I think Kuki owes Hawaiians an apology. Saying that poi tastes like it's spelled, Pee-you, is an insult to a nation that has been the subject of senseless jokes for too long. And you wonder why some locals hate tourists?
I'm also disappointed at Kuki who as someone purporting to be a professional journalist, should know better than that. Shame!
What I am sorry for is that offense was taken by a comment made in jest. And the humor was NOT directed at the Hawaiian people! Nor can I see how it would have been taken as such.
It was directed at a type of food. No different really than some people making light of the taste of brussel sprouts, broccolli, or even moose meat.
Gee, I know a lot of jokes and I can't think of a single one directed at the residents of the 50th state. Other than the one-liner, "Book 'em Danno."
Poi is not exactly gourmet fare. A little garlic and some shredded scallion might be a nice addition.
I'd bet a dollar against a shell necklace from Hilo Hattie's that poi is not on the normal dinner menu in most Hawaiian households.
It's for the tourist trade at the overpriced luaus just so those folks can HAVE the poi experience and make their own opinions about it.
Somehow I doubt that the locals who are making that poi for the tourists and laughing all the way to the bank would be offended by Kuki's comments. Those locals probably don't hate tourists.
As a serious foodie, I saw no redeeming values in poi other than sampling an indigenous food that is not on the menu at low-life joints such as KFC or any of the upscale restaurants such as Alan Wong's.
I am quite disaPOInted that anyone would take Kuk to task over something so small.