1700 years ago, seafaring Polynesians brought 'ulu or breadfruit to Hawaii. It was a staple of the native cuisine for generations – until Western contact brought hamburgers and french fries, and diabetes and obesity. Could a return to traditional foods reverse these trends? Many islanders believe it can: "Our foods have mana," they say, using the Hawaiian word for spiritual energy & healing power.Premiere Date: May 15, 2017 | Runtime: 00:28:20
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