I am thrilled to have my friend, Luana, share about her experiences growing up in Hawaii. You will love learning about the place she calls home!
This is part 2. Be sure to check out part 1 from last Thursday!
Luana grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii, the same as my niece, Nicole, whom I interviewed on September 13, 16, and 20 of 2010. Thank you so much for sharing with my blog readers, Luana.
What is your favorite part of Hawaiian culture?
My favorite part of the Hawaiian culture was all the flowers everywhere, and the way we all gave leis to each other during celebrations. For example, the smell of the auditorium on graduation day was breathtaking—a memory and smell I will never forget. I also love the Hawaiian music and dancing, every song and dance tells a wonderful story. I love the way life was simple there.
What are your favorite Hawaiian foods to cook?
I love to make shoyu chicken, mochi, kalua pig.
What recipes would you like to share with my readers? (I will post the recipes after the interview series is complete)
Various flavored mochi, shoyu chicken, coconut pineapple cream cheese dip, and mango bread.
What other things did you do with your friends?
Growing up, my friends and I spent a lot of time playing outside. Games like hide-n-go seek at night, and dodge ball. We loved burrowing little tunnels through the bushes, and building tree houses. Every Halloween all the neighbor kids would get together and build a "haunted house". Boy were they good!!!! At Christmas time, a typical Christmas tree in Hawaii was a Norfolk Pine. Norfolk’s were plentiful in Hawaii, which made for a more affordable Christmas tree. Other kinds of Christmas trees were shipped over from the Mainland by boat, which made them more expensive to purchase. But I remember vividly the one year my parents let us buy a beautiful Douglas fir tree for Christmas. It smelled AMAZING!!!
Did you have a favorite “hang-out”?
My favorite hang-out was at a beach called "Lele'iwi beach park". I liked it there because it was a safe place to swim, and we would usually run into a friend or two while there. It was a good hang-out! We also liked to hang-out at the roller rink.
What fun to be a kid in Hawaii!! Join me again on Thursday for the final part of my series with Luana. You won’t want to miss it—you get to discover what kind of shocking mischief this sweet lady got into as a kid—OH MY!
Mahalo for visiting!