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July 04

When Life Gives You Mangoes

Patricia Galios

I transferred to O`ahu in 1978 with Western Airlines. We had a big mango tree in the back yard. I tried a lot of mango recipes like mango chutney, mango shakes, mango smoothies and mango crisp. One year during the [Mele] Kalikimaka season, I tried mango bread. Instead of bananas, I put in mango and coconut. It was ONOLICIOUS! ~PGalios

Mango Bread

2 cups flour
¾ cup cooking oil
3 eggs
2 teaspoons soda
1- 1/3 cup sugar
2 cups diced mangoes
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 Tablespoon vanilla
½ cups coconut

Mix flour, soda, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl mix together all other stuff. Stir it in all together. Put into greased loaf pan and let stand for 20 minutes. Then bake at 350 for an hour.

Warm Poi

By Ed Ching

My friend approached me and said “you like buy ticket for lu`au?” He was another transplant, like me, from Hawai`i living on Guam. He continued, “da Hui Aikane selling tickets to raise money for charity!” The Hui Aikane is a Hawaiian golf club on Guam and they were having their annual lu`au fund raiser. I asked, “going get poi?” “Of course! We getting it from Hawai`i,” was the answer.

There is no poi on Guam . It is one food that I really miss. Guam does not grow wet land taro like Hawai`i. Guam has dry land taro - - it is white and dry. You can’t make it into a paste and it doesn’t have that special taste like wet land, gray taro. I have not had poi in a long time and here was my chance. So I quickly handed him $30 for a ticket.

At the lu`au, I anxiously stood in line. The Hilton Hotel on Tumon Bay was hosting the lu`au, so much of the food was not authentic. But there was kalua pig (made in a pressure cooker), lomi lomi salmon, poke and. . .(there it was!!) POI. It was in a big serving tray with a small canned fire under it. It was warm!!! Plus...no cups, or bowls, or containers around it. I thought, “Am I suppose to put that warm runny poi on my plate?” I was desperate. I was going to eat poi no matter what! Solution: go get a soup bowl located at the beginning of the line.

With every mouthful, I complained about the poi. In fact, I complained about the warm poi to every member of the Hui Aikane that I ran into when I went back for seconds. To me, the food from Hawai`i has a distinctive flavor and taste, probably due to the mixture of the different cultures. Food is the nexus to Hawai`i for every person who has the aloha spirit. Poi is my tie to the Islands and a reminder of who I am.

Da moral of dis story is when you come Guam, bring poi.

Ed Ching graduated from `Iolani High School and the University of Hawai`i. He is an attorney and Olympic swimming coach living on Guam.

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