Archive for September, 2010

Daniel Got Poi!

September 29th, 2010
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Daniel Got Poi!

Daniel Anthony is as culturally authentic as anyone can get. In his 30s, this native speaker and father of three, is the founder of Mana ‘Ai (Power Food) and he's bent on changing the world by expanding our knowledge and appreciation of... poi.  Pa'i'ai to be precise. So what's that got to do with Native Hawaiian culture? Everything.

It is, literally, the root of native culture and though regulations by the Department of Health are proving difficult for Daniel's traditional practice of hand-pounded kalo his belief in taro as the "source of life" and the core ingredient to Hawaiians' spiritual center and physical well being is so great that you cannot walk away without believing he will prevail.

“Most of us, our parents and even our grandparents have thought that the (bagged) poi we all have had is what the Hawaiians ate.  No, this is made by machine often with low grade taro.  This is not pa'i'ai of ancient Hawaiians ..."

Then you taste Daniel's pa'i'ai.  It is truly mana a'i, delicate and substantial and it is everything he's described in a single bite and you are transported back in time a thousand years.  I remark, "I imagine a feast with fresh caught fish, opi'i, limu lipoa, shrimp, breadfruit, coconut milk, bananas... and kalo.  Such a healthy diet."

Daniel turns to Dante Camara, our host, “I’d like to see the ahupua'a, the waterways and kalo fields restored.  If you like this pa'i' ai and others want it, then there is demand. When there is demand for hand pounded poi there is demand for more taro fields. When there is a need for more taro loi then there are more Hawaiians back on the land, making a very good living and rebuilding and strengthening our Hawaiian community. This will restore our sense of pride and purpose."

He is talking way beyond the obvious health benefits and environmental sustainability of these Hawaiian islands.  He is talking about the key to preserving and nurturing his native culture.

So here we are in the 21st century at one of the hippest most innovative green restaurants west of the Rockies, Town Restaurant, in the sleepy little neighborhood of Kaimuki.  Our girl brings the appetizer of the evening and it is beautiful. Hawaiian grass-fed beef thinly sliced on a bed of organic local greens placed on a lightly sauteed piece of pa'i'ai slightly crunchy and so fresh and naturally sweet it is like no poi I have ever tasted.

I think the future of Hawaii for Hawaiians and non -Hawaiians alike is in the capable hands of Daniel Anthony and the folks at Mana'Ai.  Life is good.

For more on Mana ‘Ai or to reserve a standing order of Daniel's hand pounded pa'i'ai  visit http://manaai.com/ or call 542-1326. He'll be doing live taro pounding demonstrations this week at Town Restaurant 6:30 pm on Thursday the 28th and downtown at (HiSam) on Friday October 1 at 12pm.

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i Love Hawaii Sports - Go Warriors!

September 25th, 2010
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i Love Hawaii Sports- GO WARRIORS!


UH Hosts Charleston

The University of Hawaii Warriors just returned from 2 weeks on the road and back in Aloha Stadium for a game against Charleston Southern.  Ok so they could have done better but we love their spirit and there's the next game.  If you saw our cameras at the stadium tune in for Tailgating on the tarmack and catch yourself in the stands. See you next time!

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More Cinema Italiano! at Kahala Theatre

September 24th, 2010
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More Cinema Italiano! at Kahala Theatre

After the jurors welcome extravaganza on the lawn at The Kahala... the festival's opening party kickeed off at The Kahala Theatre rooftop hosting a packed crowd of italian film fans and sponsors.  This year's Cinema Italiano 2010 (now in its 7th year) was stellar.  Flying in from Los Angeles to participate in this year's jury were Jim Burke, Bobbi Thompson, and Bonni Lee; Edgy Lee, with Master of Ceremonies, general manager of Hawaii News Now, Rick Blangiardi, announcing the winning film(s) Yes!  There was a tie! To an overflowing crowd at the Kahala Rooftop affair where local restaurants, local caterers, and organic slow food vendors provided two hours of great wine and dine. Margherita Parent and her film festa volunteers delivered yet again a wonderful selection of Italian films (subtitled) that were seen at the Kahala Theatres for the following four days. 23 - 26 September!

Join Cinema Italiano 2011.  Enjoy.  Save the airfare to Italy. Watch the movies. Ciao!

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i Love Hawaii Sports - GAME DAY SAT.

September 24th, 2010
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i Love Hawaii Sports- GAME DAY SAT.

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UH Hosts Charleston!

The University of Hawaii Warriors just returned from 2 weeks on the road and they're back in Aloha Stadium for a non-conference game against Charleston Southern of the Football Championship Subdivision. Saturday, kickoff is 5:30 p.m.   If you see us at the game flag us down. Tailgating on the tarmack? In the stands?  Shout out to our Pacific Network crew and then check yourselves out on PacificNetwork.tv!  Go Warriors!

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Cinema Italiano 2010 at The Kahala

September 23rd, 2010
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Cinema Italiano 2010 at The Kahala

Sotto le Stelle! "Under the Stars" at the most beautiful setting, so perfect, it was like a movie set.  The Kahala Hotel & Resort hosted this year's Cinema Italiano 2010 Jurors for the opening deliberations and gathering of friends of this 7 year old film festival.  Flying in from Los Angeles to participate in judging this year's films were Jim Burke, Bobbi Thompson, and Bonni Lee.  Master of Ceremonies, general manager of Hawaii News Now. Rick Blangiardi.  Under the loving hand of founder and director, Margherita Parent, the selection of Italian films (subtitled) can be seen at the Kahala Theatres for the next four days.

Thursday, 23 September, is the first night.  Enjoy! Save the airfiare to Italy. Watch the movies. Ciao!

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