Pau Hana Friday for April 4
Happy Aloha Friday! We had an exceptional week and hope you did too. Last Sunday, our article “Crunch time with carrots” ran in The Garden Island newspaper. I hope you get a chance to try the recipe and if you can use Kauai Juice Company’s kiawe-aged balsamic vinegar, all the better.
We didn’t have a story in the Wednesday edition. TGI is going from two food writers to one and there was a miscommunication. Our last story will be in this Wednesday’s edition before our “Tastes of Kauai” column gets moved to Fridays TGIFriday pullout. We’ve cooked up some tasty stories and we appreciate you sticking with us!
Speaking of stories. It’s been eight weeks since Round One: Battle of the Bulge ran in Kauai Midweek. We started working out on Jan. 15 under the guidance of trainer Jane Riley. Despite some backsliding, we have lost a combined 16.1 pounds and 5.25-inches from our waists. Dan lost 11.5 pounds and 2-inches and I lost 4.6 pounds and 3-inches. Tomorrow we go to Colorado for a family reunion and when we get back, well be under a new Kauai Athletic Club trainer Brett Gold. The second article with Brett will run in TGI this May.
Label GMO Foods in Hawaii
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Kilauea Agricultural Park Complex
The Kilauea Agricultural Park Complex agreement was unanimously approved during Thursday’s County Council meeting. Malama Kauai, the Kilauea Agricultural Committee and the Kilauea community will work together to develop this 75-acre parcel over the coming months and years.
“We commend the county on making good on a 31-year promise,” said Kilauea Agricultural Committee representative Yoshito L’Hote. “It’s a day to celebrate as we can now demonstrate the community and county working together to create opportunities to beautify our island.
The plan is to provide diversified agricultural opportunities to small scale farmers, as well as the creation of community resources, such as a 4-acre renewable energy park, a 3-acre compost and recycling facility, a community garden, and farm incubator program. The park will also be the new home to the Kilauea Sunshine Market.
Malama Kauai Executive Director, Keone Kealoha, will discuss further information with interested parties during the April 9th Kauai Farmers Union meeting in Anahola at the Anahola Clubhouse, 6pm. “This is a project for the community, by the community,” says Kealoha. “We’re encouraging community input and interest, as well as support and engagements in the areas of fundraising and administration.”
Malama Kauai is not new to land stewardship. The group established the Kalihiwai Community Garden, co-founded the Kalihiwai Permaculture Food Forest, created the Kauai School Garden Network, and will be managing the County Office of Economic Development’s EBT/SNAP program for five farmer’s markets this year.
Kealoha continues, “Our organization and projects are growing rapidly. It’s inspiring to see the community become increasingly invested in our local food security while caring for the aina. ”
First Saturday at Old Town Kapaa
The first Saturday of every month is celebrated in the oldest district of Kapaa. It’s a night when galleries reveal new exhibits, bands play on nearly every street corner and restaurants and food trucks offer specials and dancing. Tomorrow, Paco’s Tacos House will crank Latino dance music with D.J. Alben Rivera, and turn the front parking lot into a dance floor while the hungry crowd eats “The Molcajete.” The blend of beef, chicken and shrimp with nopalitos (cactus), plump Mexican-style scallions and jalapeños, bathed in green chile sauce is served in a molten-hot stone molcajete, with rice, beans and tortillas. Two brothers who workout at our gym, fire up the Santa Maria, a wood-burning grill that produces exceptionally smoky meat. The event has become so popular, that parking became tricky. This month, a designated parking area is located at 4451 Lehua St., on a 3-acre spot next to Restore Kauai and Specialty Lumber. Cost to park in the lot is $3
Kauai Community College
Fine dining menu for April 8 – 10
This week features “Lotus Fire,” the first of four group project menus created by students in Chef Instructor Mark Oyama’s Practicum class. Fine Dining is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday with two seating’s at 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. For reservations, call 808-245-8365.
