Spring has sprung, and what better way to celebrate the longer days, warmer weather and beautiful flowers than with your loved ones, the Hawaiian Way. Generosity, hospitality, giving generously to others and sharing what you have with your ohana (the Hawaiian word for “extended family”) and the greater community are core values that make up the Hawaiian Way. Whether for that first spring BBQ or a get-together for an Easter brunch, try to find the time to do things the Hawaiian Way - get outside, have some fun, and of course, eat.
Here are some suggestions to help your spring get-together be even more fun:
- Plan ahead and keep the menu simple
- Create dishes that are easy to assemble. Finger foods are perfect for the keiki (the Hawaiian word for “kids”).
- Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen
- A trash bag is a must – love the aina (the Hawaiian word for “land”)
- And finally, don’t forget the relaxing tunes and games (see below).
For food that’s quick, easy, and pleasing, KING’S HAWAIIAN bread comes in a variety of flavors, shapes and sizes. From Original Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls to our Original Hawaiian Sweet Hot Dog Buns, you can create dishes that are sure to provide something for everyone:
- For a light and fresh side dish, try the Panzanella Bread Salad.
- Teach your (hot) dog new tricks with these onolicious Thai Hot Dogs with Mango Relish. The mango relish is sure to add more sunshine to your picnic, while the KING’S HAWAIIAN Original Hawaiian Sweet Hot Dog Buns will add just the right touch of sweetness.
- An easy-to-prepare Spinach Dip, a creamy complement to a bowl made from our Original Hawaiian Sweet Round bread,will keep tummies from rumbling throughout a long day in the sun.
- And, of course, who can forget dessert? Try Dorothy K.’s Peanut Butter Sandwich Snack Bars for a sweet treat that’s easy to eat on-the-go.
Hungry for more? Check out our other recipes to please your palate.
Lastly, no spring gathering is complete without some fun and games. Add a Hawaiian touch to your party with ‘Ulu maika, a traditional Hawaiian game that’s sure to bring out the keiki in you.
‘Ulu maika, a Hawaiian bowling game, is easy to play and even easier to enjoy. Gather two wooden stakes (about 1 foot long each) and a round rolling stone shaped like a cylinder. [You can also put a mainland twist on the game and use two broom handles and a rubber ball or a hockey puck.] Place two stakes in the ground 6 inches apart, 15 feet from where game participants will stand. Each player takes turns rolling his or her cylinder – or ball – in between the stakes. It’s like street hockey, Hawaiian style.
The Hawaiian Way is about coming together and sharing what we have with our ohana. Whether you host a picnic in the park or at your own kitchen table, share aloha and spend time together for a Spring Fling you will surely remember.