Pau Hana Friday for March 13
Happy Aloha Friday! We hope you had an exceptional week. Last Sunday, our article “Safely preserving the harvest” ran in The Garden Island newspaper. If you are a Tasting Kauai Facebook fan, you saw all of my pictures from the Hawaii Master Food Preservers class. I had a lot of fun learning how to safely preserve food and writing about it. Last Wednesday, our article “Hanalei’s Edible Opportunist” ran in The Garden Island newspaper. If you haven’t experienced one of Justin Smith’s dinners, you should. It’s great for residents who want a fun date as well as visitors who want a unique experience.
I am honored to partner once again with Kauai’s legendary chef, Jean Marie Josselin. Later this month, I’ll sign copies of our restaurant guidebook and join chef Josselin during the cooking demonstration at the Kauai Culinary Market. For more information, see the Events listing for March 26.
The Breadfruit Production Guide: Recommended Practices for Growing, Harvesting, and Handling is now available. This comprehensive 36-page guide will help growers ensure that the existing and future breadfruit crop will be used on farm, in the marketplace, or in the consumer`s kitchen. This second edition adds kitchen handling tips, nutritional information, and descriptions for three important breadfruit varieties. Grow, prepare, and eat breadfruit like a pro. Purchase hard copies of the guide (sales support the Hooulu ka Ulu project) or download the PDF. For more information, visit the National Tropical Botanical Gardens’ Breadfruit Institute website. Authors: Craig Elevitch, Hawaii Homegrown Food Network & Agroforestry Net; Diane Ragone, PhD and Ian Cole, Breadfruit Institute.
Verde Healthy Thursday
Join Verde every week for Healthy Thursday. Verde Chilaquiles ($12.99 and less than 380 calories) are made with local ingredients including NewMona Hui Farm eggs, Kauai Kunana Dairy feta cheese, Lawai Valley Mushrooms and Govinda Farm‘s kale and tomatillos. Owner Maris Manzano went through considerable effort to create a new, low-calorie, locally sourced menu item, so she’s keeping it on the menu for the entire month of March. I can tell you it’s a delicious, slightly spicy, large, guilt-free portion. The mushrooms and feta cheese add great umami flavor, the kale is fresh and earthy and the tomatillo wedges are tart. When cut into, the fried egg creates a kind of sauce. If your watching calories, you’ll wish you could get a meal like this more often!
The Feral Pig
This Sunday and Monday, The Feral Pig will celebrate St. Patty’s Day with Irish music, Irish food and Irish drinks. On tap for the occasion are Ovila Quad aged in bourbon barrels with Abbey plums; Rebel IPA from Sam Adams and Good Chit Pilsner from the Rougue Farms series.
Kilauea Town Farmers Market & Deli just added a new mild and tasty burger to their menu, made with ground antelope, bison, elk, venison, and wild boar. New items in their inventory, which is growing daily, include “Haole Boy” salsa, fresh squeezed juices, apple and pineapple crisp, and AJ’s excellent homemade chocolate chip cookies. They also expanded their line of affordable gourmet chocolates. As usual, they carry camo pants and “Local’s ” slippers. Resident Larry Kopeski’s organic sunscreen and surf wax are also now available.
Safeway Hawaii donated $104,022.47 to the Hawaii Foodbank as a result of Safeway’s “Help Us End Hunger (Every Bag Counts)” holiday food drive and Hawaii Foodbank’s “Check-Out Hunger” fundraising campaign.
Thanks to Safeway customers, more than 7,000 bags of groceries were sold at checkout stands at 21 Safeway stores across the state and donated to those in need this past holiday season. The specially packed grocery bags provided customers with an easy way to make a donation while ensuring that food bank recipients received the items they needed most. The bags, priced at $10 each, contained Safeway and Kraft Food products.
Safeway customers also donated directly to local food banks by tearing off the familiar bright green “Check-Out Hunger” coupon found at checkout stands and making a contribution.