- Beef Pear Salad- Grilled New York Steak, Poached Pears, Arugula, Feta Cheese, Almonds, Red Wine Vinaigrette
- Roasted Beet Salad- Red and Yellow Beets, Frisee, Whipped Goat Cheese, Quail Eggs, Asian Vinaigrette
- Kabocha Pumpkin Soup- Roasted Kabocha, Crab Cake, Balsamic Honey Swirl
- Thai Lamb Shank- Lamb Shank, Baby Bok Choy, Thai Style Steamed Puto, Braising Reduction * $25
- Glazed Chicken- Marinated Stuffed Chicken, Asian Style Rice, Lilikoi Teriyaki Glaze, Haricot Verts, Grape Tomatoes * $22.50
- Squid Ink Pasta- Fresh Pasta, Seafood Medley, Saffron Tomato Cream Sauce *$21.50
- Stuffed Shiitakes- Shiitake Mushrooms, Vegetable Tofu Egg Stuffing, Couscous, Crispy Pork Belly, Hoisin Sauce *$20.50
- Truffle Stuffed Malasadas- Chocolate, Coconut and Lilikoi Truffles and Sauces, Chocolate Covered Strawberry
- Tropical Trio- Panna Cotta, Mango Sorbet, Pineapple Shave Ice
- Chai Thai Flambé- Homemade Chai and Thai Ice Cream, Bananas Foster
KCC is currently sold out for the remaining four weeks of service, but there is a waiting list if you’re interested in making reservations.
The culinary program is a student learning environment and situations arise where mistakes take place. The students understand that this is part of the process for them to acquire necessary skills to prepare them for their career in the culinary industry.
Dietary concerns should be brought to their attention at the time of reservations.
Verde Healthy Thursday
Join Verde in April for Healthy Thursday. This month, it’s a tasty and filling Burrito Bowl. It’s less than 380 calories and made with Makaweli Meat Company’s grass-fed beef, lime rice with Moloaa cilantro, local avocados and cherry tomatoes. Tasting Kauai, Verde and Kauai Athletic Club are working together to promote healthy lifestyle choices. Answer a health related question posted every Thursday on Tasting Kauai’s Facebook page and you could win a $20 gift certificate to Verde.
Sustainable Kauai Meetups
This month, Sustainable Kauai’s Meetups include:
Kilauea Monthly Garden Share
Tuesday, April 8, 5 p.m.
Malama Kauai Food Forest
5545 Kahiliholo Road
Wailua Monthly Garden Share
Tuesday, April 15, 5 p.m.
Lydgate Beach Park
4470 Nalu Road
Unwasted – Movie Night and Discussion
Wednesday, April 16, 6 to 8 p.m.
Kauai Community College
3-1901 Kaumualii Highway
Surfrider Beach Clean up at Donkey Beach
Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m.
Donkey Beach, located 7/10 of a mile north of mile marker 11 on Highway 56.
Kapaa, HI 96746
Sheraton Kauai Resort’s “You Dine, We Donate” program continues its mission to raise funds for local charities by naming Kauai Independent Food Bank as its beneficiary in April. All net food and beverage proceeds at RumFire Poipu Beach’s Table #53 will be donated to the The Kauai Independent Food Bank for the month-long fundraiser.
Koloa Rum Company
Congratulations to Koloa Rum Company! They sent their first shipment of rum to La Gourmandine Rhumerie in France. Santé!
Kauai Beer Company
The Kauai Beer Company is very excited to have a new food truck at its Truck Stop Thursday on April 10. Gopal’s Creperie are making their first appearance and will offer a departure from much of the usual fare on Thursday. They will be paired with one of the brewery’s food truck mainstays, The Green Pig. The brewery opens at 3PM and trucks arrive right around 5PM and start serving shortly thereafter.
Wednesday, April 9
Kauai Farmers Union
Anahola Clubhouse, 6 p.m.
