|
Although The Poi Company, Inc. closed its doors in May of 2002, I still get frequent e-mail messages: "Where can I buy poi? I live near Wilmington, Delaware."
We didn't succeed in bringing Poi to the World. I personally maintain this website to at least bring the poi message to the world. The various Google ads you see on the right of this page (and others) just about pay for the cost of hosting the website. If any of the Google links are of interest to you, please click on them. In doing so, you will help to keep this website going.
Back to the question of poi, and where to get it. As many of you know, poi has a relatively short shelf-life, measured in days. As a result, fresh poi needs to be shipped by FedEx, UPS, or other fast courier. This means that most retailers on the mainland won't stock it, unless they have a large local contingent of expatriates from Hawaii. And these communities tend to be on the West Coast: Seattle, Los Angeles, and particularly Las Vegas.
|Freeze Dried Poi (not dehydrated)|
There is always dehydrated poi, made by Taro Brand. It can be ordered on their website, and can be stored for ultimate use. Personally, I never liked the stuff. I thought it tasted like they'd dried out sour poi: but I don't know how they make the stuff. If you're having a luau for mainland guests, and they probably won't like poi anyway, the dehydrated stuff is fine. It will look the part, your guests can try a little bit and go "yuck," and all will be well.
We made freeze-dried poi. We shipped fresh poi (flash-frozen) to Portland by air cargo, had it freeze dried there, and then shipped it back to Hawaii. I think reconstituted freeze-dried poi tastes like the real stuff. I have two of the last cans in my cupboard, and I'm reluctant to open them.
|Flavored Squeeza Poi|
If you want poi that really tastes like poi, or if your guests know what poi should taste like, you'll probably need to get fresh poi. You can order this online from Hanalei Poi on Kauai.
If you live near San Mateo, California, you should be able to get poi on certain days of the week from Takahashi Market. (If you speak with Gene Takahashi, tell him Craig said "aloha.")
The folks at Hawaii Star Bakery still make the ono Poi English Muffins that they originally made for us in 1998. These can be ordered online. I haven't had one in three years, but I can still remember the taste and wonderful texture. They had a really crummy photograph on their website, but don't let this put you off ordering these muffins. (I have reluctantly deleted the link to Hawaii Star as their website stopped working. My e-mail messages to Hawaii Star were unanswered.)
|Poi English Muffins and Poi Bagels|
And what about Poi Cheesecake? Or the Lomi Lomi Salmon Cream Cheese? Poi Biscotti? Poi Lavosh? And our flavored Squeeza Poi --- we did flavors that ranged from pineapple to chai tea, from banana to cinnamon. Sorry, I don't know where you can get these. You can, however, still buy Poi Dog Treats. Okay, they're made in England now, and with taro purchased from Viet Nam. But they're made with the formula created by Dr. Moser, a vet and canine nutritionist. Your dog will love them.
We have recently heard that Haleiwa Poi apparenlty now makes a powdered poi that reconstitutes well. Please see the separate article.
If you have any poi recipes you'd like to share, please e-mail me and I'll post them on the website. And if you have updated knowledge about how to get poi, please let me know and I will also post this.Visit our friends at Luxotica if you want to buy fire poi, made for dancing.
And if you want to decorate your Christmas tree with poi bags stuffed with shredded purple cellophane (with credit to our friend, Saundra Smith) here's what you do:
|Poi Bag Christmas Tree (Saundra Smith)|
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05 Sep 2007, 10:18
My fiancee grew up in Hawaii and he wants some poi, what's a basic recipe
05 Sep 2007, 18:27
Sure -- see the brief recipe at:
But making poi without the right taro corms (usually taro grown "wetland"
style) is a real challenge. It's probably best to order poi from a
manufacturer in Hawaii.
15 Oct 2007, 23:48
Where did you purchase your poi cookies with macadamia nuts? There is a
picture of the poi cookie box in your Poi Gift Basket. That tiny box holds
We have been trying to find an online store to purchase.
16 Oct 2007, 04:17
The Poi Macadamia Nut cookies shown in the photo were made circa 2002 by
Mikey's Favorites Hawaii, and were sold at the Hungry Lion in Honolulu. I
just looked at Mikey's website(http://www.mikeysfavoriteshawaii.com/)and he
doesn't seem to make these cookies any more.
But you can try Keith's Cookies, where Poi Macadamia Nut cookies seem to be
available for mail order: go to http://tinyurl.com/2sp6jy
If you order these and they're good, can you please come back and post your
"review" here? Mahalo.
17 Nov 2007, 03:18
Aloha, would like to buy the freeze dried poi - i live in australia - how
much would it cost with freight?? mahalo Rosemary
17 Nov 2007, 04:01
Did you try to order the poi powder from the HPC website (see the "Taro
Brand" link at the top of this article). I entered my European address,
and it didn't say "no." Admittedly, it did say that shipping would be
calculated by the merchant, which is different from saying "yes."
This website says they ship powdered poi internationally:
Please let us know if you're successful.
