NANA I KE KUMU | LOOK TO THE SOURCE
We are only as healthy as the land we live on. Our commitment to locally grown agriculture is priority and reflected in the products we make. With at least one locally grown ingredient in each product, we can assure you that we love Hawaii with all our heart! We believe that the mana or essence that flows from our earth is that much powerful when grown in the place that products are made. Please follow us and learn about our PIA Project. It is our life-long goal to farm our own ingredients in collaboration with local farmers and our 8-acre farm land located in Ahualoa, Hawaii.
The kukui nut has many uses. Originally it was most valued for its light, the oil of the white kernels being extracted for its use in stone lamps and in ti leaf sheath torches. The shelled nuts were skewered on a coconutfrond mid-rib and lit one by one, from the top to bottom, as they sat in a container of sand or dirt, or in the earth itself. Often children were given the responsibility for keeping the "candles" lit. The tree is sometimes called the Candlenut Tree. The nuts are widely used as a traditional lei, both the hard shells of the polished black, tan or brown, and immature white, which are more rare. The white flowers and downy, angularly pointed leaves are also strung as lei, representing Moloka`i, whose symbolic color is silvery green. The bark, flowers and nuts are all used for medicine. As food, a small amount of the pounded roasted nuts, plus salt and sometimes chili peppers, is used as a relish and is called `inamona.
Coconut | Niu
Coconut oil is famous throughout Polynesia not only as an edible oil and hair tonic but also as an excellent massage oil and a moisturizer for the skin. Hawaiians have used coconut oil for skin for protection from the sun’s harmful rays.
The best aspect of coconut oil that makes it so beneficial for skin is that it does not become rancid. When you apply it on the skin, it can work for a longer time, unlike many other oils, without getting rancid. Due to these various beneficial properties of coconut oil, it is used as an important ingredient in our product line.
Kalo | Taro
The health benefits of taro root include its ability to improve digestion, lower blood sugar levels, prevent certain types of cancers, protect the skin, enhance vision, increase circulation, decrease blood pressure, aid the immune system, and prevent heart disease, while also supporting muscle and nerve health. Between vitamin E and vitamin A, our skin is well protected when we add taro root to our diets.  Both of these essential vitamins work to eliminate skin conditions and boost overall cellular health, meaning that our wounds and blemishes heal faster, and a healthy glow can be returned to the skin. Taro root is nature’s little secret to healthier skin!
Pia | Arrowroot
ARROWROOT | PIA
Arrowroot enables active ingredients to penetrate the upper levels of your skin as it has great moisture-absorbing qualities, often used in body powders and deodorants to make your skin silkier and smoother.
Arrowroot contains a good amount of potassium, iron and B vitamins, which is great for metabolism, circulation and heart health. Studies have even shown that arrowroot can stimulate immune cells and boost the immune system.
Pia is best known for its fine nutritious starch, which is extracted from the round tuber, the underground root. Tacca leontopetaloides is Pia's scientific name. Pia is sometimes called tapioca root, but is not to be confused with Manihot esculenta, which is Manioc Cassava - also called tapioca, for its edible starch. Sometimes pia is also confused with Maranta arundinacea, called arrowroot for its arrow-shaped, starchy edible root.
The tuber/hua of pia is white and nearly round. The highly starchy carbohydrate was traditionally grated or pounded and put into a calabash with water, where the starch settled to the bottom.
Each day, the water was poured off and fresh water was added. This was done to release the bitterness of the root. When the bitterness was gone, the starch was spread on flat rocks to dry in the sun.
Later, the sheet of starch was scraped off and ground into a powder using a stone mortar and pestle. Starch that was not immediately needed was stored, often in the shape of small cakes.
Traditionally, prepared pia is mixed with coconut milk or cream and steamed, boiled or baked into the dessert pudding called haupia.
Medicinally, the raw dry starch was added to water and taken several times a day to cure diarrhea. For severe cases, such as dysentery, the pia was mixed with alae, red clay, to provide iron for rehabilitation, being careful to know the right quantities to ingest so as not to cause constipation. This combination was also used to stop internal hemorrhaging in the stomach and colon. (https://www.canoeplants.com/pia.html)
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Sandalwood | 'Iliahi
Hawaii has six unique sandalwood species that exist nowhere else in the world. The prized and fragrant sandalwood tree once grew in abundance in Hawaii.
Regular use of the antibacterial Sandalwood powder helps in fighting acne-causing bacteria, exfoliates theskin, soothes sunburn, removes suntan and also reduces signs of ageing such as dry skin and wrinkles.
Lemongrass | Wapine
Lemongrass is an herb that is native to Sri Lanka and South India but now grows in many countries around the world. The plant's stalks are a common ingredient in Asian cooking, but it is also possible to brew lemongrass to make tea. Commonly used for its anti-inflammatory properties and immune boosting benefits.