As you all know, I love the ocean. I get my #oceantherapy whenever I can. I like to have #oceanart on my walls, I wear #shelljewerly. Today, I met @kilabieto and now have these two #amazing #worksofart. #Honu and #sanddollar pieces made, of course, from #Opihi. He can make anything!! 😍😍😍 #supportlocal #buylocal #customorder #talent by deannerenee https://instagram.com/p/2P0LxGiLde/

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Day 69. Burkes pass to random road side camping. 40km hike today. About 13km was along Opihi river bicycle triail which was not that bad. My favourite was seeing the oldest union church in New Zealand which was in Burkes pass village. Burkes pass village has a old petrol station decked out in 50s memorabilia. Well worth a visit if your in the area. We got to Fairlie late at night. There is a statue there of the idol of the town who was the first white fella in the area who was a Shepherd. A almost superman like being as depicted by the statue of the town. Also worth to note that we read the town also famous for its toliets being the most clean in New Zealand. The toliets are dirty but not as bad as the one in the train spoting movie. Not impressive. We carried on walking and ended up camping on side the road. This is the reality if you desire to hike this time of year with out ropes which we now have thanks to finding many discarded ropes at side of the road. This is the only real alternative if the weather is to bad as far as we know. A hard long road walk with lots private land with keep out signs. Welcome to New Zealand. Follow our location at www.4seasonbackpacking.uk make a donation to mcmillian cancer at www.justgiving.com/4seasonbackpacking

Creativity is the spice of Reney Ching’s life, and when she directs her energies to the kitchen, family and friends know their taste buds will be dazzled.

Ching’s hobby is making poke, and her innovative repertoire broadens the possibilities of the flavorful food. Forget all the ways to dress up ahi (yellowfin and bigeye tunas). Instead, think bright bites of kajiki (blue marlin), opihi, tofu — even steak.

“I’m one that thinks outside the box a lot,” she said.

Ching, 59, head cook and kitchen operations manager at Punahou School, turns out her inventive interpretations for school functions, birthday parties, weddings and the like. She even sets up poke bars where guests can design their own dish.

Cooking for celebrations has led to Party Poke by Reney, “a really, really small, small business,” she said.

But for Ching, poke making is a lifelong labor of love.

“I so believe you have to cook from the heart,” she said. “I’ve loved poke since I was young, and there weren’t a lot of stores that sold it back then, so I wanted to learn.

"My mom taught me once, and I watched my uncles, I watched other people, then I made my own.”

On Tuesday, Punahou is teaming up with Slow Food Oahu to pre­sent an evening focused on sustainable fish, with a film and discussion, plus an array of Ching’s original poke to punctuate the point.


» Where: Thurston Memorial Chapel, Punahou School
» When: 5:30 to 9 p.m. May 5
» Cost: Free
» Schedule: 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., poke bowls for sale featuring sustainable alternatives to ahi; 6:15 p.m., screening of “Sushi: The Global Catch” (2012); 7:45 to 8:30 p.m., panel discussion with Laurie Carlson of Slow Food Oahu, Jan Yoshioka and Jason Chow of Conservation International, and chef Ed Kenney of town restaurant


Seven-course tasting menu to benefit the Hawaii Seafood Council

» When: 6 p.m. May 8
» Where: Chef Mavro, 1969 S. King St.
» Tickets: $179
» Reservations: (808) 944-4714 or emailchef@chefmavro.com


My little opihi did so well today. Reading stories. Acting it out. The legend of the turtle and the shark. Making banners. Walking around campus. Learning about college. Miss these little ones already. #cuh #communityservice #civiccuh #kpt #hawaiiliteracy #service #Chaminade #lovethis #serve #mylittleopihi