Archive for May, 2013

The Tasty, Attractive Plant That’s Killing Hawaii’s Forests

It’s delicious. It’s beautiful. It’s… a menace.  Strawberry guava has a sweet flavor and an attractive reddish hue, but it’s also one of the most widespread invasive species in Hawaii. Brought to the islands from southeastern Brazil in 1825, strawberry guava has been wreaking havoc on our delicate ecosystem in myriad ways. According to the […]

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Two Luaus to Take Your Breath Away

In a recent post, we debunked four myths surrounding the Hawaiian tradition everybody thinks they know but few understand – the luau. Now, we turn our attention to two luaus that are doing it right.  Both of these Maui-based events embrace the ancient cultural roots of the celebration while maintaining the chief ingredients we’ve all […]

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Luau: Myth vs. Reality

When you think of a luau, you think of a beach party.  You think of a pig roasting on a spit over an open fire and served steaming hot with an apple in its mouth. You think of traditional Hawaiian dances, of well-toned men and women in leis and grass skirts shaking, shimming, and stomping […]

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Malasadas: The Original Doughnut Hole

The next time your sweet tooth has a hankering for doughnuts, forget Krispy Kreme.  Instead, head to Leonard’s Bakery and order the malasadas – deep-fried balls of delicious dough topped with a generous sprinkling of sugar. Hard on the outside and soft on the inside, malasadas are the original doughnut holes. Only better. They’re not […]

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Island Slippers Gives New Meaning to ‘Island Style’

“A man cannot make a pair of shoes rightly unless he do it in a devout manner.” — Thomas Carlyle The kind of almost religious, quasi-mystic dedication to craft Carlyle advocated encapsulates sandal-maker Island Style’s philosophy. Since its founding in 1946, the local manufacturer and retailer has designed and produced sandals that speak to the […]

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An Exclusive Food & Wine Fest in Kapalua

All festivals, regardless of purpose, put everything and everyone you want in one location. You get what you want, when you want it. You don’t have to wait, say, for your favorite bands to roll through town, because a good music fest will have booked them – just hopefully not at the same time. Hey, […]

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Lucky for Chinatown, There’s Lucky Belly

There’s a place in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle called Boom Noodle, where foodies, hipsters, and cocktail enthusiasts mix and mingle with the kind of ease brought on by an adventurous menu and a slick yet comfortable atmosphere. It also helps that the ramen is amazing. Lucky Belly has similar aims.  Based in up-and-coming Chinatown, […]

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Maui Goes on a Java Jag

Say the word “Kona,” and coffee drinkers the world over swoon. Grown in the Kona District on the Big Island, its rarity and high-price attract a particularly discerning type of coffee consumer – one who appreciates quality and is willing to pay for it. But Kona coffee isn’t the only player in the Hawaiian coffee […]

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