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3rd Annual RumFest at RumFire Poipu Beach

Pele’s Passion at RumFire. Daniel Lane photo.

RumFireExteriorSheraton Kauai Resort celebrations National Rum Day with their 3rd Annual RumFest at RumFire Poipu Beach.  The event is Friday, August 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the resort’s open-air Ocean Courtyard. There will be a variety of rums, island music from Pono Breez and Pure Harmony and locally inspired plate lunches from Starwood Kauai. The cost of entry is free, and the event is open to all ages. Patrons must be 21 or older for the rum tasting.

Feral Thee Well

Owners, Scott Kessinger (left) and Dave Power (right) at The Feral Pig. Daniel Lane photo

Owners, Scott Kessinger (left) and Dave Power (right) at The Feral Pig. Daniel Lane photo

We are very sorry to announce that The Feral Pig is closing for good on July…

Hawaii Pineapple Season

With tender and low-acid flesh,
Sugarloaf pineapple almost ready for harvest. Image © Daniel Lane

Sugarloaf pineapple almost ready for harvest. Image © Daniel Lane

Everyone wants a fresh Hawaii pineapple and now is the time to get one, because it’s the height of pineapple season. I was reminded of this during our sunrise beach walk as hubby and I walked past two young girls who were standing with their faces absorbed in their smart phones. Tucked between them on the sand sat a small pineapple about the size of my husband’s fist. On Kauai, pineapples are no longer commercially grown on a large scale. Kilohana Plantation grows on about 1-acre specifically for their Luau Kalamaku as well as Gaylord’s, the onsite restaurant. You can purchase fresh Kauai grown pineapples at mom-and-pop stores such as Banana Joe’s Fruit Stand and Living Foods Market. They’re also sold at road side stands, but mostly you’ll find them tucked along shaded tables at Kauai farmers markets.

Ahi Lele Fire Show at Common Ground Kauai

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Canapés made of fresh ahi and Kauai Shrimp. Image copyright Daniel Lane.

Canapés made of fresh ahi and Kauai Shrimp. Image copyright Daniel Lane.

Destination Events Hawaii adds the new Ahi Lele Fire Show to their catering and special event roster. The event, which occurs every Wednesday evening, is billed as “Hawaii’s only exclusive fire show and Polynesian culinary experience.” Upon arrival, everyone gathers in the former dining room of The Garden Cafe to chat and sip Hawaii made craft brew, or cocktails made with local spirits. The Ocean Vodka Refresher is made with free-pressed summer fruit juice, such as mango and pineapple, and a splash of seltzer. Keeping with the fire theme, and served throughout Kauai’s sizzling summer, the Koloa Rum Citrus Uahi is served with a smoke-infused ice cube and includes house

Westin Princeville's Executive Chef

Seafood Bruschetta with fresh fish, shrimp, clams and scallops in a lemon butter sauce. Image ©2015 Daniel Lane

Seafood Bruschetta appetizer ($17) with fresh fish, shrimp, clams and scallops in a lemon butter sauce. Image ©2015 Daniel Lane

Seafood Bruschetta ($17) with fresh mahi and opah, shrimp, clams and scallops in a lemon butter sauce. Served with grilled focaccia. Image ©2015 Daniel Lane


“My grandma was a health freak,” says Melanie Von Sell, executive sous chef at Nanea, The Westin Princeville’s premiere restaurant. “There was no salt. No sugar. You ate the rainbow. Grandpa taught me that food could be fun and a privilege. After we finished all of our vegetables, he would take us on a walk and we would end up at the ice cream store. It was our little secret. Grandma never knew.