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  • SPLASH OF ALOHA Recipe: Roasted Butterfish with Fennel and Tomato

    Perhaps you're not a turkey person. Or maybe you've started your Thanksgiving prep a bit late in the game. Whatever the reason you're seeking an alternative to the traditional (enormous) Thanksgiving turkey, we have a great suggestion for you! How about trying some roasted fish? This recipe for Roasted Butterfish (Black Cod) with Fennel and Tomato from A Splash of Aloha is a nice change, suitable for a small gathering, and much less work than wrestling a big bird. The flavor of fennel is appropriate for fall, and—lucky we live Hawai‘i—there are still beautiful, fresh, ripe local tomatoes available at the farmers' markets and in grocery stores. Something else to be thankful for!

    Roasted Butterfish with Fennel and Tomato

    Recipe by Sharon Kobayashi from A Splash of Aloha
    Makes 4 servings                   

    Roasted Butterfish with Fennel and Tomato. Recipe by Sharon Kobayashi, photo by Adriana Torres Chong. Roasted Butterfish with Fennel and Tomato. Recipe by Sharon Kobayashi, photo by Adriana Torres Chong.

    The key to this restaurant-quality recipe is to use very good, fresh fish; ripe, flavorful tomatoes and a young, fruity, drinkable wine (both for the dish and to serve at the table). Fennel is a vegetable with the texture of celery and an anise-like perfume and is readily available in grocery stores.

    • 1 lb. butterfish (black cod), cut into 2 pieces (8-oz. steaks)
    • 1 fennel bulb, medium, cut into 8 sections (plus 1 T. fronds, minced)
    • 2 c. cherry tomatoes
    • 8 bay leaves, fresh if possible
    • 8 cloves garlic
    • 1½ tsp. salt
    • ½ tsp. black peppercorns, crushed
    • 1 T. extra virgin olive oil
    • ²⁄₃ c. red wine (merlot or shiraz/syrah)

    1. Preheat oven to 425°. In a roasting pan (preferably non-stick or foil-lined), arrange cod with fennel, tomatoes, bay leaves and garlic scattered on and about the fish.

    2. Use 1 tsp. of the salt to rub into both sides of fish steaks, sprinkle the remaining salt and pepper over everything. Sprinkle the oil evenly over the vegetables.

    Roasted Butterfish with Fennel and Tomato (Nutrition Facts) Roasted Butterfish with Fennel and Tomato (Nutrition Facts)

    3. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or till the liquids evaporate and the fish just begins to brown. Remove fish to a serving plate. Then deglaze the pan: Immediately add the wine to the remaining juices and browned bits, stirring to loosen solids.

    4. If mixture does not thicken enough, return to the oven for 5 minutes or till it reaches sauce consistency.

    5. Pour mixture over fish and garnish with fennel fronds.

    Note: Salmon may be substituted for butterfish.

    Sharon Kobayashi, contributing chef author, is the Chef/Owner of Latitude 22, LLC. Her company, doing business as Akamai Foods, specializes in global cuisine with a healthy flair. Their signature product, low-fat oatcakes, can be found in stores throughout Hawai‘i.
  • NEW RELEASE: Judge Sam King: A Memoir

    Judge Sam King: A MemoirWhen Judge Samuel P. King died in 2010 at the age of 94, Hawai‘i Gov. Neil Abercrombie called him “the heart and soul of Hawai‘i.” Now, in King’s own words, Judge Sam King: A Memoir presents the story of the man who not only witnessed Hawaiian history but helped shape the future of the islands he loved.

