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  • Breadfruit: Food of the Future

    sign reads caution falling breadfruitLike fashion, food comes in and out of style. Take the coconut. Once considered a novelty drink of the tropics, coconut water has shed its husk and is now packaged in sleek, 14-ounce bottles, selling for $3.50 a pop. If Diane Ragone has her way, the next food to rise from the ashes of changing cultures and tastes will be breadfruit. What’s more is it just might curb world hunger along the way.

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  • World-Class Food Festivals for Hawaii

    Hawaiian. Japanese. Chinese. Fillipino. There are many cultures that make up Hawaii today. German. Portuguese. Puerto Rican. And as each culture migrated to Hawaii over the years, they brought with them their favorite foods.

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  • Food Photography? Are You a Nuisance?

    hawaiian vanilla pupuIn my three-year-old blog post, I acquiesced to the food photography trend by taking my own and allowing that the act of photographing food was akin to photographing a beautiful Hawaiian sunset or Hawaiian monk seal snoozing on the beach. It captured a moment in time. It served as a keepsake. It recorded a special moment. But hot dogs? Read More
  • Sam Choy's Bounty of Breadfruit Recipes

    a smiling sam choy with a breadfruitWhile we’re on the subject of ‘ulu—breadfruit—I thought I’d share Sam Choy’s recipes from the Breadfruit Festival. He was so generous about handing them out that I doubt he’d have a problem with me posting them here, but, if you do, Sam, let me know, and I’ll pull them down.  Read More
  • Discovering Breadfruit on Big Island

    breadfruit roasting on grillOne not-so-rare discovery that I made yesterday along Kauai's Mahaulepu coastline was breadfruit. This discovery came after a weekend on Big Island enjoying the Breadfruit Festival, where I discovered 1) numerous tasty ways to eat breadfruit; and 2) an ancient agro-forest once ran a full 1/2 mile wide by 18 miles long growing--seat belts low and tight, people--breadfruit.

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  • Guest Blogger: Keryn Means Satisfies Her Pregnancy Cravings

    keryn means with camera"Normally, when we visit Hawaii, beaches are the first things we research. Not this trip. The number of dog-eared food pages in my guidebook was higher than my sunscreen SPF rating. Such is the life of a pregnant woman on vacation." Guest blogger Keryn Means shares her cravings from Hawaii (Big) Island.

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  • A Garden Basket of Farm Stories

    Bags of lettuce greens at Hawaii's farmers markets.A couple weeks ago, I toured Kahuku Farms on Oahu’s North Shore. While I was on Oahu, I also noshed my way through Kapiolani Community College’s Farmers’ Market on a Saturday morning, eating a spiral of sweet potatoes and taro on a stick. (Not deep-fat, batter-fried!) Read More
  • Sam Choy's Kai Lanai: A Restaurant with Expansive Views of the Kona Coast

    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. Read More
  • TSA Took My Salty Donkey Balls

    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. Read More
  • No More Shark's Fin Soup

    Scratch shark’s fin soup off the menu. It was bound to happen. Either the restaurants would run out of shark fins themselves, because certain shark species are near extinction. Or our society would wake up and say, “No more.” The latter happened. A year ago, then Governor Linda Lingle signed a bill into law that made the possession, sale, trade or distribution of sharks and shark parts—that is, fins—illegal.

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