Let’s Make SPAM Musubi And Jam With SPAM

Posted in Food & Dining on April 27th, 2008

We talked before about Spam Musubi and even shared with you the Canadian Style Spam Musubi sent in by one of our podcast listeners. Since the annual Waikiki Spam Jam is approaching I thought we would revisit one of Hawaii’s most popular eats and show you just how to make one.

Now if I were a chef or an expert at making Spam Musubi, I’d just explain the method to you myself, but my method is probably not as good as that from an expert so we visit with Cooking With The Single Guy (Benjamin Seto) who originally hails from Hawaii but resides now in the San Francisco Bay area.

He has a wonderful writeup on the Making of The Spam Musubi that’s well worth checking out. While you’re over there check out all the other interesting recipes he has as well as local reviews of restaurants in the SF Bay area.

Now let’s talk a little about the upcoming Waikiki Spam Jam which will be held May 3rd on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. The Waikiki Spam Jam is a street festival that celebrates the people of Hawaii’s love for Spam, a canned meat from Hormel Foods. In Hawaii, you’ll find Spam at all grocery and convenience stores, many restaurants and in most homes in Hawaii.

This street festival is great for all ages, as the event includes Hawaii’s top restaurants, two stages with free entertainment, and a variety of Hawaiian crafters. This is also a special event that benefits the Hawaii Food Bank, the largest non-profit in Hawaii that feeds the needy.

If you looking for more info and discussion on the Spam Jam that takes place here in Hawaii, just do a search of our archives for Waikiki Spam Jam and check out this video available from the 4th Annual Waikiki Spam Jam.

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Earth Day Is Everyday, How Will You Kokua (HELP)

Posted in Environment on April 21st, 2008

Today marks the official “Earth Day” which is set forth with the intension to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. In today’s society there are so many options and resources available to us to help preserve and protect Mother Earth for generations to come. Recycling, cutting your dependence on fossil fuels;oil, coal, gas (which nowadays can save TONS of money), and going paperless for billing are just some ways you can help protect our planet. Other more in-depth options include, getting involved in outreach programs that protect wildlife and nature, creating natural wildlife habitats in your own backyard, and partnering with agencies such as the National Wildlife Federation and the U.S. Geological Survey. No matter how you choose to contribute to the cause, every little bit helps so be sure and do your part.

Here in Hawaii there is a lot of awareness to protect not only Earth as a whole, but also our aina (land), and one of the most recognizable organizations is the The Kokua Hawaii Foundation. The Kokua Hawaii Foundation “supports environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawaii and provides students with exciting and interactive encounters that will enhance their appreciation for and understanding of their environment so that they will be lifelong stewards of the earth.” One of the avid supporters of this foundation is none other than the talented Jack Johnson who headlines the Kokua Festival every year which is a benefit concert for the Kokua Hawaii Foundation. Putting together various artists and sharing tips to protecting Earth combines for a greater means of awareness to the public.

Check out some of the video links below of past visitors to the Kokua Festival and see what they set forth as resolutions to help protect our environment, then after that write down your resolution/resolutions and makes goals to achieve them. Things like commuting to work with others, riding a bicycle, and using your own reusable beverage container are ways you can help. Even washing your car at a local automated car wash rather than at home can help the environment. Bottom line is, there are hundreds of ways to put for an effort and kokua! Earth Day is everyday, not just once a year.

Have a Happy Earth Day…and spread some ALOHA while you’re out there today. Got a great idea to help the planet? Pass it along in the comment section below.

Earth Day Links:
Earth Day Network
Hawaii Earth Day Fair
Hawaii 2008 Earth Day Events
Ten Tips For Earth Day

Other Great Links:
Kokua Festival
Kokua Hawaii Foundation
Maui Brewing Company: Hawaii-Friendly & Earth-Friendly
Big Island’s Mauna Lani Among Earth’s Most Earth-Friendly Resorts
Red Earth Hawaii Clothing

Video Links:
Kokua Festival Earth Day Resolutions Part 1
Kokua Festival Earth Day Resolutions Part 2
Kokua Festival Earth Day Resolutions Part 3

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NWHI Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

Posted in Environment on April 11th, 2008

The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is the single largest conservation area under the U.S. flag, and the largest marine conservation area in the world. It encompasses 137,797 square miles of the Pacific Ocean (105,564 square nautical miles) – an area larger than all the country’s national parks combined.

The extensive coral reefs found in Papahānaumokuākea – truly the rainforests of the sea – are home to over 7,000 marine species, one quarter of which are found only in the Hawaiian Archipelago. Many of the islands and shallow water environments are important habitats for rare species such as the threatened green sea turtle and the endangered Hawaiian monk seal.

Papahānaumokuākea is also of great cultural importance to Native Hawaiians with significant cultural sites found on the islands of Nihoa and Mokumanamana.

The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument was created by Presidential proclamation on June 15, 2006. See announcement and video here.

Source: NOAA.gov

Other Links:
808T E.93 – Papahanaumokuakea

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