Jodie Chiemi Ching

Almost every day at about 11 a.m., The Hawai‘i Herald team — all three of us — gathers around editor Karleen Chinen’s desk so advertising manager Grant Murata can make us “karaboshi krakkah.”

The “karaboshi krakkah” is a Diamond Bakery Saloon Pilot cracker. Murata spreads his peanut butter and honey mixture on the hard cracker. He said he learned how to make the mixture from Tsuru Sakihara, an issei woman he knew as “Chiru-Obasan” — they were members of an Okinawan dance club. Chiru-Obasan taught him about the old plantation snack.

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