24 Nov 2007, 13:26
hello craig, my mom was born and raised in Hawaii and left at age 25. She
kept in touch with her best friend, who would send us Poi and LauLau and
other assorted Hawaiian delicacies in cans. We have since lost contact with
her. does canned poi still exist? thanks, debra
24 Nov 2007, 17:14
Debra --- I don't think there's been canned poi for years. Even bottled
poi vanished about ten years ago. Only choice seems to be fresh poi (if
you can get it) or powdered/dehydrated poi.
24 Nov 2007, 17:39
craig, thanx 4 ans, it kept showing errors re security image when i tried
to submit my email to u. i ended up ordering from Paradise Multimedia Inc.
they have quite an impressive assortment of hawaiian foods. besides poi,
ready to eat from a plastic bag, i ordered pork laulau and kalua. these
foods last for months in the refrigerator and longer if frozen. although
the prices were very reasonable, the shipping cost 3X more than the food.
oh well, it's been 30 yrs since my mom and i have had poi, so it's worth
25 Nov 2007, 04:33
Hi, Debra ---
You won't find that poi in a plastic bag will "last for months" --- it
starts to sour in a few days. You can freeze poi, but it's quite an art to
bring it back from its frozen state without having it become lumpy.
Hope your mom enjoys the lu`au!
(Sorry about the security image. It's designed to keep "bots" from posting
all sorts of unwanted advertisements here -- the equivalent of spam.)
07 Dec 2007, 22:14
We live in California, and we are originally from Maui, and are craving
Poi, but can't find any. Where do I go online to order some? All the
website offers is powdered Poi. I would like the fresh stuff like the Poi
Company used to sell. Is Poi slowing going out the window? How sad that
08 Dec 2007, 04:41
The Hanalei Poi online ordering facility doesn't seem to be working, but I
found that Zippy's ships frozen poi:
There's a bit of an art (science?) to thawing out frozen poi so it's not
lumpy/grainy, but it sounds like Zippy's includes the instructions.
Yes, poi is slowly going "out the window." The taro farmers are aging, and
as the supply of taro decreases the price of poi goes up. And as it goes
up, or when the poi shelves are bare, folks buy rice.
10 Dec 2007, 18:05
Do you know of any place in Portland, OR that sells poi? I cant seem to
find any Hawaiian grocery listed on the internet but thought someone on
here might know. Hopefully I wont have to go all the way to Seattle to get
harry f. wasson
06 Jan 2008, 04:19
how is the demand for wetland taro and luau leaf i'm starting a farm in
06 Jan 2008, 14:15
Angel -- At one time Seasia bought fresh poi from us, and they distributed
it throughout the Pacific Northwest. I don't know if they still do this.
You might want to give them a call:
19931 72nd Ave S #101
Kent, WA 98032
If you find out anything helpful, I hope you'll come back and post the
information here for others. (I'd call them myself, but I live in Europe
Craig W Walsh
06 Jan 2008, 14:17
I suggest you call the taro mills on Oahu (HPC/Taro Brand and Haleiwa) to
ask them your question.
When I bought taro (2000 - 2002) the LDS was growing taro in Laie. There
was always the promise that it was "coming soon," but it never seemed to
19 Jan 2008, 17:05
Hello there! I live in Southern California and have been looking non stop
for taro root. I'd like to make some fresh poi and I'm having no luck. Do
you know of any grocery stores that might carry the taro root?
23 Feb 2008, 21:21
If you want fresh poi, grow some kalo and pound it yourself. If you can't
grow the Kalo, have it sent, pounding is not to hard to do. I heard kalo is
treated like a week in Florida......
27 Feb 2008, 23:38
I found Poi via a DREAM I had where it was on the menu almost like I was
meant to find out about it...I just found your website....if you have any
updates on where to get the best quality let me know.
11 Mar 2008, 20:08
FYI, Seasia here in WA state only sells wholesale.
However, the fabulous, kind woman who answered the phone at Seasia referred
me to the Hawaii General Store in Seattle, and HGS has poi for sale retail!
It's $5.25 per 1-lb bag, and it keeps for about 2 days.
Mahalo for this wonderful site!
11 Mar 2008, 20:21
Oops, sorry - got out too fast after my previous post. I meant to also
I live just South of Seattle, so I'm able to stop by the Hawaii General
Store to pick up some poi.
I don't know if they will ship - maybe to the West Coast only, if they ship
at all? - but here's their phone number so y'all can call to ask:
12 Mar 2008, 18:03
Aloha Sheryl ---
Mahalo for your helpful postings. I am sure that folks in the Seattle area
will find this information very helpful!
14 Mar 2008, 13:40
Uwajimaya in Beaverton, Oregon sells poi. and lau lau... and fish and
anything else you are craving from Hawaii. Many local folk working there
help keep the locals here on the mainland in the groove.
Jon K. K. Priestley
20 Mar 2008, 12:49
I am thinking about selling poi on-line. I myself love sour poi (5-7 day
old (wen real ehu)
I haven't finished researching all shiping methods and cost's. But if I can
do it cheap enough(the demand does not have to be real "high") I will
start in the end of April 2008 or in May.
