Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act proposal 2013: Hawaiian Luau Lunch Plate for every child in every school in every state, every Friday! Aloha!*
A news story broke this past Monday on KFVE/KGMB/KHNL-TV HawaiiNewNow.com about a religious/political opposition group who runs a Facebook Page titled ‘Christians Against Obama’s Re-Election‘, who recently posted a photo of a Hawaiian Plate, along with a caption that read “MICHELLE’S SCHOOL SPECIAL #2! AND HERE WE WERE THINKING OUR CHILDREN WERE JUST BEING PICKY. NO WONDER OUR CHILDREN ARE COMING HOME STARVED! WHO WOULD WANT TO EAT THAT?”
Must have been a slow news day, but still, it’s the principle at hand. Special “#2”? “Who would want to eat that?” Oooh, them be FIGHTIN’ WORDS right there!
Here’s a screenshot of how that appeared on this group’s FB page…
Screenshot courtesy of HawaiiNewsNow.com (and TastyIslandHawaii.com)
“WHO WOULD WANT TO EAT THAT?”, referring to the Hawaiian lunch plate you see above, which to my surprise was taken from, alas, right here on The Tasty Island! Hah?
Specifically, that photo came from a review I did back in April 2010 on my return to Marujyu Market in Aiea. Even more specific, it’s Marujyu’s broke da’ mout’, supah ono “Plate #14”, which included a massive house-made Laulau, Squid Luau, Lomi Salmon (underscore SALMON!), and Poi for a – as I said in my FB comment – “an economy-boosting $7.30”. ‘Cause you know, gotta’ throw politics right back at ’em, right? lol No, seriously though, that’s how much I paid for that massive, supah’ ono Hawaiian lunch plate, so at least it boosted my “personal economy”. Take that!, you, you, you.. lol
The thing is, of all the photos that pop-up in a search on ‘Hawaiian Plate’, they go and use mine, which I’m not sure whether to be honored or offended. What? Was that the most unappetizing-looking Hawaiian plate they could find to suit the context of the caption for it?
And notice I call it “Hawaiian Lunch Plate”, not “Hawaiian Plate Lunch”, as that’s NOT a “Plate Lunch”. A plate lunch is defined as an entree – usually a stick-to-your-ribs stew or meat of some kind – along with 2 scoops white rice and 1 scoop mac’ salad, which this is FAR FROM!
Really though, using photos from my site is totally fine with me, with or without permission, as long as it’s all about the “GOOD NATURE of FOOD and EATING FOOD” (see my ‘About’ page). However this is being used for defamatory political purposes, and regardless of intent, they didn’t even give my site credit! The nerve! Or would I even want my site’s URL on that photo when used in such context? Sure, my hit count went through the ROOF for the last few days, but still.
That’s actually a funny thing to use for political mudslinging. Should us Hawaii folks fly Chicken Nuggets and Tater Tots back at them? Food fight! LOL!
Getting to the bottom of it (pun intended), let’s try punch in ‘Hawaiian Plate’ on Google, and see what results in the image query…
A-ha. No wonder. Just in that top portion of the page able to fit in a screen shot, four of the twenty-four image results come from TastyIslandHawaii.com. Scroll down that page, and there’s even more from here.
What it appears to be, is the admin’/demon (ha-ha!) of that page who posted that did a quick online image search like I just did on ‘Hawaiian Plate’ or ‘Hawaiian Plate Lunch’, and that was one of the MANY images that returned query. So they just thought, “This will work”, and went with one of my photos, without even researching what exactly that was. Or did they? Because if they had, they’d realize what it is would almost completely negate their caption. Not only is traditional Hawaiian food as is on that plate very healthy, it’s also expensive (Marujyu’s price being the exception to the rule!), yet most importantly SACRED and endeared to the people of Hawaii.
Ending up going totally viral on FB throughout the Hawaii community both here in the islands and abroad, that now infamous post wound up backfiring on this so-called “Christian” group. So much so, that they removed the photo post, turning around and offering an apology to “the people of Hawaii”.
As one FB poster suggested, what they SHOULD have done if they wanted to use Hawaii as a scapegoat to take aim at the First Lady’s Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act platform, is post a photo of a Loco Moco plate lunch with DOUBLE SCOOPS Mac Salad. lol
The irony of it is, our lovely First Lady isn’t even from Hawaii, unless they’re loosely connecting the dots through the President, who is (and I won’t get into any “birther” issues here, so you please don’t either). And when the POTUS is here with the FLOTUS and ohana for their annual Hawaii home-coming winter vacation, I don’t recall the local news ever reporting them being spotted in the Aiea area, let alone Marujyu Market.
