Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort
Born Barbara Jean Puanani Gusman to Basilio and Louise Gusman, I am one of 13 children. My multi-cultural heritage is fifty percent llocano (Filipino), twenty five percent Hawaiian and twenty five percent Chinese, My siblings and I were raised in a plantation village in Spreckelsville, surrounded by sugar cane fields. There were pods of ten homes in each village known as Camps. It was the best childhood one could ever ask for. No stress, no fear, and no material things. All our kites, yoyos and slingshots were handmade by my dad. To honor my multi-cultural heritage during Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month, I would like to share with you a family traditional recipe. My mom self-taught herself how to cook Filipino, Hawaiian, and Chinese dishes. With the abundance of food sources, we had available to us in the plantation village, with gratefulness to my dad’s hard work, she was an awesome Chef de Cuisine of sorts. Here is my Family Pork Adobe Recipe.