Category Archives: Holiday

International Pickle Week – May 14 – 25

So, it’s International pickle week! I’m all for this holiday! Pickles were not something I enjoyed as a child, but thanks to an amazing woman and her inviting Cafe in Eagle Rock, CA… I love pickles! The Cafe was just a few streets down from my college and I discovered it one day when it […]

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New Year Muse-ings

This time of year, between Christmas and New Year, is very strange for me. I’m somewhat curious about the time ahead and I mull over the year about to close. Yearly, my family goes to a service at the Koboji Mission in Kalihi on the island of Oahu. It is a tiny temple that borders […]

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Chinese New Year Goodies

Chinatown in Honolulu rarely changes. Sure, they remodel the building facades and add in ‘old style’ street lamps, but the heart of Chinatown will always be the little stores and shops that fairly burst with wares. You know them when you see them, groceries with boxes and tables on the sidewalks, selling everything from fresh […]

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Chinatown Butcher

The strange and wonderful world of the butcher in Chinatown. The greasy drip of fat from duck and chicken. The crispy crunch of roast pork, cut to order. How many pounds? Crispy or fatty? Chicken with feet? Turkey tail? Charsiu whole or chopped? If you know the butcher, they may offer you a piece that […]

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Sandwich Island Christmas Trees

In 1852 the Sydney Botanic Garden in Australia sent a package to the “King of the Sandwich Islands.” Included in the package were seedlings for Norfolk Pine Trees. Given their name because of their origination from Norfolk Island to the east of Australia, these seedlings were perfectly suited to the climate of the Hawaiian Islands. […]

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 The Kadomatsu (Gate Pine), began in the Edo period (1603–1868) of Japan.  Traditionally the arrangement is made of pine sprigs, bamboo and plum blossoms. The kadomatsu is tied together with cord and symbolizes constancy, vitality and longevity. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it […]

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Scaring Away the Evil Spirits

In the Sandwich Islands the plantations recruited workers from many different countries. The Chinese, the Portugese, the Japanese and others found their way to the Kingdom of Hawaii to work in their fields. While the cultures grouped together and lived in ethnic centric communities, they did adopt parts of the other cultures as their own. […]

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Klaubauf, Bartl, Pelznickel, Grampus, Niglobartl, or Krampusz… they are all names that relate to the same holiday incarnation that is most widely known as Krampus. Is he merely a companion to Kris Kringle/Santa Claus? Or is he a peer… an equal to the jolly man in Red and White? In Western culture Santa Claus knows […]

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Thanksgiving as a National Holiday

Before Thanksgiving became a National Holidy, there were numerous unofficial celebrations in the United States. During the Civil War, one of President Lincoln’s concerns was uniting the country. Sarah J. Hale, a poet and editor, was lobbbying for a national holiday of Thanksgiving. President Lincoln discussed the subject with Hale and later made his Thanksgiving […]

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