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Aloha ‘Oe Grindz in Celebration of Auntie Carolyn

This past weekend Diner K’s ohana and friends celebrated the life of Auntie Carolyn Glassco (her mom’s sister) who passed recently, with a beautiful and loving funeral service, followed by fellowship and ono ‘kine grindz. This, all taking place at Mililani Cemetery.

Especially if you’re attending a party in Oahu’s central or west side area, chances are if the the food was catered, the services would have been provided by either Ige’s or Marian’s Catering. At least that’s been my experience. Not just for celebration of life as in this case, but also for baby luau, birthday, graduation, wedding, anniversary, retirement or whatevahz. If your big party needs ono ‘kine local grindz, either Ige’s or Marian’s Catering are two very popular choices. 

So the immediate ohana decided to go with Marian’s Catering, choosing the International Menu:

  • Steamed White Rice
  • Potato-Macaroni Salad or Tossed Green Salad
  • Fried Noodles or Pancit
  • Fried, Adobo, Katsu or Shoyu Chicken
  • Sweet-Sour Spareribs or Teriyaki Beef
  • Fish Tempura or Sauteed Fish with Tartar Sauce
  • Pork Long Rice
 A note on that, being there’s so many Filipinos especially on the Camarillo side of this HUGE ohana, I’m surprised they didn’t choose the Pancit and Chicken Adobo. I would have, and I’m not Filipino, but hey, it’s all good! 

Starting out the International menu spread from Marian’s Catering, you know da’ rules, gotta’ stay get white rice! “Gotta’ stay get” is the pidgin English way of saying “mandatory!”

Never mind the “Carb Police”, any true local ‘kine grindz spread also gotta’ stay get Mac’ Salad. Potato-Macaroni Salad to be exact here.  

Tossed Salad with house-made Thousand Islands & Ranch Dressing (the latter not shown). 

Adding the “Pake” (Chinese) part of the equation into the mix, we have huge platter of Fried Noodles, which are chow mein noodles mixed with julienne-cut charsiu (Chinese style roast pork), carrots, bean sprouts, green onions and Chinese Parsley.  

Switching to some local style Japanese, we have Mahimahi Fish Tempura, served with Tartar Sauce, not shown.  

The Pake influence continues with a pan of local Chinese style Sweet ‘n Sour Pork Spareribs. 

Back to Japanese local style, above we have a pan of Shoyu Chicken. 

Rounding out the main entrees is Marian’s Pork Long Rice. OK wait, this was SO ONO, we gotta’ get one more angle…

Dude, of all the entrees here, this was by far my fave! It’s like the Shoyu Long Rice you get at an okazuya, like say Toshi’s or St. Louis Delicatessen, having a distinctive shoyu-meets-dashinomoto (bonito) flavor, infusing that wonderfully savory profile into the slippery long rice noodles.  It’s mixed with watercress, carrots, bamboo shoots and slivers of ginger. It reminds me of Chicken Hekka, except I think way better! I didn’t get any pieces of pork meat in my serving, however I could kinda’ detect pork in the flavor as well. Whatever the case, OMG, Marian’s Pork Long Rice is BOMB DOT COM!!! I swear I could eat that whole pan if you gave me the chance! 

As soon as the service was finished, it didn’t take long for everyone to hit the buffet station in the adjacent dining hall next to the Makai chapel. 

Also included with the meal were ice cold Malolo Orange Juice, water and hot coffee, that was provided by Mililani Cemetery staff in the dining hall shown above. 

Diner JS’s plate above, where notice she wen’ grab everything except rice. 

My rather conservative plate, where not shown is the MASSIVE PLATE I made later to take home of just them awesome Pork Long Rice Noodles! 

For dessert, which was actually part of refreshments earlier, there was a huge slab of Chocolate Cake, also provided by Marian’s Catering. 

The ohana also brought Poi Malasadas from Kamehameha Bakery… these are also BOMB DOT COM! 

Also from “Kam” Bakery (I said it! lol), Croissants and Strawberry Doughnuts. I swear, if you want the best pastries at the best prices in town, Kamehameha Bakery in City Square Shopping Center (near the main Satellite City Hall) is where it’s at! 

Above is the Makai Chapel at Mililani Cemetery, where Auntie’s services were held. 

Also attending this beautiful service was of course Yours Truly, shown above with Lei Kaapana, sister of master Kiho’alu Hawaiian Slack Key guitar artist Ledward Kaapana. Lei performed with her band at Auntie’s funeral, playing auntie’s favorite songs, including “I Kona“. 

In loving memory of Carolyn Glassco, 1950 to 2017

Auntie Carolyn is part of a huge extended ohana of Pau’ole and Camarillo, mostly from Kauai, and also the Big Island. 

Aloha ‘oe.  

4 thoughts on “Aloha ‘Oe Grindz in Celebration of Auntie Carolyn

  • June 28, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Beautiful story . Even in passing, local people make sure that all of our favorites food is included in the celebration of our ohana”s legacy. Food is what binds us. To sit and talk story while sharing a meal also feeds the soul. My grandpa always said feed um hard and that’s one less problem to worry about. It will bring sleep easier.

  • June 28, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    That Pork Long Rice looks like perfection.

  • June 29, 2017 at 5:49 am

    It very touching entry there.  It like Auntie Carolyn offering people who knew her

    a Aloha bash one last time to goodbye and enjoyed your life while you can.

    My grandfather and grandmother had very Chinese Wake with 9 courses meals and boxes

    of dim sums for all to take home.

  • June 30, 2017 at 5:48 am

    @ Amy – I remember a discussion we had a while ago here on this blog about the tradition of Chinese funerals. It was from the post I did on my Aunt’s Celebration of Life Chinese Feast post.

    @ pat – Curious if you personally know any Camarillo or Pauole peeps there on Kauai? Sasaki is also part of their huge ohana originally from Kauai.

    @ Mike – Couldn’t have summarized it better! ;-)


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