Perhaps you’re not a turkey person. Or maybe you’ve started your Thanksgiving prep a bit late in the game. Whatever the reason you’re seeking an alternative to the traditional (enormous) Thanksgiving turkey, we have a great suggestion for you! How about trying some roasted fish? This recipe for Roasted Butterfish (Black Cod) with Fennel and Tomato from A Splash of Aloha is a nice change, suitable for a small gathering, and much less work than wrestling a big bird. The flavor of fennel is appropriate for fall, and—lucky we live Hawai‘i—there are still beautiful, fresh, ripe local tomatoes available at the farmers’ markets and in grocery stores. Something else to be thankful for!
Roasted Butterfish with Fennel and Tomato
Recipe by Sharon Kobayashi from A Splash of Aloha
Makes 4 servings
The key to this restaurant-quality recipe is to use very good, fresh fish; ripe, flavorful tomatoes and a young, fruity, drinkable wine (both for the dish and to serve at the table). Fennel is a vegetable with the texture of celery and an anise-like perfume and is readily available in grocery stores.
- 1 lb. butterfish (black cod), cut into 2 pieces (8-oz. steaks)
- 1 fennel bulb, medium, cut into 8 sections (plus 1 T. fronds, minced)
- 2 c. cherry tomatoes
- 8 bay leaves, fresh if possible
- 8 cloves garlic
- 1½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. black peppercorns, crushed
- 1 T. extra virgin olive oil
- ²⁄₃ c. red wine (merlot or shiraz/syrah)
1. Preheat oven to 425°. In a roasting pan (preferably non-stick or foil-lined), arrange cod with fennel, tomatoes, bay leaves and garlic scattered on and about the fish.
2. Use 1 tsp. of the salt to rub into both sides of fish steaks, sprinkle the remaining salt and pepper over everything. Sprinkle the oil evenly over the vegetables.
3. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or till the liquids evaporate and the fish just begins to brown. Remove fish to a serving plate. Then deglaze the pan: Immediately add the wine to the remaining juices and browned bits, stirring to loosen solids.
4. If mixture does not thicken enough, return to the oven for 5 minutes or till it reaches sauce consistency.
5. Pour mixture over fish and garnish with fennel fronds.
Note: Salmon may be substituted for butterfish.
When Judge Samuel P. King died in 2010 at the age of 94, Hawai‘i Gov. Neil Abercrombie called him “the heart and soul of Hawai‘i.” Now, in King’s own words, Judge Sam King: A Memoir presents the story of the man who not only witnessed Hawaiian history but helped shape the future of the islands he loved.
Born to one of Hawai‘i’s most illustrious families, Samuel Pailthorpe King presided over state and federal courtrooms for more than a half-century—making landmark decisions with warmth, wisdom and an enduring humanity—but was perhaps best known for protecting people who had little or no power of their own. King presided over some of Hawai‘i’s most sensational trials, from organized crime to the Palmyra murder trials, and upheld the 1967 Hawai‘i Land Reform Act, which shifted property ownership in Hawai‘i from large trusts to ordinary citizens. King was also a co-author of the original “Broken Trust” essay in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the subsequent book of the same title chronicling the mismanagement of the Bishop Estate by its trustees in the 1990s. He liked to observe that “people aren’t created for laws; laws are created for people” and believed that the whole purpose of government, besides keeping its people safe, is to protect the underprivileged from the privileged. In the book’s foreword, the late U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye called King “the real deal,” noting that “Hawai‘i was fortunate to have had Sam King on the bench. He served the people of Hawai‘i well and brought honor to our state and nation.”
