1911 Prohibition on PoiPosted: March 17, 2014
Many Americans associate prohibition with alcohol as their country did have one. In 1911, Hawaii also had a prohibition, but for poi.
The Board of Health believed that poi caused two Native Hawaiians to contract cholera and questioned if poi factories and shops were handling the poi in a sanitary manner. Meanwhile, the Native Hawaiians wanted their staple food.
Check out this feature article about the 1911 prohibition on poi and “read more about it!”