​​​​​​​A PĀ`INA  

Sharing Food in The Hawaiian Islands


With the release of Prospect for Murder, the first title in the Natalie Seachrist Hawaiian mystery series, I have become immersed in many aspects of promotion.  Nevertheless, I am pleased to launch a few initial food pages on this website…


I hope you will enjoy the discussions of food, beverages and entertainment that appear here. Some may be referenced directly in the series, like the Hawaiian potato salad that greets Natalie when she moves into her Auntie Carrie's Lanikai cottage in title two, Murder on Mokulua Drive. Others may be classic dishes that you associate with life in the Hawaiian Islands.


Friends like Margaret-Jean (with whom I attended classes at the University of Hawai`i)  often inspired the meals we shared in our homes, as well as the restaurants we often visited.  Sadly, some of the restaurants I wish I could recommend to you no longer exist.  Happily, others have become even more popular than they were when I lived on the island of O`ahu, and you may discover them in your own travels in Hawai`i.  


When I first moved to Honolulu in 1972, I longed for a few fast food restaurants and ice cream stores that I had taken for granted on the mainland of the United States.  But within a few months, I had discovered Island delights like scoops of white rice and Hawaiian shaved ice cones to satiate my food cravings.


Each of the casual recipes I share with you will suggest ingredients that are easily available and that can be added in portions to suit your palette.  
Regardless of whether you are planning a quiet night for two, or a large gathering that will overfill your lānai, I join Margaret-Jean in wishing you the vital ingredients of friendship and creativity that are included in all Island cooking.


​​​​​​​Written & Narrated by  Jeanne Burrows-Johnson

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PROSPECT FOR MURDER
A Natalie Seachrist Hawaiian Mystery​​