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Daughters of Hawaii: Softcover Book - Dinning with the Daughters Second Helping

Daughters of Hawaii: Softcover Book - Dinning with the Daughters Second Helping

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The flickering glow of a bare flame illuminated the faces of Hawai‘i’s Ali‘i while they dined in the comfort of their Palaces. Lips embracing ambrosial dishes, each sip of drink syncopated with the lap of the ocean waters as they dined at Hulihe‘e Palace or with the flow of the waters running through the ‘auwai at the Queen Emma Summer Palace.

Ali‘i lived and entertained in these Palaces. Today many of the artifacts within the Palaces relate back to the art of dining, and portray the progression from ‘āina to pākaukau. Cowrie shell squid lures, carved fish hooks, stone poi pounders, bone and shell knives explain the ways in which sustenance was obtained. Wooden serving platters, polished ‘umeke bowls for food and drink, fine porcelain china, exquisite crystal glassware, elegant gold and silver flatware, and crisp European linens give peak to the diverse ways delicacies would be presented.

Like the eclectic collection of artifacts, the cuisine of Hawai‘i tells of a sophisticated palate with a distinct Hawaiian flavor and appeal. Filled with classic recipes like Lū‘au Chicken and honoring the ali‘i such as Queen Emma’s Avocado Salad, to party favorites like ‘Ono Spicy Short Ribs. This cookbook speaks of a bygone era while sharing the culinary history of Hawai‘i.