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Monday, August 16, 2010

Fishing the Hawaiian Islands

When one goes fishing late at night, with only 2 people on board a fishing boat, what else could happen? These local boys went out for an evening looking for a big catch. I would call a 740 pound Marlin exactly that. Although I was not fortunate enough to be part of this catch, I thought I would share some photos taken by a co-worker who was. After a couple hours of fighting the fish, the fishermen realized this one was too big to pull aboard. So, making a slow trip home, they phoned several friends to meet them at the harbor shortly after midnight. Nobody knew, until the fish was hoist with a crane and weighed, exactly how big of a catch they actually had. You can see the comparison of the people surrounding the fish, and how much bigger he is to any of them. The fish in the longbed of a pick-up also shows its size. The bill of the massive fish easily goes past the end of the open tailgate of the 8 foot bed of the truck.
With several friends into fishing, many with their own boats I am bound to be a part of some of these adventures. One thing is for sure, the camera will be on hand. My last outing in the Hawaiian waters came with not a bite. It was more of an up close whale watching tour. This recent catch, however, leads me to believe that there is a monster out there with my name on it. Rest assured, when I land the Big One, my readers will be the first to know.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Maui Calls! Fundraiser Event For the MACC

This year marked the 15th annual Maui Calls! fundraising event for the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC). Pictured above is our booth for this years event. We were serving two dishes this year. One hot, one cold. Many of our event guests said that our booths food was No Ka 'Oi (the best). I didn't get much of a chance to taste the other Chefs' food, it was just too busy to leave the booth. There was some nice looking food out there, don't get me wrong, but I think we had a couple crowd pleasers to showcase. Our hot dish was a traditionally roasted Kalua Pork Slider. It was traditional in the sense that we used the meat from the luau show pig, which we cook underground, wrapped in banana and ti leaf over hot coals. Once the pig was done, it was shredded and tossed in a honey-macadamia nut BBQ sauce. A zesty stewed tomato-scallion relish was a nice addition to the sandwich that we served on a steamed Kau Yuk bun. It was delicious. The cold dish was a simple ahi sashimi. In Hawaii, its hard to go wrong with a simple, delicate pupu like this one. We served it on a fried wonton chip, fresh kelp seaweed salad tossed in a sesame-soy vinaigrette and topped with a simple wasabi aioli. The fish itself was the real highlight of the dish with a hand ground peppercorn crust and a nice sear on the outside of the still raw, bright red tuna. The peppercorn crust consists of pink, black, white, and green peppercorns, hand ground, mixed with a beautiful Japanese pepper blend and tossed together with Hawaiian rock salt.

This was the first event for me here on Maui, but rest assured there will be more. With each events, we strive to improve the booths appearance, the dishes we serve, and our delivery of information to our potential guests. We received a lot of great feedback this year, and I truly believe that these events give us the opportunity to showcase what talents and amenities we offer to the Kama'aina (locals). It is important to have tourist business, but without the support of the people living here, the great word of mouth that these events generate, and the local clientele helping keep us moving forward, we would have nothing. So, to those of you who helped support the Maui Calls event, and other great events showcasing our local chefs for great causes, Big Mahalos from us in the industry and specifically those of us in Makena!