Humuhumunukunukuapua'a

24 07 2011 Happy World

Wow - WHAT a name!

It's the Hawaiian name of a beautiful fish and it's actually not just an ordinary one, it's Hawaii's State fish.

The 'Picasso triggerfish' is a tropical reef triggerfish that you’ll likely see when you snorkel in Hawaii. Here’s how to pronounce it: “who-moo-who-moo-noo-koo-noo-koo-ah-pooah-ah”.

Well, i can't say much today, because whenever i carefully enter this silent, absolutely fascinating underwater world, i get completely speechless and blown away by it's indescribably, incredible beauty.......












Locally grown

19 07 2011 Market day

 Hawai'i is the newest of the 50 US states (since 1959) and just like in big Mama country, one can find burgers and fries on every - o.k. friends - second corner.

That fact generates an interesting question : WHAT to eat then???

Easy answer: Raw foods!!!

Next to famous Ahi 'Poke' - raw tuna marinated with soy sauce, spices, onions or seaweed - and shops who cater to the ambitious raw food enthusiasts with raw pizza, crackers and more good stuff like this raw coconut lime cake,

i personally think, delicious fresh fruit is THE way to go on the islands!

Fruit in tropical abundance - locally grown pineapples ( Hawai'i is also known as the 'Pineapple-State'),

locally grown Mangoes (growing on REALLY tall, big trees),

and - my favorite - locally grown Papayas (extremely enzyme rich),

as well as locally grown lilikoi,

starfruit,

bananas,

coconut.....

just to name a very few.....

Did you actually know, that the black Papaya seeds are edible?

Their look not only reminds of black Peppercorns - their taste does too!

You could actually dry and grind them for a Pepper replacement. Here on the islands, they like to make a really tasty papaya-seed-salad-dressing.

I just love to eat a few of them along with the golden, soft - oh so yummy - flesh right out of the skin. HMMMM......

Food is ready.....



E komo mai!

17 07 2011 Happy World

Pehea' oe?

Maika' i !

Oh, i LOVE the sound of the Hawaiian language so much!

Consisting of just 12 Latin letters, it's one of the shortest alphabets of the world with the lowest syllable count of all languages: just 126 !

But if you ask me - that low number doesn't matter at all, because the sound of the Hawaiian language is so beautiful melodic and fits just perfectly into the gorgeous nature sounds of the islands itself: the singing birds - the swaying palm trees - the ever so rolling waves.....

I can't imagine that there are even bad or aggressive words available in this language....

There are only about 1000 native speaking people left on the islands - half of them are over seventy.... - because English became the official language over 100 years ago. In the last years more and more residents became conscious about the great value and the importance to save the native island language. Thanks to this movement, some schools on the islands are already teaching Hawaiian.

Would you like to know the meaning of the words i used in the beginning?

E komo mai!  Welcome!

Pehea'oe ? How are you?

Maika'i !  I am well!

A hui hou !!!

ALOHA





ALOHA

14 07 2011 Happy World

Greetings from beautiful Maui - one of the spectacular islands that build the Hawaiian Island chain.

A place, where you can most closely feel earth constantly giving birth to new Islands - smaller or bigger; under or above water - depending on the travel speed of the underneath 'hotspot', which slowly wanders it's path since millions of years.....

Gigantic nature,

unbelievable sky,

awesome waves,

breathtaking sealife

- i'm running out of adjectives....

It's truly one of Mama Earth's natural wonders!

Dive in.....