When I wrote before that Christmas in Hawaii is a big deal, I wasn't kidding. In addition to a Christmas lights parade downtown, there is also a boat parade showcasing Christmas lights, we had a massive office party with 100+ people last week, and yesterday the Supreme Court had its own lunchtime Christmas party. Although it was nice, I don't think it holds a candle to ours. It did last a lot longer, though. We showed up at 11:30 and didn't get out of there until about 2:00. The entrees were all catered and thus not nearly as much homemade food. There was slightly more traditional Hawaiian food, though.
Christmas Tree in Supreme Court Lobby
I tried also Poi for the first time. It was an experience, that's for sure. Poi is a very traditional Hawaiian dish made from the Taro plant. Poi is produced by mashing the cooked corm (baked or steamed) of the taro plant until it becomes a highly viscous fluid. Water is added during mashing and again just before eating, to achieve a desired consistency, which can range from liquid to dough-like (poi can be known as two-finger or three-finger, alluding to how many fingers you would have to use to eat it, depending on its consistency). It's like a paste. I thought it tasted terrible and had a bitter, sour taste. Don't tell any Hawaiians I said that, though. They'll kick me off the island. I was sitting next to our secretary who basically pour herself a bowl and ate it like soup. She ate it ALL. Poi is like sex to these people...they love it.
Anyway, the rest of the party involved more door prizes. Everyone picked a number out of a hat and then received a corresponding gift. I got a big coffee mug and some Hawaiian-made coffee. There were also gift cards, homemade energy bars (that are quite delicious - they're made from oats, chocolate chips, and molasses), and see's candy. Unlike our office party where everyone walked around and mingled, the Supreme Court party had plenty of tables where people could sit and talk with their table. While people sat and ate, there was also a professional hula dancer who performed. Finally, they also did a law-related movie trivia game. The twist, though, was that members of the judiciary would act out scenes from movies and the tables, as a team, had to guess the name of the movie and one of the actors in the scene. Our table was full of judges and it was VERY competitive. We were actually in first place throughout the game, but then ended in a tie for first. It came down to a tie breaker, which was to guess the number of minutes Chief Justice Recktenwald has been in office. We lost. Very disappointing, especially because everyone on the winning team received gift cards to various places around Honolulu. I hate losing.