Let’s Go Hawaiian—Malasada Donut #Recipe

The donut of choice in the Hawaiian islands—most recipes are family favorites, handed down from Portuguese ancestors who made Hawaii home.
malasadasIngredients: Makes 1 dozen
1 package active dry yeast
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees)
6 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup water
1 cup evaporated milk
6 eggs
2 quarts vegetable oil for frying
Extra white sugar
  1. Dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in 1/4 cup warm water; set aside.
  2. In small bowl, beat eggs until fluffy.
  3. Put flour and salt in large bowl, making a well in the center. Into the well add yeast mixture, eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, melted butter, milk, 1 cup water, and salt. Beat thoroughly to form a soft, smooth dough. Cover, let dough rise until doubled.
  4. Do not punch down. Turn dough over and let rise again.
  5. Heat oil to 375 degrees. Drop dough by big teaspoonfuls into oil, fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels, shake in a brown bag containing extra sugar to coat, and serve hot.
  6. If malasada centers are too doughy, turn down heat on fryer and allow donuts to cook longer before removing from oil.

Enjoy. Remember—Kai Barnes says only haoles add nutmeg or cinnamon to sugar mix used to coat hot donuts.

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Let’s Go Hawaiian—Mele Kalikimaka

For a well-deserved break from Winter—my Christmas gift to you.

Brought to you by Aloha Rose.

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Let’s Go Hawaiian—Christmas in Hawaii

Christmas1Protestant missionaries introduced the Christmas holiday to the Native Hawaiians with their arrival around 1820. Before the arrival of the missionaries, Native Hawaiians celebrated a festival named Makahiki which lasted four months and in which all wars were forbidden. The season contained the essence of “peace and goodwill to all men”.

The first recorded Christmas in Hawaii was in 1786, when the captain of the Queen Charlotte, was docked at Kauai. Captain Dixon and his crew celebrated a large Christmas dinner which included a whole roast pig.Christmas2

Christmas traditions are similar to other places in the United States—a large meal is eaten and then, as the beach is often nearby, surfing or swimming takes place after the meal, Families break out the guitars and ukuleles, and hula dances are performed. Instead of fir and cedar, Hawaiian Christmas wreaths are often made of poinsettia.

Christmas4The traditional Santa’s sleigh and reindeer are replaced by an outrigger canoe pulled by dolphins. The different cultures and ethnic groups that have settled in the islands celebrate the Christmas traditions of Hawaii in their own unique ways, which may be religious or secular. Santa Claus—known as Kanakaloka—has shed his fluffy red, white fur-trimmed suit for more suitable aloha-style fashion.Christmas3

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Let’s Go Hawaiian—Aloha Chicken #Recipe


5 lbs boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips or cubed

1/2 cup frozen orange juice

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 sesame oil


1. Salt and refrigerate chicken for 30 minutes.

2. Combine remaining ingredients and place with chicken in crockpot.

3. Cook on high 2-3 hours.

4. Prepare jasmine rice according to box instructions, substituting coconut milk for water.

Garnish entree with pineapple chunks.


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Let’s Go Hawaiian—Equine Therapy

What is equine therapy?

How can it be used—as in Kai’s dream in Aloha Roseto treat returning veterans with more invisible wounds?

Why equine therapy in this 1 minute video

How it works in this 5 minute video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx-UTXE1MbM—5 minutes

Read this excellent article to find out what you can do to help.


Let’s Go Hawaiian—What is a paniolo?

000001101702The Big Island has a rich “cowboy culture” more than a century old. Like the fictional Franklin Ranch, paniolo (thought to derive from the Hawaiian pronunciation of ‘espanol’) culture is centered in the upcountry ranchlands of Waimea. In 1798, Captain George Vancouver presented Kamehameha with five black longhorn cattle. Horses arrived five years later.

panioloIn 1816, when John Palmer Parker married royal granddaughter Kipikane, he was awarded two acres of land for $10. With the help of Hawaiian workers, Parker quickly established a booming beef, tallow and hide business with whaler ships.

By 1832, Parker contracted Mexican vaqueros, to wrangle his herd. They brought boots and saddles, a new language and a new lifestyle for the island. The vaqueros trained local men to rope and ride. Their cultural contribution to the Big Island includes the guitar, ukulele, and close-knit family and community ties.

cowboy1Over the next century, the Parker Ranch grew into one of the world’s largest privately-owned cattle ranches. Paniolo traditions continue. Although today’s paniolo often use ATV’s in open country, you can visit local ranches and explore the beautiful landscapes of Waimea either on horseback or ATV trail rides. Pau riders, women dressed in colorful flowing garments, still exhibit paniolo traditions during island parades and festivals with both the riders and their horses draped with fabulous leis.


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Let’s Go Hawaiian—Behind the Scene Photos in the Creation of Aloha Rose

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Anyone remember what happened between Kai and Laney while taking a picture of this guy, the honu, green sea turtle?

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What sights did Laney see in her personalized helo tour of the Big Island, courtesy of Kai Barnes?

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Why was the Place of Refuge so meaningful to Kai?

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What was Laney’s favorite Old Testament mural in the Franklin family church?


Scene of the Franklin Ranch waterfall



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Let’s Go Hawaiian—America’s Only True Monarchy

King Kamehameha the Great who unified the Hawaiian Islands


David Kalakaua

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King Kamehameha III


The beautiful and tragic Princess Kaiulani

Lililuokalani—last Hawaiian queen


What happened to the Hawaiian monarchy? How did Hawaii become the 50th state in the United States of America?

Intrigued yet?

Read more about Hawaii’s colorful history in


Let’s Go Hawaiian—Today we remember Pearl Harbor on December 7

And the sacred dead who gave their lives on this hallowed Hawaiian ground for freedom.

Honor their memory today—Honor the sacrifices of our currently deployed armed forces who continue to fight for freedom around the globe.

Let’s Go Hawaiian—Hawaiian Wedding Cake #Recipe

cake slice


Yellow Cake Mix

20 oz. can of crushed pineapple

1 package vanilla instant pudding mix

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

Kool Whip


1. Follow cake mix directions and bake in 13×9 pan.

2. After removing from oven while cake is still hot, punch holes in cake with a fork.

3. Spoon pineapple over cake.

4. Prepare pudding mix using milk.

5. Add cream cheese to pudding.

6. Blend well and spread over pineapple.

7. Cover cake top with Kool Whip.


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