vegetarian

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

 In the wider world, tofu is getting beyond its bland white cube image, turning up barbecued or even as a mousse.  In Hawai‘i, we’ve had a wealth of fresh tofu since the plantation days, and over the years, Hawai‘i has enjoyed a unique range of neighborhood tofu styles, often available direct from the factory.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports recent closures have left just a few local makers serving the fresh tofu market today.   

Tofu was definitely made on the plantations by Japanese and probably Chinese immigrants.  Tofu followed them off the plantations too.

What does it take to be a vegetarian? Are there medical benefits? Are all sources of protein alike? What is the best way to stay healthy and eat right? Dr. William Harris of the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii will be in the studio answering your questions about the vegetarian diet and how to make any food you eat as healthy as possible. 

Flickr / bookgrl
Flickr / bookgrl

Hawaii legislators are considering new ways to deal with the growing problem of childhood obesity. School lunch has come under the spotlight and lawmakers are pushing to make some changes in the school cafeteria. HPR’s Molly Solomon takes a closer look.