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December 2008

Kama`aina Lifestyle................Holoholo............

Some of you know/perhaps even share in my story (about being raised in a time when the focus was for Hawaiian youth to learn to “walk, talk, act” like the haole because his was the world we would be working in). I had a recent visitor to my home who is the antithesis to that philosophy. Kepa Maly was a young haole boy who was hanai by my beloved grandparents Daniel and Hattie Kaopuiki Sr on the island of Lana`i. My Tutus took Kepa under wing, raised him in his teen/young adult years and taught him to “walk, talk, act” like a Hawaiian. Kepa graduated from Lana`i HS in 1972 and has spent the subsequent years learning more about the culture, the language, the land, the flora, the climate, et al of Hawaii. Kepa is now considered an expert on things Hawaiian! I am so happy that my Tutus Daniel and Hattie Kaopuiki Sr had the foresight, the energy (they were in their 70s then) and took the time to teach the intricacies of our Hawaiian culture to that young haole boy. That young haole boy is now the man who is preserving and perpetuating apart of our Hawaiian culture for future generations as Kepa Maly and his wife Onaona Pomroy Maly are now the curators for the year old Lana`i Culture & Heritage Center on the island of Lana`i……..

A few months ago, Bobby Nakihei’s Bobby’s Hawaiian Style Restaurant in Everett, WA was featured in Chef Guy Fieri’s“Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” television show on cable TV’s Food Channel. The segment has been on national TV several times since! Bobby’s is now enjoying a second round of national exposure. This time, Chef Fieri (da guy with the wild blonde hairdo and Fu Manchu beard) has written An All-American Road Trip…with Recipe book which is getting heavy national play on many of the major TV shows like ABC’s “Live with Regis and Kelly”. The book is absolutely fascinating with some wild recipes. Bobby’s story is on page 234 and his Lomi Lomi Salmon recipe on page 236…auwe, even yours truly made the book (see picture on page 235)…wow… Bobby’s is still da best Hawaiian food place in the north of Seattle area…

For those who have asked about Hawaiian music at restaurants in the Seattle area… .Pac Island Grill in Federal Way, WA is one of the few places that still has music on a recurring basis (every Saturday evening, 5:30-8:30 p.m). Per two of my favorite restaurant owners (the Bariquit sisters Leianna and Raeleen), providing music is kind of a payback from the Pac Island Grill staff to their many return customers who still make it a point, in spite of the current financial recession, to support the restaurant! If you’re looking for a place where you can take the entire family for good Hawaiian food (big servings at very reasonable prices) and music and an attractive/full of Aloha environment…….Pac Island Grill is the place for you!!!!

Hey…if you hear rumors that Café Hawaii in Parkland might close down….NOT! NOT! The Paranada family says business, like everyone else’s, is a little slower than normal but they’re doing okay……..sooooooo, the rest of you all: go drop in and help boost their business alittle bit! Great Food and the owners are such nice, nice people!!!

Mahalo nui loa to Mark Wolfe (A to Z Technology in Edmonds, WA) My computer went down a few weeks ago and until that happened, I never realized how much of my life was wrapped around that electronic instrument! Anyway, Mark took my old machine, cleaned it up, put a new Motherboard in and added some spiffy new programs and auwe, I am soooooo glad to be back in the real world again…soooo if you want nothing but the best in computer servicing (and at very, very reasonable prices), call Mark …also e kala mai if I did not get/respond to emails some of you might have sent when my computer was out….

Ricky’s Bar & Grill in the Richmond Beach area is another place doing okay in spite of the slow economy. The owner is Ricky Andrews (Mililani guy) and the Chef is Wayne Ikeda (Waianae). The place was packed when Kathy and I dropped in one Friday evening… an added plus we got that evening was finding Elias Kauhane entertaining the large crowd…Elias is becoming quite the roaming troubadour, spreading Aloha with his nice, mellow voice and his uke at places like Ricky’s!

The brand new Snoqualmie Casino in North Bend, WA opened its doors in early November and it is a marvelous place to stop in, play the slots or the game tables, and enjoy good food with an awesome panoramic view of the Mt Si/Snoqualmie Valley area. Met a few Hawaiian Islanders on my visit there including AB and Sam Chang and a very pretty young lady named Shelly Son who is a Casino staff member.

Time to hele on…..a hui hou e malama pono……………Danny

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