The newly released memoir was co-authored by Jerry Burris, one-time political reporter and editorial-page editor for the Honolulu Advertiser and a former staff writer for Hawaii Business magazine, and longtime Advertiser court reporter Ken Kobayashi, now a reporter with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. In 2009 Burris and Kobayashi began a series of recorded conversations with King, meeting several times a week in the judge’s office. After King’s passing a year later, the duo continued work on the book, with support from the King family, combining the recorded conversations with an oral history conducted by King’s former law clerk, Susan Lee Waggener, and the trove of writings, news stories, speeches and other material carefully saved and organized by King’s wife, Anne, and Rebecca Berry, the judge’s secretary for much of his legal career.
MEET THE CO-AUTHORS
Jerry Burris and Ken Kobayashi will sign books at Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana, on Friday, Nov. 22 at 6pm.
We are pleased to announce the release of Today’s Thought—Rev. Paul Osumi: The Man & His Message, a new book from our Legacy Isle Publishing imprint.
For more than 35 years, Rev. Paul S. Osumi inspired generations of readers of The Honolulu Advertiser and other newspapers with his daily column, “Today’s Thought.” Thousands of copies of his simple aphorisms were clipped and saved, tacked to bulletin boards, stuck to refrigerator doors and carried in wallets.
After the pastor’s death in 1996, his son Norman Osumi received many inquiries about publishing a new collection of “Today’s Thoughts.” Because three small volumes had already been published by Rev. Osumi himself, Norman felt that any collection “would need something more.”
Thus began a decade-long project to research his father’s life, with the goal of including a biography to add context to a new collection of “Thoughts.” In addition to the biography and hundreds of favorite “Thoughts,” Norman included select inspirational speeches delivered by Rev. Osumi throughout his years of ministry as well as photographs and letters from the family’s personal collection in his softcover book Today’s Thought—Rev. Paul Osumi: The Man & His Message.
Researching the book was a revealing experience for Norman. “I started reading his journals, as well as letters he wrote and received from my mother, military authorities, Christian leaders, friends and church members. The more I read, the more interested I became in my father’s past, which he rarely talked about. He almost never mentioned the war years, when he was interned and encountered many disappointments and much hardship and disgrace. Many people told me it was common for the older generation, especially fathers, not to tell their children about their lives.”
On December 7, 1941 Rev. Paul Osumi was arrested “on suspicion of being an alien enemy,” as were many influential and well-educated Japanese nationals. He was jailed and subsequently sent to detention camps, first on Oahu, then in New Mexico. He petitioned—and was finally approved in 1943—for relocation to Gila Relocation Camp in Arizona where his family (pictured, right), including a three-year-old Norman, joined him in 1944 to live for the remainder of the war.
Norman’s biography of his father provides details of the internment experience and the correspondence between Rev. Osumi and numerous officials as he attempted to clear his name and obtain his release. It was not until 1988 that the United States government issued an official apology to internees, along with monetary redress. Among the documents Norman found in his father’s files was a letter from The White House, signed by George Bush, which must have accompanied the restitution received by Rev. Osumi.
After the war, the Osumi family returned to Hawaii where Rev. Osumi ministered at churches in Waialua, ‘Ewa and Nu‘uanu. His “Today’s Thought” column began appearing in The Honolulu Advertiser six mornings a week in 1957. They also ran in the Hawaii Hochi starting in 1960, and the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Nome, Alaska from 1980 to 1984. In 1965, Rev. Osumi started the now-common practice of offering Hawai‘i weddings for couples from Japan.
Couples married by Rev. Osumi often cite his Ten Commandments for a Happy Marriage:
1. Remember marriage is a 100-100 proposition. It is not a 50-50.
2. Neglect the whole world rather than each other.
3. Never meet or part without an affectionate hug or kiss.
4. Each day say at least one nice thing to each other.
5. Never go to bed angry. Settle all differences before the sun goes down.
6. Do not argue. Always talk things over.
7. Do not nag or indulge in fault-finding.
8. Never bring up mistakes of the past.
9. When you have made a mistake, say, “I am sorry,” and ask for forgiveness.
10. Never raise your voice or shout at each other unless the house is on fire.
It is advice like this that stuck with readers of Rev. Osumi’s column for decades. “My father’s words had a great impact on my life,” Norman says, “and on so many others’ too. People needed guidance in their lives and he tried to provide that. Father’s daily sayings gave people in Hawai‘i a set of values for living happy and meaningful lives. If by reading this book, they can gain some insight to live a better life, I will be happy.”