“Safeway is proud to partner with our local food banks to help fulfill its mission of feeding Hawaii’s families,” said George Glukfeld, Safeway Hawaii district manager. “The contributions from our customers and employees continue to make a difference in providing quality, nutritional food to those in need.”
The donations from Safeway benefit food banks on each island – Hawaii Foodbank on Oahu and Kauai, Maui Food Bank and The Food Basket on the Big Island. Over the past 5 years, Safeway has donated nearly half a million dollars to Hawaii food banks. Every donation received helped feed one in seven people in Hawaii – more than 14 percent of the state’s population – who must turn to a food bank for assistance. $2,696.33 was donated to the Hawaii Foodbank on Kauai.
Nationally, Safeway and Kraft Foods donated a total of 904,151 bags of groceries to food banks and other hunger-relief centers across the country. Kraft Foods provided a special holiday gift in the form of a grant to several local food banks in each of Safeway’s U.S. operating divisions. The cash donation helped food banks provide roughly 2 million meals. Safeway is a major supporter of food banks and in total, Safeway and The Safeway Foundation donate an average of $200 million a year in grants and product donations to charitable organizations.
Makana Terrace at St. Regis Princeville
For the Month of March, St. Regis Princeville will support the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter (Kauai) with a designated table in Makana Terrace restaurant. Similar to Sheraton Kauai, 25-percent of the dinner revenues from Table 53 will benefit the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter (Kauai). For dining reservations, contact the St. Regis Princeville at 826-9644. Make sure to make dinner reservations for Table 53 at Makana Terrace, which serves dinner nightly from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. They are closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Free Green Careers Certificate Program Launches on Kauai
Roots of Kauai, a free Green Careers Certificate program, will be launching on Kauai this summer. Offering young adults aged 18 to 30 a 10-week certificate program focused on environmental literacy and career development education, the program includes a 100-hour internship in a local green business.
The new program is being launched by Malama Kauai, known for their history of successful sustainability programs on Kauai, including the Kauai Green Business Program, Kauai School Garden Network, Kalihiwai Community Garden and Permaculture Food Forest.
Kauai green businesses can get involved by hosting an intern for the summer, presenting about their business in class, providing informational interviews for students who want to learn more about their work, or hiring program graduates. The program aspires to prepare young adults for green career pathways and increase graduate involvement in continuing education, civic engagement, volunteerism and entrepreneurship, while also promoting environmental awareness and stimulating the local green economy.
Kauai residents aged 18-30 as of May 2014 are eligible to apply to the free program, which will provide a Green Careers Certificate, environmental literacy education, career development skills, connections to local employers, a hands-on resume-building internship, and career services support. Since the program is designed for students to explore career options and the green job market, students don’t need any prior experience or knowledge, or know what they would like to do for a career.
Assistance with internship program development and intern recruitment is free for all participating businesses. The program aims to build strong support systems for local businesses in the areas of organic agriculture, sustainable food production, conservation, water, energy, waste, green building, and other environmental sectors. Some of the organizations and businesses already planning to participate in the program include National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai Juice Co., Tasting Kauai, Lihue United Church Community Garden, The Outdoor Circle, Nani Moon Meadery, Kokee Resource Conservation Program, Zero Waste Kauai, and Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project, among others.
Those interested in learning more about the program can visit Malama Kauai or email [email protected]. Deadline for applications is March 15.
Friday, March 14
RumFire, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., $25
This St. Patty’s Day weekend, RumFire is hosting a Whisky and Brew Event with live music, food and a Whisky and Beer tasting. For more information, call 808-742-4008.
Saturday, March 15
Anahola Beach Park, 2 p.m., free
This Saturday at Anahola Beach Park Hale Pule is hosting an Ayurvedic MeetUp to discuss Ayurvedic recipes, cooking and eating, and how this applies to self healing through strengthening digestion. For more information or to register, click on this MeetUp link. Otherwise, meet at the green pavilion across from the beach at Anahola Beach Park. Hale Pule is offering the Getting Started with Ayurveda Online Program at no charge to two people in exchange for honest testimonials to share with others. If you eager to learn about Ayurveda and make changes toward a healthier lifestyle, send the your story and find out how you can participate.
