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SAFEWAY, S’mores, and Honua Kai Resort @ Ka’anapali, Maui

ALOHA! 

Do you want know a good way to live the life of a Hawaiian? Ok not really an authentic Hawaiian who lives off the land and is more in touch with nature. I grew up in Sydney Australia so I don’t know much about living off the land. Sometimes old habits are hard to change, and yes… we were so hungry so we decided to shop for our own food while staying @ the Honua Kai resort in Ka’anapali, Maui Hawaii. So, grabbed a trolley and strolled into SAFEWAY to buy food and supplies for our 4 day stay in Maui.

I was sooo excited. It was almost like was shopping at home back in Australia (SAFEWAY is Woolworths in Australia, though we still have Safeway stores in some States), but it wasn’t. This was Hawaii!! (Re-enactment: *pinches self* “Honey, we’re ACTUALLY in Hawaii… Right… now. And shoppiiiiiiing for grocerieeeees!”). Anyway, here’s how it went down. We went through, bought some beef mince for spaghetti bolognese dinner (i know… so un-island-like…). wait…. You know what?

grocery shopping @ safeway, maui

Here’s our list:

– Beef mince (chop meat)
– Smuckers Grape Jam
– Pasta
– Paul Newmans Bolognese sauce (i’m sure the red wine sauce)
– Tanqueray Gin
– Canada Dry Tonic Water
– Cool Whip (my wife hadn’t been back to USA for 2 years. She  missed the Cool Whip, lol)
– Mineral water
– Cheetos Twisted Puffs
– Milk
– English muffins
– Garlic Bread
– Butter
– Spices + some other things i can’t even remember… maybe bananas
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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THEN

we walked past this sign… (*sound of trolley squeaking to a halt…*)

s'mores stand in maui safeway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
before the s'mores
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
add 3x more ingredients:
– hersheys chocolate
– graham crackers
– kraft marshmallows

 

 

 

 

I was about to learn the way of the s’mores eaters, with my wife as my instructor. Yes, this was the very first time i’d ever eaten s’mores (stupid auto correct keeps changing to ‘smokes’. Ewwww). I had never even heard of this weird sounding mashup of ingredients. My wife told me “you’ve NEVER heard of s’mores? Where have you been?? How can you not have heard of S’mores??” etc. etc. (what i heard: “yada yada yada… s’mores”?? I’m joking… I love my wife very much!). I surely didn’t know what i was in for. The s’mores tasted AMAZING. I was hooked, and even ate them cold the next day (maybe that’s the islander in me lol!) Anyways….. Going to Safeway was not a drag. It’s what you make of it. it was definitely all worth it as we got to have our s’mores treats while watching the endless blue ocean from our amazing Maui room at the Honua Kai, and that’s what it’s all about. See below:

Honua Kai resort awesome view

I just wrote a 5 second poem thinking about all this stuff:

No qualms,
chillaxing,
no stress,
no force,
just calm,
the ocean,
the sunshine,
and, S’mores…  →   (i copyright that, that’s MINE) 🙂
 

I know, this post is so not much of an “island post”, but the relaxing part was so very much islander. And it’s in Hawaii (Highly recommend the Honua Kai Resort to anyone who wants to go to Hawaii). We were definitely part of the Aloha spirit, no worries mate! 🙂

I’m very westernised, this is true, but at least i’m still learning my language. By the way, I learned Sota Tale (must say it by using short vowels. That’s the key!) means “see you later” in Fijian the other day.

