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  • Maui "Sides" Trip Report

    One of my rules of travel is to never eat at a place where I can eat at home. So, last week, I found myself at Home Maid Bakery within 15 minutes of landing at OGG—Kahului Airport on Maui. I’ve found some favorite eateries throughout my years of traveling the Hawaiian Islands. Here’s a list of those haunts I managed to frequent on Maui last week.

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  • The Amazing Sweet-Tooth-Satisfying Goodness of Breadfruit Pie--without the Sugar High

    lilikoi breadfruit pie by pono piesI met John Cadman at the Breadfruit Festival on Kauai in early September. He was wearing a vintage aloha shirt, rubber slippahs, and a recently-woven lau hala hat to keep the sun off his pale face. “In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a little haole,” he said, using the common word in Hawaii for “white person.” “And here I was introducing breadfruit to Hawaiians at Kamehameha Schools.”

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  • It's All about the Birds and the Beer at Maui Brewing Co.

    We’re sitting at a community table at Maui Brewing Company on a Friday evening. The restaurant is full with people flowing out the front door, jockeying to add their names to a waitlist. The crowd surprises me. The Kahana Gateway Center is a mild-mannered shopping center at the northwestern end of Honoapiilani Highway in West Maui—beyond the scene of Lahaina, beyond the energy of Kaanapali. Read More
  • Maui's Great Banana Bread Taste-Off

    heart-shaped rock at maui blowholeOne of the first rules of travel writing is if everything goes swimmingly on a trip, you’re dead in the water. So, how do you make a story about the most benign topic--banana bread--interesting? I mean, what can go wrong with banana bread? Read More
  • My Love Affair with Lahaina

    lahaina waterfront at sunsetThis is one of the things I love about Lahaina: the depth of the place. You cannot walk down Front Street without running into it. The town has history. It oozes from the break wall running in front of the wooden storefronts. It seeps from the rock and coral Masters’ Reading Room, built in 1834. Read More
  • 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
  • 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
  • Q & A with Vegan Chef Mark Reinfeld

    vegan chef mark reinfeldAfter participating in a vegan cooking workshop on Maui last December, I seem to be a new woman--the kind who cooks. Now, don’t think that means I spend all day, every day in the kitchen. I still find myself sitting at my desk writing as the sun sets behind the Kalalea, the mountain across the street. Many evenings, I return from a trek checking on Laysan albatrosses to find my husband has prepared a meal. My transformation—and it is that—is due to another man: Mark Reinfeld. 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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  • Earth Day 2011

    Underwater photograph of reef fish courtesty of NOAAToday is Earth Day. This weekend, as usual, thousands of people will head to the beaches around the Hawaiian Islands. Mahaulepu on Kauai. Haleiwa Beach Park on Oahu. Kaanapali on Maui. Kahaluu Beach Park on Big Island. Most will walk the shoreline or wade into the water. Many will slip snorkel masks over their faces to explore life under the lip of the ocean’s surface. Some will kayak, canoe, surf or sail. A few will participate in the many beach clean up days scheduled to coincide with Earth Day. Read More
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