The Kauai chapter of the Hawaii Farmers Union invites you to a locavore community potluck, celebrating local food and the family farmers that produce it. This is a networking event that will focus on the Kauai effort to promote localized food production, legislative topics important to Kauai ag, and an opportunity to socialize with other farmers and foodies. Special guests to be announced.
If you can’t make it, the Kauai Farmers Union gets together on the second Wednesday of each month to celebrate local food and the family farmer.
Contact Ray Maki at 808-634-5412, Kauai/Hawaii Farmers Union United
Thursday, April 10
5 to 7 p.m., Kauai Community College, Office of Continuing Education and Training, room 105
The Kauai chapter of the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers will host Richard Ebesu, who will give a workshop on growing papayas. Membership to HTFG is $35 annually.
Friday, April 11 – Saturday, April 12
8th Annual Orchid and Art Festival
Friday 1 to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The 2014 Kauai Orchid and Art Festival promises to be better than ever, with new artists and events on the main stage at the Hanapepe Hawaiian Congregational Church. Click here for event and workshop listings.
Saturday, April 12
A Taste of Kilohana
Kilohana Plantation, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., $115
A Taste of Kilohana is an exclusive, guided food tour that offers a seasonal slice of Kilohana Plantation. Our tour includes an off-the-menu, three-course, locally sourced meal that’s served in the Private Dining Room of Wilcox Mansion. Tasting Kauai donates a portion of the proceeds to the Kauai Branch of the Hawaii Food Bank.
Our unique tour begins with a ride in a open-air train through the 105-acre orchard which has more than 50 varieties of exotic fruit trees. Guests disembark and feed wild boar, goats and chickens and stroll through the orchard with Kai, Kilohana’s expert in local agriculture. After picking and eating exotic fruit, sit and relax as Kai demonstrates how to select and prepare tropical fruit, then taste the best of Kilohana in a super-fresh fruit salad.
After a short tour of the historic Manor House, guests learn how to make Gaylord’s signature Mai Tai with fresh-pressed sugarcane and lime juice inside Mahiko Lounge. Meet Gaylord’s executive chef Todd Barrett while he explains the day’s preparations and enjoy a three-course, locally sourced lunch in the Private Dining Room. Proceeds from this tour benefit the Hawaii Food Bank – Kauai Branch, help to restore native plants and preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian culture through education. To make reservations, visit A Taste of Kilohana. To see previous tours, check out our Facebook photo album. For a complete list of tour dates, check out our Kauai Culinary Tours Calendar.
Kauai Nursery & Landscaping, 9:05 a.m., free
Learn how to care for and multiply an anthurium collection. Enter to win a 4-inch anthurium. For more information, visit KN&L’s website.
Lost World + Blue Agave Reveal Party
aFeinberg Gallery Poipu, 6 p.m.
Kauai photographer Aaron Feinberg will reveal to new images: Lost World and Blue Agave. To celebrate, he will serve pupus, local craft beer and wine. Live music by Jordan Walters and Milo Matthews with performances throughout the evening. For more info please email info @ afeinberggallery.com. COLLECTOR ONLY VIEWING 5PM
Monday, April 14
Friends of Harmony Harwell Fundraiser
Hukilau Lanai, 6 p.m., $40 (cash purchases appreciated, but not required)
- Buffet Dinner
- No-Host Bar
- Silent Auction
Hukilau Lanai seeks to help their dear friend and employee Harmony Harwell, who has very recently been diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer of lymph tissue, which requires extensive treatment. This illness has struck her family very unexpectedly and with no preparedness. Over the coming months Harmony will undergo chemotherapy and radiation therapies rendering her unable to work. Harmony is in need of financial help to deal with daily expenses and upcoming medical bills. The owners and employees of Hukilau Lanai are reaching out to find support for this spirited and community active young woman, and are asking for your assistance. Hukilau Lanai’s fundraiser will donate 100 percent of profits to Harmony. If you are able to donate a service, gift certificate (no alcohol included), or item for the silent auction we would be most grateful. Donations can be mailed or picked up upon request.
