Our friend Joe has a 'bucket list' he is trying to complete. One of the items on his lists was a picnic by the ocean. When I first started planning the picnic for Joe, I had no idea that was one of the items on his list until Ellen told me. We must have been on the same wave-length.
Joe, Kevan, Ellen, Brenda and William at the table
I chose Leleiwi Beach Park because the pavilion I like best is surrounded by ocean on three sides and knew Joe would enjoy that.
We wanted to keep the event small and intimate. The only people Joe didn't know in person were Galyn & Trevella, but Joe & Galyn have been following and having fun with each other on Facebook for quite sometime, so I thought it was time they met face to face...
Group photo taken by another visitor to the park: Standing L-R: William, Anthony, Galyn and Kevan. Sitting L-R: Ellen, Joe, Sonia, Trevella and Brenda
As usual, events of this type on our islands are potluck and no one knew what the rest was bringing until the morning of the picnic. William was amazed at the variety of the menu with no duplications and how well everything went together with no previous coordinating between us. It is amazing how it usually works out this way!
Our menu was: my "Kalua" Pork made in the crockpot and my Apple-Almond Slaw (I call this Apple -Macadamia Slaw, but found at the last minute I had no macadamias but did have sliced almonds, so used them instead); Brenda's Potato Salad, Ellen's Broccoli and her Egg Salad with crackers; iced tea and Kevan's Apple-Mango Wine.
The spectacular dessert contribution was a 'Watermelon Cake' made by Galyn with the help of his daughter Tavina.
I should have taken the photos of the Watermelon Cake from the other side of the table where the afternoon light was stronger... Oh, well...It was still a beautiful dessert!
"Kalua Pork" in the Crockpot
The traditional Kalua Pork is cooked in an imu (underground oven); since I couldn't do that, I decided to cook it in the crockpot. Easy, clean and the taste was ono (delicious)
3 Granny Smith Apples, cored and chopped- do not peel
A handful of raisins (or more)
About 1/2 cup chopped and toasted macadamia nuts (**)
The afternoon was gorgeous and towards the end it turned a bit windy, but it was still a fun time spent with dear friends and making new friends; enjoying their company, the delicious food and congratulating each other on our just happening to choose to live in such a glorious place!
I think Joe was pleased with his picnic. We love you, Joe!