I have been to Hawai’i this spring. Three different islands in four weeks: Big Island, which is actually called Hawai’i. The attachment ‘the big island’ is only used in order to differentiate between the whole archipelago and the biggest island. We have also been to Kaua’i and Oahu.
Hawai’i is one of the most beautiful places, I have ever ever ever ever ever been to. The flight from one island to another takes only a couple of minutes, but nature is so different on every island that you think that you have travelled thousands of miles. We’ve seen an active volcano on big island, the highest mountain on earth (if you measure it from the ocean bottom to the top) and we have visited the Merry Monarch Festival. Oahu is very touristy but as well beautiful and after more than a week in solitude on the big island, we actually enjoyed Waikiki and its shopping malls. Only recently the newest Jurassic World movie hit theaters and it was actually shot on Kaua’i. While driving through the beautiful rain forest, it wouldn’t have been a surprise, if a T-Rex would have walked by. It was absolutely breath-taking.
What made my journey even better was the book I was reading while travelling. You can not only discover a country while travelling but also through reading a book by a local author. The book was a thoughtful gift by my colleagues and as you probably already can guess by my introduction it was great. It is “Shark Dialogues” by Kiana Davenport. The story shows the history of a native Hawaiian family, their joy and their suffering over generations. Pono and her four grand-daughters Jess, Vanya, Ming and Rachel and the family’s history. The Hawaiian culture is shown throughout the book, Hawaiian words are used and the best thing was that I knew some of the places they were talking about. But also if you have never been to Hawai’i before, the book is a must-read.
While travelling we tried to eat as much local dishes as possible, but to be honest we also ate at the food courts in the malls. Some fast food chains (which we do not have in Germany) were too tempting. But the Hawaiian plate lunch, the ah’i, lomi lomi salmon … were of course the real highlight of Hawai’i. There are, however, two special things I want to share with you:
- During the Merry Monarch Festival there was this awesome local art crafts fair and we got to know a couple who made delicious gourmet butter. We have never tasted something like that before – needless to say that we bought a couple of jars. We had guava, mango and coconut and they were as delicious on Hawai’i as in Germany and that was after the jars had been in our bags for three weeks while travelling. It still tastes like holiday during our Sunday breakfast now. If you are on Hawaii – pay them a visit!! They can be found online as well: http://www.likolehua.com
- The north shore of Oahu is not only famous for its surf spots but also for the delicious food trucks. Our airbnb hosts (which were absolutely great by the way) recommended one of them to us and we took a detour to get there. We had the lemon shrimps and the garlic shrimps:
Try this delicious recipe if you are in need of a holiday or if you just love shrimps
Hawaiian food truck shrimps
– 15 shrimps
– Olive oil
– 2 lemons
– onion (if you like garlic you may also use it instead of the onions)
-2 tablespoons fresh parsley
– 6 tablespoons butter
– salt and pepper
– 1 bag of rice
Put the shrimps in a bowl and add the olive oil, juice of 1 lemon, the onions and the parsley. Add also a little bit of salt and pepper, toss well. But a lid on the bowl and place it in the fridge for about an hour.
Cook the rice in boiling water. The shrimps will only need about 10 minutes, so start with the shrimps ten minutes before the rice is done.
Heat a large pan, once hot put the shrimps into the pan – do not add the marinade. After about 4 minutes put the shrimps on a plate. Put the butter in the pan and fry the onions until they are see-through. Add the marinade and the rest of the second lemon. If the butter is melted, add the shrimps for another couple of minutes.