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North Shore Kauai: Food As Medicine Tour

  Traditional Diet Traditional Hawaiian diets are considered to be some of the healthiest in the world. Living on a protein, vitamin and mineral rich diet that consisted mainly of poi (pounded taro root), fresh fish along with fruits and vegetables such as banana, coconut,…

Kiawe Roots to Open in Former Tortilla Republic

The Filipino trinity: tomato, onion, pork. Roots in Culture’s Lechon Kawali with crispy pork belly mixed with tomatoes, onion, shredded carrots, and roasted garlic, tossed in a chili vinaigrette.

The Filipino trinity: tomato, onion, pork. Roots in Culture’s Lechon Kawali with crispy pork belly mixed with tomatoes, onion, shredded carrots, and roasted garlic, tossed in a chili vinaigrette.

The Filipino trinity: tomato, onion, pork. Roots in Culture’s Lechon Kawali with crispy pork belly mixed with tomatoes, onion, shredded carrots, and roasted garlic, tossed in a chili vinaigrette.


The summer just got hotter on the South Side! Chef Mark Ruiz and General Manager Tricia Ruiz, owners of Roots in Culture food truck, are trading in their wheels to open Kiawe Roots. The couple, along with their cousin Chef Rodney Baptiste will open this new restaurant concept to the public on June 12.

Koloa Rum Unveils Inaugural Aged Hawaiian Rum

Koloa Rum Company’s Inaugural Kauai Reserve Three-Year Aged Hawaiian Rum is now being sold in Hawaii and will be available for purchase in California and other West Coast markets in February. Photo courtesy of Koloa Rum Co.

Koloa Rum Company’s Inaugural Kauai Reserve Three-Year Aged Hawaiian Rum is now being sold in Hawaii and will be available for purchase in California and other West Coast markets in February. Photo courtesy of Koloa Rum Co.

Koloa Rum Company’s Inaugural Kauai Reserve Three-Year Aged Hawaiian Rum is now being sold in Hawaii and will be available for purchase in California and other West Coast markets in February. Photo courtesy of Koloa Rum Co.


Hawaii’s award-winning Koloa Rum Company has announced the launch of its first-ever Kauai Reserve Three-Year Aged Hawaiian Rum.

Artfully crafted in single-batches at its Kalaheo distillery, Kauai Reserve is made from the finest Hawaii sugar cane and fresh island water that was slowly filtered through volcanic strata before reaching vast underground aquifers. Kauai Reserve is carefully aged for a minimum of three years in select American white oak barrels and contains no added sugar, color or other ingredients.

Coconut’s Fish Cafe Opens in Kapaa

Inside Coconut's Fish Cafe. Photo courtesy of Megan Fox.

Inside Coconut's Fish Cafe. Photo courtesy of Megan Fox.

Inside Coconut’s Fish Cafe. Photo by Megan Fox.


Last week there was a grand opening of Coconut’s Fish Cafe, the chain’s first location on Kauai, and they’re open now to the public. The restaurant’s decor is bright and fun (the surfboard tables are too cute), and a fast-casual ordering and seating style, which makes it a great option for a quick lunch.

Sam Choy Cooking Demo at Koloa Landing Resort

Sam Choy, internationally renowned television personality and restaurateur, will share his culinary secrets, while preparing family-style signature cuisine and hosting a talk story event. Photo courtesy of Sam Choy.

Sam Choy, internationally renowned television personality and restaurateur, will share his culinary secrets, while preparing family-style signature cuisine and hosting a talk story event. Photo courtesy of Sam Choy.


Koloa Landing Resort announces the first annual “Choy of Cooking” with Sam Choy on Friday, October 20 at the Holoholo Grill. The internationally renowned television personality and restaurateur will be sharing his culinary secrets, while preparing family-style signature cuisine and hosting a talk story event. Guests will be treated to an evening of entertainment, education and endless memories with a legendary local personality. At the end of the night, guests can take home personalized recipe cards of Chef Choy’s favorites to continue the culinary adventure at home.

New Kauai Food Tour Guide

Katherine Smithers at home on Kauai – photo courtesy of Katherine Smithers


Tasting Kauai’s new food tour guide is Katherine Smithers. We have been training her for two weeks and tomorrow she’ll be guiding her first solo tour. She will run two tours every week and Dan and I will guide one. Katherine tells me she relocated to Kauai to be closer to family and work on sustainable farming/perma-culture projects with the goal of owning a farm and growing all of her family’s food. She brings a passion for food, a welcoming attitude and experience to our food tours. She’s a perfect fit for us, but I’ll let her tell you more!
My name is Katherine and my husband, Roel Faber, and I have recently made Kauai our home! I grew up in

Family Ingredients Hosted by Chef Ed Kenney Premieres This Summer

Family Ingredients is a new culinary travel TV series that tells these unique stories by tracing the origins of a Hawaii dish to its roots around the world. Not quite a documentary, not quite a cooking show, Family Ingredients is a joyful ode to farmers, food producers and families.

Hosted by acclaimed Oahu chef and sustainability hero Ed Kenney, the story begins in the Hawaiian Islands, where big things are happening in the state’s dynamic culinary scene. Beautifully filmed, Family Ingredients showcases Hawaii’s small town communities, diverse cultures, and exhilarating experiences that cross the Pacific Ocean.