So, until next post, it’s Mahalo (Hawaiian for thank you), and Sota Tale!! 🙂

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2014 in HAWAII

 

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Tahitian Coconut Bread/ Polynesian Cultural Centre, Hawaii

Ia Ora Na! (hello in Tahitian)

My wife and I had the fun task of watching how to make Tahitian coconut bread @ THE POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTRE back in June 2014. We learned that Tahitians are known for their wild hip shaking hula style with wicked Timbaland sounding island drum beats that he probably sampled himself at some point… The Tahitian folk in this part of the POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTRE tour actually made the bread by cooking it in the ground like the old school Tahitians, in fact just like all polynesians would have done (no ovens existed back then. I guess we can call them underground ovens?). Also, and to my own disappointment, you can see below on the right is a poor quality picture of the recipe. Yes I took that hideous picture… (blurry, unreadable, no focus, disappointing…). I did manage to find another better quality pic though…

OK, I’m ready. Let’s make this beautiful thing! 🙂

 

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Ingredients: grated coconut, flour, baking powder, sugar, water 

 

1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit/ 175 degrees Celsius

2 – In a large bowl, mix coconut & baking powder

3 – Add Sugar & Water

4 – Add flour

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(above: gradually adding flour to rest of ingredients)

 

5 – Mix all ingredients to a doughy texture, adding flour as needed so that dough’s not to stick

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6 – Break dough into 5 pieces of equal size (we used coconut oil to line the foil). Roll each piece into a log and wrap in Aluminium foil, the place on baking tray.

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7 – Bake in the oven for 1-1.5 hours

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Check if the bread is cooked through… And there you have it, your very own hot and steamy coconut bread. When you slice the bread while still hot/ warm, the smell is so coconutty and delicious. Might be a little heavy depending on who you are, but absolutely perfect buttered with a nice hot cup of tea. YUMMMmmMM-O!! Stay tuned for more Poly food/ recipes & more on the POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTRE!!

TAMA’A MAITAI (Bon apetit in Tahitian) 🙂

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Posted by on July 16, 2014 in Polynesian FOOD, TAHITI

 

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Robert Louis Stevenson: Legendary Author/ Love for Samoa

Stevenson and the KingOK, now it’s time for some Samoan history… 🙂

You’ve no doubt heard of classics such as Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, or Treasure Island, right?

The other day I was told about Robert Louis Stevenson by one of my workmates. When she asked me if I know of the book Treasure Island I said I had heard of it, and was aware of it being a classic story, but unfortunately haven’t read it… These classic novels were written by that man.

Robert Louis Stevenson, an author from Scotland, was known to have moved to Samoa 4 years before his untimely death back in 1894. He was known to have shown great respect for the Samoan people, their lifestyle, and their culture. In the 44 years of his life, author Robert Louis Stevenson produced an incredible amount of works encompassing short stories, novels, essays and non-fiction. His love of travel led him to eventually settle in Samoa, where the author spent his final years drawing inspiration from life in the Pacific. I learned a lot about this talented man through the following websites:

The Culture Trip

 

http://theculturetrip.com/pacific/samoa/articles/robert-louis-stevenson-s-journey-to-samoa/

 

Literary Traveller

 

http://www.literarytraveler.com/articles/robert-louis-stevenson-and-western-samoa/

Robert Louis Stevenson and Western Samoa – Posted on January 1, 2003 

by Thomas H. Booth

Western Samoa claims the largest proportion of full-blooded Polynesians in the world. At last count there were 162,000 of them, a collection of robust, often tattooed, sometimes obese, lava lava clad folks who live on the two main islands of Savai’i, and Upolu. Here too, for many of these people, the tempo, the style of life is much the same now as it was in 1889, when Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife Fanny first appeared, and for some of these folks, the conditions of island happiness remains the same. It’s a happiness based on a healthy wife, plenty of children, a Fale for cooking in, some coconut trees, bananas, taro, breadfruit trees, a church, a canoe and a few pigs.

But fortunately or unfortunately, independent Western Samoa is beginning to stir. A new airport has been built, new hotels too, and when word gets out about her beaches, mountains and general beauty, the tourist onslaught will begin. Added to this, Western Samoa is beginning to consider entry into international life, and into a world community that may offer more than subsistence living.

