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Try This 'Ono Recipe from Nanea's Home Island of Oahu


"I'm home!" Nanea called. She found her sister, mother, and grandmother in the kitchen. Tutu was pounding the taro with an old stone poi pounder. She motioned Nanea closer so they could greet in the traditional way, pressing foreheads and noses together and taking a deep breath. This was the ha part of aloha, the breath. The other part, alo, meant to share, to be close. (Growing Up with Aloha, p. 30)

Hawaii’s rich history and vibrant, multicultural traditions figure importantly in Nanea’s story, Growing Up with Aloha, set on the island of Oahu in 1941-1942. To celebrate Nanea’s arrival, enjoy a taste of Oahu with this recipe for mango bread from Nanea’s home island, courtesy of the Oahu Visitor’s Bureau.



Makes 4 loaves



  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 tsp. baking soda
  • 4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups liquid shortening
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 cups diced mango
  • 1 cup chopped raisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup grated coconut, optional


  1. Sift together twice the flour, soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. Beat eggs, adding sugar gradually. Continue beating, adding liquid shortening gradually. Add vanilla.
  3. Fold in the dry ingredients alternately with the mango then raisins, nuts, and coconut.
  4. Spoon into greased loaf pan.
  5. Bake at 350° for 55 to 60 minutes.

Thank you to Visit Oahu for the mango bread recipe.

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