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  • Hamakua Mushrooms and the Hukilau at Anini Beach

    High school graduations, summer vacation and a recent holiday weekend all point to summer on Anini Beach, a long thin, thread of sand on Kauai’s North Shore with a white ribbon of breaking surf a hundred yards off-shore where the primarily algae reef, home to a high number of endemic fish and marine organisms, greets incoming waves from as far away as the Bering Sea. Summer means Hawaii’s surf season has swung around to the south shores of the archipelago, the recipient of waves delivered by winter storms in the southern hemisphere. But stiff trade winds draw kite boarders and windsurfers to the usually calm inner lagoon, so there’s still plenty of fun to be had on the water at Anini. Read More
  • My February in Photos

    Napali Coast, Kauai, HawaiiThe truism, “It is sunny somewhere on the island” flat out isn’t true today. It wasn’t yesterday. Or the day before. Antsy, I headed to Small Town Coffee for a respite from the confines my own home. I sat at the retro kitchen table. Small Town Coffee relocated since I last wrote about it, but Anni made sure to pack up and move the chrome and Formica-topped table and chairs that make me think of June Cleaver’s kitchen in Leave it to Beaver. My plan was to write. And, I did. Just not what I expected. Instead of reflecting on my February experiences and adventures—you can watch my slide show above for that—I found myself eavesdropping on the conversations around me. Read More
  • The Proper Way to Eat Chocolate

    garden island chocolate barThe scientific name Theobroma cacao translates to “food of the gods” and “the chocolate tree.” In America, we refer to the plant and all its products before processing as “cacao.” After processing, the seeds, whether in liquid or solid form, become what some call the “food of the gods,” what others call a “super-food,” and what still others call a daily necessity, but in all cases, its most common name is “chocolate.” There is only one place in the United States where cacao is grown: Hawaii. And there are only two growers who see cacao to its final state in a “bean to bar” process. One is Garden Island Chocolate on Kauai. The other is The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory—with a slogan, Remember: Chocolate is Aloha—located on Hawaii (Big) Island. Read More
  • Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory Warm Cake

    warm chocolate cake at hukilau lanai restaurant on kauaiDid you know that Hawaii is the only state in which the cacao tree grows? Of course, you know the word--cacao. That's the necessary ingredient for chocolate! Well, here are the ingredients and the recipe for the "Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory" Warm Cake that I mentioned in yesterday's blog post about Hukilau Lanai. I didn't say much about their desserts yesterday--and that was a travesty--but they have their own bakery. I adore the creamy goodness of their Lilikoi Chiffon pie that sits on a crust of macadamia nuts. But the husband--and you chocoholics out there--loves their chocolate cake offering. It takes 20 minutes to prepare, so order it when you receive your entree. But if you can't make it to the Hukilau Lanai restaurant this holiday season, here's a gift: their recipe.

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  • We're Going to the Hukilau Lanai Restaurant in Kapaa on Kauai

    red and white wines at hukilau lanai restaurant in kapaa on kauaiSandra worked the bar at Hukilau Lanai restaurant like a pianist who intimately knows the keys of her musical instrument. She reached left for one bottle, while her right hand reached right for another. She stretched her arm above her head for a wine glass. She spun behind her, opened a refrigerator hidden below the cabinet and pulled out a bottle of white wine, tugging out its cork and filling the glass. All the while, she carried on a conversation with my husband and me, sitting on two of the six, tall, teak chairs at the small bar in the open-air restaurant behind Coconut Marketplace shopping center. Read More