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June 2008

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

PUNAHOU IS COMING BACK.........so mark your calendars for an absolutely awesome weekend in Seattle: September 5-7, 2008. Friday September 5, 2008: Volleyball tournament featuring Punahou, one of Hawaii’s best high school teams, playing the best that Seattle has to offer (games will be at Eastlake HS in the Issaquah area). Saturday September 6: The Buff and Blue football team takes on the Central Kitsap team in the Qwest Field/Seahawks Stadium as the highlight 8:00 p.m. game of the 2008 Emerald City High School Kickoff Tournament...and we need every Hawaiian Islander in this area to come to the game and pack the stadium that evening.

Then on Sunday, September 7, 2008 come join us for our inaugural, first ever “Live Aloha....A Hawaiian Cultural Festival” at the Seattle Center complex in downtown Seattle...we’ll be there from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. with some of the best Hawaiian music/vendors/ food/workshops you could hope to see......

Hauoli la Hanau/Happy Birthday Eileen Molitor...auwe, 90 years young and a lot more vital and vivacious than a whole bunch of the 40-70 year old Hawaiians I run around with....must be the Boise, Idaho air............

Speaking of Boise...auwe, Boise finally hit da BEEG Time! Yep, got their own, their first Hawaiian restaurant and man, it is a really unique place. Da name Ono Hawaiian Restaurant ( 2170 Broadway Ave) is kinda ma`amau (common) but that’s about the only thing common about this place. I mean how many Hawaiian restaurants have linen napkins on the tables and offer mousse or cheesecake for desert??? I thought the meal I had (ahi poke/kalua pig (cooked every time in an in the ground Imu, not an oven)/lomi salmon/mac salad/spanish rice) was really good! For you more traditionalists, there was white rice but I wanted to challenge my taste buds so took the Spanish rice...good stuff! I finished off with chocolate mousse and pineapple upside down cake! “Ono Hawaiian” was opened up six months ago by Mike Mahico who grew up in Kahuku and was a member of the Kahuku HS Red Raiders 1995 Hawaii State HS football champions. Mike’s dad is Hawaiian/Puerto Rican and his Mom is Mexican (as why spanish rice is on the menu). “Ono Hawaiian” is a few blocks away from the Boise State University campus so you know the BSU students from Hawaii are there every chance they get (a lot of them work at Ono`s). Mike told me he knew back in the 3 rd grade that he would someday become a Chef and own a restaurant. He calls his menu “Hawaiian infusion” describing that as “infusing newer, even exotic tastes into or with traditional Hawaiian food”. There are menu items like Lobster Poke and Pork Belly wrapped Scallops and Furitake Crusted Ahi with Wasabi foam plus da regular stuff like Kalua pig, lomi salmon, et al. Okay, the menu sounds cool but is it good?? You betcha! “Ono Hawaiian” has been packing the customers in since they opened! Mike had a catering service in Boise (“Kanak Attack Catering”) which was very successful for several years before he decided to make the big jump by opening the “Ono Hawaiian Restaurant”. On the weekend I met Mike, he had 15 catering jobs scheduled for that Saturday on top of feeding customers at his jam packed Ono Hawaiian restaurant. Sooo you know da food has to be really gooooood!

What do you get if you mix a classical pianist, an innovative kiho`alu player and, in my mind, the best wahine guitar player together? It happened at the S & S Na Po Makole/TheNight Rainbow Concert in Seattle’s Townhouse when the S & S guys (Stephen Inglis, Palolo guy/innovative slack key guitarist and Shawn Moseley (Punahou grad/classical pianist) were joined by Cindy Combs (Kalani HS gal)....auwe, awesome music....more auwe, the crowd was small meaning a whole lot of you missed some very interesting, different kind of Hawaiian music blend! It’s a new look at something very old fashioned (Hawaiian music)...Their “Po Makole...the Night Rainbow” CD is soooo mellow!

I just KNOW that Hawaiians don’t like casinos and gambling (auwe....as why L Vegas is now Honolulu II?) BUT if you just happen to go up north to Marysville, WA (ummm, just across the I-5 freeway from the Tulalip Casino), you gotta stop by and visit the Aloha Ohana Store at 9214A State Avenue in Marysville . It’s a little place but very attractively arranged, a place where you walk in thinking “I don’t need anything” and walk out with a bagful of goodies. They have tons of Hawaiian stuff....name it and they probably have a variation of it. And da best part? I know it sounds trite but it really is a feel good/Aloha style place....maybe it was because Luana Kane DeFreitas (McKinley HS ’59) was running the store when Kathy and I dropped in? Nice, nice lady who now lives in Marysville....her Tutu Kane/grandfather was Matthew Ho`onani Kane, composer of some of Hawaii’s most famous traditional songs (including Kamakani Kaili Aloha and MolokaiWaltz )....next time I go to the Casino (oops, sorry, I meant to Marysville) I will make it a point to meet up with owners Liz and Patrick Young who really wanted to open up a restaurant but decided to start small....and their small store is doing well.........stop by.....

Auwe............time to hele on.....a hui hou e malama pono................Danny

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