Today’s Thought—Rev. Paul Osumi: The Man & His Message is available for pre-order now on our website and will be available in local bookstores after September 15. For more information about the Legacy Isle Publishing imprint, please visit the website.
Best-selling author Clear Englebert (Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens, Bedroom Feng Shui) will offer Feng Shui for Interiors classes in Honolulu on June 7 and June 8. In addition, Englebert’s special guest during the June 7 class will be Angi Ma Wong, best-selling author (Feng Shui Dos and Taboos series) and the only feng shui consultant featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She has also made appearances on Live With Regis and Kelly, CNN Headline News, the Discovery Channel and the Learning Channel.
Friday, June 7, 6:30-8:30pm — Interior Chi Flow Class (Class Fee $25)
This class introduces Chi energy, which is the most basic feng shui concept. The class also covers how to maximize Chi’s beneficial flow and retain it within a home; the importance of doors and windows; how to use feng shui cures; how to locate the powerful spots within a room; how to counter harsh energy within the home, such as open beams and ceiling fans; furniture selection and placement.
Meet & Greet Autograph Session with Angi Ma Wong – 6:00pm
This session is for attendees of the Interior Chi Flow class only. Please bring your copies of Wong’s books with you for autographs. (Books will not be available for sale.) Wong will provide a free update for page 22 for those who have the original edition of Feng Shui Dos and Taboos (white cover; bring your book with you).
Saturday, June 8, 6:30-8:30pm — The Feng Shui Bagua (Class Fee $25)
This class explains the Bagua map, a nine-area grid (based on the entrance) that lies over the floor plan. Yin and Yang are discussed, as well as the Five Elements and their application to furnishings. The power of color is covered and the two power corners, Wealth and Relationship, are discussed in depth.
All classes will be held in the Private Function Room in the Executive Center, Lobby Level, next to Hukilau Restaurant. Class fee is $25 per class. Validated parking is available and no pre-registration is required; walk-ins are welcome and audio recording for personal use is permitted.
Come see us at the annual
Hawaii Book & Music Festival!
Saturday, May 18 (10AM – 5PM)
Sunday, May 19 (10AM – 6PM)
Honolulu Hale Grounds
This year, our booth has moved and we’ll be right next to the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Pavilion, where all weekend long, authors and experts will talk about “Telling Lives” in a series of discussion panels centered on the theme of memoir and biography. Several of our own Watermark Publishing authors will be taking part on the panels, and if you’re interested in publishing your own memoir, come talk to us about our new imprint, Legacy Isle Publishing!
Our booth is located in the new “Hawaii Publishers Village” so you can shop not just our books, but the rest of the local publishers’ as well. This is a wonderful opportunity to score great deals, support the Island publishing industry and discover new books from local authors! We already said “great deals” but we just can’t emphasize enough the fantastic bargains you’ll find on books! (Scroll down to the end of this post for a special coupon offer from us.)
Here’s a look at which of our authors will be taking part in the Festival and where you can find them:
Makia Malo with Pamela Young & Jeff Gere
My Name is Makia: A Memoir of Kalaupapa
Sat., May 18 | 10AM
Talk-Story and Reading
ALANA Hawaiian Culture Pavilion
Andrew Catanzariti, illustrator
Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!
