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Kai Nīoi

Kilinahe Coleman [Ho‘okahua]

ʻO ke aloha o ka ipo, he wela ia no ke kino.

The love of a sweetheart is like a hot fire within the body.

(ʻŌlelo Noʻeau, 2454)


Love is like a fire in the body! Feel the heat of love’s fire once again – with some spicy chili peppers! Here is a delicious recipe to warm the heart of your sweetie each and every day. Chili pepper water, or “chili peppah wattah,” is a great condiment, highly desired with Hawaiian food. You can adjust the heat to your taste by increasing or decreasing the amount of chili peppers used.



1 cup of boiling water

¼ cup of vinegar

1-10 cloves of garlic

1 tsp Hawaiian salt

10-20 Hawaiian chili peppers



Mash garlic, salt, and chili peppers together. Stir mash together with water and vinegar. Pour into sterile jars and refrigerate for at least 1 day. Will last refrigerated up to 1 year.