Thanksgiving is famous across America for turkey, family, football and shopping. Here in Hawaii, residents have their own unique way of celebrating the holiday. While Thanksgiving originated on the East Coast of the United States in the 1700’s, residents of Hawaii have been celebrating the holiday since the 1830’s. Missionaries transported the tradition to the island and due to the remote location and lack of traditional ingredients the Hawaiian Thanksgiving feast has taken on a local flavor.
Local Hawaiians also have their own ancient feast that coincides with the Thanksgiving Holiday. Named Makahiki, this holiday traditionally celebrates sharing and gratitude. There are many feasts, surf competitions and organized activities arranged to celebrate Hawaii’s rich the past.
Happy Thanksgiving - Hau’oli La Ho’omakika’i (pronounced how-oh-lee la ho-o-ma-key-kah-ee)
Thank you very much - Mahalo nui loa (pronounced ma-ha-low new-ee low-a)
Thankful - Ho’omakika’i (pronounced ho-o-ma-key-kah-ee)
Here are some of the unique Hawaiian menu creations for Thanksgiving or Makahiki:
Turkey Imu Style – The turkey is baked in an imu pit like the traditional Kalua pig. It takes 5 hours to cook the turkey!
Pineapple Upside-down Biscuits – Delicious biscuits with pineapple inside.
Chocolate Coconut Pie – An amazing desert with chocolate and coconut. Yum!
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Makapuu Lighthouse Road
Do you like hiking? Hawaii has many great places to hike. The Makapuu Lighthouse Road is the easiest and one of the most beautiful hikes in Oahu. Very close to downtown Waikiki, Makapuu point offers a great view of the sea and sometimes a glimpse of whales. Once used as an Army anti-invasion lookout during World War II, this location has abandoned "pillboxes" and other historical structures. The lighthouse itself makes for a great photo opportunity.
The trail starts right off of Highway 72 (Kalanianaole Highway) and is also accessible by public bus #22 from Waikiki. If you need directions by public bus from any other location go to www.thebus.org.
Academia students go on hikes with our teachers all the time. If you are interested in hikes with teachers look for the activities calendar at the school, which shows when we will have the next hike.
* There are no public restrooms on the trail.
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2008 Van's Triple Crown of Surfing
Hawaii’s premier surfing event, The Van’s Triple Crown, started this weekend on Oahu’s North shore. The event brings the best surfers in the world to Hawaii for six weeks of competition. This week, the festivities began at Haleiwa where the waves were almost 10 foot Hawaiian. The event changes beaches each week. The Triple Crown will travel to Pipeline, Sunset Beach and other famous surfing beaches. Here is some early video from the event.
See Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iN1A26-vYA
Academia students love this time of year. Many of our students are surfers or surfing fans and enjoy attending all the world-class surfing events on Oahu. This year is no different as we have students and groups going up to the North shore to attend the Triple Crown.
Did you know Hawaiian's measure waves differently than in other countries. The "Hawaiian Method" measures the height of the wave from the back.. People in California or Australia measure the height of the wave from the front or "face". The "Hawaiian Method" underestimates the height of a wave rather than overestimating. For example, in California a surfer may say he rode a 20 foot wave, but in Hawaii that wave would only be 10 feet!
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Trick or Treat! Everyone at Academia loves to get into the holiday spirit. On Halloween this year all staff and students put on their scariest and funniest costumes. Halloween evening saw our students going to the most exciting places in Waikiki to look at the costumes and party. Students enjoyed pizza, beer and a look at how Halloween is celebrated in the US.
Halloween has many symbols with interesting meanings. The traditional Halloween pumpkin or jack-o’-lantern originates from Europe; there they believed that that the head was the most powerful part of the human body for warding off evil spirits. So they would use the “heads” of vegetables, like the pumpkin, as symbols to ward off bad luck.
Did you know the word Halloween comes from the phrase All Hallows Even (both "even" and "eve" are abbreviations of "evening," but "Halloween" gets its "n" from "even") which is also known as All Saints Day.
Did you know that Halloween costume sales in 2008 were over 5 billion dollars!
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