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Monday, January 30, 2012

King Lunalilo

King Lunalilo was born on January 31, 1835.

King Lunalilo
In the islands, January 31 is not a state holiday, but the people of Hawaii do celebrate this king’s birthday.

He was never married and was considered the highest born alii (royalty) of his generation.

He took office as king in January of 1873, but became ill in August of that same year, and died in February of 1874 at the age of 39.

His family home is today an adult daycare center.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Hawaiian Steak!

Hmm . . . Spam?

Did you know that Hawaiians eat over six million cans of spam per year? Wow!

I must admit that I don’t eat spam, but I would love to try some good Hawaiian spam recipes. Anyone out there have a couple of good ones?

So, why spam? During World War II the rationing created the perfect conditions for using spam, and after the war people continued to eat it. Another possible reason for its popularity is that Hawaiians and Asians eat a lot of rice, and the salty spam goes well with bland rice.

Maybe you think spam is only served in fast food places or prepared at home? Wrong! It’s served in high-end restaurants as well!

Okay, I gotta find a good recipe! And when I do, I’ll try it, and post the recipe, and describe my experience as well.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Race the Sun!

For those of you who read my blog about Silent Night (from January 2), you might be interested in another movie based on a true story with Hawaiian connections.

Race the Sun was made in 1996 and tells the story of a group of 1990 Hawaiian High School students who build a solar car. They are encouraged and inspired by their teacher (played by Halle Berry.) They win their local competition and earn a trip to the 1990 World Solar Challenge in Australia for a competition.

James Belushi and Casey Affleck (Ben’s younger brother) also star in this movie that encourages kids to believe they can accomplish their dreams. The misfit group of troubled kids runs into many roadblocks and pitfalls during the six-day race.

I enjoyed this funny, entertaining movie very much, and when I read the Amazon reviews, discovered I wasn’t the only one!

Want a great family night movie? Get hold of Race the Sun and enjoy!

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Queen Emma Kaleleonalani

The Original Queen's Hospital

Queen Emma Kaleleonalani was the wife of King Kamehameha IV, born on January 2, 1836.

In the islands, January 2 is not a state holiday, but the people of Hawaii do celebrate her birthday. It’s past January 2, but I still thought my readers would like to know a little about this queen.

Queen's Medical Center
Her biggest accomplishment was establishing (as a co-founder) Queen’s Hospital in 1859. Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV worked to create the facility because many Hawaiians were suffering from introduced diseases.

The hospital sits at the foot of Punchbowl Crater on the island of Oahu and today is called Queen’s Medical Center.

Read more about Queen Emma and the hospital by visiting this blog:

Queen's Hospital

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Mango Chicken Curry

I think it’s time this week for a Winter Recipe that uses one of the tropical fruits of Hawaii.

Mango Chicken Curry With Garnish
Salad With Papaya Seed Dressing
(Check my Recipe Page to make the dressing)
Mango Chicken Curry


3 or 4 Tbsp of vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
½ red bell pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1-2 Tbsp minced fresh ginger (I used barely 1 Tbsp because I find fresh ginger to be rather strong
2 Tbsp curry powder
½ tsp cumin
2 mangos, peeled and sliced
2 Tbsp cider or white vinegar
1 ¼ cup water
1-2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into bite-size pieces
1/3 cup golden raisins
½ cup coconut milk (may substitute cream)
Salt, Pepper
Cilantro for garnish

Heat oil over a low to medium stove.
Add onions, bell pepper and cook a few minutes.
Add curry, cumin, ginger, and garlic and cook a few minutes.
Add vinegar, water, and ½ of the chopped mango.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat and spoon sauce into a blender. Purée, pulsing until smooth. Then return sauce to pan.

Add chicken pieces and raisins. Heat should be low. Cover pan and let cook for about 10 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
Add the rest of the mango and stir in the coconut milk. Keep uncovered and let cook at lowest setting for a minute or two. Add salt and pepper to taste and garnish with cilantro.

Serve over rice.

My family loved this dish! We eat a lot of curry but I worried this might be too sweet. But it was perfect! If you find it to be too sweet, you can add a little more vinegar to the sauce.

Look for mangos on sale at your favorite store and definitely try this recipe—it’s wonderful!!!

Keep watching for another great fall recipe later this month, and one in February that uses papayas!

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Hawaii Five-O!

Have you been watching? It’s not too late to join me on Monday nights to watch this fun show. Of course, if you’re familiar with the 70’s show, you’ll find this one quite a bit different, although the characters’ names are the same.

Catch up by reading my past posts on each cast member and their character. Click on the name:

I love the scenery and the feel of the islands as I watch. Each episode has a Hawaiian name. Can’t afford to travel to Hawaii? Then join me on Monday evenings for a special mental and emotional trip to the islands!

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Unwanted Predator

The Brown Tree Snake is not welcome in Hawaii. In the 1950’s the snake somehow found it’s way to Guam and is now a major problem there. It has affected the bird population in Guam and is extremely venomous to humans as well.

So, how could this snake possibly get to Hawaii? From the wheel-wells of incoming planes from Guam as well as in cargo and possibly even from ships.

Hawaii has implemented an interesting plan to track down these unwelcome nuisanses. Guam has used dogs to sniff out the snakes for a number of years, and Hawaii now does the same thing. I saw a program on a cable network about these canine “sniffers,” but couldn’t find more info on them. They keep one caged snake at the airport so the dogs can identify the scent.

Keep on sniffing, little doggies!!

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Silent Night--Movie

We’ve just observed Christmas and if you’re like me, you’ve watched a lot of Christmas movies during the month of December.

The movie, Silent Night, is based on a true story that happened in a cabin in the Ardennes Forest on Christmas Eve during World War II. I really enjoyed the movie, and was surprised to hear about all the factual information actually used in the movie. Hollywood, of course, had to increase the drama and conflict, but overall it reflected the essence of what happened.

Then my son informed me about the real-life little boy in the movie, Fritz Vincken, and how he came to America as an adult to locate the American soldiers and did find one of them who had been a part of his special Christmas Eve in 1944. He stayed in America and eventually settled—guess where??? Yes—Hawaii!

So, how cool is that??

Fritz became a baker and lived in Honolulu until shortly before he died on December 8, 2002 in Oregon. Another connection for me! I grew up in Oregon, and only recently moved across the Columbia River into SW Washington.

In a few weeks I will highlight another interesting movie that features Hawaiian teens and is also based on a true story. Do you know any amazing movies based in Hawaii or about Hawaiians? I especially love a great story that is also TRUE!!!

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