    Born to one of Hawai‘i’s most illustrious families, Samuel Pailthorpe King presided over state and federal courtrooms for more than a half-century—making landmark decisions with warmth, wisdom and an enduring humanity—but was perhaps best known for protecting people who had little or no power of their own. King presided over some of Hawai‘i’s most sensational trials, from organized crime to the Palmyra murder trials, and upheld the 1967 Hawai‘i Land Reform Act, which shifted property ownership in Hawai‘i from large trusts to ordinary citizens. King was also a co-author of the original “Broken Trust” essay in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the subsequent book of the same title chronicling the mismanagement of the Bishop Estate by its trustees in the 1990s. He liked to observe that “people aren’t created for laws; laws are created for people” and believed that the whole purpose of government, besides keeping its people safe, is to protect the underprivileged from the privileged. In the book’s foreword, the late U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye called King “the real deal,” noting that “Hawai‘i was fortunate to have had Sam King on the bench. He served the people of Hawai‘i well and brought honor to our state and nation.”

    The newly released memoir was co-authored by Jerry Burris, one-time political reporter and editorial-page editor for the Honolulu Advertiser and a former staff writer for Hawaii Business magazine, and longtime Advertiser court reporter Ken Kobayashi, now a reporter with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. In 2009 Burris and Kobayashi began a series of recorded conversations with King, meeting several times a week in the judge’s office. After King’s passing a year later, the duo continued work on the book, with support from the King family, combining the recorded conversations with an oral history conducted by King’s former law clerk, Susan Lee Waggener, and the trove of writings, news stories, speeches and other material carefully saved and organized by King’s wife, Anne, and Rebecca Berry, the judge’s secretary for much of his legal career.


    Jerry Burris and Ken Kobayashi will sign books at Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana, on Friday, Nov. 22 at 6pm.

  • NEW RELEASE: Today's Thought

    TodaysThought_CVR_web We are pleased to announce the release of Today's Thought—Rev. Paul Osumi: The Man & His Message, a new book from our Legacy Isle Publishing imprint.

    For more than 35 years, Rev. Paul S. Osumi inspired generations of readers of The Honolulu Advertiser and other newspapers with his daily column, “Today’s Thought.” Thousands of copies of his simple aphorisms were clipped and saved, tacked to bulletin boards, stuck to refrigerator doors and carried in wallets.

    After the pastor’s death in 1996, his son Norman Osumi received many inquiries about publishing a new collection of “Today’s Thoughts.” Because three small volumes had already been published by Rev. Osumi himself, Norman felt that any collection “would need something more.”

    TT_RevOsumi_web Rev. Paul Osumi

    Thus began a decade-long project to research his father’s life, with the goal of including a biography to add context to a new collection of “Thoughts.” In addition to the biography and hundreds of favorite “Thoughts,” Norman included select inspirational speeches delivered by Rev. Osumi throughout his years of ministry as well as photographs and letters from the family’s personal collection in his softcover book Today’s Thought—Rev. Paul Osumi: The Man & His Message.

    Researching the book was a revealing experience for Norman. "I started reading his journals, as well as letters he wrote and received from my mother, military authorities, Christian leaders, friends and church members. The more I read, the more interested I became in my father’s past, which he rarely talked about. He almost never mentioned the war years, when he was interned and encountered many disappointments and much hardship and disgrace. Many people told me it was common for the older generation, especially fathers, not to tell their children about their lives."

    TT_OsumiFamilyGilaCamp_web The Osumi family in front of their barrack unit, Gila Relocation Camp (1945)

    On December 7, 1941 Rev. Paul Osumi was arrested “on suspicion of being an alien enemy,” as were many influential and well-educated Japanese nationals. He was jailed and subsequently sent to detention camps, first on Oahu, then in New Mexico. He petitionedand was finally approved in 1943for relocation to Gila Relocation Camp in Arizona where his family (pictured, right), including a three-year-old Norman, joined him in 1944 to live for the remainder of the war.

    Norman's biography of his father provides details of the internment experience and the correspondence between Rev. Osumi and numerous officials as he attempted to clear his name and obtain his release. It was not until 1988 that the United States government issued an official apology to internees, along with monetary redress. Among the documents Norman found in his father's files was a letter from The White House, signed by George Bush, which must have accompanied the restitution received by Rev. Osumi.