What would be VERY COOL in a nonchalant political way, is if they DO pay a visit to Marujyu Market on their next vacation here just to spite that post! Ha-ha-ha!!!!!! Hey, who knows? The First Lady might enjoy the Hawaiian plate from there so much, that it WILL become a requirement in schools! In all states! Woo-hoo!!!
And if my opinion or take on it isn’t enough, go to the HawaiiNewsNow.com Facebook page and read the now HUNDREDS of comments endorsing that Hawaiian plate (<—that link will take you directly to the photo with the comments).
Like I suggested earlier, I think the moderator of this opposition group was looking for the “crappiest-looking” Hawaiian lunch plate to fit that caption (thanks, thanks alot), which personally I think it looks the complete OPPOSITE, as did the majority of FB members.
However let’s be honest, if you didn’t know what you were looking at, let alone ever haven eaten it before, Laulau, Squid Luau and Poi aren’t exactly the most appetizing in appearance to the casual, unaware observer, to word it lightly. Yet once you TASTE it, Oh My God, if prepared correctly, this food-of-the-Gods is like the best thing on EARTH!
That said, let’s look back in the archives at some of the onolicious Hawaiian grindz that’s been featured here…
People’s Cafe Hawaiian Luau Feast!
People’s Cafe: Kalua Pig/Lau Lau Combination Plate – Kalua Pig, Laulau, Lomi Salmon, Chicken Luau and Poi. $11.25
Helena’s Hawaiian Food – (clockwise from top left) fresh Poi, Haupia (with sliced fresh onions sharing same tray), (Hawaiian style) Beef Stew & Short Ribs Pipikaula Style (U.S. Choice beef)
Highway Inn Laulau plate
Young’s Fish Market – Laulau plate
Alicia’s Market – Hawaiian Plate: Pork Laulau, Kalua Pig, Lomi Salmon and Poi. $10.75
Joe’s Lunch Wagon – Hawaiian Plate: Chicken Long Rice, Pork and Butterfish Laulau, Kalua Pig, Lomi Salmon, Mac’ Salad and Rice, $6.50
Windward Poi Bowl – Brian’s Combo: “The Works” includes Laulau, Kalua Pork, Pipikaula, Lomi Salmon AND choice of Chicken Long Rice or Chicken Luau and Rice or Poi. $10.95 (plus $1 dollar more for Squid Luau “upgrade” as shown).
Windward Poi Bowl – Brian’s Combo
OK, OK, that’s enough already! Torture!
“WHO WOULD WANT TO EAT THAT?” It would be safe to say just about every person who reads this blog would LOVE to eat any one of those plates! I. WANT. SOME. OF. THAT. NOW!!!!!!!!!
So on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, it appears you won’t be hittin’ the polls to vote for which President is best for our great country’s economy and world affairs. Oh no, no, no, that’s insignificant and TOTALLY missing the point. It will be which President and First Lady endorses and eats the healthiest, most ONO ‘KINE GRINDZ!!!
• Aiea Eats: Marujyu Market – The Tasty Island
• Return to Marujyu Market – The Tasty Island
• Marujyu Market Catering – Yelp user reviews
• MarujyuMarket.com – Official website
• HawaiiNewsNow.com – KFVE/KGMB/KHNL-TV news page
• BarackObama.com – Official website
• MittRomney.com – Official website
• FaceBook.com – Official (drama) website
P.S. A recycled photo from the last post: In light of living a healthy lifestyle and politics, here’s yours truly again (PROUDLY Portuguese/German/English/Hawaiian, in that order) with the very much un-PC, ridiculously overpriced, yet incredibly AWESOME Hawaii Air National Guard F-22 Raptor (1 of 18 in our inventory) at the Kaneohe Bayfest airshow on day two a few weeks ago. At the time weighing in at 177.2 lbs. (me, not the Raptor), making that a total loss of 30 lbs. since May this year (whereas I’m currently back down/up to 177.9 lbs.)…
*Story cover photo courtesy of TastyIslandHawaii.com, with superimposed photo of First Lady Michelle Obama courtesy of too many websites to single any one out.