Still, for Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife Fanny, who in 1889 first saw these islands, it was the traditional way of life, coupled with its verdant beauty that first caught their attention. All of this was further enhanced by the presence of the small port town of Apia, which offered a few western style amenities, and a handful of amiable expatriates.

It was the combination of all these elements that lured them into paying $US 4,000 for a 314 acre piece of jungle clad property. And, it was here on a cooler than sea level 650 foot plateau, a place nearby a waterfall, a stream, and at the foot of 1,500 foot Mt. Vaea that the Stevensons and helpful Samoans hacked away the jungle and built a modest two story house. It was a house with a red roof, a place that sported two verandas, one upstairs, one down, and with all due ceremony was dubbed Vailima.

The name, Vailima, meaning five streams, may not have been quite accurate since there weren’t that many streams. Still, Stevenson liked the name, it stuck, and in time, when fully built, Vailima became a sort of Mecca for, not only Samoans but for the small expatriate community of Apia: Germans, English, a few Americans, and numbers of overseas visitors who appeared from time to time. Here dinner parties, dances, and picnics were held, all of them lively, happy occasions.

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However, none of these social events were allowed to interfere with Stevenson’s closely guarded writing discipline, which was done in a room with a view of Mt. Vaea. It was there he wrote such things as Ebb Tide, The Beach At Falesa, The Bottle Imp, David Balfour, and his unfinished masterpiece, Weir Of Hermiston. But, what was Stevenson doing in the South Pacific? What brought him from the hard won scenes of success in both Europe and America? Why did the Stevensons first spend two years wandering about in a variety of ships to Tahiti, the Marquesas, Hawaii, the Cooks, Tonga, the Gilberts, New Caledonia, the Tokelaus and Australia? Why did he decide to spend what would be the last four years of his life in Samoa?

Biographers agree that Stevenson did it because he loved the sea, because he reveled in adventure, and he did it because it would be good for his health, which was never good. He was tubercular, a chronically thin lanky man, who in later years, firmly believed that a life at sea among these myriad islands would benefit his health. This may or may not have been true, but the people who benefited the very most were his readers, the ones who, to this day, continue to find pleasure in one of the best books about the South Pacific, In the South Seas, which was completed at Vailima. Fortunately, for Stevenson, by the time he and Fanny first sailed away from San Francisco on the sailing yacht “Casco” in 1888, he had achieved a literary reputation. His Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Treasure Island, and Kidnapped had come out, and unlike his earlier books that may have been overlooked, these books ensured the economic ability to sail, to travel at will, and to build his dream house, Vailima, in Samoa.

Building that house in early 1890 was rough on the Stevensons. They labored hard, and lived austerely. They got away occasionally, to Australia and other Pacific islands. One of these, an early 1891 junket, required Louis to go to Australia to meet his mother who was coming to Sydney. Fanny stayed in Samoa.

Stevenson met his mother in Australia, but the change of climate caused him to become very ill. Fortunately, help was at hand and it was his mother who nursed him until he was well enough to sail back to Samoa, where at Vailima he recovered rapidly. But, his mother, appalled at the primitive life the unfinished house provided, quickly decided to go back to Sydney and wait until conditions at Vailima improved. By fits and starts matters were improved, and in May 1891 Stevenson’s mother returned. There at Vailima she found herself a part of a congenial family, a family composed of her son Louis, his wife Fanny, Belle Strong (Fanny’s daughter by a previous marriage), her son Lloyd, and Belle’s son Austin. Added to this was a brace of attentive Samoan Servants. It was a big, active, and animated household.

As for Stevenson and Fanny, they were reasonably happy, but because Fanny was several years older it was said that he saw in her more of a mother than a wife. Biographers report little evidence of any display of affection between them, and at Vailima they had separate bedrooms. But all was not completely peaceful in Western Samoa. There were, about 1892, political problems, nearly warfare, that set England, America and Germany at odds. All of this left the Samoans out in the cold, and some of their chiefs were imprisoned for objecting to a foreign takeover. Stevenson took an active part during this bad patch of time. He strongly supported and gave aid to the Samoan cause, and they responded with profound gratitude and Stevenson, known as “Tusitala, the Teller of Tales,” became a revered member of Samoan life. In the end though a foreign power did prevail and Western Samoa was annexed to Germany.

