Saturday, April 9, 2011

Manapua Delivered

Mid-day Thursday we waited for some furniture to be delivered. When a hotel here remodels its rooms, a local company takes the furniture and resells it to the public for way less than buying new furniture. They were coming to deliver our desk, chair and ottoman between noon and 1:45.

When the delivery guy called to tell me he was on his way, the conversation sounded like this:

Delivery guy: "We come twel-fify. I go to manapua firs."
Me:(After thinking for second) "Twelve-fifty you'll be here. That's great."

I figured he was stopping at a place called Manapua for a delivery before he came to our place.

Delivery guy: "You want manapua? I bring you one."
Me: "What?"
Him: "Manapua"
Me: (yelling at Mark down the hall) "What's this guy saying?"
Delivery Man: "M-a-n-a-p-u-a"
Me: "I don't know what that is."
Delivery guy: "Lunch truck. You want me to bring from da lunch truck?"

Mark had to explain. Manapua is a local treat, most like the doughy Dim Sum dumplings found in San Francisco Chinatown restaurants. Hawaiian style, they are filled with pork or Portuguse Sausage and are often sold from lunch trucks.

The best photo I can find is from The Tasty Island food blog.

How nice are the people in Hawaii when the delivery guy not only brings you your furniture, but offers to bring you lunch as well?

Some days the Mainland seems so far away.