Sat., May 18 | Noon
Children’s Book Read-Aloud
Illustrating Children’s Books Discussion
Keiki Read-Aloud Pavilion
Gail Miyasaki & Ted Tsukiyama (Hawaii Nikkei History Editorial Board)
Japanese Eyes, American Heart — Vol. 2
Voices from the Home Front in World War II Hawaii
Sat., May 18 | 3PM
“Living Memory — Honoring the Past”
Telling Lives Discussion Panel
Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Pavilion
Showman of the Pacific: 50 Years of Radio & Rock Stars
Sun., May 19 | 3PM
“Perfect Pitch — Telling Musical Lives”
Telling Lives Discussion Panel
Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Pavilion
And, as promised, here’s a special savings coupon for you! Bring it to our booth on Saturday, May 18, or Sunday, May 19, and we’ll give you $10 off your $25 purchase. (Sorry, but the discount does not apply to purchases of our super bargain priced used books, and cannot be combined with other offers.)
Can’t make it to the Festival? We’re sad to hear we won’t see you. But you can still get a 25% discount on our books by shopping online during the HBMF week (May 13 through 19). Free shipping on all orders over $25. Use coupon code HBMF13 at http://www.bookshawaii.net. (Excludes our used book selections.)
Happy Earth Day, everyone! We are celebrating by announcing the winners of the Wordsworth the Poet “Poe-TREE Contest!”
In the Wordsworth Poe-TREE Contest, students were asked to write a poem celebrating their favorite tree, following the model of Wordsworth the Mouse and his friends in the book Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! The young mice in the story campaign to save the trees in their community by writing poems reminding all the neighbors about the special qualities of the trees around them.
Poems were judged based on creativity, poetic merit and how well they conveyed what makes the trees special to the students. The six contest winners will receive a copies of each of the three books in the Wordsworth series, a gardening tool kit and a Koa Legacy Tree from the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, donated by Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods.
K-5 Division Winners:
Makayla Rose Molden (age 6, Kapolei, Mauka Lani Elementary), untitled
The Mountain Apple tree is yummy to me.
The fruit is up so high to knock it down is a game I try.
I collect the fruit and make apple pie.
Eli Wolfe (age 5, Honolulu, University Laboratory School), “Banyan Tree”
I like to climb the
I can climb to
You should try it too
It is so fun.
Grade 6-8 Division:
Min-Hua (Cindy) Tsou (age 11, Kapolei, Kapolei Middle School), “Red Maple Tree (Acer rubrum)”
A bright, scarlet leaf blew by.
A red lobed leaf fall and fly.
It can be red, yellow and even green.
Red maple trees makes a beautiful scene.
It grows in the north, with it’s flower blooming back and forth.
A red maple tree brings red, bright shines.
A red maple is of course, very fine.
Emerson Goo (age 12, Honolulu, Niu Valley Middle School), “Forest Guardians”
Sentinels at watch
Forest guardians holding
Grade 9-12 Division:
Sophie Corless (age 15, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, Northern Highlands Regional High School), “The Lemon Tree”
The cool sticky air clings to me;
my bare feet squelch in the grass
just after the rain shower.
The lemon tree stands in the back corner
towering over the garden, and has a prevailing presence.
Under the tree lies my step ladder,
with my initials carved in the leg.
The wicker basket dangles
on a tiny branch at my height.
I have my technique down,
twist and snap over and over again.
Even the bees and ants are fixated on my movements,
their fragile wings and tiny legs
seem to stop to observe.
Little droplets collect in the pores of the rind,
making my hand cool,
droplets of lemon juice ooze through the pores
and run down my hand to my wrist and to my elbow,
stopping and then dripping off.
By the end I am covered in a mixture of rain and lemon,
dried and sticky.
With every lemon I snap off,
the branch snaps back and sprinkles me with rain.
I swear I hear my sweltering forehead
sizzle against the cool droplets.
In the kitchen I squeeze every last lemon,
popping the juice into the pitcher with the yellow flowers,
along with a fistful of sugar and a splash of water.
I crack the ice tray in half, scooping out the cubes.
The first sip makes my face contort
into an uncomfortable position,
one you can’t avoid,
but the last is always the sweetest.
