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The Shops at Kukuiula Presents the 2nd Annual Poipu Food & Wine Festival

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Our Kauai Food Tour -South Shore concludes at Kauai's premiere gourmet farmers market at the Shops at Kukuiula. Daniel Lane photo

Our Kauai Food Tour -South Shore concludes at Kauai’s premiere gourmet farmers market at the Shops at Kukuiula. Daniel Lane photo


The Shops at Kukuiula and Poipu Beach Resort Association’s 2nd Annual Poipu Food & Wine Festival runs through November 12.
Similar to last year’s inaugural event, this year’s festival supports the Culinary Arts Program at Kauai Community College. Culinary skills of Kauai’s premier chefs will be showcased through demonstrations, hands-on cooking classes and food tastings. Festival guests will also enjoy Hawaiian music provided by top island artists and receive gifts and prizes from local merchants, including a free signature cookbook. 

Sam Choy’s “The Choy of Cooking” Series Kicks Off

Pumpkin Crunch, Sweet Potato Haupia Pie, and Pineapple Cheesecake. Photo by Megan Fox

Pumpkin Crunch, Sweet Potato Haupia Pie, and Pineapple Cheesecake. Photo by Megan Fox

Pumpkin Crunch, Sweet Potato Haupia Pie, and Pineapple Cheesecake. Photo by Megan Fox


Sam Choy is a Hawaii favorite – and there’s good reason. Well-known globally as a James Beard Award-winning chef, prolific cookbook author, and Iron Chef America personality, Chef Choy’s roots and passion come from the oceans and farmlands of Hawaii.

Sheldon Simeon's Filipino Feast

Uku and ulu by Simeon. Daniel Lane photo

Rodman Machado (left) and celebrity chef, Sheldon Simeon. Daniel Lane photo

Rodman Machado (left) and celebrity chef, Sheldon Simeon. Daniel Lane photo


Rodman Machado teamed up with celebrity chef Sheldon Simeon for a 5-course dinner with cocktail and wine parings. Simeon, TV host, chef and owner of Tin Roof on Maui, is a Top Chef finalist who won Fan Favorite in Season 10; has two James Beard nominations; and two Food & Wine People’s Choice awards. Machado, a farm-to-table advocate, executive chef at the Kauai Beach Resort, and winner of the 2016 Tasting Kauai Coconut Cook-off, sources from more than 10 Hawaii producers. The chefs met when Machado was a teacher and Simeon was a student at the Culinary Institute of the Pacific and both embrace their Filipino heritage for this Celebrity Chef’s Feast at Naupaka Terrace.

Free Island Nutrition Workshop for Families Offered During Spring Break

Girl Scouts learn where their food comes from by harvesting fruit with Village Harvest. Photo courtesy of Malama Kauai.
Girl Scouts learn where their food comes from by harvesting fruit with Village Harvest. Photo courtesy of Malama Kauai.

Girl Scouts learn where their food comes from by harvesting fruit with Village Harvest. Photo courtesy of Malama Kauai.

Opportunity for keiki to learn about the Hawaiian food system and enjoy healthy snacks

To celebrate National Nutrition Month, Malama Kauai is offering a free food preparation and nutrition class for keiki and their families on Tuesday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to noon, during Spring Break, at Kealia Farms’ Pavilion. Attendees will learn about whole foods, eating close to the earth, health benefits of food, and the Hawaiian diet based on the ahupuaa system – as well as making and tasting delicious snacks!

Farm to Table Events in Hawaii

Join Chef Sheldon Simeon of Tin Roof Maui at Merriman’s Fish House in Poipu on Dec. 18.

Join Chef Sheldon Simeon of Tin Roof Maui at Merriman’s Fish House in Poipu on Dec. 18.

Join Chef Sheldon Simeon of Tin Roof Maui at Merriman’s Fish House in Poipu on Dec. 18.


