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He’s 5 years old, 45 pounds, and wears tiny, kid-sized slippahs. And yet, he has the appetite of a gorilla... especially after a long day playing in the sand and sea!

My nephew Dylan reminds me of myself when I was little. The kid loves to play outdoors, and he truly LOVES to eat. And no, none of those kid-sized meals please; like my childhood self, Dylan craves “big boy food.” Stacks of pancakes, oversized pizzas, turkey legs... I remember how impressed I was by larger-than-life meals. Giant towers of food paralyzed me with awe for seconds before I could ask, “Can I have some?”

Dylan is the same. 

Sacred worship of the giant avocado

In 2010, I visited Oahu for a work-related photoshoot. I was fortunate enough to spend time with my island Ohana (family), including Dylan. Fully aware of his affinity for all things ono, my fiancée Jessica enlisted his help to make the famous King’s Hawaiian French toast.

I’ll never forget that day. It was the first time Dylan saw a King’s Hawaiian Original Hawaiian Sweet Round Bread. His eyes opened wide, sparkling with a gleam of intrigue.

It’s round. It’s bread.  It’s delicious.What more do you need to know?

“What is that?”
“Why does it look like that?”
“Where did you get it?”
“Can I have some?”

After 10 minutes of trial-worthy interrogation, Dylan finally seemed satisfied enough to help Jessica cook up a memorable French toast breakfast for the entire family.

For anyone who’s tried it, King’s Hawaiian Original Hawaiian Sweet Round Bread makes THE best French toast. Fans will tell you that its unique fluffiness and slightly sweet flavor is the key.  The unsliced round shape allows you to create custom slices as thick as your hungry heart desires.

The French toast was a hit. Dylan was very proud of his achievement and was not too shy to take seconds... nor was he too shy to take the credit! 

He’s a natural delegator. 

That was two years ago. Today, it still amuses me how much Dylan reminds me of myself as a kid.  Then again, I guess it's pretty common for kids in Hawaii to have tiny Hawaiian feet and big Hawaiian appetites.