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Talking Trees ‘Ulu App’ tells ancient stories


The Hooulu ka Ulu project has developed and released a free educational app for the iPhone and Android called Talking Trees.

The Talking Trees app features suggested stops on Hawaii Island that offer the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of the island through stories of the ulu (breadfruit).
Information is conveyed through photos, articles and video interviews with local cultural practitioners.

For people who want to learn how to cook with ulu, the app also features award-wining breadfruit recipes. Other links include information about how to cultivate and use breadfruit and Hawaiian mythology.

“The goal for us in creating the app is to engage people in the culture, history and current uses of breadfruit,” says Craig Elevitch, co-director of the Hooulu ka Ulu project. “In addition to being a great food, there are so many fascinating Hawaiian stories about life as it relates to the ulu. So much of Hawaiian mythology is relevant to life today.”

The Talking Trees app was developed with support from the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Kukulu Ola — Living Hawaiian Culture Program administered by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement.

A corresponding enhanced Google map was developed with support from the Atherton Family Foundation.

Hooulu ka Ulu is a project of the Hawaii Homegrown Food Network and the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.

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