Hawaiian Sea Salt is the coming together of two of the things we love best about Hawaii, the Sea and the Sun. Our salt is harvested from salt farms on the tiny island of Molokai and from ancient deep sea waters of the Kona coast on the Island of Hawaii making our sources are as unaffected by human influences as possible.
Traditionally Hawaiian Sea Salt was used in ceremonial blessing of outgoing canoes and tools and to preserve abundant catches. It was one of the first items exchanged between Hawaiians and early Traders and even today, a gift of salt is considered a symbol of good luck and blessing.
Hawaiian Sea Salt has a unique combination of taste, mineral content and naturally contains magnesium and potassium which help maintain your body’s electrolyte levels.
Hawaiian Salt Legends
There are different versions of Hawaiian legends about salt and in an interesting article on the salt pools near Hanapepe Kaua‘i, Keya Keita writes about one of them:
So the story goes: A young woman was fishing on the western shore of Kaua‘i. The sea had been generous, too generous, and she caught more fish than her family could possibly eat in one day. Distressed at the prospect of wasting the sea’s gifts, the woman began to weep. The fire goddess Pele heard her cries and took pity. She told the young woman to follow a rainbow from the mountain to the sea, where she would find shallow pools filled with glistening white crystals. If she rubbed the crystals on the fish, Pele said, her catch would be preserved. This is how Pele taught the ancient Hawaiians to use sea salt, or pa‘akai—literally, “to solidify the sea.”
The Making of Hawaiian Salt
In 1823 the Reverend William Ellis William Ellis traveled around the Island of Hawai‘i and wrote about the production of salt in Kawaiahae:
“The natives of this district manufacture large quantities of salt, by evaporating the sea water. We saw a number of their pans, in the disposition of which they display great ingenuity.