Traditionally, Hawaiian families would come together for a luau and feast on kalua pig, a tender, shredded pork cooked in an imu, or underground pit. In the early 19th century, immigrants from Portugal, the Phillipines, China and Japan brought their customs to the islands. Today, the Hawaiian new year is a multi-cultural celebration, combining the rituals (and recipes) of immigrant populations with the ancient Hawaiian Makahiki traditions.
The custom of mochi pounding is a rite of passage for Japanese males, creating sweet and delicious rice cakes believed to give strength, health, good luck and long life. The Portuguese use stone ovens to braise meats and bake sweet bread. Today, as friends, family and community come together to celebrate the new year, Hawaiian kalua pork may be served with Portuguese bean soup and sweet bread, Filipino pork adobo, a variety of Chinese dumplings and, of course, Japanese mochi.
observatory, and the many sports and activities available on the Big Island.
As you plan your 2011 romantic Hawaiian vacation, your Holualoa Inn ohana invite you come home to our Kona bed and breakfast, feast on delicious foods, and enjoy the activities and adventures our Big Island has to offer. Wishing you a healthy, happy new year, and a prosperous and abundant Makahiki season.
Innkeeper Holualoa Inn