I would like to hear from people on the mainland and abroad who would be
interested (perhaps) in receiveing poi shipped from Hawaii. If you are
interested, please send me the cost (when you can find it) of poi where you
Mahlao Nui Loa! Malama Pono!
Jon K. K. Priestley
1627 Young St. 210B
Honolulu, Hawaii 96826
Jon K. K. Priestley
20 Mar 2008, 13:44
I'm sorry for this 'second' posting.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jon K. K. Priestley
20 Mar 2008, 14:22
I no can find poi, laulau, or pastele!
ooohhh I did find some passion orange/hawaiian sun juice, new zealand
corned beef, hawaiian salt and aloha shoyu....at the Filipino stoa' dats
So braddah gettah going on the distribution....and no really limit yo'self
to poi 'cuz get us Hawaiians all ovah da place!!
I was in Tokyo, den Okinawa, den Vegas, now Reno....I would make special
trips home just foa' stock up!
Good Luck you can reply if you like email@example.com
A hui hou!
16 Apr 2008, 15:11
HI GUYS I LIVE IN SOUTHERN CALI AND BEEN SEARCHIN HI AND LOW FOR A PLACE
THAT SELLS HAWAIIAN FOODS AND LUCKILY L&L RESTRAUNTS HAVE BEEN POPIN UP
EVERYWHERE. SO WE CAN GET THE HOT STUFF LIKE LAULAU AND KALUA AND SOMETIMES
DEY EVEN GET HAUPIA, RARELY THOUGH IT DEPENDS ON DA COOK. BUT I DID FIND A
STORE IN THE WEST COVINA AREA CALLED MARUKAI SAME AS DA ONE DAT WAS DOWN DA
STREET FROM WARD WHAREHOUSE www.marukai.qpg.com THIS IS THERE WEBSIT AND IT
LIST OTHER LOCATIONS AS WELL BUT ANYWAYS ASIDE FROM ALL THE ASIAN STUFF YOU
CAN GET LIKE KIMCHI AND RICE CAKE LIKE FROM DA MANAPUA TRUCKS IN KALIHI YOU
CAN GET POI SOMETIMES AND DEY HAVE ZIPPY'S FROZEN FOODS IN THERE FREEZER
AISLE SO HOPE DIS HELPS. SORRY IF I GOT REAL PORTAGEE ON DIS POST BUT ITS
BEEN A WHILE SINCE I TALKED TO FELLOW ISLANDERS WHO HAVE BEEN RELOCATED LOL
BUT K DEN ALOHA KAKOU
16 Apr 2008, 16:37
OH YEAH FOR ALL YOU PLATE LUNCH LOVERS HERE IS A WEBSITE THAT HAS A LARGE
LIST OF LOCATIONS AND REVIEWS OF THEM IN CALIFORNIA
E mÔlama pono.
24 Apr 2008, 07:59
Where can I buy poi in san diego, even if it frozen,
17 May 2008, 18:10
Hi. I was born and raised here in the island of Puerto Rico. It seems
that taro root is the same as "yautia". Now, let me explain that there are
many varieties of yautia. One is white (yautia blanca), the other is
yellow (yautia amarilla) and the other is purple (yautia morada o lila).
There is also a yellow variety that is super starchy (very hard and thick)
that is called "madre (mother) de yautia". But when any of these are
cooked, the liquid does not thicken. But when you cook "malanga" (either
white or purple), a relative of the yautia, the liquid turns into a gooey
mess. Please make clear to me which of these varieties is the taro root,
so maybe I can cook my own poi (one finger please, runny stuff is regarded
as simply disgusting by most Puertorricans) and organize my own luau in the
backyard for summer(with roasted pork, pineapple, coconuts, bananas, etc.
We have plenty of that down here).
17 May 2008, 18:31
Aloha, Loida -
Thanks to Google, I found this bit of information: "Because malanga root
looks so much like a related taro tuber, Colocasia esculenta, a number of
common names have created an overlap of the two. These numerous names have
made the distinguishing characteristics of this group of tubers rather
foggy. Even more confusing, some species of each produce tubers with nearly
identical colors and shapes just like the other genus. The only identifying
feature is that the leaves of each are definitely different. Malanga is
also called yautia, cocoyam, eddo, coco, tannia, sato-imo and Japanese
Do you have an agricultural college that you can call? The Latin name for
taro is colocascia esculenta. There are lots of photographs of the corm
and the leaves elsewhere on this website, and on sites that you can quickly
reach from the "Links" page on this website. Please let us know what you
18 May 2008, 13:05
Holaa!(that's a rearrangement for aloha)
I've been doing a little research on my own. I am a professor of business
at the University of PR at Mayaguz, that specializes in engineering and
agriculture. Definitely, taro is a different species related to the other
roots. Let me explain that "malanga" and "yautia" (tannier) are different
tubers and cannot be called with the same names. Taro resembles more the
malanga root than the yautia, and the former can be toxic if not managed
properly. That is why the purple malanga is also called "malanga rascona"
(kind of tart due to the high oxalates content)here in the Island. But it
can be edible if the water is changed once during cooking and taking care
to wear rubber gloves when peeling it raw for cooking. I think that a
combination of purple tanniers (yautia) and purple malanga can be a decent
substitute for taro. Simply peel, cut and boil in salt water (don't forget
to change the water once during cooking). Mash adding the salt water to
your taste (a bit of butter and garlic can make it heavenly!). Well, it is
the Puertorrican version of poi, "pero a falta de pan, galletas"(in the
absence of bread, then crackers). I hope this is useful for other readers.
