Wawaeiole | Poncho - Aqua - ALL SALES FINAL
Lightweight & ultra soft French Terry | Hooded Poncho with kangaroo pocket | Designed in Hawaii | Made in the USA
Don't let the name "rat's foot" throw you off. This limu (seaweed), and the fern ally by the same name have lots of flavor to offer to life. Wāwaeʻiole is the name used for a couple species of Hawaiian Codium, C. edule being the most common. This indigenous limu is found throughout the Pacific and can be eaten raw or cooked. It was often pounded with salt and left to sit, yielding a rich red sauce good for ia maka (raw fish) and other dishes. High in minerals, limu was (and still is) an important part of the Hawaiian diet, consumed daily by some folks. In fact, historically, Hawaiians consumed more limu than any other Pacific people. Women were often the ones to collect these delicate and delectable sea plants from near shore areas, each species having its own unique texture and flavor. Limu wawaeiole is paired with alaalawainui (Peperomia spp.) in the Kumulipo (our most extensive chant of creation). However, Lycopodium venustulum is an indigenous fern ally that also carries the name wawaeiole. It is used in hana aloha, or love magic, i hoiole mau ke aloha i loko - so that love is always held fast within. Whether food or love, it seems wawaeiole can get that ono (flavor) your puu is craving: E hoonoono mai - Make it tasty.