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Haleiwa Powdered Poi
May 26, 2005 - 12:04:00 AM

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Ku'uipo Paulo posted a comment on this site to indicate that Haleiwa Poi now produces a poi "powder" which she says reconstitutes well.  She describes the powder as very fine, which leads me to think that it's freeze-dried poi rather than dehydrated poi.  If freeze-dried, it will make a superior product when reconstituted with water.

Ku'uipo kindly provided these photographs of a bag.  She writes, "The instructions are 3 oz. of powder to 1 1/3 cup of water. Heat in the microwave and it's done. I usually cover the poi with water and put it in the refrigerator until I'm ready to eat it.  I pour out almost all of the water, leaving a little to stir in.  Not too much or the poi will be watery.  There is no other mixing involved.  It reconstitutes ready to eat."

Ku'uipo kindly provided these photographs.

The one pound bag of Haleiwa poi "powder" cost $16.00 plus tax in Honolulu.  Their address is P.O. Box 2157, Aiea, Hawaii 96701.

I can't find anyone on the internet who ships the Haleiwa Poi powder to the mainland, or internationally.  If anyone is aware of someone who can ship this product, can they please post a comment here for the benefit of others? 


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Jim (kimo) Sevcik
13 Nov 2007, 11:19
Will see what I can arrange with this powdered poi. Let you know the results.
Dave W
13 Nov 2007, 15:08
Craig Walsh
15 Nov 2007, 18:47
Nice graphics on their website, but is it just me or were the photographs very, very dark? And there didn't seem to be a way to place an online order.
kathleen Oconnor
01 Jan 2008, 10:09
how/where can i get some powdered poi,,i have had it in the past, and now cannot find any,, i will be in hawaii in a couple of weeks,,can you help?,,thank you and happy new year to you and yours,,,,,,kathleen
Craig Walsh
01 Jan 2008, 10:35
See the comments on this article:


There's information there on how to order dehydrated poi. Alas, it doesn't hold a candle to the freeze-dried poi that we made. . . .
Carolyn Barnett
01 Jan 2008, 18:49
I would like to order a pound of freeze-dried poi. Please inform me of the best method
Craig Walsh
06 Jan 2008, 14:05
We haven't made freeze-dried poi since late 2001 or early 2002. I still have a few cans in our cupboard, more or less collectors' items.

Please see the comments at the end of this article for information on how to order dehydrated (but not freeze-dried) poi:


The words "freeze dried" and "dehydrated" are often thought to mean the same thing. They don't. "Freeze dried" is, in my opinion, tremendously superior to "dehydrated." But there were no freeze drying facilities in Hawaii in 2001. Don't know if there are now. So to have our poi freeze dried, we had to ship fresh poi by air (in a shipping container) to Portland, and then have it delivered by refrigerated truck to Oregon Freeze Dry. Our product was the real Rolls Royce --- but it was also expensive.
Ron Myers
10 Feb 2008, 20:46
I am very interested in purchasing the Poi powder. If anyone has any leads the info would be greatly appreciated. Suppose I could wait until my next visit to Kauai, but perhaps a small flavor of the islands would be nice in this cold climate of the northeast
mercedes napua marshall
11 Feb 2008, 07:45
aloha from Farmington hills, Michigan. I was born and raised on Maui but, live in Michigan now for the past 23 years. We got no POI here, ofcourse. Anyway, please send a list of my options on how to order the powdered poi and does it taste like the real thing? Mahalo for having this website. My mailing address is: 23011 Albion, farmington hills, MI. 48336 or use my email.
Craig Walsh
11 Feb 2008, 11:09
Aloha, Mercedes --- No, dehydrated poi (and most powdered poi is dehydrated) does not taste like the real thing. Freeze-dried poi does, but when we last freeze-dried poi there were no facilities that could do this in Hawaii, so we had to send fresh poi to Oregon Freeze Dry by air cargo.

We have nothing to mail to you --- this site is purely informational. But there is more information on buying poi at:


Hope your search is successful!


Rhoda Kaluai
16 Mar 2008, 15:31
Can I drivew to Aiea to buy the powdered poi?


Craig Walsh
05 Apr 2008, 04:36
I just checked out the Haleiwa Poi website again (see Dave's posting of 13 November 2007, above). It seems that the Haleiwa site is gone, replaced by one of those generic websites that just contains a bunch of Google links.

I don't know if this means that Haleiwa Poi is gone as well, or just their website. Anybody in Hawaii know?
Poi Gal No More
28 Apr 2008, 23:50
I was apparently one of the last people on earth to get poi delivery. I miss it. I do not understand what the problem is. Is it lack of poi? Is it bad poi? Is it regulatory snafus? Is it that no one in H wants us to be happy? And this may be a stupid question but, why can't we grow our own poi? Poi poi me.....
16 May 2008, 00:50
Just got back from my first Hawaiian vacation, and have been looking for poi online. (Yes, I actually did like it quite a bit.) I haven't ordered it yet, but it seems that http://shop.hawaiianfoodonline.com has frozen Haleiwa Poi available for purchase. I'll repost if I have any problems ordering, but assume that no news is good news. :-)
28 Jul 2008, 17:58
Aloha, I would like a phone number, trying to order poi.

William Long
13 Aug 2008, 21:45
Powdered Poi can be purchased online from alohafriendsshop.com
jolene spinner
17 Apr 2009, 17:22
I need poi as soon as possible for a hawaiian party on April 25th 2009. notify me if you can get me poi as soon as possible!!!!!!or find me other hawaiian foods.

I am desperate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

07 May 2009, 05:05
So can poi be frozen? If I order some for my daughter (she has small intestine issues). We are in Seattle WA and I would like to try this for her but she won't eat a whole pound right away.
Craig Walsh
07 May 2009, 15:07
The answer is elsewhere on this site:

"You can usually keep your poi in the bag in a cool, dark place for up to four days. If you'll be using it within six days, squeeze the poi out of the bag and place it in a bowl, drizzle some water over the top to prevent a crust from forming, cover, and refrigerate. You'll need to freeze your poi if you plan to keep it longer. Just place the entire bag into the freezer and it will store for up to six months.

"Huang says when frozen poi is properly thawed, it is as nutritious as fresh poi and will not lose its flavor. 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."
07 May 2009, 20:50
im from the islands, but now live in main land, north east, like AUgusta maine, im trying to find poi to buy and ship here so i can have my loco kind food, if any one knows to let me know what web site or phone numba i can call, Mahalo much
Craig Walsh
07 May 2009, 21:13
William --

There aren't going to be any stores that sell poi in Maine. The few stores that do sell poi on the mainland are in Seattle, San Francisco/San Mateo, Southern California, and (of course) Vegas.

Please see the "Where can I buy poi?" article on this website for some useful information:


Please let us know if you're successful and get your poi Down East.
07 Dec 2009, 07:51
Here's a Yahoo! group devoted to growing taro and ti outside of the tropics:
but a greenhouse will be needed. Corms are occasionally offered on the group if my memory serves me correctly.
27 Jan 2011, 13:03
I found some powdered poi you can buy online here:
gordon lee
09 Apr 2015, 05:57
do you mail out powder poi to continent? cost? mahalo, gordon
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