For Stevenson, who by that time had reached literary prominence, life abruptly ended on December 3rd, 1894. That evening while helping Fanny with dinner, Robert Louis Stevenson had a brain hemorrhage and died. Then on the heels of his death, forty Samoan chiefs, who knew that their beloved Tusitala wanted to be buried on the top of Mt. Vaea, appeared and bore his body to a final resting place on the summit. Had he lived beyond that brief span of 44 years, one wonders what further impact he’d have on the literary world or what future benefit he might have produced for the Samoan people.

Robert Louis Stevenson in Samoa

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One morning, more than a century later, we left the quiet sanctuary of Aggie Grey’s Hotel, and in the cool of the morning we taxied to Vailima, where the land behind Apia slants upward. We went to the house, now a museum, and now a place that serves as a legacy of the past. Vailima, an important legacy, has in order of appearance been used as a government house by the Germans until they were evicted by New Zealand in World War I, next by the British as the same, and now as the home of the Samoan Prime Minister (who doesn’t live there). The house, however, is open to the public five days a week.

But it was to the summit of jungle-clad Mt. Vaea that we were bound that day. We were making a pilgrimage, a substantial sweat-producing pilgrimage up a rough path that finally fetched up in a clearing. From there Apia lay at our feet, and in either direction the island of Upolu with its line of breaking surf, was spread out below. There where we stood, in the center of that clearing, were the simple tombs of Stevenson and his wife Fanny, who died in California in 1914 and whose ashes were brought back to Samoa. One could see why Stevenson had chosen this place, and on the side of his tomb we read his epitaph.

Under the wide and starry sky
Dig the grave and let me lie,
Glad did I live and gladly die
And I laid me down with a will.
This be the verse you grave for me.
Here he lies where he longed to be.
Home is the sailor, home from the sea.
And the hunter home from the hill.

Not many people make that substantial trek these days. Few Samoans do it, and only a handful of nostalgic Stevenson buffs make the attempt. But the thought surely occurs to those of us who do. How pleased he would be to see that so much of the essence of Samoan life is now as it was then.

Info on the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum in Samoa, where his house still stands, can be see here: http://w.robert-louis-stevenson.org/museums/109-samoa-museum-western-samoa

Until next post it’s TOFA SOIFUA from the Poly Hub 🙂

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2014 in SAMOA

 

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Kiwini Vaitai & Hawaiian/ Tongan music

Mālō e lelei,

Since my recent trip to Hawaii found myself searching for more island music. It didn’t take me very long to find Mr. Kiwini and make him a regular on my own playlists. His music takes me back to the islands, though the sound is also polished with some auto tune in there and an awesome band that sounds like it COULD be Questlove and The Roots… I love Kiwini Vaitai’s artistry and approach to music. And what exactly do I love about his approach to music? His passion for feel-good music. Island beats have never sounded better with his fresh approach, or as soulful and modern at the same time. Check out his Bio down below, and also one of my fave tracks of his called “Lupeolo” from his Independently Bizarre album released in 2009:

whatitdo-logo>>>>This article taken from The What It Do -The Urban Island Review showing the hottest urban artists out there<<<<

 

Even though fame and the spotlight was never the fuel behind pursuing a career in music, it has come to Kiwini (pronounced Kee-vee-nee) Vaitai simply because his fans can’t get enough of him. Born in Dallas, TX and a local of Waianae, HI, Kiwini (who is half Tongan and half Hawaiian) has really taken the best of both his Tongan and Hawaiian cultures to create music that is enjoyed and loved by many. His style of music is an obvious product of his musical upbringing but his work ethic and passion for music is the very reason he has come to work with some of the biggest Urban Island artists today. Collaborating with the best is a sure way to number himself among the best and Kiwini is right on track and making that a living reality every day.

