20 August 2010

20 August - Hawaii Day (celebrated)

Hawaii was admitted to the Union as the 50th state on August 21, 1959, and its day is celebrated on the third Friday in August.  This year, that is today.

So fire up the tiki torches, wear a bunch of leis, put on the Don Ho records, and have a luau.

The traditional luau foods include kalua pig, poi, poke (and other delicacies of the sea), and the fresh fruits of the islands - pineapple, coconut, papaya.  Recipes for kalua pork and other lovely luau dishes can be found here, along with decorating ideas.  There is nothing like fresh pineapple; cutting a pineapple is not as hard as you think.

To accompany the pork, you might try FRIED BANANAS

6 green-tipped bananas
Salt and pepper
fresh lemon juice
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs

Cut bananas into halves crosswise and lengthwise.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and lemon juice.  Beat egg with water; dip banana pieces into egg mixture, then into bread crumbs.  Fry in deep fat until golden brown.  Drain on paper towels.

And of course, there must be those umbrella drinks - colorful concoctions dripping with fruit pieces, and topped with a little paper umbrella.  Mai Tai's are always a favorite (so what if they are Tahitian), Zombies in those ceramic Tiki Mugs,  spectacular Flaming Volcanos, and my favorite

Blue Hawaii