Hangi

Hangi is a traditional way of cooking and is the best way when feeding a huge crowd, in this case 100s of people. The method is the same these days but we use iron instead of stones and cloth instead of leaves.

Basically you heat the stones for at least 2 hours of a huge fire. Then take the stones and all the ash out of the pit. The ash contaminates the food if you don’t do this) Return hot stones, place food and then cover with soaking wet cloth. Bury, making sure no dirt gets in the hole and no steam escapes through the dirt. It’s the steam and pressure that cooks the food.

Leave for at least 3 hours, uncover and serve hot. Easy, if you know what you’re doing. Bad and embarrassing if you don’t.

Hokule’a

Hōkūle'a on the Horizon

The Hokule’a is an ocean voyaging waka (traditional canoe) that is sailing around the globe promoting cultural and environment issues. The journey is Mālama Honua and is supported by The Polynesian Voyaging Society. They’re in Aotearoa (NZ) at the moment and some of the crew came over for dinner. Such awesome people, and I have say ‘brave’. They crossed Raukawa (The Cook Strait) last night which is the body of water between the North and South islands New Zealand. The Cook Strait is one of the roughest places on Earth. It’s not just the swell but the wind and many currents. Traditionally they used to refer to it as ‘the thousand moods of Raukawa’.

They are navigating the traditional way (by the stars) and although they have sailed the Pacific many times in their history they haven’t been this far South. The achievement is amazing and much like our peoples achievement of sailing across the Pacific to Aotearoa (New Zealand) over a 1000 years ago, it is pretty much been ignored by mainstream media.

But we can support and track the Hokule’a here: http://www.hokulea.com

A fantastic kaupapa (ideology).

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Fishing and roast chicken camp style

Such a beautiful place.

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A gannet, like me, waiting for the fish.

Cooking a roast chicken camp style. It was dark by the time we ate so no photo. But trust me, it was delicious.

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