Kiwini’s given Hawaiian name is Kiwini Kamuela Kanaka Lokomaikai, which means “Kiwini, the bountiful man.” With a name like that, it’s no wonder Kiwini was blessed with a naturally abundant talent for music. Kiwini attributes his musicality to his mother’s side and he has always looked up to his uncle Sam, otherwise known as Uncle Sam Solatorio, a renowned musician in Hawaiian music. Growing up, Kiwini says his mom always played Old School music and the second Kiwini heard Stevie Wonder, it just clicked – the style, the story, the music – and he’s been a fan ever since. Kiwini sang in the choir at church and he didn’t pursue music outside of church until 2007/2008. While Old School music was a great part of his childhood, Reggae music became another influence in his adolescence with Fiji being a huge inspiration.

kiwini.originalBringing Old School and Reggae music together seems almost a norm among Urban Island artists today but Kiwini does so in a way that has so much soul. Kiwini’s soulful delivery of his music is smooth and seamless, which makes live performances all the more enjoyable. With hits like “Can’t Stop”, “Lupeolo”, and “Pina Colada”, Kiwini is stirring up the Urban Island music scene and keeping a steady course with no signs of going anywhere.

Having done “Lupeolo”, a track in his native Tongan language (video below), Kiwini is looking forward to doing a track in his native Hawaiian language. Culture is important to him but Kiwini states, “God first, family second, and everything else follows.” Kiwini is obviously a man of priorities and knows that music and his success mean nothing without his faith and his family. Like any other music artist, Kiwini simply wants to be heard and put out music. Music is that one thing he can run to and all his worries go away and his fans are grateful that his soulful music is something they can turn to when they want to escape their worries.

Having sung backup for Laga Savea, Fiji, and J Boog, Kiwini has learned a lot in his journey to being an independent artist, which is exactly why he is as successful as he is. No one can deny it – Kiwini bleeds music; it’s in his blood, heart, and soul. There’s nothing like soulful, Urban Island music and no one does it better than Kiwini Vaitai.

Be sure to get Kiwini’s latest album Independently Bizarre on iTunes, Amazon.com, or in local retail stores. You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

-Article Written By: Juliet Uata

So…There you have it. Until next post it’s Toki Sio (“see you later” in Tongan) from the Poly Hub… OHH, and… CHECK OUT LUPEOLO here:

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2014 in HAWAII, Polynesian MUSIC, TONGA

 

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American Samoa. What’s it all about?… American Football?

Talofa!

To be absolutely honest, I’ve never heard too much about American Samoa in my lifetime, which is quite unfortunate. Though it is great to know, like I do now, just how much they live just like many of the other islands do. There is even a clip in the YouTube video below of one American Samoan islander making coconut milk, the natural island way. This confirms for me and is at least something I can see that shows how Polynesian this island is and always has been.

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I was actually speaking to one of my Tongan friends the other day while in discussion about American Samoa, anyway, he said he had always thought American Samoa was upper class (a sure misconception) like Hawaii (another misconception). There is poverty in every land you go to on earth, let alone the islands. That cannot be ignored. Though the true beauty and lifestyle of these islanders still remains intact, and there is also much natural beauty to be found on the land. Not to mention the many resorts such as the Moana O Sina (100% rating on Trip Advisor), or even Sadie’s By The Sea for example. There also seem to be many Island Style restaurants. Eating at these restaurant will no doubt give you the full American Samoa experience!

See here for more info on things to do on this wonderful island location: www.americansamoa.travel/things-to-do

For the most part American Samoa or Samoa as a whole is very much a scaled back version of Hawaii, but definitely has been put onto my personal list of  MUST SEE islands among others. It’s quite obvious USA puts most of its effort into good old Hawaii as the preferred getaway destination. Samoa should NOT be overlooked!

