Incredibly, my brother and his family were almost all able to join us to celebrate Mom's 81st birthday. Aside from our children who are on the mainland, we were only missing our nephew, Shawn because he performs every night in Waikiki at one of the hotels.
Everybody brought a delicious dish to share as well as Mom's favorite peach Bavarian chiffon cake.
What you see in this photo are cucumber namasu (pickled cucumbers), somen salad (which took me all morning to prepare), teriyaki flavored gobo (burdock), grilled and fried chicken and a kim chee pork dish. What you can't see are the teriyaki beef and chicken sticks.
Mom had such a happy time. I'm just so glad everybody was able to juggle their busy, conflicting work schedules to celebrate with her.