South Africa Wine Tasting
Princeville Wine Market, 5 to 8 p.m., free
Princeville Wine Market’s free wine tasting ( Must be 21-years and older) will feature wines from South Africa. Taste Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Red Blend, Pinotage, and a special dessert wine (while it lasts). This tasting will be in conjunction with the final auction of the “Kai Ocean Art Show” by Patrick Ching. There will be music by Santiago Soto starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by music by Bryan Geiger and Emma Hagan. The wine tasting begins an hour before the art shows starts. Owner Daniel Braun is doing this with the intent to provide a window where the wine tasting is more mellow for those who wish to avoid a crowd. The art show is from 6 to 9 p.m. These are great wines and another chance to partake in Princeville’s Saturday night culture. If you have any questions, call 808-826-0040.
March 15 through 29
Prince Kuhio Celebration
Join the annual celebration as Kauai celebrates Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole’s birthday, a statewide holiday. Prince Kuhio, born on Kauai, was one of Hawaii’s most beloved monarchs. Many events are free. For more information, visit PrinceKuhio.net
Foodie highlights include:
- Monday, March 17 ~ Salt Pond Park, Hanapepe. Paakai, the art and culture of Hawaiian salt making.
- Tuesday, March 18 ~ A Royal Dinner at Plantation Gardens Restaurant. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Enjoy an array of specialty dishes, or savor a multi-course special menu offering traditional Native Hawaiian foods.
- Friday, March 28 ~ Special Prince Kuhio Birthday Celebration Luau at Smith’s Tropical Paradise, Wailua, 5 p.m. The Smith Family has been sharing the history and culture of the Wailua River Valley with visitors and kamaaina for more than 60 years. Kumu Kehai Topolinski will showcase photos and stories of Prince Kuhio and his family on the island of Kauai from 5 until 6 p.m. Several of Kauai’s eastside kupuna will also be on hand to “talk story” about local history and legends. At 6 p.m., learn of the cooking style known as kalua, at the imu ceremony before enjoying a bounty of island food and drinks and experiencing the songs and dances from Hawaii and the Pacific Rim.
This year’s event will be extra special due to the loss of the founder, Stella Burgess. Known to many as Aunty Stella, the longtime South Shore resident, community leader and director of Hawaiian culture for the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, died late on the evening of Feb. 18 night at her Koloa home with family and friends surrounding her. Here mana will infuse us all during Prince Kuhio Week.
Tuesday, March 18
Wailua Garden Share
5 to 6:30 p.m., Lydgate Beach Park, 4470 Nalu Rd, Wailua, HI
Sustainable Kauai’s Garden Share concept is simple: bring something you have, take something home you do not.
Share the bounty of your garden and bring homegrown fruit, vegetables, eggs, herbs, honey, flowers, seedlings, plants or seeds. Garden not producing? No worries. Bring homemade treasures, food, and supplies made from or for the garden or kitchen too.
Bring bags, paper towels, etc. to take things home with you. Any items remaining at the end of the event will be donated to the food pantry or community garden. Look for the table by the lifeguard stand on the beach side.
Friday, March 21
A Taste of Kauai, Yesterday and Today
Waipa, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., $115
Tasting Kauai’s north shore tour is a magical food tour that’s part luau, part agritourism and part ecotourism. Our exclusive tour takes place at Waipa, which is nestled in the Hanalei Valley and is a National Wildlife Refuge. Guests explore a vast loi (taro garden) fed by auwai, or irrigation system, that supplies water from mountain streams, and learn about significant foods, growing methods, and overall Hawaiian agricultural and land management concepts and complexes in ancient times and their transition to today. Afterwards, guests sample Hawaii’s staff of life three ways.
Lunch changes seasonally and is made with vegetables grown in on site gardens, locally sourced meat or fish, and mamaki tea with lemongrass and mint. Guests eat ohana (family) style while enjoying the beauty and breezes of Hanalei Bay. 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 Kauai, Yesterday and Today. To see pictures from previous tours, check out our Facebook photo album.