Even though American Samoa’s Economy and schooling system is identical to that of mainland USA, they do not pay income tax, nor do they vote for the Presidency. They are a territory of the USA, and the only USA land situated below the equator. Among living off the land, American Samoans in particular are physically the right build for American Football. The stats (as also shown in video) are staggering as to the amount of players that are drafted to the NFL each season compared to other players on the mainland. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and HAKA of the American Samoan people.

With a little bit of help from the story from 60 Minutes below, you could treat it as part of our overall education on Polynesian life.

OH, by the way, go here to see a more traditional style of Samoan dance → Poly Hub Online Facebook page ← where we had the privilege of seeing them dance during the canoe show at the Polynesian Cultural Centre in Hawaii

So until next time….. Moce Mada!  🙂

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2014 in SAMOA

 

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Fiji Curry HUT/ Still learning Fijian

Bula Vinaka!

As you may know I’m currently trying to learn the Fijian language, the native language of my parents. But growing up in Australia, and my parents speaking to me in english all my life did not help either. But now i have help from books, dictionaries such as this:

Say it in Fijian

 

I learned from speaking with my friend Tony the word Taucoko means all. Now remember the c is pronounced th as in “then”, (not “theatre”).

My wife and I took a trip yesterday to a restaurant I’ve heard about from a workmate called the “Fiji Curry Hut”. I really wanted to check this place out as I love my curry and roti. So I checked out their website www.fijicurryhut.com/, and I could see they were open until 10pm. So I thought to myself “this must be a fairly good location, most probably close to a pub”. We hopped in the car and drove out to go have some curry (I was craving some too…), then lo and behold there it was… the actual restaurant RIGHT in front of a pub which was directly across the street. Twas a great location indeed.

So we went inside and there was a nice man Mahendra (he is a nice Fijian Indian man). I told him: “I heard about this place from someone at work, so though i’d come to check it out”. He was a nice guy. He took our order, then we waited. Once the food was ready something happened that I did NOT come prepared for. He STARTED SPEAKING TO ME IN FIJIAN!! It was so fast I could not keep up with a word he was saying!! 😦

I told him right away: “SORRY, I don’t speak Fijian… BUT i’m learning…” I could see his face a little embarrassed. He said “All the local Fijians know about this place”, and they’ve been there for 4 years, which to me sounds like a good run. BUT… you know what I realised? I heard Mahendra say the word, even though really fast, “Taucoko” which means “All” in Fijian. So he was telling me in Fijian about the Fijians come to his restaurant. I felt good though because I was able to recognise a word used in casual conversation that I had just learned recently. I’ve only just started to learn the language but I’m already seeing some of the benefits. I just need to stick at it. That’s what I aim to do…!

They are open every day during the week except Monday. They also do a Lovo Pack (Lovo is the name for the Fijian style of cooking food under the ground). We had some delicious chicken curry, plus some lamb curry. They came with some rice and 2 roti’s is each. Also they came with some Dhal and a little chutney as well. My wife and I were so happy with our island dinner. We were NOT disappointed!  🙂

If you’re around the area, check it out… Here’s a pic from their website below. I will try get some of my own though…

Moce Mada!  🙂

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2014 in FIJI

 

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Coconut Oil Miracle & YOU/ Dr. Oz approved!!

According to coconut-info.net: “The term coconut dates back to the 16th century. It derives from the Spanish and Portuguese word coco, meaning “a grin”, “a monkey face” respectively, since there is a slight resemblance to a human face or a monkey head because of the three tiny indents on the hairy shell of the fruit. Cocos nucifera is a scientific term for the coconut tree, or coconut palm.” coconutcoconut-info.net also say: “The origin of the coconut plant is vague. Many researchers suggest Malaysia to be the likeliest place, others consider the north-west of South America. The fruit has spread worldwide mostly with the help of seafarers. The coconut fruit itself is light and water resistant, it can keep itself afloat on the surface of the water, thus able to be spread by currents. Now it is grown in more than 70 countries throughout the world. The major countries are India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Maldives.” Hmmm interesting… Somehow the coconuts ended up in the Polynesian islands centuries ago, and has become somewhat of a staple in the island diet. I’ve actually grown up with the understanding that ALL Pacific Islanders have strong “coconut heads”!! On a more serious note, I survived an accident about 10 years ago due my own stupidity (must have had a coconut head, as my brain was not there) where I actually fell 5 metres down a walkway bridge and supposedly hit my head on the ground. Actually, change that to MOST DEFINITELY hit my head. Here were my injuries:

