Story by Diane Haynes Woodburn
One day when my grandmother was in her 90s, she described a dream in which an endlessly long table was draped with the finest lace tablecloth and set with exquisite silver and china. On the table was every dish she had ever prepared for her family, every pie and cake she had ever baked. “Isn’t that a silly dream?” she asked. “No,” I answered. “It’s wonderful.”
Food is nourishment, of course, but it is so much more. Food brings families together, cements friendships, eases suffering, enriches joy. It fuels armchair philosophers, smooths the path to romance, celebrates our cultural differences and identities. So as we approach the holidays, food seems a particularly fitting theme for this issue— the perfect venue to honor all our chefs, from Maui’s culinary gurus to local aunties and tutus.
Like a good holiday dinner—or a great potluck—we’re offering up a bit of everything: adventure, history, gift ideas, even a lesson or two. (Where else but in the pages of Maui No Ka ‘Oi can you learn how early Polynesians transported the seeds of their culture across an ocean in the hulls of voyaging canoes; meet two remarkable moms whose idea of fun is to tow-in surf the monstrous waves at Jaws; follow an intrepid girl gang into Haleakala Crater, as they kick off their high heels, don hiking boots, and battle invasive aliens; and learn how to wrap a gift package to look like musubi?) Even our At Home feature is a paean to food, family, and friendship—plus a link to a scrumptious Scandinavian recipe.
At Maui No Ka ‘Oi, our staff and extended family can get pretty vocal about preferred chefs, restaurants, and recipes; at editorial meetings, delectable discoveries are often shared around the conference table. Every year, we look forward to hearing from you, too, when you vote for your favorites in our ‘Aipono Awards. We take your opinions seriously, and hope you will, too, by filling out and mailing in the ‘Aipono Ballot you’ll find in this issue.
And with that to whet your appetite, may I simply add: Eat, drink, celebrate, and be good to each other.
A hui hou and happy holidays to all.