By the way, is there info on how to organize a luau? I have plenty of
access to the beach.
18 May 2008, 13:06
Sorreee! What does mahalo mean?
18 May 2008, 13:18
Aloha Loida ---
It might be interesting to do an article on this website on the PR version
of poi. Any chance I could impose upon you to write it, and to take some
photos of pero a falta de pan, galletas? And perhaps some photos of the
malanga plant growing?
The precautions on changing water and the oxalates sounds similar to taro.
Taro is steamed, and then the fully cooked corms are mixed with water and
pounded or mashed. So there's no need to change water in the middle of
Mahalo (thank you),
18 May 2008, 13:31
Aloha from da Caribbean!
I like a challenge. Of course I'll do it! My mother shops at Fort
Buchannan here in P.R. and I have seen taro root posted at the super market
there. But when I look for it, I only find purple malanga. Nevertheless,
I will do my homework and send you the photos with my recipe. By the way,
how can I purchase a ceramic bowl similar to the one in poi boys' hand?
Anything can be available throug the internet!
A thousand mahalos!!
19 May 2008, 13:07
Aloha to everyone!
Just got back from Kaua'i and O'ahu, and had some really good grinds back
at Ono foods. I brought a couple of pounds of poi back with me that I
froze before the flight. One was a bag by Taro Brand, and the other was the
little container from Hanalei Bay Poi company. I'm going to try to work my
spells on this for some friends next week for Memorial Day.
Love the site, and will definitely keep checking in to see if any spots in
LA open up offering fresh poi. It's funny, because I seem to be one of the
few haoles from the mainland that likes poi without sugar or milk.
Got poi? Yep.
06 Jun 2008, 14:13
Always nice to talk to another Craig, especially since I lived in Kailua
(the Oahu one) in the 1960s.
I still have a can of your freeze-dried poi as well! Saving for a rainy
13 Jun 2008, 04:40
I live in Oakland,CA and trying to purchase
taro leaf, so I can make my own super laulau. could you help me please.
much mahalo charlie
17 Jun 2008, 08:53
I am from Nanakuli,Hi..I now live in Raleigh,NC..I am looking for luau
leaves..I want to make squid luau...Anybody know any stores on the East
14 Jul 2008, 13:13
I live in Grover Beach, CA (California Central Coast; Sunset Zone 17, USDA
Zone 9b). I want to grow taro in my yard (in soil, not water) for
harvesting the leaves (possibly for making poi as well). Can anyone tell
me either what variety to get, or a source for the plants?
I currently have Colocasia Fontanesii (Black Stem). Is it good?
27 Jul 2008, 10:49
I am working a research project in diabetes nutrition. I would like to
include poi, but the study has the following limitations:
1) Minimum food preparation, micowave is ok
2) No food weighing
3) Be able to store foods with refrigeration if necessary
05 Aug 2008, 11:51
I am fascinated to read some of the entries and information on your
website, poi must be very special.
I am writing because I am about to complete my Masters degree in Arts &
Ecology in England.
My project is about the staple food of 2 areas of the world: Hawaii and
So I am also interested in trying to find poi so I can cook some and serve
it as part of an artwork.
It is obviously a delicacy to those that know and love it, but it seems
that it is hard to get outside of the US.
If anyone would like to engage with me on this project, through this
website that would be fantastic, i can tel you more if anyone is
Thanks in anticipation...
Jane, Devon, England
10 Sep 2008, 19:10
I live in North Texas, Fort Worth to be exact and I am DYING for ono Taro
Brand poi. My friend just came back and brought bacy 3 tubs of hanalei poi
frozen. After i popped it in the microwave for a couple minutes and mixed
it real well, it came out smooth but very thin 3 finger poi at best. It
doesn't have the same taste as the Taro Brand bag poi I used to get back
home. There are alot of Hawaiians, Samoans , Tongans, here in Texas and we
are so ono for Hawaiian food. We JUST got an L & L drive in a few months
ago, but ho, not da same wit out poi :-) I going try zippys and see if they
can ship overnight. Thanks for keeping this website going!
10 Sep 2008, 19:23
Sorry to hear about the Hanalei Poi. When we made poi (1998-2002) I
thought ours was the best, with Hanalei in strong second place. Then there
was Taro Brand and Haleiwa: some people preferred one over the other.
I suppose with taro supply being a constant problem, Hanalei may have had
no choice but to increase the water content of their poi. What a shame.
At one time you could order their poi online. They didn't pay for the
renewal of their domain, so I registered it in the PoiCo name when it
became available --- and then "sold" it back to Bino at, as I recall, my
I see that their website is now just displaying an "under construction"
banner. And the Haleiwa Poi website has also vanished, replaced by one of
those websites that just serves up advertisements and pop-ups.
