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Luau – Experiencing the food and culture of the Hawaiian Islands

A visit to the Hawaiian Islands is not complete without experiencing a luau. Luau a Hawaiian feast featuring lively music and vibrant cultural performances from Hawaii and greater Polynesia.

Even though Hawaii is part of the United States, it has a very distinct cultural heritage that distinguishes it from other states. To enjoy this wonderful culture, we went to Luau one evening. After lots of research we picked Chief’s Luau and it was a good choice as it turned out to be an amazing experience.

We were picked up from our hotel and taken on a bus to Sea Life Park. Our guide was Cousin Ben and he was really funny. He entertained us for the entire journey, sharing some great jokes.

Once we got to the Sea life park, we were greeted with drinks and a seashell garland and then taken to our seat.

The whole thing was set right on the beach with a perfect view of the sunset. There was a stall selling souvenirs and a guy doing temporary tattoos. We joined the queue and all of us got a tattoo each. Chhori loved hers so much that she kept on talking about it the whole night.

While everything was being organized the guest were being entertained with spear throwing and leaf headband demonstrations.

We made a few headbands with the help of the staff which we wore through the evening.

The main course at a luau is kalua pua’a – pork roasted for eight hours in a pitlike earthen oven known as imu. They showed us how a pig is unburied before being served to the guests.

The food is buffet style and has kalua pua’a, fresh mahi-mahi and poi (mashed taro plant) and an array of salads and sides. I would say the food was OK as I was not overly impressed but it made us full for sure.

I actually enjoyed the hula and fire dancing. The chief introduced each dance and we enjoyed the Chief’s Journey through the Polynesian Islands which included New Zealand Haka and the Fijian Warrior Dance.

Also during this dancing, the volunteers were asked to come on stage to dance with the dancers. Chhori wanted me to go on the stage so we went on the stage together and we had a great time. It was fun as we danced with the drum beats.

We also went on the stage when they called for people celebrating anniversaries as we were there for our 6th anniversary as well. We were given a beautiful bouquet of flowers and drinks.

The fire dancers at the end was amazing and it was the highlight of the show for me.

Overall, we enjoyed the show a lot.

After the Luau was over Cousin Ben took us back to our hotel.

Some Popular Luau Dishes

Poi: Pounded taro plant root; a starch meant to be eaten with everything.

Kalua Pig: Pork prepared in an imu or underground oven and shredded.

Chicken Long Rice: A chicken noodle soup-like dish with bean thread noodles and ginger.

Laulau: Meat wrapped in luau (taro) leaves and steamed. Traditionally, this is prepared in an underground oven called an imu.

Lomilomi Salmon: A side dish made from salmon, tomatoes, onion and crushed ice.

Haupia: Coconut pudding.

Poke: The term literally means “to slice cross-wise into pieces” and commonly features raw fish served with a variety of condiments such as shoyu (soy sauce), green onions, kukui nut (candlenut), limu (seaweed). However, the dish isn’t exclusively fish-based and there are other variations as well.

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Dashain and Kite Festival

Today, 21st September is Ghatasthapana, the first day of Dashain and in Sydney the celebration has already started. Last Saturday, like every year, Guthi Australia organised a free event to celebrate the Dashain in the Rockdale Bicentenary Park.

They have been organising this event for the last few years and I really like it as it is a perfect place to catch up with friends and family. They try to bring the Dashain vibe to Sydney as much as possible by organising lots of cultural and traditional programs during this auspicious time of the year.

We went there around lunch time and headed straight to food stalls. We had momos and Sel roti.

As we sat to eat, we started encountering many friends and family. After the quick bite, we went and tried out our hand at flying a kite.

My attempt was unsuccessful with my nephew as it didn’t go very high but there were some pro kite flyers who were doing a really good job.

The main highlights of the event for me were the Rath (Charito), Kumari, Lakhe dance, Pulu kisi and colourful kites in the sky.

There was a little girl dresses up as Kumari, the only living Goddess in the world worshipped by Hindus and Buddhists in Nepal.