Zoe Edelman Brier (age 18, Allendale, New Jersey, Northern Highlands Regional High School), “Veins of Color”
I remember maple Leaf picking
with my father before the bus
came to ship me off
to a grey school building
with a grey blacktop
and grey windows.
The colors of the Leaves
were brighter than anything
I’d ever seen, standing out
against the blah of morning.
even through fog,
the Leaves shown like bright beacons
of change and hope for the future.
the Leaves would vein and crinkle
in red and orange and yellow,
mixing in a thin canvas.
My father would sit me on his shoulders
and have me reach the highest branch
possible to get the best Leaf
to press in a book that I still have
12 years later, the colors frozen in time,
unbrowned and delicate, red stains
clashing with the dark green of Leaf.
Congratulations to all our winners! Go give your favorite tree a hug!
Watermark Publishing and Alan Wong’s Restaurants are pleased to collaborate with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i to present an event honoring mothers (and all those other women who raised us) and their role in our food heritage.
Inspired Food: The Roots of Hawai’i Cuisine, a brunch & talk-story with Chef Alan Wong & Arnold Hiura will take place Saturday, April 27 (10AM – 1:30PM) at the JCCH Manoa Grand Ballroom. This limited-seating event will include a talk-story presentation by Chef Alan and Arnold on the roots of Hawai’i cuisine and the roles their own mothers’ food played in their lives.
This will be a fun and unique way to celebrate Mother’s Day a little early — ahead of all the crowds!
This event is a fundraiser for the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i; proceeds from ticket purchases benefit the Center. Seating is limited to 200 guests; individual tickets are $125, or reserved tables of 8 can be purchased for $2,000.
Each ticket includes:
- Brunch (tasting stations by Alan Wong’s; entrée selections prepared by Pagoda Floating Restaurant; coffee by Pavaraga Coffee and chocolate truffles by Choco Le’a)
- Choice of either Chef Alan’s The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong OR Arnold Hiura’s Kau Kau: Cuisine & Culture in the Hawaiian Islands
Table purchases also include reserved seating; open seating for individual tickets. To purchase tickets, call (808) 945-7633 or email email@example.com.
Chef Alan and Arnold will be autographing books following their presentation; additional copies of their books will also be available for purchase, to help benefit the Center.
Get a good start in the Year of the Snake by learning more about how to apply feng shui principles to your life! Clear Englebert, author of Feng Shui for Hawai‘i and Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens will be giving the following lectures in the upcoming months:
The Kealakekua Public Library will present a free one-hour lecture on the principles of feng shui on Wednesday, March 20 at 5:30pm.
The lecture will address the differences between schools of feng shui, explain chi energy and how to attract and maximize its beneficial flow. Englebert explains why some energy is considered negative and how to deflect it. Additional lecture topics include furniture selection and placement, locating powerful spots within a room, and dealing with clutter. Tips for relationships and prosperity are emphasized, and examples specific to Hawai‘i homes allow a clearer understanding of how to apply the principles in the Islands.
The Hilo Public Library will present a free one-hour lecture on applying the principles of feng shui in your garden to create positive energy in your home and life on Saturday, April 6 at 2:30pm.
Your garden is your first and best opportunity to create positive energy for your home. Englebert explains chi energy and shows how to attract and maximize its beneficial flow, stressing the importance of the approach to the home. He tells why some energy from neighboring structures is considered negative and how to deflect it. Emphasis is placed on harmonizing the home with the surrounding landform. The examples are specific to Hawai‘i homes, and to the landscape, climate, and culture of the Islands, allowing a clear understanding of how to apply feng shui principles here. He also explains which plants to select and where to put them.
In 1985, artist Martin Charlot was commissioned to paint a 5×24-foot mural at the Kaneohe McDonald’s restaurant. The subject of the painting: proverbs and folk wisdom, brought to life in intertwined vignettes.
