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Humuhumu at the Grand Wailea, Hawaii Humuhumu at the Grand Wailea, Hawaii
Humuhumu at the Grand Wailea, Hawaii Humuhumu at the Grand Wailea, Hawaii
Humuhumu at the Grand Wailea, Hawaii Humuhumu at the Grand Wailea, Hawaii

Hawaiian restaurant bases menu on local lunar calendar

25 : 05 : 2017 Food : Hospitality : Drink

Humuhumu is the main restaurant at the luxurious Grand Wailea resort in Hawaii.

The head chef, Mike Lofaro, is renowned for his modern take on Hawaiian seasonal cuisine.

His latest culinary experiment is to employ the Hawaiian moon calendar system, traditionally used by locals to dictate their eating, farming and fishing habits. Lofaro will rotate his menu throughout the year based on the ingredients that can be harvested, fished or foraged according to the current lunar cycle. Guests can try Lofaro’s contemporary interpretation of traditional fish and poi, a staple of native Hawaiian cuisine.

Housed in a native hale thatched structure, the interior of the restaurant references Hawaiian culture. It features ohia hardwood posts and rafters, lauhala weave ceiling panels, and an inscribed ode to local traditions of ocean voyaging and wayfinding.

The Big Picture

  • Humuhumu’s use of the lunar calendar to structure menu design gives guests an easy way to explore Hawaii’s native traditions through gastronomy
  • Brands and consumers are investigating ancestral eating habits as sources of health and wellness. See our Ancient Appetites microtrend for more