What a shame.
Looks like the best poi website is still this one --- and we haven't made
poi, or even been in Hawaii, for over six years.
Jon K. K. Priestley
11 Sep 2008, 04:28
Aloha Kakahiaka (10:07PM at home)
I particularly like Waiahole Poi myself. Hanalei is too over priced
($8.00 for a 1lb. container in Foodland and Times.)
Waiahole Poi is $6.00 for 2lbs. from the "factory"The only thing for me is
that it is hard to make sour - I like my Poi sour and 'real ehu!'
The ease of shipping to Dallas/Ft.Worth, Houston, El Paso, etc., etc. is
good because of the "non-stop" flights and "fast connection kine!
It can be put on a plane in Honolulu and 10 - 12 hours later, Texas
(Alright!) I particularly do not like to freeze Poi and like Kapiolani was
saying - "and mixed it real well" a lot of times, you have to strain it
(most of the time, still get small lumps!)
When I lived on the mainland I would go to Military reservation places, and
check out the Japany kine stores. If they do not have it there when you get
there, alot of them will 'order' for you!
Well my aikane, got to go! For those of you who live in areas where there
are non-stop or quick connection kine
airports, your ohana can send real easy!
Malama Pono ia apau!
Jon K. K. Priestley
1627 Young St. 210B (Pawa'a)
Honolulu, Hawaii 96826
27 Sep 2008, 03:49
I work in Ko Olina. They sell and give out the poi cookies. they are so
good. I have just been looking to see if a local distributor sells them to
the public or a recipe or something.
11 Oct 2008, 06:36
My husband had a business trip in Honolulu and I had the opportunity to go
with him. The first place we ate was Ono Hawaiian Food. It was a little
hole in the wall joint with excellent food. The lady who waited on us
asked if this was our first time eating Hawaiian food and said she would
show us how to eat the kalua pig and laulau pig. I actually enjoyed the
poi and she seemed surprised that we ate all of the small serving she
brought us. If only it were easier to make.
Jon K. K. Priestley
11 Oct 2008, 10:53
Aloha ia Apau,
Aloha Kaka'hiaka! 4:40AM HPST! Just wanted to comment on Kathy's entry.
Kathy, that is very good that you and your husband enjoyed your Hawaiian
Even if the 2 of you found some of the food not 'oia no hoau' (so tasty)
you tried it. That is how 'we' do it here.
When someone offers you mea'ai (food) the proper thing is to (at least)
If you do not like it -or- would prefer not to eat anymore - you tell your
host(ess) "Thank-you but I would not care for any more -not- oooohhhhh
My 'hat off' to you both. Please come back 'ia kipa hou!' (and visit
Just my 2 cents worth!
Mahalo Nui Loa ia Malama Pono!
Jon K. K. Priestley
Pawa'a, Oahu, Hawaii
13 Oct 2008, 14:58
i live on oahu & was wondering if anyone knows where i can buy 'ulu poi?
29 Dec 2008, 17:17
my grandfather grew taro root in his garden in central california when i
was a kid. im in missouri now, does anyone know where i can buy fresh taro
root?????? thanks! firstname.lastname@example.org
29 Jan 2009, 15:04
where can i find poi and other hawaiian foods near santa cruz or san jose
19 Feb 2009, 13:27
Recently we sampled the same poi cookies with macadamia nuts featured in
the basket above. My 3 year old son loves them! Are those same cookies
available for purchase somewhere?
20 Feb 2009, 06:20
http://www.alohaworld.com might be helpful in youir 'search!'
Aloha ia Apau,
Kawika Kolomona Kamakeeaina
12 Mar 2009, 14:06
I found this link today on the internet, not sure if this is freeze dried
or dehydrated poi, but I have ordered a jar and will let you know how it
Pretty spendy, but the $22 includes the 3 oz. jar and regular USPS shipping
within the US.
A hui hou;
12 Mar 2009, 14:18
You've bought Taro Brand dehydrated poi. There is a big difference between
dehydrated poi and the freeze-dried poi that we offered. I personally
thought the Taro Brand powered poi was nasty stuff.
And reconstituted powdered poi is nowhere near the real stuff.
But I'd be interested in your feedback when you receive it. Please come
back and let us know how it tastes.
23 Mar 2009, 17:21
Our Company, Taro Dream Inc., is donating nutrient-dense dehydrated poi
for people with critical health conditions.
If a person meets certain criteria, then we will ship the poi for a small
shipping and handling fee. This poi is dehydrated using a special
technology that retains the life and health benefits of fermented poi and
is comparable to freeze drying. People with severe health conditions can
contact me at email@example.com for more information.
14 Jul 2009, 00:09
check out alohaworld.com
thats a good site for mainland businesses and whatnot that are hawaiian
influence, owned, or based. you can start there in your quests for buying
poi and eating hawaiian food. aloha
24 Aug 2009, 11:36
I live in Las Vegas and want to buy Poi, where can I find it in Vegas?
