If you live in Hawaii, you know what a gecko is. Little local lizards that run up the walls of our homes eating bugs, and then they poop everywhere. I decided to write a page on my experiences here on Moloka'i, local gossip, island pidgin, people I've met, you know "gecko poop". This could be valuable information for the next visitor who comes to Moloka'i. Kind of a self portrait of Moloka'i from my point of view. Does it have anything to do with food?... maybe, so here's the scoop on the poop.
The Coconut Wireless...
While enjoying a pizza at Pizza Cafe yesterday with my wife, a streaker ran by our table waving his pants in the air. Naturally we were shocked at first, but it turned out to be a three year old boy who was recently potty trained. He apparently was successful in the men's room and was rushing out into the restaurant to tell his mother what he had done all by himself. She came by our table a few minutes later and apologized. I told her not a problem, I sometimes do the same thing myself. I have two boys, grown now, and I remember what a big deal it was to achieve potty training.
Hawaiian Pidgin English...
The slang spoken by the locals in Hawaii. Pigeon English was not created by Hawaiians but originated in Hawaii during the Sugar cane importation of field workers of Japanese, Filipino, Chinese, and local Hawaiian Nationalities. The words were created due to a miss pronunciation of common words of the English language.
There are rules for pidgin: Tourists may not speak it (or ull get ur ass kicked). Here's an example of Hawaii pidgin... "Ho brah! you see me kick dat one haole toris' ass dat try tok to me pidgin? man he shoulda see dat' shit coming brah! he stay 'tinking he da kine!" Source: urbandictionary.com
"Haole" – A word used mainly in Hawaii to describe a white person. Depending on how you say it, the word can mean either an insult or just a fact.
"Da' kine" – Word used as in reference to something or someone, or a whatcamacallit. A miss pronounced word for That Kind, The kind of... example: Hey did you see "dakine" today?
"Braddah" – Brother; Bro
"Ho Brah..." – Prelude to describing something intense or amazing
"Grind" – To eat like there's no tomorrow
"Dat" – That
"Eh!" – You know!
"Neva" – (or) He never wanted that.
"Howzit?" – What's happening? How's it going?
"Mo' Bettah" – Real good; great idea
"Onolicious" – Overly delicious!
"Slippas" – flip-flops or sandals
You can find more of "Da' kine" on this website, or check out this article from Maui Magazine to get a real taste of Hawaiian pidgin english, click here "Da Muddah Tongue". For Hawaiian food names, check out this site.
Moloka'i "Ever Wonders"...
Ever wonder why folks here on Moloka'i wave at you as they drive by? When I first moved here I was told by a local that you will become known by the car/truck you drive. Now I've noticed that about 50% of the people who pass me, going the opposite way, either wave, or give me a "shaka". The shaka sign is a well-known hand gesture to convey the aloha spirit. It's the unmistakable pinky and thumb salute meaning "hang loose". I lived in Los Angeles for 4 years while going to college and you wouldn't even get a "how's it" from those folks. It's very nice living on Moloka'i, where everyone is a neighbor and treat you with Aloha.
Ever wonder why the speed limit going east into Kaunakakai is 35 mph, and going west out of Kaunakakai it's 45 mph? And going north uphill out of Kualapuu, the speed limit is 35 mph, and going south, downhill into Kualapuu it's 30 mph? Shouldn't it all be the same going either way?
Ever wonder why more of Moloka'i's Hawaiian Homeland isn't used for farming when Hawaii imports 85 to 90 percent of the state's food supply? Check out this website for the answer.
Ever wonder who is liable if someone falls and breaks a bone on broken sidewalks in downtown Kaunakakai? The sidewalks on Moloka'i are owned by property owners, not the county.
Ever wonder if I will ever open my own restaurant on Moloka'i? Believe me I have thought about it, but unfortunately too many restaurants have failed here, due to high rents, high food cost, available labor, and very little local support. Employment on Moloka'i is very low, so locals don't eat out much. To answer the question... probably not. It's the same with catering, not enough business to make it worthwhile.
Ever wonder what my favorite restaurants are on Molokai? First I would have to say the Moloka'i Pizza Cafe, a little pricy, but good pizza. Located at 15 Kaunakalai Pl, Kaunakakai.
The Cook House prime rib on Thursday nights, thick and prepared just right. We usually get it to go and take it home to eat, because it gets crowded in this small local restaurant. Located on Highway 470 and Uwao Street, in Kualapu'u.
I also like the sandwiches they make at the Sundown Deli in Kaunakakai, especially the Club Sandwich, so "Ono"!
You can read my review of all Moloka'i restaurants here on tastinghawaii.com. CLICK HERE
Did You Know?
Moloka'i General Hospital sent out a news letter this week. In it was an article written by Dr. Naomi Burr, Family Medicine Physician, that brought me up-to-date on the value of fruits and vegetables in our diet.
When buying vegetables, choose "greens" or leafy vegetables with the most color, the more red, purple, blue, and green the more nutritious. Consuming some type of fat (extra virgin olive oil is best) with your "greens" is necessary to absorb the bounty of fat-soluble vitamins in your vegetables. Toss out that fat free dressing! Make your own dressing, balsamic vinegar and a good extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, 'ono!
It turns out, according to Dr. Burr:
• Beet greens (tops) are more nutritous than the beets themselves.
• The most nutritious tomatoes are not in the produce aisles, they are in the canned goods section. Processed tomatoes, whether canned or cooked into a paste or sauce, are the richest known source of lycopene. They also have the most flavor. Heat increases the amount and bioavailability of antioxidants. Dr. Burr also states that the smaller a fresh tomato is, the more nutrients it contains.
• Carrots are more nutritious cooked than raw. When cooked whole, they have 25 percent more falcarinol, a cancer-fighting compound, than carrots that have been cut before cooking.
• Russet potatoes are more nutritious than white, Yukon gold, or purple Molokai sweet potatoes.
• The healing properties of garlic can be maximized by slicing, chopping, mashing, or pressing it and then letting it rest for a full 10 minutes before cooking.
• Thawing frozen berries in the microwave preserves twice as many antioxidants and more vitamin C than thawing them on the counter or inside your refrigerator. Ounce per ounce, there is more fiber in raspberries than bran cereals.
To Be Continued!