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  • (violin harmonics music)

  • - My grandmother, if she knew now what I was making,

  • would be very surprised.

  • Mochi is originally from Japan.

  • It's a white pastry that's made from rice flour.

  • It's stuffed with azuki beans.

  • That's the traditional mochi.

  • Our mochi has become Hawaiian mochi.

  • My own style.

  • (soothing violin music)

  • We live in Hawaii and, if you look around,

  • we have deserts and snow,

  • we have tropical rainforests and all the flowers,

  • the birds and the oceansit's all very colorful.

  • (serene orchestral music)

  • This is Hilo Town.

  • I would consider it to be old Hawaii.

  • Everything is a little bit slower.

  • Hilo is where I grew up and where my grandparents

  • settled when they first came from Japan.

  • They came as workers for the plantation in the cane fields.

  • They were seeking a better life, and so did

  • the other groups of people that came

  • from all over the world.

  • Filipinos, Chinese, Koreans, they all

  • had to live together, and they all shared their food.

  • The Japanese contribution was the mochi.

  • Every time I taste it, I think back

  • to where I came from, and I think of my grandma.

  • She, as a treat, would make her mochi.

  • Her mochi was the reason that I had interest

  • to keep mochi on the menu of Hawaii.

  • (solemn piano music)

  • Two Ladies Kitchen is called Two Ladies

  • because we started with just my aunt and myself.

  • I knew that my aunt knew how to make mochi

  • but there was nobody else to pass it on to.

  • And I knew that mochi is my calling.

  • When I first started the business, it was just

  • my family who helped me.

  • My parents are now in their 90s,

  • and they still come to the mochi shop.

  • A lot of our flavors are found in Hawaii.

  • We have a strawberry mochi, with a fresh strawberry

  • on top of the beans and it's wrapped in the white mochi.

  • That is very popular.

  • Liliko'i is passion fruit, so I use the fresh nectar

  • and we make mochi.

  • We use the fruits of the season,

  • persimmons, peaches and nectarines,

  • pineapple, on and on.

  • Now I have a ginger mochi, brownie mochi,

  • a marshmallow, like a rocky road.

  • I never say no to someone's suggestion.

  • It's been almost 25 years, and now,

  • we have lines out the door.

  • It's not only the Japanese people

  • who embrace mochi, but it's become a Hawaiian food.

  • I meet people from all over the world,

  • and they, too, now love mochi.

  • It sticks everyone together,

  • other races, culture, our family friends.

  • Mochi just makes you feel happy,

  • and that's why I say, “Mochi is love.”

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Taste Hawaii’s Famous Mochi

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    Samuel posted on 2018/03/09
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