24 Aug 2009, 18:56
In Las Vegas, it looks like you can get fresh poi on Thursdays at some
Walgreens. I specifically saw a sign for it at the one at Eastern Ave &
Sunridge Heights Pkwy.
29 Aug 2009, 12:55
Aloha! You guys think it's difficult to find poi or taro where you are in
CA, OR, NV, TX...try finding it in Michigan!! Far from being culturally
enriched, you can't even find an 'asian market' or 'indian market' in this
town I live in (Midland).
Craig, I really appreciate this site you have. Mahalo for real...stay in
29 Aug 2009, 14:12
Unathi -- Mahalo for your kind words.
Have you looked for a Cuban market? Taro is a popular crop in Cuba. Just
a thought . . .
30 Aug 2009, 15:40
Any suggestions on how to get poi to canada - ottawa specifically - I
understand that fresh only lasts a few days - am I asking too much to think
I might be abl to get is here.
Many thanks for the great site.
02 Sep 2009, 15:11
You can get poi at Marukai Stores in throughout Southern California...yay!
19 Sep 2009, 16:30
Aloha mai kakou,
Just wanted to let all you poi lovers know that my brother and I are doing
traditional hand pounded kalo for poi and pa'i'ai. Our website is
www.manaai.com, you can see some of our simple videos on youtube under
haloanakalaukapalili or you can visit me on facebook - Daniel Anthony.
We have been shipping pa'i'ai (add water to make poi) to the continental
united states and folks have been loving it.
25 Sep 2009, 11:08
iLIVE PHL AND IDID FOUR LUAU FOR MY DAUGHTERS BUT HAVE TODO IT IN AUGUST
WERE YOU GET GET CORNHUSK TO TAKE THE PLACE OF T ,,,,I LEAVES
21 Nov 2009, 10:48
Thanks so much for the site. My mother grew up in Hawaii in the 1930's
and loved to eat a candy made from Poi. From what I understand, it was a
dried version- very salty. Any idea if it is still being made, and if so,
where I can buy this for her (Christmas present)? Thanks so much for any
22 Nov 2009, 19:46
I would like to purchase 15 lbs of poi for my upcoming luau on Dec. 19,
2009. Can I have your cost and contact number.
I can be reached at 341-8826.
Craig W Walsh
24 Nov 2009, 18:53
As indicated on this website, The Poi Company closed its doors in May 2002.
If you need poi for a luau, posting a message here and hoping that someone
will call you is unlikely to work. :-)
I suggest you look in the yellow pages and call the few poi companies that
are still in business.
25 Nov 2009, 00:43
you live on Oahu? I like get together and talk story when you get time?
If can ring me up 808 542-1326.
03 Dec 2009, 16:14
hi can i have a poi please
07 Dec 2009, 06:42
Unathi: haven't looked for it here but there are a LOT of asian markets in
Grand Rapids (LOTS of Vietnamese and Koreans) so if you find yourself in GR
sometime with some time to kill, you might give it a try (I'd concentrate
on South Division, south of 28th Street as north of 28th is largely
Hispanic). Maybe you can find one that will do mail order to you from GR to
07 Dec 2009, 07:24
I haven't tried these but:
08 Dec 2009, 22:50
Aloha o punono ko'u inoa
well anyway get action ma ka mokupuni Maui. Ma Hana get i think 10 pounds
for $10. then u frezz the buggah nd save it wen u like um. yeah
i hoped it helped
Me Aloha(with love)
09 Dec 2009, 13:00
Help. We froze a couple of bags of Waipio poi when we were going out of
town. Now we are trying to restore it to a poi like texture without
success. Any Suggestions.
09 Dec 2009, 13:16
Hi Eileen -
As explained elsewhere on this website: "Proper thawing means either
thawing in a microwave with a layer of tap water over the surface of the
frozen poi, or placing it in the refrigerator for a period between 12 to 24
hours, but no longer. Once you're ready to eat your poi, check the bag for
Hope that works for you.
09 Dec 2009, 18:29
What my husband did to thaw the poi was to leave it on the counter. Then
when he tried to mix it, it did not smooth out. It was like lots of grains
of poi in water.
Mahalo for your kokua.
09 Dec 2009, 22:33
Hi, Eileen --
Yes, that's exactly what I'd expect if you thaw the poi at room
temperature. The grainy poi is still good to use in a poi cocktail or poi
muffins. There are lots of good recipes on this website.
16 Jan 2010, 10:44
I found 1st Luau.com, sells fresh poi in 1 lb. and 3.5 lb bags. Approx 8.00
for pound and approx 26.00 for 3.5 lb.
ph #888-441-5828 fax 440-256-2259. m-f p-5p est. Also sells all Hawaiian
Lomi Salmon, Kalua Pig, Portugese sausage etc. Enjoy.
16 Jan 2010, 10:48
To smooth out the gritty poi, you need to microwave it then let it cool
before eating it. It seems to smooth the starch in the poi. Same as
frozen poi, it comes back like fresh poi.
