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Tasting Kauai Coconut Cook Off at the 2016 Coconut Festival

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Tasting Kauai Coconut Cook Off
Saturday, Oct. 1
12:30 to 4 p.m.
Kapaa Beach Park
Free admission

Add one part Top Chef, one part Chopped, and one part Iron Chef, and you’ve got the Tasting Kauai Coconut Cook Off. The event is the first of its kind, and debuts at this year’s Coconut Festival.

Eight of Kauai’s top chefs will use coconut as well as some of the island’s best ingredients to prepare dishes for five judges, and you could be one of them!

Canoe Plant Bingo and BBQ

There are nearly 30 canoe plants, including turmeric. Daniel Lane photo.
There are nearly 30 canoe plants, including turmeric. Daniel Lane photo.

There are nearly 30 canoe plants, including turmeric. Daniel Lane photo.

On Saturday, September 10, from 5 to 8 p.m., Malama Kauai will host a Canoe Plant Bingo and BBQ at Hanai Market, located in the old Kojima Store in downtown Kapaa. Proceeds will benefit the Farm-To-School Lunch Program at Kawaikini Public Charter School in Lihue.

Bingo cards are a $1 donation, and participants can win prizes such as gift certificates, jewelry, activity passes and more from local businesses including Kauai Beer Company, Hawaii Reef Guides, Olympic Cafe, Oasis on the Beach, Studio Barre & Soul, Kauai Marriott Resort, Aloha Aina Juice Cafe and much more. Locally sourced food will be prepared by Hanai’s culinary team, including Chef Adam Watten.

Annual Hawaii International Tropical Fruit Conference

Scott Sloan (left), president of HTFG Kaua‘i, and Ken Love, president of Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers and vice president, Kona chapter, American Culinary Federation. Daniel Lane photo

Scott Sloan (left), president of HTFG Kaua‘i, and Ken Love, president of Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers and vice president, Kona chapter, American Culinary Federation. Daniel Lane photo

The 26th Annual Hawaii International Tropical Fruit Conference is September 30-October 7, starting at the Kauai Beach Resort and then traveling to Oahu, Molokai, Hilo and Kona for mini-conferences. Geared to farmers, educators, orchard managers and proponents of sustainable agriculture, the eight-day event is presented by the statewide Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers (HTFG) and open to the public.

Kauai’s Best Bartender 2016

Dark & Stormy, Koloa Style with Koloa Rum will be featured on this month's A Culinary Romp Through Paradise. Daniel Lane photo
Dark & Stormy, Koloa Style with Koloa Rum will be featured on this month's A Culinary Romp Through Paradise. Daniel Lane photo

Dark & Stormy, Koloa Style with Koloa Rum. Daniel Lane photo

Starting tonight, RumFire Poipu Beach and Koloa Rum Company are on the hunt for Kauai’s Best Bartender. In the contest’s second year, the island’s food and beverage industry professionals have been challenged to showcase original Koloa Rum-based cocktails for the chance to earn the title and the $4,000 grand prize. The runner up will receive a $1,000 second prize, both courtesy of Koloa Rum. Over the 15 weeks of the single-elimination tournament, contestants will go head-to-head each week by creating an original cocktail with a mystery ingredient. A winner will be named Kauai’s Best Bartender in the final round on Friday, November 18.

2016 Westin Princeville Charity Golf Tournament

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

The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas announced its 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Sunday July 17, 2016Over the past 8 years The Westin Princeville has been able to raise over $300,000 for Kauai charitable organizations. Please help by

Taste of Hawaii 2016

Taste of Hawaii will be held on Sunday June 1, 2014 at Smith’s Tropical Paradise. Daniel Lane photo

Listening to music at the Taste of Hawaii. Daniel Lane photo.

Listening to music at the Taste of Hawaii. Daniel Lane photo.


For 28 years, the Rotary Club of Kapaa has hosted the Taste of Hawaii. The fundraiser benefits many things including scholarship programs for students; Kanuikapono Music Festival; youth programs; programs for the homeless and hungry and Kapaa/Wailua refurbishing projects. This year’s event takes place on

Sunday June 5
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Smith’s Tropical Paradise

Big Island Chocolate Festival

Chocolate comes from cacao pods. Daniel Lane photo

Beans in the cacao pod are soft, sweet, and a little tart. Daniel Lane photo

Beans in the cacao pod are soft, sweet, and a little tart. Daniel Lane photo


The Big Island Chocolate Festival is in its fifth year, and the gala’s theme is Lavalicious-A Chocolate Salute to the 100th Birthday of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Indulge in both savory and sweet temptations prepared by top chefs and chocolatiers while watching award-winning Chef Donald Wressell of Guittard Chocolate Company, sculpt one of the largest volcanoes ever created in fine chocolate. Culinary stations will be judged on their depiction of the popular park, plus a host of “best” culinary categories such as savory, plated dessert, bon bon, bean-to-bar, Hawaiian cacao and People’s Choice.

Liquid Farm Winemakers Dinner

Destination Events Hawaii will host the Liquid Farm Winemakers Dinner. Presented by Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants Hawaii and the team of Kitchen Table in partnership with Nikki and Jeff Nelson, from Liquid Farm Winery. Friday, March 18th 2016 6:30 p.m. Arrival; 7 p.m. Dinner Kauai Raised Clams and Shrimp, Zucchini, Big Island Heart of Palm, Chardonnay Nage ~ 2014 La Hermana Chardonnay, Santa Maria…

Kauai Garden Party and Earth Day

Dr. Adam Asquith mixes amendments with volunteers in the Kawaikini PCS school garden. Photo courtesy of Kawaikini.
Dr. Adam Asquith mixes amendments with volunteers in the Kawaikini PCS school garden. Photo courtesy of Kawaikini.

Dr. Adam Asquith mixes amendments with volunteers in the Kawaikini PCS school garden. Photo courtesy of Kawaikini.

Malama Kauai is hosting a Garden Party at Kawaikini Public Charter  School, a Hawaiian immersion school in Lihue, on Saturday, February 27. The public is invited to join parents, teachers, students and others from the community to enhance the garden for the education and health of the students.