You Might Be From Hawaii If You...

You Might Be From Hawaii If You...

1. Take your food to the next level. For example, shave alone just doesn’t cut it. You gotta add azuki beans, ice cream, mochi, li hing mui powder, and a snow cap before you’re satisfied.

2. Take off your shoes before entering someone’s home, and hope no one takes your black slippers by accident when they leave. When we go to the mainland, yes the mainland, we silently judge everyone who doesn’t take off their shoes. Think of all the dirt and germs you’re tracking into your home!!

3. Give directions based on landmarks. “Turn right at the bakery. Head Makai, then take a left by the big mango tree.”

4. Call everyone older than you Uncle or Aunty. It’s a sign of respect, and stems from the belief that we are all related somehow.

Sherwoods Beach Waimanalo

5. Argue over which beach to go to. Each spot has its pros and cons. Sherwoods is gorgeous, but not on a windy day. Near the Natatorium is great if you’ve got kids, but not when there’s a full moon, because that means the jellyfish are out. You know the drill.

6. Think toilet paper, water, spam and rice are the most important hurricane supplies. Walmart, Target and all the supermarkets put that stuff out front whenever there’s a storm alert.

7. Know someone named Boy or Tita. Raise your hand if you know a Billy Boy or have at least one Tita in your phone.

8. Use the terms Shoyu, Nori, and Saimin. Not soy sauce, seaweed paper, or ramen. Bonus point if you also have one of these plastic bowls in your house!

9. Think anything below 75 degrees is freezing. It’s hoodie and sweater wearing weather brah!

10. Start salivating at just the mention of Li Hing Mui!

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Comments

Alice - March 12, 2020

Wow, yes I miss my home and family on Oahu. Grew up there in late forties and fifties. We used to get a bit bag of Li Hing Mui for ten cents and so many others. I also miss some good saimin and shoyu, sushi, and all the good food. Aloha to all and Mahalo.

Alice - March 12, 2020

Wow, yes I miss my home and family on Oahu. Grew up there in late forties and fifties. We used to get a bit bag of Li Hing Mui for ten cents and so many others. I also miss some good saimin and shoyu, sushi, and all the good food. Aloha to all and Mahalo.

Terri - March 12, 2020

Yup! Especially “silently judging” people who DON’T take off their shoes in the house.
Gonna order some Li Hing Mui right now!

frank "RR4L" keuma '65 - March 12, 2020

iss da younga generadors dat dodono da old school stuff! u laie boy wen u rememba lo lo’s bridge fo go pickup can ration, wen u useto swim in beauty hole fo dive fo coins wen the ha’ole pass n toss coins in da wata n den we can go stor fo buy chocalate soda n pake cake or da infamous haumana which da shaka/hang loose sign came from cause he lost his fingers while working at da kahuku sugar mill n mo related to haumana d.a. as he was the also distric attt. at da time. now we talking real hana butta daze. so every time i go home. i always stop at longs n pile up on my stash of seeds. they one longs drugs ova hea but no mo seeds or even poi!

Halsey Bartlett Jr. - March 12, 2020

Memories and good feeling being Homegrown Hawai’i.
Lucky fo me I can now travel home from the mainland anytime working for an airline.
Mahalo for the good read.
Looking forward to coming back soon!

Jo - November 13, 2016

I can relate to all of that stuff and I know I’m not the only one. Mahalo from all of us on the mainland. Wow that shaved ice look so ono and now they have all kinds of toppings that you can add. I need to get back home and try it.

Deborah Marr - October 29, 2016

I should have said…I miss all of the ono food!!!

Deborah Marr - October 29, 2016

oh I miss home and hell yeah, Li Hing Mui makes my mouth water!!! As does fresh guavas, mountain apples…we used to pick them off the trees and eat them. The good ole days!!!

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