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Archive: Mar 2015

Chez Panisse Dinner at Common Ground Kauai

Mark Magiera and Jennifer Sherman will be joining Common Ground Kauai for two Chez Panisse dinner events this weekend, on March 27th and 28th, at Kitchen Table at Common Ground. Seating is very limited and the menu will differ for both nights, so make reservations as soon as possible.  Reservations on both nights are available at 6 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 6:45 p.m.  Call or text or email Jen at the information below.

Look for Hanai to Open in Kapaa

Hapu Crudo with Hawaiian sea bass, cucumber, yellow cherry tomatoes, coconut and two types of passion fruit seeds. Daniel Lane iPhoto

Hapu Crudo with Hawaiian sea bass, cucumber, yellow cherry tomatoes, coconut and two types of passion fruit seeds. Daniel Lane iPhoto


This Friday and Saturday will be the last time Hanai serves their food as a pop up restaurant. Since January, owners Adam Watten and Collin Darrell have set up inside Java Kai and served 24 unique tasting menus handcrafted with 100 percent local ingredients. I see the guys on Wednesdays during my farmers market tour, their cooler full of seasonal produce. They also work directly with local farms such as Kauai Roots Farm Co-op, Kauai Farm Connection and Sheldonia Farm. The shrimp, beef, lamb and fish they serve are raised on Kauai or caught off Kauai’s shores.

Wailua Shave Ice

Ginger Aid (left) and Coconut x Coconut x Coconut x (right). Daniel Lane photo

Ginger Aid (left) and Coconut x Coconut x Coconut x (right). Daniel Lane photo

Three reasons why I love living on Kauai are that our small island community is charming and supportive, and we have excellent shave ice. Our friend, Will Lydgate of Steelgrass Chocolate Farm, tells Dan about a new favorite: Wailua Shave Ice. It sounds so good, we leave our upcountry home in Kapaa and drive down the hill to the corner of Kuhio Highway and Nui Street, near Paradise Beauty Salon & Spa. A bright red wagon is parked in an unused lot where a view of the ocean is just out of reach and children’s laughter charges the tropical air.

Roy Yamaguchi's New Restaurant in Poipu

There are 20 Roy’s Restaurants in the continental United States, six in Hawaii, one in Japan and one in Guam.

There are 20 Roy’s Restaurants in the continental United States, six in Hawaii, one in Japan and one in Guam.


There’s a new restaurant on Kauai in Poipu. Culinary pioneer Roy Yamaguchi joins a line-up of Hawaii’s top chefs including Peter Merriman and Jean-Marie Josselin at The Shops at Kukuiula. The addition of Eating House 1849 will add to the list of The Shops at Kukuiula’s award-winning restaurants: Merriman’s Fish House, Josselin’s Tapas Bar & Grill, Tortilla Republic Grill + Margarita Bar and Dolphin Restaurant, Fish Market & Lounge.

Slow Food Kauai

Artist Andrew Gorton.

Artist Andrew Gorton.


I am in the process of restarting the Slow Food Kauai chapter, which is part of an international 501c3 that protects and preserves how food gets to our collective table. I thought I’d write a blog post and invite you to be a volunteer, board member, donate or sign up for a membership.

Kealia Farm Market, A New Farmers Market in Kapaa

Chung Li sells just harvested produce. Photo by Marta Lane

Chung Li sells just harvested produce. Photo by Marta Lane


This February, Kealia Farm Market opened by showcasing farmers who grow on a 40-acre property known as Kealia Farm. Besides just harvested produce, this market offers fish caught off Kauai’s shores as well as taro products such as poi, cooked corms, pie and laulau. Since all of the farmers are from one farm, founder Adam Asquith is not calling it a farmers market, rather it’s a farm market. Located across from Kealia Beach, behind the Kealia Post Office, you’ll see a red wagon and shortly thereafter, a parking lot on the left. The market is open every Monday and Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. When designing the market, Adam wanted to create something by the community for the community. The hours accommodate people who work during the day and m Kapaa residents volunteer their time to promote and manage the market.