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Hawaii Part Five

Feb 23, 2013 | From the kitchen of Rose

Last Day in Honolulu Brunch at Hector and Visit to Pearl Harbor


On our last day in Honolulu, Hector wanted us to meet as many of his friends and family as possible given the size of the apartment. Eight people attended, each bringing a special dish. Debbie Story, who offered to pick us up from the hotel along with cups of coffee, made fabulous spinach, mushroom, gruyère, and poached egg casserole (she gave me permission to post the recipe in future). Hector-breakfast-and-us.jpg

The buffet table was laden with goodies from pastries to Chinese dim sum to Portuguese sausages. Hector_Breakfast.jpg

Kevin Kawahara brought delicious squares of pumpkin mochi. He also brought a jar of mango chutney and of lilikoi butter (passion curd) prepared by the students at the Punahou School where he works as part of the IT staff and where President Obama was once a student. Kevin explained to us the special story behind the preserves:
The students make these preserves each year to sell at the Punahou Carnival held on the first weekend of February. The carnival is put on by the junior class and parents, and supported by the entire Punahou community. All proceeds from carnival are used to help fund the financial aid budget - the same fund that helped put Barack Obama through Punahou! One of the more popular and famous parts of Carnival is the Mango Chutney. Just before all the mangoes start to ripen, students and parents collect green mangoes and spend hours and hours peeling, slicing, cooking, and canning the chutney to sell. It is only available twice a year - once at the Christmas craft fair, and then at the carnival. People wait in line for hours to buy as little as a single jar. While almost everyone knows about Punahou Carnival Mango Chutney, the lilikoi butter is in much shorter supply, and arguably more desirable - it disappears before the chutney.

I asked everyone to give an introduction describing themselves and what they brought to the table! Hector and I listened with obvious delight. Hector-Breakfast.jpg

I was especially delighted to meet Hector's younger brother William and his charming girlfriend Breanne.
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The grand finale was cutting the cake that was made at the demo the day before. It was the "Golden Lemon Almond" using macadamia nuts in place of almonds--a "Hector Take on My Cake." It never was better! IMG_0857.jpg

Before flying back to Kona, Hector arranged for us to visit the Pearl Harbor Memorial to the Dec 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. We watched a movie depicting the events surrounding the incident that president Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed as "the day of infamy." Walking through the museum of displays we noticed there were also many people from the military viewing the exhibits. As there was a high wind, the boat that goes out to the Arizona Memorial was cancelled but we could see the Memorial from the shore.

Christopher, Hector's partner, joined us at the airport and for dinner in Kona at Quinn's. My dear friend Leslie Harlib, who is in the process of moving from San Francisco to Hawaii, made this recommendation and advised us to try the Ono Cajun sandwich with fried onion rings, which we all enjoyed, girding ourselves for the next days of touring to come.

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Wow! I had hoped you and Hector would meet!

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Andi Fishman
Andi Fishman
02/28/2013 10:27 PM

Wow the trip looked wonderful.
Last time we visited Hawaii we went to Maui,and when we got back I talked to Hector on the blog.
Such a nice man.
I have certainly learned many tricks from him Rose.
He is amazing just like you!!
Enjoy the show and the big process of moving.
Once you are settled ,especially the nice basement space you will have,I know you will make it a dream.
Good luck.
xoxxo
Andi in Vegas

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Looks like it was a great trip!

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Hi, Rae Ann!

If you enjoy Rose's wonderful recipes, please feel free to join us in the Forum section of this web site -- share your creations, ask any baking questions you have, and answer the quesitons others post! It's a great place to share baking information, learn from fellow bakers, see lots of wonderful baking, and enjoy success (and stress) stories!

--ak

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found your blog address in 'blogging for dummies'. hope you don't mind if i comment once in awhile. i certainly am going to check out your blog. all those recipes sound fantastic. plus the list of blogs will take me forever to go through. if anyone has any helpful hints for this neewbie, please feel free to get them to me. thanks:-)

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