Kumu DJ High - Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Campus
Born: Charlottesville, Virginia and grew up in North Carolina
Lives: Mountain View
Career Highlights: Formerly a Life Science and elementary school teacher. Worked in the restaurant and catering industry throughout high school and college.
First Introduced to ‘ulu: 2013
By: The Kū ‘Āina Pā Teacher Training Program
By way of: Simply steamed
Culinary arts is a popular elective class and the classroom kitchen becomes a venue for students to apply what they learn in their core classes. For example, when the students learned about Native American society in Social Studies classes, they planted a Three-Sisters garden of corn, beans, and squash and then used those ingredients along with other locally sourced items to create a Hawaiʻi-grown meal from foods indigenous to North America.
What makes the KSH culinary arts program unique is the incorporation of applied science into their lessons. Kumu DJ, formerly a life science teacher, regularly conducts science experiments with his students using food. Pressure cookers demonstrate heat transfer, while yeast displays life and metabolic processes by raising baked goods or fermenting items.
The 6th graders that are new to the culinary arts class are regularly asked by kumu DJ, “So, where does our food come from?” For most of the students, the answer is the grocery store.
In their food systems lessons, the students are taught how Kanaka Maoli were able to sustain large populations isolated within the islands without any external imports. They are also confronted with the modern realities of Hawaiʻi’s dependence on imported foods.
“The lessons are not about returning to these times, but to understand ancient wisdom and discovering ways to incorporate this into their daily lives.” Kumu explains.
The program is also directly tied into the KS School Garden program where freshly harvested kalo, produce, herbs and other food items are available year round for the classroom kitchen. Together the two courses are known as the KS ʻĀina2ʻŌpū program. Students are not only able to experience growing the crops, but also transforming them into delicious dishes that they can all enjoy. The students calculate recipes, study chemical reactions, learn how to safely handle food and about health and nutrition while exploring local Hawaiian foods and Indigenous cuisines.
“By the end of three years in the program our goal is that the 8th grade students are able to prepare full on farm-to-table meals for themselves, their ʻohana, and the lāhui.” Kumu DJ proudly says.
Kumu DJ and his ʻUlu Ambassadors developed four fantastic recipes for the Hawaii ʻUlu Co-op: gluten free banana bread, gluten free soft pretzels, gluten free pizza crust and a gluten free tempura batter using our new All Purpose ʻUlu Flour Mix. Check them out below!
Kumu DJ's Recipe: Maiʻa Bread
Kumu DJ's Recipe: Tempura Batter
Kumu DJ's Recipe: Thin and Crispy Gluten Free Pizza Crust
Kumu DJ's Recipe: Gluten Free Soft Pretzel Bites
All Purpose Breadfruit Flour Baking Mix (1 lb.)
Gluten-free baking made easy! We have created this unique 1:1 all-purpose baking mix featuring ʻulu flour to make it easy and fun to replace wheat flour in all your cookie, cake, brownie, muffin, and pancake recipes!
All Purpose Breadfruit Flour Baking Mix Bulk
Gluten-free baking made easy! We have created this unique 1:1 all-purpose baking mix featuring ʻulu flour to make it easy and fun to replace wheat flour in all your cookie, cake, brownie, muffin, and pancake recipes in bulk!