26 Jan 2010, 15:40
The best place to get Hawaiian food in Vegas/west coast is the
International Marketplace. My family travels to Vegas at least twice a
year to stock up on Ono-licious poi, fresh Ahi poke, squid poke, hawaiian
sun drinks, poi, portagee sausage, kalua pig, aloha shoyu, laulau, crack
seeds and li hing mui stuff - going back in a week (from VA)
02 Mar 2010, 15:50
I've noticed most Whole Foods stores around here (Seattle) carry fresh
Taro. Few places on this web site and elsewhere mention that not any taro
is good for making poi. I'm going back home soon and would like to try
making it myself, can anyone comment on the possibility of making poi out
of whole foods taro? Mahalo!
02 Mar 2010, 16:24
Also, can anyone comment on the quality of poi these guys make?
03 Mar 2010, 09:44
The Whole Foods taro was almost certainly grown "dry land" style (not in an
irrigated lo`i) and it will make a rather nutty, bitter tasting poi. But
the taro shouldn't be expensive, so why not give it a try?
The Hawaiians enjoyed many types of poi, and each geographical area had its
speciality. It's only following the introduction of modern packaging
materials (like the plastic bag) that the colour and flavour of poi became
Let us know, please, how your experiement works. If you take some photos,
etc., I'd be glad to post them here on the website.
03 Mar 2010, 15:25
Will do, thanks Craig!
20 Mar 2010, 14:55
I live in virginia beach, va and am searching for somewhere to purchase poi
(preferrably fresh). Any suggestions, please email me. This is on menu for
a May 29th wedding.
20 Mar 2010, 15:46
There will be nobody selling fresh poi on the East Coast. As it is it's
hard enough to get on the West Coast. Your only choice is to order it from
Hawaii. And with graduation parties, etc., May 29 will be the absolute
worst time to get fresh poi!
04 Apr 2010, 20:22
these guys (in Hawaii) make fresh poi, pa'i'ai (pounded taro which you
would then mix with water and use to make your own poi), and they do mail
orders. Daniel is a friend of a friend of a friend... I've met him, the
taro and pa'i'ai is good, so you might want to give it a try! Of course
keep in mind that I am IN Hawaii, so have no idea how good it is after
being mailed... but for those of you who are looking, it's probably still
worth trying him out! =)
27 Apr 2010, 01:20
The pa'i'ai from Mana'ai is awesome! I live in UT and brought some home
from our last trip. We steamed it after being frozen and it was just like
If anyone is in UT and wants fresh poi, let me know!
29 Apr 2010, 15:40
Does anyone have a recipe for Kulolo (like a poi pudding)? Please let me
know. I read alot about frozen poi and how awful it is. From the very
beginning, I buy poi from a factory (it is thick and get more out of it
because it is not watered down). I separate it into 1 lb bags and freeze
it in the freezer. Each time I want fresh poi, I put it into the microwave
on defrost with a small amount of water added. When it is defrosted enough
to be cut through, I put it on high and nuke it until it becomes hot
(occasionaly mixing with spoon) and sometimes even bubbles. Then I briskly
beat it with a spoon and put it into a container into the frig. No one can
believe it is frozen poi. It is just as fresh and smooth as the day it was
born. This is how I transport poi to the mainland for ohana. I can
truthfully say, I have NEVER had lumps in poi prepared this way. aloha
17 Oct 2010, 07:10
Thanks for keeping this site going.
Regarding frozen poi, the instructions above are essentially what I've been
doing for over 30 years (though initially on the stove top as my mother
taught me). Key is to get it hot so you can dissolve all the lumps.
02 Nov 2010, 01:31
wowwwwwwww!! first time came to dis website!!! n its great to c all of us
all ova da place!!! me to i miss da poi!! neva hav fo awhile!!! but i like
da website!! brings lots of memorys of home!! papakolea, oahu!!! me liv in
modesto, ca!!! thanks to u all fo all da infos!! mahalo!!! me go make some
xperiments wit taros fo make poi?? den me let u all kno wat kind taro i use
dat tastes da best!!! ok!!!
28 Dec 2010, 17:35
I wanted to read the article but cannot because of a green rectangular ad
covering it up which I cannot remove. Will you please take this garbage
off the text so I can read where to buy poi?
Craig W Walsh
28 Dec 2010, 18:43
Judith - Sounds like you have a virus or some other problem with your
computer. I've looked at this page with both Internet Explorer and
Firefox, and there is no green rectangular advertisement. The only ads
we've authorised are on the right-hand side of the page, and can be
disregarded if you're not interested. The small ad revenue, from Google,
helps to keep this site alive.
31 Jan 2011, 17:45
when i was 7 my family moved me out of Waikiki and now i live on Vashon
Island Washington, now i am 14 and have been craving the stuff for 7 years
(50% of my life), i nearly have forgotten the taste, i remember a sour
starchy substance, very liquid like.
i order powdered POI with my Christmas money, it is nasty, where do you
guys get the freeze dried stuff it sounds better ?
12 Jun 2011, 17:28
I found some old powdered poi in a box I had in storage. A friend brought
it back from Hawaii. I am going to bake some corn-poi bread with it. I'll
report back on how it turned out. But I first need to do some research on
what the consistency might be like, in order to know how much to use. I
recall reconstituting this stuff in my Seattle kitchen, it it reminded me a
bit like powered tapioca/manioc.
