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  • What's Your Favorite Hawaii Adventure?

    ATV rider at Kualoa Ranch on OahuA few weeks ago, we conducted an informal poll on Facebook. We asked, “What’s your favorite Hawaii adventure?” 168 of our fans responded. Many of you could not make up your mind and reeled off a laundry list of your favorite adventures. We ran all those responses through our not-so-very-scientific analysis—called hand tabulating—to give you this report. Read More
  • Pancakes Hawaii-Style

    I missed National Pancake Day yesterday and, for some reason, I feel like I missed out on something. Pancakes—particularly pancakes topped with bananas and macadamia nuts—are steeped in the food culture of Hawaii. Especially topped with coconut syrup. Read More
  • It's Malasada Tuesday in Hawaii

    During Hawaii’s plantation days, in one last hoorah—so the story goes—the Portuguese community cleaned out all the butter and sugar from their cupboards and made big batches of a yeast-based dough, from which golf-ball-sized chunks were then deep-fried in oil and dipped in sugar. They shared these doughnut-like confections with everyone—neighbors, friends and family.

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  • Turning Lemons into Pie

    Take it from me, there's nothing more satisfying than making a dish with ingredients from your own yard.  Now, that doesn't mean I'm all Martha Stewart these days, because I am the first to exclaim how good those store-bought, frozen pie crusts are, and I willingly admit I made my lemon pie with just such a purchase.

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  • Shave Ice Hawaii Style

    mother and daughter enjoy shave ice in hawaiiShave ice as we know it is believed to have been invented in Yokohana,  Japan, in 1869. (Yes, 1869.) By the 1920s, shave ice was a fixture in stores throughout Japan. It only made sense, then, that as Japanese moved to Hawai'i and opened stores, they sold shave ice, as well. The frozen concoction isn't isolated to Japan and Hawaii, as many of you may know. It's found around the world. What makes Hawai'i's particularly nice, we think, is its super-fine, fluffy texture and tasty tropical flavors. Read More
  • Mead: The Beverage of Choice for Honeymooners

    Quick: Do you know what mead is?  At our last ReefCheck, Stephanie Krieger mentioned her first bottling would take place in late July.  Mead? Mead?  I let the word float in my mind. Somewhere in the deep recesses, I’d heard the word before. Maybe it had to do with medieval times. That grog that friars drank, wasn’t that it?  “What is mead?” I asked Stephanie. Read More
  • A Dash of Aloha in My Fruit

    Yesterday, I made a smoothie with banana, papaya, mango and peanut butter. I plucked the bananas from the trees we received as a gift for a few minutes of my husband’s time, and I peeled the papayas and mangoes donated to me by friends.  It just could have been the best-tasting smoothie of my life.


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  • Should You Plan an Itinerary for your Hawaii Vacation?

    I have a question for you: When you go on vacation, do you make an itinerary?  Let it be known that I am an inveterate list-maker. Thinking about what I need to do tomorrow? I make a list. In my office ready to start my day? I make a list. Going grocery shopping? If I don’t have a list in hand when I leave the house, I sit in the car and make one before I walk in the store.  Why? Because I hate it when I forget something.

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  • In Search of Fish Tacos in Hawaii

    Stefanie loves Hawai’i, and, in particular, Kaua’i.  She was here last March with her mom.  A mere 10 months later, she returned with her boyfriend.  Normally Stefanie is a quiet, somewhat shy woman, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t know what she wants.  When Eric and I invited the two over for dinner one night, I asked Stef if she had any special requests.  She didn’t hesitate.

    “Fish tacos,” she said.
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  • Kauai’s Blossoming Lotus: Closed

    First there was the banking bailout. Then, the auto. Unfortunately, no one bailed out one of my favorite restaurants on Kaua’i (or anywhere, for that matter). Blossoming Lotus closed its doors for good on New Year’s Eve.
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