We also enjoyed the Lakhe dance and the Pulu kisi (elephant) dance.

Lakhe is a demon in Nepalese folklore with a ferocious face with protruding fangs and mane of red or black hair, who protects the people.

Pulu Kisi is believed to be the carrier of Indra himself. People view the masked creature with a roar of excitement and laughter. From time to time it does naughty and mischievous things by running through the street knocking anyone that comes in its path and swinging its tail.

Chhori had a great time as well running around, playing on the swing in the park and enjoying the food. We had a great time mingling with friends and family .

Wishing you all a very Happy Dashain!!!

Here are the posts I have written regarding Dashian over the years .

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Nepaliaustralian turns 6!!!

I can’t believe that nepaliaustralian is turning 6 already. It is so much older than Chhori and this blog is like my second child. 🙂

September 13 will always remain a special day for me and the fact that I am still blogging and writing this post to celebrate the amazing journey I have had through this blog, I couldn’t be any happier.

This blog was not a something I planned. I was just following many blogs and commenting my on them. Then I realised that some of the fellow bloggers were interested in my comments and we sometimes had a chat on a blog post with ideas and views. That made me realise that maybe some people might be interested in what I have to share and the blog just followed from that realization.

I know many of my blogger friends from when I started have moved on to different phases of their life but I am so glad to know them via their blogs online or even offline. I have even met a few of these wonderful people and without this blog, it won’t have been possible at all.

Today the blog has 974 posts, 78 pages, 10,135 comments with 1,604,274 page views, 4377 followers and 981,658 readers from 222 countries visiting my blog :).

As I kept on writing, I have met and known so many wonderful people in this last 6 years and today I want to take the opportunity to thank them. You know who you are and I value your presence in my life. Thank you for encouraging me, reading my rants and giving so much love to me, AS and Chhori.

Thank you for liking my posts as well as providing comments on my posts.  Thank you to those who email me with words of encouragement and making me realise that my blog has helped them in some way. I feel blessed to be in the company of all the wonderful human beings who have helped to make my blog what it is today. Your support always encourages me to write more.

I have a virtual cake for all to hand around! Cheers!!!

P.S: To celebrate the occasion like every year, I will be opening the nominations for Nepaliaustralian’s Blog Award 2017 so watch out for my future post.

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

 

Diamond Head Hike with 2 year toddler

While in Hawaii, we decided to go and do the famous Diamond Head hike.

Diamond Head Crater is the remains of an extinct volcano with the highest point of the hike being 760 feet. Diamond Head’s Hawaiian name is Le’ahi. After the Pearl Harbor attacks, the military used it as a lookout post installing pillboxes and foxholes to prevent Hawaii from future attacks.

The trail is around 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) with almost 200 steps and a steep uphill tunnel.

Initially, we were not sure if we would be able to do it as there were mixed reviews of the kid friendliness of the hike but after doing lots of research, we decided that we would do it with the worst case scenario being returning in the middle if it was not doable.

As suggested by many people, we wanted to start the hike early in the morning so got there by 8am. It was around 15 minutes’ drive from our apartment. We drove through Kapiolani Park (located at the end of Waikiki) headed towards Diamond Head on Kalakaua Boulevard. It was a beautiful drive that turns into Poni Moi Road and follows the Diamond Head Road going through a tunnel that leads to the center of the Diamond Head Crater where the hike begins.

We thought we beat the traffic and would be the first few people but we were so wrong.

Once we got to the car park, we found that the car park was already full and they asked us to come back later.

We were so disappointed and returned the carpark outside the tunnel which was full as well. We waited for a few minutes there and decided to go back and check again. Luckily the carpark was open and we were allowed to go in after paying $5.

We put our on sunscreens and started our hike. At the start of the hike, there is a sign that said most people take 1.5 – 2 hours to hike to the summit and back.

Chhori started to walk with us but after 5 minutes she wanted us to carry her.  I and AS looked at each other and wondered if we were going to be able to hike or not.

