Winter is whale season on Maui, when the humpbacks return from the cold Alaskan waters to play and mate in the warm Hawaiian sun. Inspired by the island, the whales, and her students, retired teacher Jamie David created a story targeted for middle schoolers in Johann Sebastian Humpbach. David personifies the singing whale and creates an adventure with twelve year-old local twins, who save him from a villain determined to exploit Johann’s talent. With a glossary of Hawaiian vocabulary, the book offers a souvenir of Maui for young visitors, and fond memories of whale singing for those lucky enough to have heard it.
“Life’s a bowl of fries” is my favorite dish at Beverly Gannon’s Hali’maile General Store in Maui – a huge bowl of crispy steak fries – hard to finish even if you have help. The seasoning is a secret, but I would swear it’s old bay (Maryland crab aficionado that I am).
The restaurant, inside a former general store on a pineapple plantation is located upcountry – outside the busy touristy sites, I thought. Seems it’s been discovered – good for them, not so good for those of us who like to keep those special places secret. It was crowded for mid-week.
I skipped the “Infamous” ribs and went for the “Fresh Catch” Sandwich – mahi mahi -sweet, flaky, white, with a side of slaw that had a tangy bite of wasabi. The signature dessert is Hali’imaile Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, but the chocolate macadamia nut pie gets my vote.
Beverly Gannon has a cookbook that I checked out of the library when it was first published in 2000. I looked at the pictures of food and flowers; the recipe for the chocolate macadamia nut pie is in there – but some others served at the restaurant are well-kept secrets.
OK by me, I’d rather have her cook for me anyway.