30 Vegetarians From Hawaii Talking About Thanksgiving

This is a ‘talk story’ episode.

‘Talk story’ is a Hawaiian Pidgin English term that means something like ‘chit-chat.’

So in this episode, we talk story about our childhood experiences of celebrating Thanksgiving while growing up in Hawaii (our pre-vegetarian days!).

 Making our adult vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner dishes 😋

Making our adult vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner dishes 😋

That’s why Toast is talking pidgin in this one.

If you wanna hear more pidgin, here’s a video 😁(by Andy Bumatai, a popular island comedian; we grew up laughing at his jokes, too).

Siena grew up in a Filipino-American family.

Toast grew up in a Japanese-American family.

Both of us grew up in Hawaii.

Which is the 50th State of the United States.

So with that mix of…

  1. Asian

  2. Hawaiian

  3. and ’white’ culture

…it gets really interesting and American in the most holistic way:

  1. immigrant

  2. indigenous

  3. and inclusive/integrated/assimilated

So with that, we simply wish you and yours a very happy and meaningful Thanksgiving!


previous Thanksgiving episodes:

 This is what a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner looks like. Yum!

This is what a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner looks like. Yum!

You might have to scroll down after clicking these links, in order to see the episode that’s actually highlighted.

Nov. 18, 2009: Alternative Thanksgiving: LGBT

Nov. 25, 2009: Alternative Thanksgiving: First Nations

Nov. 30, 2010: Vegan Thanksgiving, Hawaii Five-O


The history of Japanese & Filipinos in Hawaii:

Aloha gozaimasu: Japan’s influence on Hawaiian culture

Filipino Migration to Hawaii: A Tale of Tears




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