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Le Secret of Kohala

Dawn will appreciate this. I was in Kohala today on assignment and was lamenting about how I couldn’t get Dorito Salad anymore in town. Then a gal told me the recipe for the dressing. I had everything I needed at home except the shredded cheese and Doritos which I promptly shopped at KTA so I put together my own Dorito Salad tonight.

It’s not quite the same as the one in the resturant because I have some fancier greens, the resturant in Kohala had plain iceberg lettuce. But the dressing was right on and pretty tasty. Now about that Korean Chicken recipe….

*update* Dawn’s comment from the old blog site to this post.
Hey! who gave out the secret?? did they make you pay big bucks?

Here’s my “secret “Korean chicken recipe. 1 cup shoyu, 1/2 c sugar, minced garlic (if you like a lot, put lot, if little, put little) and about 2 tsp of mirin. Boil until sugar is dissolved. dip your freshly fried chicken wings or pieces into the sauce, one-by-one. re-dip pieces again and serve.
If you try it, let me know what you think
dawn | 03.07.06 – 9:11 pm | #

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The greenest thumb

Yet another visit to my friend in South Kona, gardener supreme Sunao.

One of Sunao’s little family members (I’ll have to find out who later) with a 120 pound bunch of bananas. That’s a whole lotta bananas there. He usually has to prop up his banana plants with 2×4 pieces of wood to support all the weight.

Sunao next to a dryland taro patch growing in his yard as we walk along for a tour.

A tree full of Jabone fruit. These things are the size of honeydew melons hanging from the tree.

Dasheen, a variety of taro where you can cook and eat the runners you see coming out of the ground like tentacles. I cooked some in stew and it was a bit different in texture.

Pulasan growing on a tree. Very much like lychee but much sweeter. Click on this text for more info. It has a larger seed than lychee and although the skin looks different it peels pretty much like lychee except maybe its more flexible.

UPDATE From a comment on the old blog, “hello! those are longans not pulasan. babe borneo”

Neat rows of taro growing between weedblock cloth. Sunao is trying a new technique of just flattening the weeds and grass to reduce the effort of growing by not having to clear all the land.

A final photo, sorry but its a low quality cameraphone photo as I got lazy. Sunao and one his last giant squash plants growing in the yard.

Sorry for the late posting of these photos but I’m sure you’ll understand.


Adventure Tuesday – Mauna Kea

Today was Adventure Tuesday with Carly and Renata and the objective was Mauna Kea summit.

Here some birds hang-out at the Ellison Onizuka Visitor’s Center at about 9,800′ elevation. You’re supposed to stop to acclimate here at least 30 minutes before heading to the top. We were running late so we stayed about 15 minutes and headed up to get there before sunset. One hint, go early enough so you’re not driving with the sun low in the sky, it’s blinding when driving up the summit road.

Renata and Carly head up the summit trail. Like a fool I ran up the trail so I could get ahead to take their photo coming up the trail, this knocked the wind out of me.

We didn’t make it up to the summit before the actual sunset, we did see it set beneath the clouds on the way up. But the afterglow was nice.

Here’s Renata in the afterglow of sunset.

Carly and Renata on the summit in front of the lele (altar). Hey, who’s taller? The little pole on the right side has the USGS benchmark for the summit.

Beautiful on the summit. Clear skies, a brisk cold breeze (musta been freezing with the wind chill). Doesn’t seem like the Hawaii of palm trees and warm sand.

After the summit trek we headed back down to the visitor’s center for some star-gazing via the various telescopes they have set-up there. An interpretive guide Eric pointed out planets, galaxies, stars and gave us a lesson in Hawaiian star names. He also took this snap of us in front of one of their telescopes. The visitor’s center is open 365 days a year and it’s free to visit and look through telescopes, they also have a video about Mauna Kea and astronomy in the center. Eric said during the summer months they may have 200 visitors crammed there at night. You don’t need a 4×4 to get here, an ordinary car will make it to the visitor’s center, I’ve even gotten here with my Geo Metro XFi that had a 3 cylinder engine without problems.