Olena Fried Rice by Mehanaokala Hind of Office of Hawaiian Affairs
Mehanaokala Hind is the Community Engagement Director for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. A graduate of Moanalua High School, Mehana attended Honolulu Community College before getting her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is a kumu hula and cultural practitioner skilled in hula, oli (chant), and ritual.
She descends from the hula lineage of Kumu Hula Leina‘ala Kalama Heine, earning the rank of Kumu Hula in 2009 upon completion of ‘uniki rites. She trained in mele oli with the late Kumu Keola Lake, Kumu Hokulani Holt, and Kumu Pualani Kanahele. Recently, she showed us a side not often revealed, her culinary skills. Here is her recipe for Olena Fried Rice.
4 cups cooked rice
1 tsp olena (tumeric)
¼ cup green onions
½ round sweet onion
4 cloves garlic
½ cup mushrooms
¼ cup carrots
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp butter
¼ cup coconut milk
Add oil to wok on medium heat
Cut garlic add to wok
Cut carrots, white & green onions and brocoli and add to wok
Cut mushrooms in 1/2, keeping it in large pieces, add to wok
Add butter to wok, continue stiring
Add cooked rice and cook for another minute, stirring well
Add Coconut milk and olena
Cook for another minute while stirring.