Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Humuhumunukunukuapua'a - Under the Sea Tablescape


Try to say that several times in a row!

It's even written on the side of the plate to help you.

Until High School Musical 2 most non-Hawaiian
islanders wouldn't even know how to pronounce
this huge word.  Now, many teenagers and tweens
and even younger kids can sing it over and over again.

The humuhumunukunukuapua'a is a trigger fish
found on the outer reefs of Hawaii.

We first heard this name when we visited the
on Maui.
They have a restaurant named Humuhum.......
I worked and worked on pronouncing it.
I should have just waited until
Disney put it to song!

At this restaurant perched over a lagoon
we had dishes served in these wonderful
fish plates.

Of course, being a collector of such
things, I wanted some.

We searched all over the island and on our last day,
we found a little shop in Lahaina that was carrying
this artists beautiful plates.

This tablescape is a tribute to Hawaii and their special fish.

The Hawaiian island fish have been joined by
locals - the little fishies and crabs
are from Home Goods/TJ Maxx this year.

This butterfly fish also flew over from Hawaii -
he is by the same artist,
Ben Diller.
You can find his work at http://www.mauihands.com/
(I'm glad someone asked that, so I looked it up and found him!)

This is another variation of the Humuhumu......
He calls it the "Picasso Triggerfish".

The Hawaiians are accompanied by placemats and napkin
rings from Wal Mart.

The blue plates are from Pier 1 and the
white plates from Big Lots.

The linens are "made to order"
I ordered myself to make them.

Fabric is from JoAnn Fabrics.

For those of us that are inlanders, or mainlanders,
shells and white sand can be purchased at Wal Mart.

The pewter crab platter came from Cabo, as did the glasses.

I just love all of the fun colors in these tropical plates.

Ahhh!  Twilight has come.  I have so admired
everyone's candlight pictures.  This is my
first time to try them.

It was so cool and peaceful.  The Blue Hour here starts
at about 9:10.
We were out grilling and enjoying the evening.

It is a little late to invite people over for dinner,
but how about snacks?

The blue sky almost makes it look like we are
Under the Sea.

Anyway for tonight it was just my husband and me.

We are now looking back at our house. 

The mountains really show up here in the Blue Hour.
This mountain is called Squaw Peak.

I hoped you enjoyed your Hawaiian visit.

Next I will be sharing one of our
favorite desserts from the Grand Wailea

 Grand Wailea's Pineapple Banana Split
(Built for 2)

Come again soon.

I will be posting this with Susan at
Between Naps on the Porch



Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. These pictures are incredible. I have tried catching the blue hour-but I always forget:)

    Your blog is beautiful. I am so glad I stopped by. I will be back.


  2. OH MY GOODNESS!!! I WANT it ALL!!! you are RIGHT those dishes are "MUST HAVES", does the artist sell to the states by mail??? Oh and what a GORGEOUS PLACE!!! AH Paradise. I WILL make that Banana split, it looks unbelievable... Thank You for this WONDERFUL POST... Donna

  3. What a gorgeous table! I love all of the color and the ocean them! Wonderful!

    Your photos are lovely as well...the evening shots are magical!


  4. This is so so amazing. Oh, I just love it all...
    The table is just beautiful...as well as the Blue Hour.
    The funny thing..my site is still pulled up as I type this and I have UNDER THE BOARDWALK playing..it so is just perfect for your post. :>)
    OOPS...SURFIN USA just kicked in.:))

    These cinny rolls are so so awesome..thanks for telling me how to do them. I am so sure I didn't let them rise nearly enuf...we were flat STARVING for them this morning...
    xo bj

  5. This is so so amazing. Oh, I just love it all...
    The table is just beautiful...as well as the Blue Hour.
    The funny thing..my site is still pulled up as I type this and I have UNDER THE BOARDWALK playing..it so is just perfect for your post. :>)
    OOPS...SURFIN USA just kicked in.:))

    These cinny rolls are so so awesome..thanks for telling me how to do them. I am so sure I didn't let them rise nearly enuf...we were flat STARVING for them this morning...
    xo bj

  6. I love Hawaii and this table captures it's beauty and colorful atmosphere! Love those dishes and equally love all the little dishes and decos you have added. Your blue hour photos...just amazing!

