My son is having a birthday tomorrow but it was celebrated yesterday by a group of friends...
Last year for his birthday, Anthony was in the hospital...and then later in the summer when he was celebrating 20 years as a 'castaway' on this island, he was recuperating from yet another hospital stay...so...this was the year to combine the two celebrations!
It was quite fun to see how everyone interpreted the 'castaway theme'...in dress, food and decorations!
The food was all finger food and eaten off ti leaves that had been cut in sections...there were some bamboo picks for spearing, food on bamboo sticks and mango-pineapple punch, the lemonade and wine were all served from coconut shells...Hand woven baskets and wooden bowls and platters abounded...it was truly a 'castaway's dream party'
The tables were covered in banana leaves and palm fronds and decorated with coconuts that had washed ashore, fresh fruit, seashells, starfish, sand dollars, lava rocks, coral, old rusty brass pot with handle, several ship lanterns,
...a large Japanese glass fishing floating ball, netting...
...an old bottle that held an SOS letter inside which must have been returned as 'undeliverable'...!
...bits of driftwood and a "Wilson" centerpiece made by Brenda, who handpainted the Wilson logo on the ball...
A sheet was hung and spray-painted with the word HELP on it, but then below in smaller letters it said 'no need!'...These 'castaways' did not want to be rescued!
The menu was wonderful! Galyn and Trevella brought bamboo stick kabobs of Piña Colada Marinated Shrimp and Sesame Orange Chicken which he grilled on site...Cathy and Robert brought crispy Fried Wontons and Egg Rolls, served in a coconut frond woven basket and the hot mustard dipping sauce was served inside the cavity of a halved out coconut...
Brenda and Kevan brought twice fried Plantain Tostones, her homemade taro chips and a delicious pineapple salsa...Kevan brought his homemade wine and lemonade...Fran brought seasoned rice balls and sausage...I contributed 2 different 'Ahi Poke, one was spicy and the other Sesame...and Hawaiian White Crab Claws and Legs and the Mango-Pineapple Punch.
Anthony's favorite birthday cake is a carrot cake...but this time, instead of birthday cake there was a tower of sea themed carrot cupcakes...topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting and decorated with handmade and painted sea shells, lobsters, crabs and starfish out of molded white chocolate... The cupcakes were the creation of Teena Barry of Teena's Cakes (a new website is in the works)
Brenda and Kevan wrote the words for the 'Ballad of Anthony's Island' a clever account of his ending on this island to the tune of the theme of "Gilligan's Island" and it was sung by all (in a slightly "off-key" version, I must admit) instead of Happy Birthday...although later Happy Birthday was also sung.
The event was held in a pavilion right by the ocean at the Onekahakaha Beach Park in Hilo...(the location of our pavilion was just where the video starts out)...The day was overcast and a pretty steady wind was blowing cold, but everyone was apparently having a good time...and we saw two whales frolicking quite close to the reef that encloses the sandy beach...they looked like a baby and mom by their sizes.
Anthony sends his mahalos to all of you for making this such a wonderful day!...Brenda, Kevan, Galyn, Trevella, Tavina, Ali, Cathy, Robert, Sloba, Jamie, Nancy, Lizby, Fran and Quinn...! To those who could not be here...you missed a good one!
Ballad of Anthony's Island
Sung to Ballad of Gilligan's Island by George Wyle and Sherwood Shwartz - Lyrics by Brenda Cloutier and Kevan Kendrick ~~
Just sit right back and we'll tell a tale...A tale of a fateful trip... That started from a southern port
Aboard a flying ship...A mighty flying ship
The weather started getting rough...The mighty ship was tossed...If not for the courage of the fearless crew
Passenger meals could be lost...Their lunches would be tossed
The captain was an air force man...The stewards brave and sure...They made the passengers comfor'ble
And knew they would endure...Knew they could endure
The ship set down on the shore of this... sunny tropic isle..With Anthony... and Sonia, too...Millionaires and their wives ...Movie stars and families...Touring this magic isle...
But this is the tale of our Castaways...Who chose to remain behind...Our hero made the best of things
Through many uphill climbs...They were steep uphill climbs
Anthony, friends, and family...Have done their very best...To make their lives more comfortable
In this island paradise nest...This island paradise nest
With internet, phone, and motor car...They lived in simple luxury...Unlike Robinson Crusoe
As civilized as can be...We're civilized as can be!
So join us here each month dear friends
potlucks Hawai'ian style
With the rest of us poor castaways
Here on Anthony's Isle
Here - on - Anthony's - Isle!