DRIFTER TALES: Why You Should Never Be Too Busy Travelling to Pay It Forward [Kahului, Maui, Hawaii]
by Paul Riel
On a recent trip to the island of Maui, Hawaii, my brother Paully Wog* learned a life lesson through a simple act of kindness. He shared his experience on Facebook, so I decided to share it here. This is what happened...
*Some names have been altered
Did I tell you how much I HATE Cancer? Pay it forward, and maybe you'll get yourself some free Taco Bell.
The island of Molokai is often referred to as "The Most Hawaiian Island". Life there is slow and relaxed. It's rural and peaceful. It's like stepping back in time 50 years. It's a place like no other.
The following pictures, taken by local photographer Ted Kanemitsu, and the stories that accompany them, reflect perfectly the spirit of that island.
Cantonese inspired crispy roasted pork belly [SOURCE]
Local style contemporary food in Hawaii has been influenced from many different cultures from all over the world. Although there is a definite Polynesian base of cooking techniques and ingredients, there is also an overwhelmingly Asian flavor to most of our beloved dishes. Crispy roast pork is no exception. If you want to know more, then this post in the "Cooking Hawaiian-style Comfort Food" series is for you.
Garlic Shrimp Plate in Kahuku, Hawaii [SOURCE]
Have you ever tried the garlic-butter shrimp plates in Kahuku on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii? If you want to know more, then this post in the "Cooking Hawaiian-style Comfort Food" series is for you..
Some people literally travel from the other side of the world just to get their fix of the buttery, salty, tangy goodness of garlic-butter Kahuku prawns.
But don't worry, if you don't have the time or resources to hop on the next flight out to Oahu just for this dish, I've managed to come up with a recipe that (somewhat) replicates the garlicky flavors and silky textures of this iconic North Shore "plate lunch" specialty.
Brown coconuts with meat perfect for grating [SOURCE]
When you crack open a coconut, what comes out? Is it a thick and creamy white liquid that looks like milk? Or does the liquid have more of a clear consistency, much like water?
If you picked the second choice, you're right! But if WATER is what pours from a freshly cut coconut, then where do we get coconut MILK from?
I guess I always took knowing the different parts of a coconut for granted.
Recently, I wrote an article for Matador Network where I shared examples on how to speak Hawaii Creole English, colloquially known as Pidgin, Da Kine or Local.
In order to put that post together, I asked all of my friends in Hawaii to throw together suggestions on great Pidgin phrases to share. I received so many responses that it was too much for me to use for my article.
I just woke up to see a great travel deal in my Instagram feed and had to share it! This almost makes me want to fly home to the island of Molokai, Hawaii just to get in on it. Almost.
Airlines prices in Hawaii are out of control. Seriously. When I was a kid, I remember flying from Molokai to Maui for $25USD a flight. Now, you're looking at paying $75-100USD or more for the same 20 minute route!
One of the biggest questions I always get is, "What is Hawaiian food like?" It's a simple enough question, but one that may carry with it a variety of explanations. If you want to know more, then this post in the "Cooking Hawaiian-style Comfort Food" series is for you.
For starters, "Hawaiian food" in the strictest sense is just a small part of what makes up the local food we eat in Hawaii today. When locals say Hawaiian food, they are specifically referring to dishes that are of Native Hawaiian origin.
I consider myself to be a relatively creative person. However, I feel that my art is mainly translated through words on a page. Anything else truly artistic comes in secondary to that. This includes photography.
It's been a little over a month since my last post. After my trip home to Hawaii in July, I had to take a much needed break from blogging. I hope you didn't mind. Going home was an emotional roller coaster for me in many ways, and I needed some time to process it all.
My dad has always had a way with plants. We grew up on acres and acres of land surrounded by trees, shrubs, vegetables, fruit and flowering bushes all planted and cultivated by my father's hand. If anyone has a green thumb, it's him.
Spam Musubi, The "Sandwich" of Hawaii [SOURCE]
It's no secret that Spam is one of the biggest selling "meat" products in the islands of Hawaii. In fact, we've taken it and turned it into our version of a seaweed sandwich! If you haven't heard of this uniquely Hawaiian phenomenon yet, this post in the "Cooking Hawaiian-style Comfort Food" series is for you.
*The following photos are by Scott Muehlbauer, personal friend and fellow globe drifter.
So, after more than three years of living abroad, I'm finally going home to Hawai'i to visit family and friends! I know, I know, it's been a long time coming...but it's true, I'll be there! In fact, I leave in less than 5 days. On Saturday, July 6th, I will be flying out from Taipei, laying over in Korea, and heading to New York, where I will meet up with my sister Crystal and meet my 3 year old nephew, Micah-Kai, for the first time!
After New York, I fly out to Hawaii where I will do some island hopping...Moloka'i, Lana'i, Maui and O'ahu. I love living in Asia, but there's something about going home to golden sands, blazing sunshine, rolling surf and bright blue skies that really gets me going just thinking about it!
One cool aspect of traveling that I've always enjoyed is learning more about the animals that are found in the countries I visit. Several months ago I wrote a post about exotic pets from South America. In it, I talked about the captivating capybara, the ornate horned Pac-Man frog and the creepy looking nightwalker-kinkajou. All three of these animals I had come across before during my travels, and I was surprised to find out that people also kept them as pets.
Well, I recently shared the link to that post on my Facebook page, and this led to an interesting discussion on some of the other unique and or bizarre animals many of you have come across during your own travels. (As it turns out, a lot of you found Hawaii animals to be rather bizarre, which is quite the opposite for me, but no worries, I'll still be including them in the following discussion.)
Here are just some of the most bizarre creatures you've seen in your travels, and my personal commentary on each of them...
Adventure Junkie: Jordan Costa
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