Tickets on sale now at Hukilau Lanai, call 808-822-0600
Thursday, April 17
Agriculture Grant Information Session and Market Development
Kauai Community College OCET Room, 3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture Market development Branch is coming to Kauai to do a grants workshop at KCC. “The hope is that we can use this opportunity to better connect to the agriculture producers and those who work to prepare proposals for agriculture grants throughout the year,” says Michael Opgenorth, Agricultural Development Division, Hawaii Department of Agriculture. For more information, email [email protected]
FOR FARMERS/NON-PROFIT or FOR-PROFIT ASSOCIATIONS/INTERESTED PARTIES
No cost to attend, however, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED before day of the event!
- 9 to 9:30 a.m. ~ Welcome and introduction of Market Development
- 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. ~ Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
- 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. ~ Sponsorship and Product Promotion Program
- 10:45 to 11:00 a.m. ~ Question and Answer
- 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ~ One-on-one grant proposal development
Meet the HDOA Agriculture Development Division staff and ask how we can help you. Attendees can expect to discuss:
- Different funding sources
- Proposal preparation – what challenges do you face?
- Reporting and grant requirements
- Joining the contact list for all future programs and updates
Friday, April 18
A Culinary Romp Through Paradise
Various locations in Kapaa, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., $140
Tasting Kauai’s Culinary Tour offers an intimate glimpse into the Garden Island’s culinary scene. We start with a farm tour and sample exotic fruit grown on Kauai. At the Kauai Marriott Resort, we join executive chef Guy Higa for an outdoor cooking demonstration and gourmet, four-course lunch made with Kauai grown ingredients. We conclude this food tour with cocktails at Oasis on the Beach. After a short presentation by Jeanne Toulon about award-winning, small-batch Koloa Rum, mixologist Joel Downs will handcraft two cocktails.
To make reservations, visit A Culinary Romp Through Paradise. To check out previous tours, visit our Facebook photo album. Chef Higa donates proceeds from his portion of the tour to the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen and Tasting Kauai donates proceeds to the Kauai Branch of the Hawaii Food Bank. For a complete list of tour dates, check out our Kauai Culinary Tours Calendar.
Saturday, April 19
19th Annual Garden Fair
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Kauai Community College, free
Special all day farmers market with all day garden talks, educational demonstrations, government and non-profit resources for your farm or home garden, keiki activities by 4-H and school gardens, ono local foods and plate lunches all day.
On Saturday morning the Kauai Community College front lawn will spring to life with gardeners, suppliers, garden lovers and consumers there to shop the wide variety of plants, landscape products and equipment, and to find out the latest gardening information and tips. Hosted by Kauai County Farm Bureau and University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources (CTAHR), the annual Kauai Garden Fair is one of the largest gatherings of green thumbs on Kauai and a great way to share the bounty of the island firsthand. This event is in its 18th year and continues to grow.
This one-day, free event begins with a “one-stop shop” for the garden, where a wide variety of tropical plants, flowers, produce and seeds will be available for purchase representing farmers, nurseries and organizations from around the island. This is an opportunity to network with organizations that assist gardeners and agriculture, stroll through the many information booths to learn what’s new and swap tips. Or learn about upcoming classes to garden – from novice to expert.
