Posts tagged "Hawaii"
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...
Clucking about Fried Chicken in Hawaii

Clucking about Fried Chicken in Hawaii

Hawaii makes one think of pineapples and poi, but who would have thought a gas station makes delicious and crispy fried chicken in paradise. Minit Stop food counters are located inside Ohana gas stations throughout the Big Island and Maui. And they are nothing like the convenience stores I know with hot dogs rotating around...
My Maui Dining Favorites

My Maui Dining Favorites

First stop on Maui from the airport is Star Noodle. Fine Asian/Fusion and always freshly prepared. Vietnamese crepe, Kalbi short rib and steamed pork buns. One of my regular restaurants when visiting Maui and I haven’t found another crepe like this, which brings me back to Maui. Time after time, I’ve passed Frida’s Mexican Beach...
Mac Nuts and Ice Cream on the Big Island, Hawaii

Mac Nuts and Ice Cream on the Big Island, Hawaii

Back in the 70’s, Hamakua Macadamia Nut Co. owner Richard decided Hawaiian Macadamia nuts needed to continue to grow on the island and limit the importation of nuts. His business, Hamakua Mac Nut Farm, processes and sells 100% Hawaiian nuts. The visitor center is full of flavored nuts, popcorn, chocolate and coffee-all nutty and packaged...
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...
Big Island Poke Contest Preserves Hawaiian Culture

Big Island Poke Contest Preserves Hawaiian Culture

Poke, Hawaiians will tell you, is pronounced Po-kay, ending with an “e” and not pronounced as if its spelled poki.  With that in mind, I was ready for the annual poke competition in Waikoloa, Big Island, and an event of the Hawai’i Island Festival.  First I had to make my way past a royal guardsman...
South Point on the Big Island

South Point on the Big Island

If you want to get into a lively discussion with a fellow traveler, ask where the southernmost part of the USA is located.  Many areas claim this special recognition, but at 19 degrees latitude, South Point beach on the Big Island takes the pineapple.  Known as Ka Lae, it’s a National Historic Landmark District commerates...
Growing Chocolate in Hawaii

Growing Chocolate in Hawaii

Hawaii the state of scenic sunsets, gorgeous beaches, and chocolate?  Yes, the “food of the Gods” is grown on the Big Island near the fertile lands where coffee and avocados abundantly grow. A bit south of Kona, in a lush tropical setting with sweeping views of the ocean, sits the gardens of the Original Hawaiian...
Kona Chips, my favorite potato chips

Kona Chips, my favorite potato chips

My favorite potato chips are Kona Chips, made on the island of Hawaii and near Captain Cook. The mom and pop company began making the chips in the back yard and once retired, the new owner moved to a building and kept the chips as the best on the island. It’s the extra thick slices...
Big Island, Italian Style

Big Island, Italian Style

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 right out of Tuscany.  It’s quite an authentic Italian atmosphere and...
Honoring Hawaii and special people

Honoring Hawaii and special people

The Hawaii Food and Wine Festival spotlights sustainable foods on the islands and showcases their foods to make Hawaii a culinary destination not just a beautiful location. Chef Roy Yamaguchi (Roy’s) has a passion for educating culinary students and the festival places students next to a well known chef since not all students can go...