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  • Forget the Movie. Pass the (Hurricane) Popcorn.

    The Descendants movie ticket and hurricane popcornI finally saw The Descendants, the movie starring George Clooney that’s receiving Oscar buzz. The Descendants was filmed in Hawaii. The book was penned by a Hawaii author with a storyline that could only have taken place in Hawaii. Yet, it’s still not playing on Kauai, where I live, and won’t for another week. What’s up with that? Thankfully, it is playing on Oahu and has been since the movie’s nationwide premier on November 23, and that’s where I saw it.

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  • Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory Warm Cake

    Destination: Kauai

    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

    Destination: 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.

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  • Top Five Must-Try Foods of Hawaii

    mother and daughter enjoy shave ice in hawaiiHawaii’s most iconic foods just might be shave ice, kalua pig, malasadas, poke and—if you’re headed to Oahu’s North Shore—a plate of shrimp from one of the well-known food trucks that line the side of the road.

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  • Kauai Adventure Day: South Shore

    Destination: Kauai

    mahaulepu kauai coastlineIt was dark until 6:41 a.m. at 22 degrees northern latitude--Kauai--when the sun finally shook off the night and rounded our side of the earth. Rain fell. Trade winds stood at attention. One dog didn’t want to get her feet wet, and so I had to drag her, back legs stiff as 2x4s, outside for the morning walk. Then, the emails started. “Anyone have a weather forecast?” “It’s lookin’ pretty stormy down this way.” “It’s definitely Kona weather, no wind here.” “Should we cancel or just go?” “Let’s forget bikes and just go. Looks like it’s clearing.”

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  • Wailana Coffee House

    Destination: Oahu

    wailana coffee house menuIn the Hawaii Five-0 scene, Steve McGarrett sat at a booth across from a new member of his 5-0 task force at the Waikiki diner, the Wailana Coffee House. Their verbal banter aside, McGarrett was really on a stake-out. Detectives Danny Williams and Chin Ho Kelly paced the sidewalk outside, on the corner of Ala Moana Boulevard and Ena Road, in contact with McGarrett by a wireless radio ear piece. I sit across from the booth at which McGarrett sat, long vacated by the special ops lieutenant commander, of course.

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  • Passion Bakery and Cafe

    Destination: Kauai

    passion bakery signMy new favorite coffee shop is Passion Bakery & Cafe in Kinipopo Shopping Center, a two-block walk from Lae nani Resort on Kauai’s east side. But coffee isn’t the main ingredient here. Sure, there’s a blackboard of coffee offerings from lattes and cappuccinos, Americanos, espressos to plain-old drip. But the baked goods take center stage here. Starting with the aroma.

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  • Sam Choy's Kai Lanai: A Restaurant with Expansive Views of the Kona Coast

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    poke salad at sam choy's kai lanai on big islandYou know Sam Choy for his TV show. There’s also his many cookbooks. A frozen food line. A few restaurants--some long gone--and, of course, his crafty hand in creating Hawaii Regional Cuisine. If there is such a thing as a celebrity chef in Hawaii, it’s Sam. He’s won the James Beard Foundation Best Pacific Regional Chef Award. He’s friends with Chef Emeril. Sam is a big man with a big smile and big love of food. And, now, he has a new restaurant on Hawaii (Big) Island with expansive views of the Kona Coast.

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  • TSA Took My Salty Donkey Balls

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    package of donkey balls from hawaii islandAnother TSA agent inspecting some other bag leaned over, looked at the plastic bag in Clark’s hand and nodded. “Donkey balls,” she said with a knowing tone. I smiled, embarrassed—but only slightly. “Those are for my husband,” I said.

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  • Sharks, Shrimp & Pie

    Destination: Oahu

    snorkeler in water at shark's cove on oahuI convinced my co-worker Andrea to kick off a couple hours early and take me to one of her favorite snorkeling beaches—Shark’s Cove, a few miles past Waimea Bay on Oahu’s North Shore. She seemed gung ho, but when I upped the offer with dinner at a nationally-recognized shrimp truck, she was all in, as they say.

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