    TT_RevOsumiChurchBell_web Rev. Paul Osumi and Mrs. Janet Osumi in front of Nu‘uanu Congregational Church.

    After the war, the Osumi family returned to Hawaii where Rev. Osumi ministered at churches in Waialua, ‘Ewa and Nu‘uanu. His "Today’s Thought" column began appearing in The Honolulu Advertiser six mornings a week in 1957. They also ran in the Hawaii Hochi starting in 1960, and the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Nome, Alaska from 1980 to 1984. In 1965, Rev. Osumi started the now-common practice of offering Hawai‘i weddings for couples from Japan.

    Couples married by Rev. Osumi often cite his Ten Commandments for a Happy Marriage:

    1. Remember marriage is a 100-100 proposition. It is not a 50-50.
    2. Neglect the whole world rather than each other.
    3. Never meet or part without an affectionate hug or kiss.
    4. Each day say at least one nice thing to each other.
    5. Never go to bed angry. Settle all differences before the sun goes down.
    6. Do not argue. Always talk things over.
    7. Do not nag or indulge in fault-finding.
    8. Never bring up mistakes of the past.
    9. When you have made a mistake, say, “I am sorry,” and ask for forgiveness.
    10. Never raise your voice or shout at each other unless the house is on fire.

    It is advice like this that stuck with readers of Rev. Osumi's column for decades. “My father’s words had a great impact on my life,” Norman says, “and on so many others’ too. People needed guidance in their lives and he tried to provide that. Father’s daily sayings gave people in Hawai‘i a set of values for living happy and meaningful lives. If by reading this book, they can gain some insight to live a better life, I will be happy.”

    Today’s Thought—Rev. Paul Osumi: The Man & His Message is available for pre-order now on our website and will be available in local bookstores after September 15. For more information about the Legacy Isle Publishing imprint, please visit the website.

  • Feng Shui for Interiors Classes with Clear Englebert

    Author and feng shui expert Clear Englebert Author and feng shui expert Clear Englebert

    Best-selling author Clear Englebert (Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens, Bedroom Feng Shui) will offer Feng Shui for Interiors classes in Honolulu on June 7 and June 8. In addition, Englebert’s special guest during the June 7 class will be Angi Ma Wong, best-selling author (Feng Shui Dos and Taboos series) and the only feng shui consultant featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She has also made appearances on Live With Regis and Kelly, CNN Headline News, the Discovery Channel and the Learning Channel.

    Friday, June 7, 6:30-8:30pm — Interior Chi Flow Class (Class Fee $25)

    This class introduces Chi energy, which is the most basic feng shui concept. The class also covers how to maximize Chi's beneficial flow and retain it within a home; the importance of doors and windows; how to use feng shui cures; how to locate the powerful spots within a room; how to counter harsh energy within the home, such as open beams and ceiling fans; furniture selection and placement.

    Feng shui consultant Angi Ma Wong. (Photo courtesy Angi Ma Wong)

    Meet & Greet Autograph Session with Angi Ma Wong – 6:00pm

    This session is for attendees of the Interior Chi Flow class only. Please bring your copies of Wong’s books with you for autographs. (Books will not be available for sale.) Wong will provide a free update for page 22 for those who have the original edition of Feng Shui Dos and Taboos (white cover; bring your book with you).

    Saturday, June 8, 6:30-8:30pm — The Feng Shui Bagua (Class Fee $25)

    This class explains the Bagua map, a nine-area grid (based on the entrance) that lies over the floor plan. Yin and Yang are discussed, as well as the Five Elements and their application to furnishings. The power of color is covered and the two power corners, Wealth and Relationship, are discussed in depth.

    All classes will be held in the Private Function Room in the Executive Center, Lobby Level, next to Hukilau Restaurant. Class fee is $25 per class. Validated parking is available and no pre-registration is required; walk-ins are welcome and audio recording for personal use is permitted.

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