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Pau Hana Friday for July 25

Tasting Kauai

Helen Lacono opens the doors to Hanapepe Cafe only during Hanapepe Art Night. Daniel Lane Photo

Helen Lacono opens the doors to Hanapepe Cafe only during Hanapepe Art Night. Daniel Lane Photo


Today in The Garden Island, we head to the Hanapepe Cafe to visit chef Helen Lacono and her family in “Evening Delight” as she returns to cooking on just Friday nights during Hanapepe Art Night.
If you’ve ever had noni, you’ll likely never forget the taste. In last week’s On the Farm column, we examined why you may want to make the pungent fruit a regular part of your diet. The benefits of noni include that it’s 75 percent as effective at killing pain as morphine, and not at all addictive. Here’s a little insight from organic noni farmer Steve Frailey into why it’s better to drink unfermented noni juice and how to make your own.
We’ve had folks inquire about where to find us online. We’re on Twitter at @TastingKauai and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TastingKauai. Be sure to check Tasting Kauai’s Pinterest page!

Celebrating 80 years of Bloody Marys at the St. Regis Princeville Resort

“I have been working for five months on this project which starts this Sunday,” Franck Desplechin, executive chef of the St. Regis Princeville wrote to me in an email. “Bloody Mary celebrates 80 years. It was created in 1934 in New York and now is a part of the St. Regis brand. There are 31 St. Regises around the world so there will be 31 different Bloody Marys. The St. Regis Monarch Beach decided to do a one night event and we decided to celebrate for one week! I will fly to Honolulu next Tuesday to talk about it on Hawaii News in the morning. I’m pretty exited!

Pau Hana Friday For July 18

Shoppers at Living  Foods Gourmet Market can buy local produce as well as house-made sauces, hot meals or fresh fish and meat. Daniel Lane Photo

Shoppers at Living Foods Gourmet Market can buy local produce as well as house-made sauces, hot meals or fresh fish and meat. Daniel Lane Photo

Tasting Kauai

Today, learn about the new owners of Living Foods Gourmet Market and what they have planned for their Poipu grocery store and cafe in “A food lover’s paradise” in The Garden Island.
In this week’s On the Farm column, if you’ve ever had noni, you’ll likely never forget the taste. You may want to make the pungent fruit a regular part of your diet. In this Sunday’s article, you’ll learn about the benefits of noni, including that it’s 75 percent as effective at killing pain as morphine, and not at all addictive.
Here’s a little insight from organic noni farmer Steve Frailey into why it’s better to drink unfermented noni juice and how to make your own.
In last week’s On the Farm column, “Bee Happy,” we explored beekeeping courses at Kauai Community College, discovered why bees swarm and learned what to do if you get stung.

Pau Hana Friday for July 11

Tasting Kauai

Eggs Benedict at Birdie's Cafe. Daniel Lane photo

Eggs Benedict at Birdie’s Cafe. Daniel Lane photo


In today’s The Garden Island newspaper in our article, “Say hello to Birdies” we visit Birdie’s Cafe, located at Kukuiolono Golf Course in Kalaheo. We were pleasantly surprised to find really good Eggs Benedict.
In this week’s On the Farm column, we will explore beekeeping courses at Kauai Community College, discover why bees swarm and learn what to do if you get stung. Look for it this Sunday in The Garden Island.
Last week’s On the Farm column,  “Go Bananas,” we visited the family-owned Kikala Farm in Kalaheo and learned about Williams bananas and how the mutant variety became the world’s largest export.

SNAP / EBT Program Available at Kauai Farmers Markets

Sunshine Farmers Market in Kapaa. Daniel Lane photo

Sunshine Farmers Market in Kapaa. Daniel Lane photo


Malama Kauai, in partnership with the County of Kauai’s Office of Economic Development, will provide access for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to shop at select Kauai sunshine markets through their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system starting on Monday, July 7, 2014.
SNAP participants will be able to exchange funds from their EBT card for “Kauai Cash” tokens which will allow them to purchase eligible food items at authorized vendor booths identified with an “EBT Tokens Accepted Here” sign at their booth. These tokens serve as the official form of currency for purchases within the program. All others, including the former wooden ones, will not be accepted. Look for the “Get Your Tokens Here” sign identifying the Malama Kauai EBT booth at the following markets:

Pau Hana Friday for July 4

Indy Reeves, owner of Gopal's Crepiere, also serves locally made ice cream and award-winning teas. Daniel Lane photo

Indy Reeves, owner of Gopal’s Creperie, also serves locally made ice cream and award-winning teas. Daniel Lane photo

Tasting Kauai

In today’s The Garden Island newspaper, our article “Serving more than crepes at Gopal’s Creparie in Kapaa” reports on the tasty and divine offerings at Gopal’s Creperie. The food truck, located in Kapaa, serves gluten-free crepes using organic ingredients and offering plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Owner Indy Reeves also serves award-winning teas and locally made ice cream, all at reasonable prices.
In this Sunday’s On the Farm column, we report on Williams bananas and how the mutant variety became the world’s largest export.

Happy Fourth of July!

Kauai Hospice’s 25th Annual Concert in the Sky happens from 4  p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today at Vidinha Stadium in Lihue! As the largest single day event on Kauai, more than 6,000 people are expected, so plan to get there early to get the best seats!
We’re looking forward to sampling foods from the food booths and supporting area fundraisers! All of this while watching the beautiful Anuhea perform, along with rocking bands such as The Greenstone Project, Group Therapy, Ivo Monroe Miller, Paradox Lockdown and Tsunami Taiko. In addition, there will be plenty of vendors, such as Live Laugh Aloha, offering beautiful handcrafted goods made on Kauai!
Tickets are available for $15 for adults and $7 for children 6-12 at the gate.
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On the West Side of the island, be sure to check out Kekaha’s Fourth of July celebration. The family friendly event will be brimming with cultural demonstrations, exhibits, variety of crafts, a plantation museum and lots of fun game booths and rides for the keiki.
There will be local entertainment throughout the day along with a Fun Run, contests, a talent show and much more! Of course, we are looking forward to several delicious food and beverage booths spotlighting the best foods on the West Side!
The evening culminates in a spectacular fireworks display accompanied by live music honoring of Hawaii’s finest service members. No coolers are allowed and everyone is welcome to bring a mat or chair.