Kau Kau Kitchen
by Leilehua Yuen

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Hānau `Okakopa 1983

Kau kau (pronounced "cow cow") means "food," or "meal" in Hawaiian pidgin. It is also used to mean "to eat," as in "let's go kau kau" - "let's go eat." The Kau Kau Kitchen™ cooking column and books have been popular in Hawai`i since the first column appeared in the Hawai`i Tribune Herald in 1983. Though it no longer appears in print media, Leilehua still receives requests for Kau Kau Kitchen™ books and other products. She is planning to bring back the entire line of Kau Kau Kitchen™ products. Bookmark and return to this site for updates!

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Makahiki - the Hawaiian New Year

Long before Christmas was celebrated in Hawai`i, we had our own winter holiday - the Makahiki. Makahiki can be a confusing word. It means "year," "new year," and also refers to the four month long season which heralds the new year in the Hawaiian calendar. In ancient times, as the old year drew to a close, the priests associated with certain temples on the western side of each inhabited Hawaiian island would watch for the appearance of Makali`i - the Pleiades - a star cluster which appears in the evening sky in our October. When the priests could finally distinguish Makali`i in the eastern sky shortly after sunset, they announced the next new moon would begin the Makahiki season. This was a time when warfare and most work were prohibited and the people celebrated with games and sports.
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