Sunday, April 20 ~ Easter
Easter Breakfast Buffet, 7:30 to 11 a.m., $19 adults, $10 children 12 and under
- Cold Selections: Assorted cereals, fresh fruit salad, baked pastries
- Hot Items: Scrambled eggs, bacon, link sausage, sweet bread French toast, biscuits and gravy, Portuguese sausage, country style potatoes
- Omelet Station: Omelets cooked to order with your choice of bacon, ham, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, spinach and cheese
- Juice and coffee bar
Reservations recommended, call 808-742-7534
Monday, April 21
Earth Day with Hoouluwehi
Kauai Community College, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This year more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day. People of all nationalities and backgrounds will voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its protection. Hoouluwehi — The Sustainable Living Institute of Kauai at KCC is sponsoring an Earth Day Celebration which includes:
- Sustainability and Health Education
- Cultural Demonstrations and Performances
- Open Mic Event
- Musical Entertainment
- Prize Drawings
- Food and Craft Vendors
Tuesday, April 22 – Earth Day
Healthy Hut Backyard BBQ
Healthy Hut, Kilauea, 2 to 5 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day with Healthy Hut and hang in their backyard. Meet local vendors, sample healthy products, free giveaways and more. There will be store-wide sales and raffle for gift baskets. Event will benefit Kilauea Elementary and the family of Keith and Sam Mitzel.
For the last three years, Malama Kauai has hosted an event called EarthDay Rising on the beach at Waipa on the weekend closest to Earth Day (April 22). This will be their fourth year, and it will take place from Friday, April 18 through Sunday, April 20th, 2014.
The weekend includes a 3-day campout, a Waipa workday, live music, DJ’s, local food and workshops that build community knowledge exchange around aina stewardship and homesteading techniques. This is an ohana centered event that welcomes and includes children as an integral part of our community.
Any funds not needed for hard costs and expenses will go towards our projects like the Kauai School Garden Network, the Kauai Food Forest, the Kalihiwai Community Garden, the Kilauea Agricultural Park and Hawaiian Charter School Food Program.
There is a cost associated with camping which helps to compensate Malama Kauai and Waipa for the use of toilets, showers and overnight site management. The charge is $50 per adult with children under 12 free. Use the link below to obtain your camping tickets for the weekend. Camping is limited to 100 adults on a first come first get basis. Click here for camping permits.
For more information call or visit:
Wednesday, April 23
Hukilau Lanai, 6 p.m., $60 (includes tax and tip)
In celebration of Earth Day, Hukilau Lanai will hold their 5th Annual Earth Dinner. It’s a chance for the public to dine with the farmers as Hukilau shows appreciation of their work. The 5-course dinner features local food, music, “Earthy” cocktails and green wines, which are available for purchase. For reservations, call 808-822-0600.
Farmers Market Tour
Wednesdays, 3 to 4 p.m., $30
Meet local farmers, learn how to select perfect produce as well as when it’s in season and how to cook with it during Tasting Kauai’s one-hour farmers market class. Farmers markets are an affordable way to immerse yourself in local culture and the best place to buy produce that’s so fresh, it was harvested that morning. But buying at the farmers market doesn’t always insure that it was grown on Kauai. It happens all over the world. In Hawaii, customers want mangos year-round. In Colorado, they want tomatoes in May. To make that sale, vendors buy imported mangoes or tomatoes and sell them as their own. Becoming familiar with growing seasons insures your dollars are spent on local produce.
There’s a whole world of delicious produce that many people never try. Let’s face it, some of it looks like it came from another planet. Once unfamiliar produce is demystified and cooking tips are shared, it may become a regular at dinner table. Many factors can make exotic produce expensive and the last thing you want to do is buy a pineapple that isn’t at peak perfection. This class will also teach you how to tell when produce is ripe as well as how to store it for best results. To make reservations, visit our Farmers Market Tour page.
Hanapepe Friday Night Festival and Art Walk
Hanapepe Town, 6 to 9 p.m.
Every Friday evening, Old Town Hanapepe bustles with people. A dozen art galleries stay open late and local crafters sell their wares. There’s also stilt walkers, classics cars, live music and entertainment. The Right Slice sells fresh-baked pie by the slice or whole. Midnight Bear Breads makes pizza fresh from a wood-burning oven. Aloha Spice Company serves samples of their Hawaiian sea salt and spice blends on grilled chicken. These spices quickly add fantastic flavor without a lot of calories and make wonderful gifts of aloha.
