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  • Lychee Means Summer in Hawaii

    The plumeria trees are choke full of blossoms. Red-footed booby eggs are hatching out naked and scrawny chicks. Ticks are springing to life and chasing my two dogs. Gardenia blossoms are raiding the senses through open windows of the house. Ceilings fans are whirring. And lychee are popping up everywhere, their soft fruit encased in a thick skin.

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  • Q & A with Vegan Chef Mark Reinfeld

    Destination: Maui

    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.

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  • My February in Photos

    Destination: Kauai

    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.

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  • Poi Dog Blog: A Cowboy, Vanilla Farmer, Photographer, Philosopher, Whale & Dolphin

    cute, little poi dog named luluAsk someone in Hawaii, “What kind of dog is that?” and they’re likely to say, “Oh, I don’t know. A poi dog.” Poi dog. Also known as “mixed breed.” Or, better yet, mutt. (I like how “mutt” doubles the “t” at the end of the word, a hint at the definition—a dog with an ancestry of more than one breed.) This column—Poi Dog Blog—as I’ve decided to call it, is simply a mash-up of articles I like from the Internet, all about Hawaii and written by a variety of authors. This edition shares stories on herding cattle, a Hawaii vanilla farm, whether Hawaii is "worth it," an amazing photographer and equally amazing tale of inter-species play between a whale and a dolphin.

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  • The Proper Way to Eat Chocolate

    Destination: Kauai

    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.

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