Troop 1810 Visited Hawaii
After researching trips for their troop, Girl Scout Troop 1810 of Centreville, Virginia, voted to work hard the last couple years to save money to take a cultural trip to Oahu, Hawai'i this past July.
The troop leader's husband is originally from Honolulu, Hawai'i and agreed it would be a wonderful experience for the girls to learn about the rich, Polynesian culture.
Even though Hawai'i is part of the United States now, several cultures still linger in the beautiful island. The coffee house, which seemed like it would it be a guarantee for strictly American food, proved to be the start of the journey. The coffee house that the girls dined in for breakfast while they were there had items such as "Portuguese Sweet Breads (Sweet Hawai'ian bread soaked in a special sauce and pan fried and served with lap cheong (sausage)" and "Muesli (oatmeal mixed with cold milk with macadamia nuts, apples, and raisins)" on the menu. For the week that they were there, several wonderful experiences were made throughout their carefully thought out plans. Some enriching activities included: Iolani Palace (the royal palace), the Macadamia nut farm tour, surfing, the Dole Plantation, a cultural luau dance and song, meeting a local Hawai'ian Girl Scout troop where they learned the hula and made yarn leis, going on a chocolate tour, where they got the opportunity to make their own box of chocolate covered macadamia nut truffles, learning some Hawai'ian words, and eating local food, such as: mixed plate (Hawaiian meat of your choice (teriyaki beef or chicken or fish, Asian-style rice, and macaroni salad--which gets the name from the mixture of cultures), shave ice (much like a snow cone on the Mainland (America), but creamier), malasadas (doughnuts, sometimes filled with Hawai'ian flavors, such as mango, pineapple, or coconut), haupia (coconut pudding), Chinese dim-sum (a restaurant where waiters/waitresses come around to your table with carts of different Chinese dishes to chose from, which included: char siu bao (steamed buns with char siu (roasted pork)), dumplings, noodles, rice, and much more) and some foods with mixed culture of America and Hawai'i, such as a "Juicy Lani"--a hamburger with a pineapple on top. Overall, the goal of the trip to Oahu was to see and experience some of the culture of the stunning Hawai'i. They plan to have an event in January 2012 to share their experience and culture with other scouts.