  • I broke my jaw in half,
  • fractured my skull (my Dad told me my head looked like it had a bruise/ lump the size of a baseball/ cricket ball), and
  • my left ear was half torn off…

I came through with a full recovery (as you can see below, I’m very much still standing)… My coconut head came through for me. Hmmm…

Bridge & The Coconut Head

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SO YEAH… that’s me with my coconut head at the infamous bridge…                

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOW, this is me (below) with Mum’s new coconut book. I SERIOUSLY intend to read this once Mum has finished reading it. I’ve checked the reviews, and most of them are great! In fact, my wife honestly bought us some coconut oil the other day from our local GNC store and gave me a shot of it the other night because it’s healthy… which took me back to when my sis and I used to go to school our Grandpa used to rub coconut oil on us every morning. On our legs, on our arms, through our hair… (i’m certain there was a healthy reason for doing so). Please allow me to be distracted for a moment: Isn’t it cool that so many memories stored in our brain are locked away, until it gets rehashed in moments such as this hehe. 🙂 And that’s about as far as my knowledge was regarding the mighty coconut. Yeah, and it tasted great! Aaaanyways… this isn’t just about ME. This is really about how anyone can really benefit from this wonder of nature. 

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Here’s a video of Dr Bruce Fife (author of the book) briefly explaining his story, and the many benefits of coconut oil in our lives:

But, you know what really helped confirm it for me? Dr Oz (yep, legit cardiovascular surgeon right here). Oh yes, even he proclaims it does benefit us in many ways. Okay, so here is Part 1…

Here’s part 2:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8jc69i4Ya4

I’ve now got this STRONG urge to read this coconut book!! Hmmm, I shall let u know when i’m done.

Sega na leqa (no problems in Fijian)  😀

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2014 in #Just POLYNESIAN#

 

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Poly Art: Polynesian art style of Josua Toganivalu

Josua Toganivalu

Good evening my Polynesian/ Fijian friends. You may have wondered where i have been my young Poly-Wans (ok, you will probably only get that if you’re a Star Wars fan, or proposed movie buff :P)… Well, i’ve simply just been doing my research! I’m sure you’re going to appreciate what we’ve got in store for you… 🙂

As you probably have figured out by now, we absolutely love and cherish creative expression here at Poly Hub Online. Just like we enjoyed the sweet harmonies of Laga Savai expressing love for his hometown Nanakuli. Though, through this post in particular we are delighted and equally excited to be featuring the Polynesian Art style of Mr Josua Toganivalu.

Hailing from Bau in Fiji, Josua’s paintings have been exhibited locally and purchased by collectors around the world including collectors from Hawaii, Australia, London and mainland US.

Here’s a snippet from his online portfolio (http://josua.carbonmade.com/about) explaining a bit about his background: “I have always had a keen intrest in visual arts and graphic design from childhood, i have experimented with pencil sketches, crayons, painting right up to computer graphic design and have found a more personal connection with paintings and more so with the contemporary oceanic style.”

“If you look at the images on the paintings, they display all aspects of Fijian life and instead of me talking about my painting, I want the painting to speak for itself,” he says.

He is fulfilling a passion that was fired from a young age. He says: “I’ve always enjoyed painting – the feeling of expressing my thoughts and telling stories on the canvas.  That freedom of expression – nothing beats painting – that is why I came back to something I enjoy and am comfortable with.”