This blog post is sponsored by Edible Hawaiian Islands.
Two farm-to-table events in Hawaii will go toward a good cause. On Friday, Dec. 9, the Hawaii Island Paina takes place at Merriman’s Waimea with guest chef Mark “Gooch” Noguchi of Oahu. This farm-to-table culinary experience, in which Chef Noguchi of the Pili Group teams up with Merriman’s chef Vince McCarthy, is the first of two fundraisers for the Hawaii Islands Land Trust (HILT).

Hawaiian Charcuterie Workshop

Links of chipolata being made during François's 2014 workshop. Daniel Lane photo.
Links of chipolata being made during François's 2014 workshop. Daniel Lane photo.

Links of chipolata being made during François’s 2014 workshop. Daniel Lane photo.

Charcuterie is a French word for prepared meat products, which includes deli meat, bacon, sausages and pate. I was introduced to the craft in 2014, when I wrote a story called “The Pig Gig.” Ron Miller, owner and executive chef of Hukilau Lanai, invited

Canoe Plant Festival Celebrates National Farm-to-School Month

Breadfruit crudités with chive blossoms. Daniel Lane photo.
Harvesting kalo on the north shore of Kauai. Daniel Lane photo

Harvesting kalo on the north shore of Kauai. Daniel Lane photo

Malama Kauai will host a Canoe Plant Festival on Sunday, October 16, to celebrate National Farm-to-School Month. The event, which is from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., will

Winners of the Tasting Kauai Coconut Cook Off

Celebrity chef Sam Choy and two audience giveaway winners judge the Tasting Kauai Coconut Cook Off. Daniel Lane photo.
(From left) Joe Fox, Michael Young, Rodman Machado, Sean Smull, Thomas Fuquay, Ron Miller, Adam Watten, Eric Sudeth. Daniel Lane photo.

(From left) Joe Fox, Michael Young, Rodman Machado, Sean Smull, Thomas Fuquay, Ron Miller, Adam Watten, Eric Sudeth. Daniel Lane photo.

On a bright Saturday afternoon, Ron Miller strides into our cooking tent wearing a crisp white chef jacket with short sleeves. His restaurant, Hukilau Lanai, is embroidered across his left breast and a black apron with white pinstripes is tied around his waist. Michael Young, executive chef at Sheraton Kauai, pulls his ponytail from the apron strapped over his chef’s whites. Ron and Micheal shake hands as Michael Sterioff, owner of Passion Bakery, delivers bags of baguettes and ciabatta breads, still warm from the oven. As the six remaining chefs trickle in, they greet each other with smiles, handshakes and claps on the back.

Local Ingredients Used at Tasting Kauai Coconut Cook Off

Maloo (ma lo oh), or “Brown” coconuts (13 to 16 months) are fully mature seeds traditionally used to make coconut cream. Daniel Lane photo.

Maloo (ma lo oh), or “Brown” coconuts (13 to 16 months) are fully mature seeds traditionally used to make coconut cream. Daniel Lane photo.

Maloo (ma lo oh), or “Brown” coconuts (13 to 16 months) are fully mature seeds traditionally used to make coconut cream. Daniel Lane photo.


Kauai chefs will use local ingredients during the Tasting Kauai Coconut Cook Off this Saturday. To challenge them even more and open their creativity doors, the chefs will be surprised with 

Hawaii Coconut Rum Cocktail Recipe

Joey Gottesman, an Oahu-based mixologist. Daniel Lane photo.

Joey Gottesman, an Oahu-based mixologist. Daniel Lane photo.

Joey Gottesman, an Oahu-based mixologist. Daniel Lane photo.


This Hawaii coconut rum cocktail recipe features Koloa Coconut Rum, an ingredient that eight chefs will use during the Tasting Kauai Coconut Cook Off. Since Koloa Rum is celebrating their 7th anniversary this month, I’ve also included four fun-rum events that save money and will tickle your palate. Speaking of tickle, here’s the recipe.