Monday, November 21, 2016

Hot Topics, From Turkeys To Mosquitos, Featured At Kaneohe Neighborhood Board Meeting

Thanksgiving turkeys and genetically modified mosquitos were on the menu for our November meeting. Details are below. We’ll touch on other issues from the meeting in posts over the coming days.
A safer option than frying for your Thanksgiving turkey.
Don’t Burn The Turkey Or Your House: Our local firefighters told us that the number one cause of holiday fires is unattended cooking, and that deep-frying turkeys is a major culprit. Instead of frying the bird, which can splatter oil onto an open flame, the Honolulu Fire Department suggests preparing it in a traditional imu. This underground oven slow-cooks the meat and yields a moist, flavorful finished product.

The Fire Department has tips on imu preparation on its website. For those who want the flavor without the hard work, the Key Project is providing a Thanksgiving imu for community members. Drop off your turkey or other meat on Wednesday, November 23, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, and pick it up cooked and ready to go on Thanksgiving from 10 to 11 am. Cost is $20 per order.

Mosquito Control Study: A resolution supporting research on eliminating mosquitos from the state failed for lack of a second. Our vice-chairman, Bill Sager, presented the resolution, which would have asked the Legislature to authorize the University of Hawaii to do the research.

The resolution cited the threat to humans and wildlife posed by mosquito-borne diseases such as the Zika virus. Mr. Sager said that genetic engineering would be preferable to pesticides for eliminating mosquitos. Some Board members questioned the feasibility and advisability of eliminating all mosquitos.

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