Martin chose to populate his mural with real people, modeling each figure in the painting on a subject he had met, many from his Windward Oahu community of Waiahole. Friends and family were asked to pose, as were strangers whose faces “had the look [Martin] wanted.” In some cases, Martin knew which proverb he wanted them to act out; others picked saying that resonated with them, as did actor (and later governor of California) Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was a collector of Martin’s father (Jean Charlot)’s work. The muscular action movie star chose “A wise man is mightier than a strong man, wisdom is mightier than strength and a man of knowledge increases power.” Martin himself appears in the painting several times in tiny self-portraits. The mural became a Windward side landmark. Families would study it, looking for new details each time they visited the fast-food restaurant.
In 2007, Watermark Publishing released a hard-cover commemorative book, Local Traffic Only: Proverbs Hawaiian Style, matching details from the large-scale painting to the proverbs they represent.
Over the years, Martin had lost touch with most of the people who he’d immortalized on the wall of McDonald’s. When we released the book, we put out a call to those former models to get in touch with us and to visit with Martin at his book launch signing at the Kaneohe McDonald’s. We managed to assemble a group of individuals—who, 20 years later, had fond memories of posing for the mural and seeing themselves on the wall—to gather for a photo shoot for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
When it came time for the book signing event, the line snaked through the restaurant and people stood in line for nearly three hours to have Martin autograph their books.
Each autograph was accompanied by a little sketch of one of the proverbs. The whole experience was quite thrilling for Martin, and a walk down memory lane, not just for him, but his models as well, several of them reconnecting with old neighbors, co-workers and classmates after decades.
For more photos from the Star-Bulletin photo shoot, click over to their article on the book release.
The title of the book, Local Traffic Only, is taken from one of the details found in the mural, a tiny sign on a towering telephone pole. While many proverbs are illustrated quite literally—”He’s got the world on a string” or “Big fish eat little fish.”—children (and many adults) took particular delight in the surreal images Martin employed to illustrate other the sayings—a tree topped by a woman’s head, illustrating “You will know a tree by its fruit” (the face—and the tree—are Martin’s mother) or a doctor with a tree growing from his ear, representing “Physician, heal thyself.”
Over a hundred different proverbs are represented in the painting. Martin conceived it as:
…a work so dense with content that a restaurant customer would be unable to absorb it all in one viewing. It would be, I told Pat [Kahler, CEO of McDonald's Corporation in Hawaii at the time], “a three-hamburger mural.”
Local Traffic Only includes a foldout replica of the complete mural, as well as the detailed images to accompany the proverbs through the book.
Planning to woo your sweetie with some sweets this Valentine’s Day? Let A Sweet Dash of Aloha help you prepare treats for your honey that will keep you both healthy!
For a sweet and spicy treat, try this Flourless Chocolate Spice Cake recipe from Chef Carol Nardello. (It’s gluten-free and low in fat and sugar, but you don’t have to tell anyone!)
Flourless Chocolate Spice Cake
Makes 8-10 servings
Recipe by Chef Carol Nardello
- 15 oz. garbanzo beans
- 12 oz. gluten-free semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 4 eggs
- ¾ c. Splenda
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Grease a 9-inch round cake pan.
For a silky smooth-textured cake, squeeze beans between fingers to release skins and discard skins before rinsing and draining. Place chocolate in small saucepan and melt on low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and cool. In the bowl of a food processor, combine beans and eggs and process until smooth. In a small bowl, combine Splenda, baking powder, cinnamon and cayenne. Add mixed spices to bean mixture along with cooled, melted chocolate. Blend until smooth. Scrape down sides of food processor bowl to incorporate all of the chocolate, mixing well. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes or until knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes or more before inverting onto a serving platter.
See if your sweetheart can identify the hidden ingredient.
A Sweet Dash of Aloha is available in bookstores and online. Use coupon code SWEET throughout the month of February to take 30% off your entire order* when you purchase a copy of Sweet Dash at our online store, www.bookshawaii.net. FREE SHIPPING on orders totaling over $25.