  7. I want to go right now!! Seriously gorgeous!!

  8. great pictures of some outstanding table ware!! I'm glad you included that split too!!

  9. Gorgeous pictures of an exquisitely set table. I love everything on the table!

  10. My goodness, you always do it to me, lol!! I'm drooling over the pineapple banana split, and the tablescape! Love those fish plates!! Love the flatware too, and the napkins rings, I have those too! Love that you made the linens. I am a firm believer in cloth napkins, etc., and I love to pick the fabric myself, then I get what I want. Gorgeous views, as always. Just beautiful!

  11. Jacqueline, great great pictures...love them all and the banana split looks so inviting :-) By the way, thank you so much for visiting my site a leaving lovely comments.

  12. I love those plates... they are just too adorable. I haven't seen the musical so the name is impossible to pronounce!!! Your table is beautiful and the island... well they don't call it paradise for nothing!

  13. This coastal gal is loving your Under the Sea Tablescape! I also love your "made to order" table linens! The Grand Wailea's Pineapple Banana Split looks yummy! I have not had a banana split in probably a decade or more! Love the blue hour!

    ~ Tracy

  14. Love your Under the Sea tablescape! So colorful and happy! At the end of your post the "You might also like" sunrise at Cabo picture drew me right in. Beautiful sunrise.

    Looking forward to the pineapple sundae post. Looks yummy.

  15. Your tablescape is cool, refreshing, summery and most of all beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us and as always a wonderful recipe that I cannot wait to see!!! ~~Sherry~~

  16. I gave you a shout out on my post today...just sayin'.....:)

  17. You post is fun and refreshing. It brings back many memories of our vacations to the Islands, the music, food and also the fun sounding names, which made our children giggle.
    I love the dishes and the sea tablescape and can understand why you wanted to bring them home. The artist is talented!
    I haven't ever noticed 'BLUE ' hour and love the effect it gave to your tablescape. Oh and the Banana split boats look devine!~♥

  18. Absolutley gorgeous!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that table! Those plates! Oh my! And what a view! I love looking at these pictures, just like a magazine, thanks!

  19. Aloha Jacqueline.. Your dishes, your glasses and your made to order are absolutely stunning. This blew me away. Loved your story line.. it's all just fabulous. Perfectly put together. I'm gushing now,, but I love it!

  20. What a great colorful summery table! And it's so special that a lot of the dishes came home with you from vacation, such nice reminders of your trips!

  21. Wow, I felt like I was right there with ya!!! Amazing. The table setting at night looks incredible.

  22. Jacquelin -- Really I need to come and eat and this fab tablescape! It is one of the best and the pics are great and so is the narrative about the hum...okay, so I I had the hardest time typing this when I entered it for TT! Love it! Joni

  23. Those trigger fish dishes are awesome!

  24. Very pulled together....LOVE the fish plates and ALL the COLOR. Inspirational. sharon- Table Escapes

  25. Looks so fun and colorful! I love the shells! Your Hawaiian vacation looked dreamy,though your home has a beautiful view too.
    I remember learning a song about this fish waaaaay back in second grade:)

  26. Hi Jacqueline,

    Be still my heart! What wonderful pictures. I love the Humahuma. The dishes are adorable! The spa at the Grand Wialea is a once in a lifetime experience. Your pineapple sunday is a work of art.
    Great Job! *hugs*

  27. Beautiful photos - so festive! And that pineapple banana split - well, I want one!

  28. I just love those plates! They are so amazing - in style and in color. Laughing about your "made to order" linens. It is perfect witht he setting. The whole table is just wonderful. I love each and every detail.

  29. Beautiful table-I can smell the salt water from here. I also have "made to order" linens. It's sometimes the only way to go. thanks for sharing with us today!

  30. The fish dishes are awesome. Your whole table is inviting and you did a great job on the candlelight pic's.

  31. I love Hawaii, and I absolutely adore this table. It looks like a piece of art! You've done a wonderful job on your tablescape. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  32. Love the sea world accessories. They're so whimsy looking. Yesm Ir does look like Under The Sea kind of world Glad you got the chance to go to Hawaii.
    Take care! Nancy

  33. I love this tablescape! I love how you were able to find some of the plates WHILE on vacation...it makes this tablescape so much more special!

    Well done...AS ALWAYS! :D


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