March 12th, 2023
A Hawaiian-inspired birthday week
The word HUKILAU comes from huki, meaning pull, and lau, meaning leaves and it describes a traditional way of fishing in a bay with small boats and nets. People gather for the event and celebrate the catch together. Uncle Brad also taught us a Hula Dance that is performed during the Hukilau celebration and Jack brought beautiful white shell necklaces (puka shell lei) for our classroom celebration.
Maybe you would like to learn the Hula Dance for the Hukilau Song as well?
Jade: What’s your favorite meal?
Jack: Mhh.. I’m thinking. Musubi.
Jade: What is it made out of? Well, I know it’s made out of food. But what type of food?
Jade: Oh I don’t like seaweed.
Jack: And it’s made out of meat you guys. You put it in and you use water to stick it together.
Jade: What kind of meat?
Saul: Yeah I don’t even know what type of meat he’s talking about. My sister is vegetarian so she doesn’t eat meat.
Jack: It’s chicken.
Saul: Jade, do you like chicken?
Jade: Yes I do.
Saul: I do too. It’s one of my favorite things.
Jack: You guys, why don’t you like seaweed?
Saul: It’s just because my sister eats these seaweed platforms and I don’t eat them. I tried it once and it really wasn’t yummy.
Ines: Did you have sushi before? Did you like it?
Saul: I did! I have to say I don’t like it as much as pasta. Pasta is my favorite thing. I can say sushi is my second favorite thing. I love sushi with avocado. I love avocado.
Jack: I tell you where you can pick avocados. They are green inside but you know what, I have a tree and I pick it on.
Jade: I think he said there’s a little bit of water in it.
Jack: To stick the seaweed together so nothing falls out.
Jade: What shape is it? Is it like a triangle?
Jack: It just has a puka and it has a triangle.
Jade: What’s a puka?
Ines: Puka is a Hawaiian word, right? What is a different word for puka?
Jack: Oh, a hole.
Saul: Is it like different color rice or it just like regular rice, white?
Jade: There’s brown rice and white rice.
Jack: White rice.
Saul: Okay, so just like plain white rice. I eat that a lot. Brown rice is a tiny bit spicy for me.
Jack: It starts to stick on your hands.
Saul: You can’t even take it off?
Jack: Yes you can.
After the cooking demonstration,
the children had many questions and observation to share:
I feel like it's kinda like sushi. - Finlay
A burrito means when you wrap up. - Michael
Yes, it's kinda like a seaweed burrito. - Vlad
Where does seaweed come from?
The sea. - Hugh
Is it salty? - Wilder
It's a plant that lives in the ocean. - Jade
It grows in a cactus shape. - Lucas
I saw it when I went swimming to find sand dollars in the Bahamas. And it waves in the water. - Wilder
How to make MUSUBI
Recipe by Jade, Saul and Cape
1. Cook the chicken with sauce. (Jade)
2. Cook the rice. (Jade)
3. We have to put the seaweed flat. (Saul)
4. Put the rice on top of the seaweed. Cooked and ssticky rice. (Cape)
5. Put the chicken. (Cape)
6. We need to roll it up. It's a burrito but it's more like sushi. (Jade)
7. We need to stick the water together with the seaweed. (Cape)
Before we started cooking, we created a list of ingredients we would need to cook the recipe:
1. Cook the chicken with sauce.
2. Cook the rice.
When we cooked the rice we used the RATIO 1:2 (for every 1 cup of rice, we added 2 cups of water).
For our recipe we used 2 cups of rice. So how many cups of water do we need to add?
Cape: We need 4 buckets of water. If we do 3 cups of rice we need 5 cups (water). Or maybe 6. It's 6.
Jade: 3 plus 3 is 6.
The time counts down on it's own? So we don't have to. - Cape, noticing the rice cooker has numbers on it.
After the rice was done Cape was wondering "Why did the rice get higher?"
Did you know rice expands when you cook it?
3. We have to put the seaweed flat.
4. Put the rice on top of the seaweed. Cooked and ssticky rice.
5. Put the chicken.
6. We need to roll it up. It's a burrito but it's more like sushi.
7. We need to stick the water together with the seaweed.
To begin the birthday committee work, Jade, Cape and Saul interviewed the birthday child about his favorite meal, colors and animals. The information they gathered during the interview gave them great ideas for possible celebration and table decorations...
Jade: He likes palm trees probably because he used to live in Hawaii.
Cape: He might want the Hawaiian flag like I had the Egyptian flag.
Jade: Well we don’t know what it looks like.
Ines: How could we find out?
Jade: We can ask him what color it is.
Cape: No, we can look it up. On your phone.
Jade: He likes volcanoes. We could try to make like paper volcanoes or something.
We could try to shape volcanoes out of clay or something.
Jade: What’s your favorite color?
Jade: Because when we were doing facetime with him he said blue and I just remembered.
The committee decided to create paper mache volcanoes to represent the Hawaiian islands as part of Jack's table decorations.
Cape: Can I make these crumpled up paper balls that look like rocks.
Saul: We need to tape it. There is a rusty old volcano in the coast of Japan.
Saul: We need a base.
Jade: Then put the cup on it (to resemble the main vent)
Cape: I crumble the paper.
Saul: It needs to connect to the crater (rim of the cup) because you don’t see the lava in the real volcano. (suggesting you need to cover the main vent)
While working with the ripped pieces of newspaper, Saul thought about a very funny joke!
Saul: Can I tell you a joke about paper?
Ines: Yes, please!
Saul: No, it’s actually tear-ible! You know, because you rip it?
Once the paper mache volcanoes had dried, the committee mixed paint colors and painted the volcanoes:
Jade: They’re sometimes gray. They’re not only black, unless they have ash on them and then they’re black.
Saul: The big volcano needs ash on it.
Jade: Yes, because it erupts.
Cape: I think mix black and white to make mine look like it’s about to erupt.
Saul: It’s very steamy and ashy.
Jade: (When it erupts) The floor makes a sound and when it kinda moves.
Saul: For the volcanic cracks. They have dark reddish with strips of yellow in it. They’re on the sides.
Cape: I put some polka dots on to make it look like fire drops.
Jade: Jack likes volcanoes because he used to live in Hawaii and there are volcanoes in Hawaii.
Cape: (we need) Blue napkins (to imitate water around the volcanoes)
Jade: Table cloths. We could put on blue table cloths or red table cloths. Maybe blue napkins and a red table cloth because blue is his favorite color and red for the lava.
Cape: I added blue on the side like a wave washing up.
Saul: The different color rocks make different color lava. I went to Fuji and saw the volcano erupting. I was very far away. I used a telescope to get a closer look. I went there last summer on summer break. I saw an orange rock before.
Jade: I have seen a green rock that had red on it. I’ve seen a huge rock rock before in a park.
Cape: I’ve never seen a green rock before. I saw orange and blue at the beach.
Saul: My favorite (volcano) is the big one. I like that it will have vinegar and baking soda. It bubbles it up.
Saul: If we connect the two triangle volcanoes we have a square volcano.
On Monday we celebrated Jack's 5th birthday together at school!
Am I eating real seaweed from the ocean right now? - Remy
The water provides really good food. - Finlay
The chicken is really nice and sweet. - Wilder
We put sauce on it! - Jade
This is the best birthday snack ever. - Finlay
I can give you the recipe if you want. - Cape
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