28 Jul 2011, 12:53
24 Aug 2011, 20:29
A kanaka and his bag of poi...going viral?
28 Aug 2011, 10:56
Hi my name is rosie , my dad is of the hawaiian decent and i fell in love
with poi and ginger candy and sugar cane, but living in the states i cant
find anybody that sells it . I s there anybody that sells this in the
states highland ca redlands ca.
27 Feb 2012, 01:56
My cousin lives in Stockton, CA. She said there is an Asian store in
Stockton that sells food from Hawaii but she doesn't know the name of the
market (auwe!). Does anyone know of this market? I live in Brentwood so I
don't know the Stockton area. Mahalo in advance.
29 Apr 2012, 22:07
Where can I buy poi in Las Vegas and Henderson?
09 May 2012, 11:01
How does poi fare after UHT treatment?
09 Jun 2012, 17:54
I live in da st louis area where i can get poi
20 Sep 2012, 01:01
Alas, as explained elsewhere on this website, poi has a very short
shelf-life. To sell poi on the mainland, it needs to be shipped from
Hawaii by courier. It is relatively heavy, relatively inexpensive, and
spoils quite quickly in high temperatures. It's difficult, even by
courier, to send it east of the westernmost states. As a consequence, no
retailer is going to carry poi unless they are assured a steady, reliable
demand for poi. This is unlikely to happen in (say) St Louis.
In our experience there were a few speciality retailers on the west coast
and Las Vegas that did (unreliably) carry poi, but it's really a matter of
asking around. There are suggestions on this website -- see above.
The only reliable way to get poi is to order it from Hawaii, and pay the
high FedEx charges yourself. Dehydrated poi is fairly nasty, and (as far
as I am aware) only PoiCo made freeze-dried poi.
07 Nov 2012, 05:13
FYI poi can be kept fresh by freezing. I'm not sure how or if chilled goods
are flown, but when we experienced poi shortages here in Hawaii, I'd buy it
as often as I could and freeze it to keep from 'bubbling'(even though I
love sour poi from my childhood days). It can be kept frozen til use. You
jus cook it in the microwave for 5-6min til its soft, then add, first,4 ice
cubes, then add more to the consistency you desire. It's as if you just
bought it at the time of store delivery. Try it and enjoy :)
10 Jan 2013, 15:12
my girlfriend was born and raised in hawaii and came to the states in the
fifties i was trying to find out how to suprise her with poi but don't know
the first thing about how to cook it but she does so i have been trying to
find out how to buy some she said when her mom was alive there was a place
in philadelphia, pa. where they could get it but the place closed can you
help me i don't think she wants the sour one though appreciate all your
help thank you
23 Jun 2013, 14:40
I have heard of poi being used for dogs who have fatty cysts, supposedly it
decreases them in size and or actually makes them disappear. Any news on
this? My bro-n-law resides in Hawaii, where my mom-n-law goes every summer,
& she called telling us about hearing of someone using it for their
dog...Would appreciate any input on this. Thanks so much!
23 Jun 2013, 17:40
Health benefits of the consumption of poi by dogs would (I suspect) be
Here's a link to 2004 article from the National Institutes of Health:
You may wish to discuss this with your dog's vet.
01 Mar 2015, 04:17
I've loved Poi ever since I had been to Hawai'i as a kid. I don't think you
have a chance to find it in Europe somewhere in the stores - does anyone
I've experimented with producing my own Poi from fresh kalo that you can
buy here in Germany. But the success was ..... not really one.
13 Mar 2015, 17:25
Do you know of a poi factory where I could arrange a tour for one of my
02 Jan 2016, 11:04
Dear Mr. Walsh:
I am writing an article for The National Culinary Review. It's tentatively
titled "Poifect Poi Dishes." Below are some questions I've put together for
this editorial project. There is no cost or obligation to participants, and
all sources will be credited.
I am seeking input about dishes that feature poi (taro, kalo) in creative
combination with other ingredients. We will include a basic poi recipe, of
course, but we're also trying to excite readers about other possibilities
with this traditional staple. We would like to publish recipes, but if that
is not possible, we could just describe the dishes and the textures and
flavors that give them mouth appeal. Each source also should discuss
his/her background, training, the place he/she now owns or works at, and
how the "poifect" poi dish came into being.
Please email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, and, if
you can, before January 18. Also, please submit high-resolution photos of
the dishes that are described, with captions and appropriate photo credits.
High resolution means each photo should be a full MB or larger.
--Name, title, place of business, and business location of each source to
--Type of restaurant and/or other kitchen where the taro dish is on the
--Brief business history of both the chef and the establishment
--Name and description of the "poifect" poi dish. What are the key
ingredients? What flavor profile is being sought? How does the poi (taro)
contribute to the dish? How do diners react when they try it?
--Why has poi (taro) become the butt of jokes? To what degree, if any, does
it deserve a comic reputation? What, in your view, are some of taro's most
--Please add anything else that might interest readers of The National