Local Ventures Tips for the Holidays

November 27th, 2009

Local Ventures Tips for the Holidays

If you can't stay up to catch the show on Sunday night at 11pm on KGMB, view the entire episode on PacificNetwork.tv News Channel this week on http://NEWS.pacificnetwork.tv/LocalVentures/

This is a special episode for the holidays.  Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent each holiday season on restaurants, gifts, and home entertaining.  This year there's less to spend but Life is Good! and we don't need to spend big wads of cash to make it so.  This season be more creative.  Maybe it's gathering old photographs and memorabilia of your family members and creating scrapbooks that will remain priceless in any economy.  Or remember how your grandmother made your baby quilt? With scraps of fabric she had saved from sewing all the kids' clothes?  How about those old aloha prints you've had laying around and that favorite dress you can't even wear to clean house because too many pukas?  Think about turning these into a great huge pillow casing for the family room or a special hand made bed cover for the family dog.  Or a hand written note pressed in a book of blank pages for your mother so she can write down some of her favorite recipes and words of wisdom.   Just remember.  What we do with loving care is priceless.  So for entertaining at home during the holidays try baking that stuffed fish you always wanted to try.  Or incorporate greens from your own back yard into a floral for the dinner table. Sunday night tune in to Local Ventures on KGMB at 11pm for decor and floral tips along with great recipe ideas from some of Hawaii's best chefs.  Learn some secrets to saving money and putting the wow in your holiday party.  And have a happy holiday weekend with friends and loved ones.  Remember life is what we make it.  In difficult times life can still be good.

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  1. Moke Young:


    Thank you for the creativity and culinary tips during a time in history when it matters the most.

    The mid seventies saw much of the Hawaiian style handcrafted skill & artistry being pushed to the curb for mass produced machine made products that sported a new style of the same that now included bright colors as the lure with handcrafted quality occupying the backseat.

    One of the finest Thanksgiving gifts my teenage friends & I ever handed out in Hawai'i in the 1970's was a large handmade coconut frawn basket filled with fruits and flowers we picked for free!

    We could have included many different items to the mix yet the packaging container added a natural flare so apealing to the eye that truly elevated the thought of giving ten fold.

    The art of weaving is a skill I wished I had refined before I left home because there is so much to create and a natural artform that sends a very loud message in the high technological world today.

    There are many things that will never be replicated or mass produced by machinery.

    My mom sewed a lot too and it was a tradition for many to create quilts, blankets and pot holders for the gift giving season and many of those still in use today. My kids received a care package from Hawai'i last week that included hand knitted sweaters from their Tutu that was golden! The gift of the bright colored handmade sweaters stood out and much more predominant than the boxes of choclate covered manadamia nuts or the 100% pure Kona coffee.

    I am one to eat out quite often feasting on healthy comfort foods, at the same time, I have been reluctant of the recent past with the H1N1 flu concerns while knowing too that you just can't allow a clean bill of health to be impeded by inadequate hygeine practices by careless chefs, cooks, servers and other staff members in a tough economy knowing that when push came to shove, sick peolple will likely go to work with a cold in fear of retribution and/or lost wages.

    Last month, I refused to purchase a pizza after witnessing the pizza maker touching his mouth & face while handling my pizza shortly thereafter.

    You never really realize what resources are available until it's out of your reach and what I see in Hawai'i now that I've been living away for so long.

    With about 54 of the worlds 58 climates, Hawai'i is one of the finest locations for agricultue, farming and fishing. With skill, one could hike up Mauka and harvest all sorts of food stuff like Hoio (fern) that is one of the finest tasting veges I've prepared. We use to harvest huge bamboo shoots at our secret bamboo forest that is a delcacy for many. In my mind, Hawaiian grown mountain apples are the most succulent fruits I've even tasted! Whoa.

    Opakapaka is an awesome fish when poached with black beans, cilantro & hot oil, at the same time, the Kala, when prepared over coals with the right dipping sauce can be righteous too.

    In my mind, mayonaise & sliced Lup Chong does wonders to a stuffed grilled fish (Uhu) wrapped in aluminum foil with ten minutes cooking time on each side. In Kona, we had an ample supply of Marlin that most folks would never eat, at the same time, when it is smoked or stir fried fresh with tomato's, onions, green peppers & the secret sauce watch out because the taste is incredible.

    In Hawai'i, it's customary for many youngsters to learn how to fish, hunt, grow veges, pick your own food and prepare it like an award winning chef to celebrate with the palette that is rare today in America and a tradition that I hope will continue for sometime because of the quality, taste and to reduce ones risk to catch the flu bug by anothers poor hygiene practices.

    Further, Hawai'i is home to so many great home bodied chefs and a trade that has been refined over the years and a resource that need be tapped and especially with a weak economy & enormous resources found in the islands.

    There's no place like Hawai'i when it comes to resources, home food preparation and handmade items to include artistry such as music and when you can couple this with good company, cheerful fellowship, family, good friends, charisma and a boat load of Aloha, there's is no better moment and one no amount of currency can ever purchase!

    "Lucky You Live in Hawai'i. Hawai'i No Ka Oi!"

    The spirit of Thanksgiving and Christmas should be everyday behavior when your soul is at peace and a state of mind that will fuel one to use the many resources & implement hands on artistry the way so many of us have learned from our kupuna in the old traditional ways!

    With Aloha!

    Moke Young

  2. forex robot:

    great post as usual