We are excited to show the talents of Mr Toganivalu on Poly Hub Online. See a sample of his unique Polynesian painting style at the top of this post. Please enjoy!

To check out more Fijian paintings of Josua’s and other talents, be sure to check out the following page: http://josua.carbonmade.com

ALOHA!   🙂

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2014 in FIJI, Polynesian ART

 

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Laga Savea – Nanakuli

Check out this sweet track from Laga (the letter g pronounced ng as in hunger) Savea from Nanakuli, Hawaii. Influenced by many different genres of music including inspirational, jazz, reggae, R&B, classical, and Hawaiian Island, Laga started developing his own unique flavor in creating, performing and recording music. As the drummer for the group “Hot Rain,” Laga started composing music at an early age. His various musical influences include Brian McKnight, Beres Hammond, Lucky Dube, Lukie D, Smokey Norful, J. Moss and Fiji. Having performed throughout his career with many great Island and Reggae recording artist such as Maxi Priest, Yellow Man, Don Carlos, and Arrested Development, you will definitely be hearing a lot more from this very talented young in the near future. In the mean time lay back, chill, and allow the smooth harmonic melodies of Mr. Laga Savea transport YOU to his hometown of Nanakuli. Enjoy!

ALOHA!

Laga Savea

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in HAWAII, Polynesian MUSIC

 

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Hawaii: Honua Kai Resort/ Is Hawaii a Lost culture?

RESORT:

My wife and I stayed at the Honua Kai resort (honuakai.com) on Maui island in Hawaii for 4 nights. It was so relaxing, and as you can see in the pic below our view was amazingly beautiful. Upon arriving in Hawaii I was always under the impression Hawaii was a lost culture, and the language was pretty much lost…

Honua Kai Resort, Maui

REALITY:

I was able to speak to some of the locals who told me that many Hawaiian locals in Maui still live off the land, planting their own vegetables yams (like sweet potato), taro (almost like a potato, but grey), and many other vegetables. Jake, our tour guide for the hiking tour we did, told us how he grew up and has hunted wild boars all his life. He also speaks fluent Hawaiian (though not sure which dialect) and told us about how the Hawaiian culture is still very strong beneath the tourist attraction fed impressions, and he also climbs trees like a Hawaiian Tarzan. There are schools that only allow students 50% Hawaiian or more to enrol where the language is taught. Other islands of Hawaii have their own dialects too and the languages are still spoken throughout. It astounded me to see that so much of the culture in this country was most definitely being hidden away…

Unfortunately, like many other islands i’ve been to, there remains much poverty. I recall seeing one tourist lady coming out of a clothing store along Waikiki Beach with MANY bags in both hands, and upon her looking up she came almost eye to eye with a man on the street, with his own bag of clothes (more like a suitcase) looking quite drab… oops, yeah, that was a homeless guy… That honestly tore my heart and mind to pieces. (Honestly, my wife and I were NOT in Hawaii to shop, just chillax ONLY. We already did our own shopping back in mainland USA where the sales tax is lower (ok I got 2 suits on a sweet buy one get one free deal), and free accommodation with the family, who we hadn’t seen in years, oh and gas was a dollar cheaper too!)

Jake the tour guide (we called him Hawaiian tarzan)

anyways…

Hawaii is definitely for me confirmed as one of the Polynesian islands, which seems to not be mentioned too much back in Australia (or maybe i just don’t know enough people who talk about it). Yes, Hawaiians do have a strong American influence but they (of Hawaiian descent) are genuinely still very much islanders. I felt to comfortable there. I felt like i wanted to learn the language, but after the respect i saw them show for Fiji as a Polynesian island (more by historical ties with Tonga which strongly influenced the culture in many ways), I decided to learn my own language. I am now learning Fijian!!

ALOHA, i mean, MOCE MADA!! (In Fijian alphabet c is pronounced ‘th’ as in ‘this’, d has silent n in front of it)

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in HAWAII

 

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