Wiki Word: Mahalo (and a digression into agricultural inspections)

Ma’ha’lo (Ma as in ‘Mama’, Ha as in ‘Haha’, Lo as in ‘how LOW can you go’)

It’s not pronounced “My hālo” like Jack McBrayer from “Thirty Rock” says in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”

Mahalo means Thank you. A term of gratitude.

 This one is relatively well known if you’ve ever traveled to Hawaii. They say it to you before you even get there while on the flight over. Love flights to Hawaii – they really help get you in the aloha “mood” with POG (Passion Orange Guava) juice and the leis, videos themed with Hawaiian scenery…Some flights even give your kids Hawaiian themed activity pamphlets (Alaska Airlines). Gotta love filling out the agricultural forms and inspections, too… 😛

Since we’re on the topic of flights to/from Hawaii – just a reminder that you can’t take any vegetation (except the pre-approved fruits and veggies and plants) on your flights to/from the islands. However, if you take peeled, seeded and cut up fruit, you’ll be okay. I overheard one of the agricultural security people telling the people in front of us that helpful tip. So if you buy a lovely pineapple or mango, just cut it up and put it in a container and you’re safe from having it confiscated! In case you wanted more information on the agriculture inspection process, here’s a link.

 Mahalo for reading this blog!

 Until next time…Aloha kākou


Island Beverages: The Lava Flow

SONY DSCI know most people associate the Mai Tai with Hawaiian / tropical vacations, but I associate Lava Flows with Hawaiian vacations. I really like Lava Flows anytime, but they taste so much better when I drink them in Hawaii. This drink is essentially a coconutty, strawberry rum slushy. Dangerous – because it’s so fruity and non-alcoholic tasting – the alcohol just sneaks up on you without a lot of warning.

Here’s a recipe I found online. Not all of the ingredients are easy to come by on the mainland – I’m not sure where you find coconut cream. So I made a few modifications to the original recipe. The original recipe calls for 1 small banana. I choose to omit this ingredient because I find that banana tends to overpower pretty much any fruit smoothie or drink.


  • 1 oz. light rum
  • 1 oz. Malibu® coconut rum
  • 2 oz. fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 small banana (optional)
  • 2 oz. 100% pineapple juice or crushed pineapple
  • 2 oz. coconut milk


Blend the 2 rums and the strawberries in a blender to form a smooth paste. Pour this mixture into a tall glass. Rinse the blender. Blend the banana (optional), the coconut cream, and the pineapple juice in blender with crushed ice until smooth. Pour this mixture into the glass with the rums very slowly and watch as the strawberry mixture oozes its way to the top along the sides of the glass creating the flowing lava effect.

Now it’s time to close your eyes, imagine the sound of the waves crashing against the Hawaiian beach of your choosing and the wind rustling through the palm trees. Preferably do this outside with the sun shining on you. Take a sip and enjoy the moment. *sigh*

Until next time…Aloha kākou