Glyph of the word 'nawalilie'.


  • (n.) raw fish (like sushi)

Kiko a male hava uei i nawalilie.
“Today we eat sushi.”

Notes: This because today is my friend Kyn’s birthday. We’re all going to Ayumi to eat some sushi. Oddly enough, though, he doesn’t eat fish at all, so he always just gets teriyaki chicken and whatever comes with it. (And, as it turned out, I only got kappa maki and a vegetable tempura roll, so I didn’t eat any fish, either!) So it goes.

But, yes, today’s is Kyn’s birthday of a certain age. He too has hit thirty. Two of my good friends are left. And then…? Thwack! (Note: Obscure anime reference.)

For the Kamakawi, nawalilie is a breakfast or lunch food only. You can eat it for dinner, but it’s kind of like having pancakes and eggs and bacon for dinner. And it doesn’t come with rice. They generally slice it straight from the fish and eat it like that, or eat it wrapped in a lettuce-like leaf.

Mmm… That sounds good… Wish I had that right now.

Anyway, best wishes to my friend of a certain age. It’s all over now, baby blue. But Mr. Soy Sauce tips his hat to you.

Birthday soy.

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2 Responses to “Nawalilie”

  1. Ka kavaka Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets ti:

    Would Dutch raw herring be considered as nawalilie? It’s usually eaten for lunch or as a snack (although tonight we’re having it as diner :P ), on bread or like you did :) .

  2. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    I’d say yes, but they wouldn’t eat like that.

    And don’t taunt me! Those little devils are tasty!

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