About a month ago we received an e-mail from our friends the Hubbells to save the date of September 8th for a BBQ at Hale Pomaika'i, their home near Pahoa. I knew it would be fun, so the date was prominently marked on our calendar as a 'Red Letter Day'.
The hosts were providing a pig from their piggery for the BBQ and the rest of the guests brought all sorts of goodies to share. We got to see friends we don't see often, others we see all the time and got to meet new friends!
Mike and Liz have chickens that live in a coop of Mike's invention, the Hubbell Bubble and their piggery is more like a 'palace for oinkers' than a pig pen. Their pig raising methods are adopted from Dr. Cho's Korean Natural Farming ideas and using Indigenous Micro-Organisms where pigs are not raised right on the ground but are actually several feet off the ground on clean and non-smelling matter forming various layers mixed with IMOs . A piggery with no mud, no smells and no flies...imagine that!!
The Piggery aka Pig Palace - if you look to the right you notice how high off the ground the piggery 'floor' sits.
A closer look at the piggery 'floor'. All kinds of logs, wood shavings, husks and IMOs to keep it all sweet go into building a 'clean' floor for the pigs...These babies don't have any idea of what a pig sty means...
One of the 'pig palace' residents...happy as a pig in...oh, wait...there is no mud!...and they each have their own private rooms! No crowded residents in this pig palace!
View of the piggery (and the outdoor oven where the unfortunate piggie chosen for the day's BBQ was roasting) from the backyard of the house.
Hmmmm....wonder if the rest of the residents in the pig palace knew one of their own was roasting near by?
The pig 'oven'
Our Master chef for the day, Chris Hara tending the roasting pig
There it is!...the aroma was being carried all over by the afternoon breeze...
Impatient guests waiting for the pig!
Our hosts with the roasted pig... the delicious meat literally was falling off the bones...and the skin crackling good.
Mahalo Mike and Liz for such a wonderful time spent with old friends, new friends and delicious food!
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