|For some reason people always confuse me with this guy,(Forest) although I look|
nothing like him. People will always ask me when meeting for the first time, "Where's your chicken?"
This blog also appeared in the Kaua'i Garden Island News in my column called,"Kimo's world."
(10-21-13) Garden Island News, "Where's Your Chicken?"
The first question people usually ask upon meeting me for the first time is, "where's your chicken?" Many people confuse me with my friend, "The Chicken Whisperer," named Forest. Forest is known for pedaling his bicycle around Kapa'a town with his foul feathered friends hanging out on his handlebars. Although I look nothing like Forest, most people still believe I am him. Most everyone believes me to be the chicken man since I also pedal a bicycle around town with my dog. I have decided to go with the flow and channel some words of wisdom on the beauty of Kauai's infamous foul creatures, the wild chickens of the "Cosmic Garden island."
Chickens are the one animal that we need more than any other for survival, and Kaua'i has thousands of wild chickens, making it the wild chicken capital of the world.
The alleged reason for so many wild chickens on Kaua'i is during hurricane Iniki in 1992 many chickens from local farms broke away during the catastrophic damages of the storm. The wild chickens breed like rabbits and are therefore everywhere, from personal residences, to every outdoor dining restaurant and points between.
Chicken can be prepared in numerous ways, from deep fried, to barbecued, to a nice saute in wine sauce, to many different Chinese, Japanese, Italian and Mexican dishes. If you include the egg as a chicken, then chicken is also an active ingredient in almost everything we eat, from bread, cakes, protein drinks and thousands of baked goods to the old standby breakfast omelets, scrambled eggs, over easy, poached, boiled and microwaved. There are egg salad sandwiches and chicken salad sandwiches. Chicken is the essence of the food chain.
The word "chicken" itself is used to describe someone who is afraid, and there is a good reason -- chickens are usually running from humans. The word is out that we use them as an ingredient in almost everything we eat.
The chicken is also an alarm clock, with the rooster crowing at the crack of dawn and all other regular intervals to manage time without a clock.Many visitors get a kick out of Kauai’s wild chickens even if they suffer from a 'Cock A Doodle Doo'-induced insomnia.
The infamous feathered creatures have a huge appetite for bugs, including the mean and nasty Hawaiian centipedes that can give you a paralyzing painful bite.
We name many things after the chicken, we have the disease of chicken pox. We have expressions like, "your no spring chicken," don't count your chickens before they're hatched," to my favorite idiom of, "running around like a chicken with its head cut off."
Chicken soup is a healing serum used for colds, coughs and flu's. My ancestors called chicken soup "Jewish Penicillin."
"The Chicken Whisperer," when not pedaling his loyal feathered friends on his bicycle is often seen with crowds of people surrounding him and his wild chickens as they take photos, tweet, and make Youtube video's right on the spot.
The chicken also will act as a garbage disposal. When camping out, I see the chickens eating everything imaginable, even the unimaginable.
A rooster and a hen are the one pair of animals you would want if stranded on a deserted island.
Next time you see a wild Kaua'i chicken, stop and say, "Eerrrr eeeer eeeeer eeeeer, just don't ask me "where's your chicken?"
|Chickens even hang out at the local library...|
Hana Hou, (Encore) Shared From Youtube, a Youtube I filmed in 2008 of the Chicken man!