Michael Ruff at Flavors of Kukuiula
The Shops at Kukuiula, 5 to 8 p.m.
The Shops at Kukuiula is featuring Grammy nominated musician, songwriter and producer Michael Ruff at the popular Flavors of Kukuiula event.
Michael Ruff, a multiple Na Hoku Hanohano award winner has had over a million selling songs recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Huey Lewis, Natalie Cole, India Arie and many more. Some of his most notable written songs are Cry on My Shoulder made famous by Bonnie Raitt, More than You’ll Ever Know by Natalie Cole and the big hit Moved by You by India Arie.
Flavors of Kukuiula, known as Kauai’s best Pau Hana party, will serve Kauai “street style” treats prepared by The Shops at Kukuiula award-winning restaurants Merriman’s Fish House, Josselin’s Tapas Bar & Grill, Tortilla Republic, Dolphin Restaurant Fish Market & Sushi Lounge and more. The Shops retailers will also be showcasing the latest in spring fashion and unique Kauai art and gifts.
Enjoy the music and:
- An outdoor Sangria Bar with freshly prepared tapas fronting Josselin’s Tapas Bar & Grill
- Merriman’s Fish House will host a beer and wine garden in the Palm Court and serve pupus with farm fresh ingredients
- Tortilla Republic will prepare rambutan mojitos and jicama shrimp tacos
- Living Foods will be hosting a wine tasting and grilling seasonal fare
- Savage Shrimp will out serving up its famous shrimp plates, sampler style
- Lappert’s Hawaii will be hosting the All-Kauai Highschool Robotics club with their Thunder chicken coffee
- Dolphin Restaurant Lounge & Fish Market will offer samples of new items from the Fish Market as well as sushi and salads and more.
Wednesday, March 26
Cooking Demonstration and Book Signing
Kauai Culinary Market’s cooking demonstration at The Shops at Kukuiula, 5 p.m., free
Meet local legend Jean Marie Josselin, chef of Josselin’s Tapas Bar & Grill and me (Marta Lane) at a cooking demonstration during the Kauai Culinary Market. I will be signing copies of our book, Tasting Kauai: Restaurants – From Food Trucks to Fine Dining, A Guide to Eating Well on the Garden Island. Jean Marie is featured in our restaurant guidebook and he will make tapas, which everyone can sample afterward.
Twenty-two years ago, Josselin, along with 11 other chefs, brought worldwide recognition to Hawaii by creating Hawaii Regional Cuisine (HRC). Josselin won the National Seafood Challenge in 1989 and opened A Pacific Café, which was one of Hawaii’s earliest chef-driven restaurants. The late John Heckathorn wrote in Honolulu magazine that Josselin was one of the movement’s most creative chefs. Josselin’s cookbook, A Taste of Hawaii, was the first from the Hawaii Regional chefs. At one time, Josselin had seven restaurants across the state as well as restaurant 808 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Today, he is the only HRC chef on Kauai to cook at his own restaurant. This afternoon will be a special treat!
Come early because the gourmet farmers market offers farm-fresh produce as well as pies, jams, honey and baked goods from local food artisans. This is a great way to buy aloha presents that were made on Kauai. Each week during the cooking demonstration a local chef highlights Kauai grown meat, fish and produce.
Saturday, March 29
Cowboy up! Paniolo Dinner
The Green Pig, 6 to 10 p.m., $75 per person
Wear your best Western attire or denim and join the Green Pig for a four-course cowboy meal with unlimited drinks, live music and line dancing.
- First course: Sweet Maui Onion “Petals” with Sassy horseradish sauce
- Second course: “Cowboy Picnic” Sweet carrot salad, deviled egg and jalapeño pimento cheese
- Third course: Local Kauai Beef Brisket-Jake smoked with cauliflower and potato gratin
- Fourth course: Zucchini Cake “Whoopie Pie” with homemade vanilla bean icecream
RSVP by March 24. For reservations, call 808-212-5769 Limited Seating.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Join 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.