The invitation said to save the date Sunday, May 24th for a "pig roast" and pot luck with the Hubbell's.
Anyone who knows Liz and Mike knows that this is something special, so we were looking forward to it.
The setting was their beautiful "new farmland" with a "banana shack" in the lower Puna area...when we got there you could tell they had been quite busy since the last time we visited the site...there were signs directing traffic in and out following the contour of the upper land and signs pointing to the future 'house site' as well as other places to which they have already designated future functions.
At a relatively flat location just above the 'banana shack' area, a huge tent with long tables and lots of chairs had been set up.
Friends mingled and caught up with each other, talking story for several hours and munching on snacks while waiting for the pig to be ready.
It was fun seeing friends I hadn't seen in a while and meeting new friends.
Another smaller tent was set up near the location where the pig was roasting. The wind was blowing something fierce, so the leaning tent helped keep the stronger wind from the pig roasting pit.
It got so cold that we were borrowing jackets and blankets from others who had extras in their cars to stay warm.
Believe it or not... next to the last Sunday in May, in Puna, on the Big Island of Hawai'i and it was cold enough that my teeth were chattering!
The roasted guest of honor was brought to the tent site to be carved
You can see where the crackling skin was being picked and enjoyed by the guests as it was being cut ... the pork meat was succulent, moist and absolutely delicious..
The potluck contributions, as usual, were quite varied and plenty of it...macaroni salad, purple sweet potato salad, potato salad, rice, noodles, 2 different types of baked beans ...I can't even remember it all, there was so much food...I remember a cake and cookies...
Besides the above, we munched and picked at pupus beforehand... my black bean and corn salsa, hummus, onion dips, lots of chips and Kevan's special blend of Sangria to which he added iced cold New Amsterdam Mango Vodka...WhoooBoy!
...and a great time was had by all!
You can find the recipe for my contribution to the potluck here: