"Kaukau" is a pidgin slang word meaning "food" or "to eat." The Hawaiian term for food is `ai. The two theories on the origin of the word "kaukau" are the Hawaiian word for table, pâkaukau, and the Chinese word for food, chow chow. In Hawaii we say "We go kaukau!", I would say, "I hungry I like kaukau!" or "Let's kaukau!" The Cuisine of Hawaii is a fusion of foods brought by immigrants to the Hawaiian Islands, particularly of Portuguese, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Polynesian etc.
Monday, August 04, 2014
Chasing the Manapua Man: The Hawaii Icon
In Hawaii, "the manapua man" is not just a person, or a snack truck but
more of an icon to the islands. Many people have special memories of
growing up and going to the manapua man afterschool, afterwork, or on
the weekends. Unique to the islands the manapua man is something
essential to making Hawaii such a special place.