The tradition of the Hawaiian waterman is alive today, as residents grow up frolicking in the waves — surfing, swimming and paddling as a matter of course, learning the rules of the ocean. Stay away from wimpy iceberg lettuce. Guava seems to grow wild everywhere on Oahu, and is an unsung nutritional hero. Canned artichoke hearts are among the most nutritious foods in your refrigerator. It was a juvenile, they said, and it had probably died while trying to find its way back to deeper water through the maze of vividly colored near-shore corals, some boulder-size, others cactuslike and still others resembling giant brains with lobes.
He loved the feeling that the water here was in some way alive, and different from the stillness of a pool. It is a significant source of B vitamins, vitamin C, provitamin A as beta-carotene, vitamin K, manganese and protein, among other nutrients.
Eating on the Wild Side -- in Hawaii
Everybody, and every body, is welcome. Drumstick tree or horse-radish tree: Abelmoschus manihot, known as pele here in Hawaii, can be found throughout the South Pacific. Bitter greens such as arugula, or lettuce that is red, red brown or purple are by far the most nutritious. Six years ago, I floated in the cerulean water at Tunnels Beach, on the north shore of Kauai, while pregnant with my older son, Felix, my sun-warmed belly poking above the waves as I took in the rippling red-and-green cliffs of the Na Pali Coast.