Hawaii
Finding new treats and a new friend on Big Island, Hawaii

Finding new treats and a new friend on Big Island, Hawaii

One of our favorite restaurants on the Big Island, Hawaii, is Mai Grille by Chef Allen Hess.  The restaurant is the “Home of Bacon” cured in-house.  We invited a woman sitting by herself to join us and learned Arianna was from Sicily, Italy.  Arianna is working on her PhD in bioengineering and was on Hawaii...
Our food adventure in Wailea, Maui

Our food adventure in Wailea, Maui

Where to find very fresh fish in Maui? Miso Phat! In 2016 the restaurant was featured on Guy’s Diners, Drive ins and Dives. I was able to take a picture of owner Joy and two great sushi chefs with Guy’s signature on the wall behind them. I ate the TNT roll-shrimp tempura, crab and ahi...
Big Island, Hawaii-Coffee and Chantilly Cake

Big Island, Hawaii-Coffee and Chantilly Cake

Anytime is coffee time, and I discovered the Kona Mountain Coffee store on the Big Island.  The coffee is 100% grown and hand picked on the family’s Kona farm, then roasted in the store. I met the owner Bill Dwyer and his daughter Heather, and they are committed to producing the smoothest coffees. Chocolate candies...
Big Jake and Randy Serving Big Island Style BBQ

Big Jake and Randy Serving Big Island Style BBQ

BBQ at the roadside stand Big Jake’s in Honaunau, south of Capt Cook, Big Island, Hawaii. It’s all about the barbecue ribs, meats and chicken cooked over keawe wood by Jake.  Jake was raised on the island, cooked in many established kitchens and is a certified bbq pit master. You know its good bbq when...
The Sweet Side of Hilo, Hawaii

The Sweet Side of Hilo, Hawaii

Guava, mango and lilikoi flavors are some of the traditional Hawaiian flavors used by a classically French trained chef in Hilo, Hawaii.  Baking with butter and squeezing fresh fruit juices are the heartbeat of the kitchen. Buttery butterscotch Hilo bar Chef and owner Maria Short of Short N Sweet Bakery and Café in Hilo on...
Italian Style Dining on Big Island

Italian Style Dining on Big Island

Move over poi and luau pig. On the Island of Hawaii, Pueo’s Osteria is on the radar more than the spouting volcano. Neatly tucked away in an older Hawaiian style courtyard, the villa-like surroundings, with soft yellows and a muted green stone wall, feels like Tuscany.  It’s quite an authentic Italian atmosphere and we didn’t...
Italian Dining on the Big Island

Italian Dining on the Big Island

Move over luau pig on the Island of Hawaii, Pueo’s Osteria Italian restaurant is on the radar more than the spouting volcano. An Italian Atmosphere in a small Hawaiian village Tucked away in an older Hawaiian style courtyard, Pueo’s evokes the feeling of being in Tuscany. Reminiscent of a villa, with soft yellows, muted green...

Dining in Hawaii: More Than Poi on the Big Island

Casual island vibes are in the air as eateries bring variety to the Hawaii restaurant scene with distinct and tempting food. By MLiss A Hinshaw Kohala Burger and Taco Food in Hawaii has come a long way and is more diverse than heaping plates of loco moco and cups of pineapple whip. Of course, tourists want...
Maui Bakeries: a Feast for the Senses

Maui Bakeries: a Feast for the Senses

With map in hand, I set out to explore four bakeries to experience island indulgences and hopefully some unexpected trade winds surprises By MLiss A Hinshaw I often think of Hawaii as proud of poi and dishing out lots of fish and pineapple.  A drive around the island of Maui proved there’s lots of sweet...

Fresh catch in Tidepools restaurant, Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, known as the Garden Island, is the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain full of graceful waterfalls and the scenic Grand Canyon of the Pacific.   Fresh mahi mahi with jasmine rice in banana leaf In the southern part of the island is the town of Poipu, gently dotting the shoreline with sandy beaches, rolling...

“Peach Boy” Dessert from Honolulu

According to the myth, Peach Boy fought off monsters to save his village and this dessert was made in his honor: Vanilla mochi cake. Momotaro, (Peach Boy), has a Japanese legendary past and is the artful sweet creation of Modern’s Pastry Chef Steve Arakaki.  Thought provoking eye appeal arranged on a long narrow plate highlighting some of...

Avocados in Kona, Hawaii-Really?

  An avocado festival – in Hawaii?  I just had to give it a try. While my plane landed on the Big Island, I’d almost finished reading the airline magazine when the headline “5th Annual Avocado Festival” caught my eye. I nudged my husband and told him that Hawaii had avocados and even an avocado...