Free Educational App – “Talking Trees”

The Ho‘oulu 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 Hawai‘i 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.

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“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 Ho‘oulu 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 Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s Kūkulu 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. Ho’oulu ka ‘Ulu is a project of the Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network and the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.

Learn more and download the app at, or from the iTunes stores.


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