Haole Girl Island Sweets sells a variety of hand-made butter croissants, including grilled chicken and portobello mushroom seasoned with Aloha Spice Company blends. Other croissants are filled with local fruit, nuts, honey or vegetables. Samples are given just outside the parking lot, in front of the darling Aloha Spice Company building. Call 808-335-6469 for more information.
Kapaa Art Walk
Old Town Kapaa, 5 to 9 p.m.
On the first Saturday of the month hundreds of people party in Old Town Kapaa. The street is filled with the sounds of laughter and music, smells of delicious local food, and the work of Kauai artists. In front of the Dragon Building, Anni Caporuscio (owner of Small Town Coffee and Blue House Booksellers) sings to a three-piece band which includes a guitar player, drummer and washboard player. Art Cafe Hemingway and Java Kai open a new exhibit and serve food late. The Buttery hosts jewelers and other Kauai Made jewelry is available throughout.
A designated parking area is located at 4451 Lehua St., on a 3-acre spot next to Restore Kauai and Specialty Lumber. Cost to park in the lot is $3.
Art Walk at Kukuiula
The Shops at Kukuiula, 6 to 9 p.m., free
Enjoy an enchanting evening of fine art, fine dining and live music under the stars at The Shops at Kukuiula the second Saturday of each month. Highlights include:
- Scott Hanft Photography for a relaunch and book signing of Kauai Edge: A Photographic Portfolio. Award winning photographer Scott Hanft captures rare moments on the Garden Island over 24 years, often from unique angles, and using the best modern print mediums.
- RED KOI invites you to join Kauai plein air artist Jim Ingham for live painting. Jim brings his distinct touch to Kauai’s most loved places and its remote settings capturing the essence of the Garden Island. His New Works feature Hanalei Bay by Moonlight, this Winter’s exciting Surf and a Lazy River through the Taro Fields. Linger over his newest collection and meet the artist at this vibrant gallery.
- Take part in the artists’ reception at galerie 103 for PRINT Paper + Sandbox – a new exhibit to examine traditional and contemporary printmaking. Works challenge conventional limits and technique from H.C. Westermann, Jean Cocteau, William T. Wiley, Ivan Lackovic, Tom Lieber, Kathleen Afair Brown, Roberta Griffith, Sally French, Bruna Stude and Wayne Zebzda. Open until May 3rd.
- Experience the beauty of Kauai brought to life by award-winning plein air artist Jenifer Prince, painting live on site at Halelea Gallery. Spotlighting the Art of Hawaiian Living, Halelea features a unique collection of one-of-a-kind original fine art by Hawaii artists, Hawaii fashion design and locally handcrafted jewelry.
- Discover the award-winning work of Aaron Feinberg at aFeinberg Gallery. From the heights of Kokee and the cliffs of Napali, to secret waterfalls and beaches in between, Aaron can typically be found seeking out spectacular scenes and serene moments hiking and exploring Kauai’s pristine natural environment.
- March is waves, whales, sun, and surf month at Palms Gallery. The exquisite Paradise Collection created by more than 20 local artists will inspire discerning collectors and casual buyers to acquire original artwork and remember beautiful Kauai.
- Extend your evening for a sophisticated night out in Poipu. Dining options include Merriman’s Fish House, Josselin’s Tapas Bar & Grill, Tortilla Republic, Dolphin Sushi, Living Foods and Lappert’s Hawaii. Plus, enjoy jazz outdoors by Hank Curtis and Steve Dubey and Latin rhythms by Manuel Mendes and Cary Valentine.
Kilauea Art Walk
Stone Building, 5 to 8 p.m.
Join more than 20 artisans on the last Saturday of the month at the Stone Building in Kilauea Town. There’s live music, original art, hand-made apparel, jewelry, photography, custom slippers, painted glass bottles, ice cream and unique creations. Face painting henna tattoos. Stop by Kilauea Fish Market for dinner.
Photos for this blog post were contributed by Daniel Lane of Pono Photo.