AS decided to carry her first and did the first part of the hike. First half is not very bad at all and we saw lots of kids, older people going or returning from the hike. There were so many people on the trail and we saw parents carrying babies in baby carriers as well.

After around 30 minutes of the hike, I took Chhori and continued our walk. I really enjoyed the hike despite feeling a little hot.

Then came the famous and very steep 99 steps. I told AS I am going to climb the steps in one go carrying Chhori.

AS was worried that I might have to stop and take it slow but me and Chhori counted each step and made it to the top in one go.

Once we climbed the steps, I was tired and waited for AS and my friend to catch up before making our way through another tunnel and up a staircase to the summit.

It was so good to see the wonderful view from top of the crater. We took heaps of photos and rested for a while before trekking down which was much easier than climbing up.

 

Overall we had a great day and an amazing experience.

Few things to remember if you are going for this hike

·         Make sure you carry enough water and sunscreen

·         Go as early as possible to escape the heat and parking drama

·         Make sure to wear comfortable shoes

·         It is possible to do this hike with kids but be prepared to carry them or turn back if needed

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

 

 

Father’s Day, Celebrating both Nepali and Australian way

On Monday , 21st of August was Kushe Aushi (Nepali Father’s Day) and today is Australian Father’s day so we celebrated both the father’s day in very different way for AS.

I always want Chhori to understand Nepali culture and traditions so for Nepali father’s day, it is important for me to show her the traditional way. As it was weekdays, I went shopping after work and prepare for the celebration.

Chhori is 2 and half years old now so it is more fun this year than before as she can understand and take interest on what we are doing. As she is old enough, AS and I gave her direction and she followed them very well.

We had so much fun, her putting tika, sagun  and cutting cake.

Today , I made breakfast to AS with the help of Chhori and she said “Happy Father’s Day Papa”. It is so sweet to see them together. We made pancake , heart shaped eggs and some fruits.

Then she help her papa wash our cars. She was so excited to help.

Take care everyone.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Happy Teej 2017

Today is one of the biggest celebration for Nepali women. Teej, a day when women fast for the whole day for marital bliss, well-being of their spouse and children and purification of their own body and soul. Married women fast for their husband’s long life, prosperity, and long and strong relationship between them in this life and all the lives to come. While the unmarried pray for the perfect husband. Unless someone is ill or physically unfit, fasting is followed by women and girls who have reached puberty.

Please click here if you want to know more about the festival.

  • To celebrate the day I get together with my friends and family and enjoy the food, fun and dancing.

  1. Last week I went to an organized celebration where we had so much fun.

I went there with a group of my friends and we had the time of our life with laughter, dance and so much fun. AS was nice enough to look after Chhori that day so I had a great evening with my girl friends. 

Then on the weekend, we celebrated Teej at our friend’s place. I dressed up in traditional Nepali dress and Chhori also enjoyed wearing her kurta.

I baked a cake for the occasion and everyone contributed towards the food. 


We had a great time eating, dancing, laughing and having fun. Chhori also enjoyed in her own way 🙂


Wishing Happy Teej to all of you out there celebrating. Have a great time and enjoy your day.

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Pani bhane water

We, especially AS, is trying really hard to teach Nepali to Chhori. Her language skill has got a lot better in the last few months but she mostly speaks in English.

We can’t blame her much as she spends the whole day in the childcare surrounded by English speaking kids and teachers.

Anyway we are trying our best to teach her Nepali at home. The other day she called me “Aama” (Nepali for mother. S’s teaching of course). It made me feel very happy. Normally she calls me Mama or Mummy. I know it is a bit weird but it feels very special when she speaks Nepali. I think I have this strong connection to Nepal that anything like this melts my heart.

Anyway, AS and Chhori were having a conversation in Nepal. So when AS finished a sentence, she said “Pani bhane water”.

It was so cute. Poor baby was trying to understand two languages and trying to make senses in her tiny brain.

All the parents out there who have kids speaking more than one language. Howe do you do it? Please share you tips and tricks. Looking forward to all those comments.

Thanks everyone.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO