This is the third of my three-part interview. You really don’t want to miss any of her excitement about Hawaii, so be sure to check out parts 1 and 2 from Thursday, November 03, and Monday, November 7!
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.
Share with us a favorite memory as a kid.
Some of my favorite memories as a kid were all the times my mom would let a whole bunch of us kids (neighbors and friends) pile into the back of our jeep, and she would drive us across to the other side of the island to spend the whole day at our favorite beach! If not that, she was letting us all pile into the jeep and taking us up to our favorite river swimming hole, where we would climb cliffs and jump into the water. We would also swim up to a waterfall and challenge each other as to who could sit under it the longest as the waterfall beat down on our heads! We would also slide down natural water slides in the river where rocks were covered with a very slippery moss.
Did you and your friends ever get into mischief? If so, tell us a story.
Oh dear yes! I was a little rascal at times! We lived near a very mean neighbor lady...and one day my friends and I decided to stuff her mailbox with rotten Mango's! :/ Another naughty thing my sister and I did was sneak (climbed over the fence) into the county pool at night and went swimming! Ohhhhh boy, if we had been caught doing that, we might have been grounded for a YEAR!! My dad was the director of Parks and Recreation for the County of Hawaii, which means he oversaw the pools and all of the lifeguards! We would have been in BIG trouble!
What do you really love about Hawaii, especially the Big Island?
What I love most about Hawaii, especially the Big Island, is the laidback life style of the islands. I loved being able to be no more than a hop, skip, and a jump away at all times from the beautiful ocean! I loved the fresh smell of flowers in the air being gently carried along in the cool trade winds. I loved the sound of the ocean ebbing in and out, and the sound of waves crashing along the coast. Truly, I loved living my growing up years in flip-flops! ;)
Anything else you’d like to share with my readers?
Growing up in Hawaii, I loved the way people always found a reason to gather, usually outdoors under a pavilion, for a fun celebration. Flowers, leis, Hawaiian music, and good home-cooked food were always a part of our celebrations. Because life back then was so simple and easy going, it was also very common for people to just "drop in" unannounced for a visit, where everyone would sit out on the lanai in the trade winds and just visit. Ohana is very important to the people of the islands—they take great pride in their heritage. If someone, for any reason, was found without a family, they would be taken in to another's and made a part of that Ohana. They would "hanai" you (take you in as their own).
What great stories you tell, Luana! It really makes me want to rush right back to the islands. I miss the days I experienced in Hawaii.
I hope to try out all of Luana’s recipes soon, and post about my experience making them, as well as sharing them with you.
Here’s to a life in flip-flops!
Mahalo for visiting!