Tuesday, July 10, 2007


You Know Someone Is From Hawai'i If:

(Got this from my stepmom -- thanks Diane!)

They have a separate circuit breaker for their rice cooker.

Only NOW they know that cilantro is the same as Chinese parsley.

They measure the water for the rice by the knuckle of their index finger.

They know which market sells poi on which days.

They know that Char Sung Hut is closed on Tuesday.

They can handle shoyu with green mango, li hing mui gummy bears, raw egg on hot rice, and pearl tea (carnation milk in hot
water with sugar) with creme crackers.

Their refrigerator has half-empty jar of mango chutney from the '95 Punahou Carnival.

The condiments at the table are shoyu, ketchup, chili peppah watah, and kimchee. Also, takuwan, Hawaiian salt, slice onion, and pickle onion.

They go to Maui and their luggage home includes potato chips, manju, cream puffs, and guri guri for omiyage.
(Kurt must have his malasadas from Home Maid Bakery.)

They think the four food groups are starch (rice), Spam, fried food, and fruit punch.

A balanced meal has three starches: rice, macaroni, and bread.

They know 101 ways to fix their rubber slippers -- 50 using tape, 50 using glue, and one using a stick to poke the strap back in.

They sometimes use their open car door for a dressing room.

They wear two different color slippers together and they don't mind.

Nice clothes means a T-shirt without puka.

They are barefoot in most of their elementary school pictures.

They have a slipper tan.

Their only suit is a bathing suit.

They drive barefoot.
(If I'm wearing slippers or other slip on shoes, they MUST come off to drive. I literally can't drive with them on.)

They have at least five Hawaiian bracelets.
(my bracelet got stolen last year. Bummah. )

They never ever, under any circumstances, wear socks with slippers, or an aloha shirt that matches their wife's muumuu.

They still call the Blaisedell Center the HIC and it's Sandy's, not Sandy Beach.

They say "I going go for lawnmower da grass" when they mean "I'm going to mow the lawn."

They can understand every word Bu Lai'a says and they know what his name means.

They have a sister, cousin, auntie, or mom named "Honey Girl" or.....

Someone in the family named Boy, Tita, Bruddah, Sonny, Bachan, Taitai, Popo, or Vovo.

They still chant "Hanaokolele" when a friend or co-worker goofs up.

They say "Shtraight," "Shtreet," and "Shtress."

They say "Da Kine" and the other person says "Da Kine" and they both know what is "Da Kine."

The "Shaka" and the "Stink Eye" are worth a thousand words.

They're shopping at Epcot Center at Disneyworld and they may say something to their sister and a complete stranger says, "You're from Hawai'i, aren't you?"

They feel guilty leaving a get-together without helping clean up.

The idea of taking something from a heiau is unthinkable.

They call everyone older than themselves "Aunty" or "Uncle" and they kiss everyone in greeting and farewell.

They let other cars ahead of them on the freeway and they give shaka to everyone who lets them in. (And get mad if someone they let in doesn't say thanks.)

Their philosophy is "Bumbai."

They would rather drag out the compressor and fill that leaking tire every single morning than have it fixed.

The only time they honk their horn is once a year during the safety check.

If a child needs a home, they give him one. She/He becomes "Hanai."

They can live and let live with a smile in their heart.
(Aloha spirit, brah.)

Their male best friend's name is either Wade, Max, Nathan, or Melvin.

Owns two types of slippers: da "good slippas" and da "buss-up/stay home slippas."

Does not understand the concept of North, South, East, and West, but instead gives directions as Mauka, Makai, Diamond Head, Ewa, and uses landmarks instead of street names.
(This is true and it drives Kurt a bit nuts. I've lived on the mainland for 22 years and it is still a hard thing to figure out!)

The first thing they look for in the Sunday paper is the Long's ad.

They take off their slippahs before going into the house.

You ask what year they grad and where they grad from, and then you say "eh you know so and so..."
(And for you haoles, this means high school.)

When it's done, they say "pau!"


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