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Pau Hana for Friday, August 15

Tasting Kauai

Tri-tip sandwich with caramelized onions, fresh salsa, green salad, chili con carne and rice. Daniel Lane Photo

Tri-tip sandwich with caramelized onions, fresh salsa, green salad, chili con carne and rice. Daniel Lane Photo

In “Original Santa Maria Style BBQ on Kauai,” in The Garden Island, catch up with the owners of Recessions Original Santa Maria Style BBQ, featuring a name that “is a nod toward the economic downturn and the family keeps prices low so people can enjoy filling meals” and refers to a style of BBQ Forbes magazine says is the “fifth style of American BBQ.”

Last week, in her On the Farm column, “Money for Moloaa,” Marta met with Moloaa farmers as they meet up with local politicians to generate funding for new irrigation systems.
This week, It’s lilikoi season! In this Sunday’s edition, learn about the purple passion fruit grown at Yoshii Farm and how to make Jean Marie Josselin’s Lilikoi Mint Chiffon Pie.
For more ideas on cooking with lilikoi, check out Marta’s article “An Abundance of Lilikoi at Kauai Glory Farms.

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Pau Hana Friday for August 8

Tasting Kauai

Scott Kessinger, Dave Power and Adam Watten in front of the bar at The Feral Pig. Daniel Lane Photo

Scott Kessinger, Dave Power and Adam Watten in front of the bar at The Feral Pig. Daniel Lane Photo

The Feral Pig celebrates their three year anniversary with a special farm-to-table dinner after their Hawaiian-style pub food gets a fine dining touch in “Freshening up the The Feral Pig,” in The Garden Island.

In the On the Farm column last week, we visited Lawai Valley Mushrooms and learned about kuditdit mushrooms.

In this week’s On the Farm, Marta meets with Moloaa farmers as they meet up with local politicians to generate funding for new irrigation systems.

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Pau Hana Friday for August 1

Tasting Kauai

Sparrow Fontura’ says children are some of Powerhouse Creamery’s biggest fans. Daniel Lane Photo

Sparrow Fontura’ says children are some of Powerhouse Creamery’s biggest fans. Daniel Lane Photo


Baby it’s hot outside, but we like to put the freeze on summertime heat with frozen desserts made by Powerhouse Creamery today in “Powerhouse Creamery puts a chill on hot, steamy days” in The Garden Island.

In last week’s On the Farm column, we gingerly visited Kolo Kai Organic Farm in Moloaa, which specializes in growing turmeric and varieties of ginger.

In this week’s On the Farm, we visit Lawai Valley Mushrooms  and learn about kuditdit mushrooms.

Tasting Kauai Guidebook

The updated version of our restaurant guidebook will be available in late September, early October. The manuscript is in the hands of our editor and Dan has been busy designing a new look. He’s color coding each zone and including scenic and chef pictures. Besides 20 new restaurants, there are quite a few additions to the guidebook. Based on reader’s requests, we have expanded each listing and we have also included tips and added a “Central” zone as well. I’m really excited about this edition and I think you’ll be quite happy with it. We’ll let you know more as we get closer.

Travel the World

Mahalo to Katherine Belarmino of Travel the World for writing about her experience on our A Taste of Kilohana food tour. She got to try food she’d never had before and took some great pictures! Check out her story at “Tasting Kauai’s Tropical Fruits and Island Cuisine on a Hawaiian Food Tour.”
“The Tasting Kauai Taste of Kilohana food tour was a great opportunity to visit a famous Kauai landmark, taste some unusual tropical fruits, many of which I can’t find in my local grocery store, learn what a good mai tai tastes like, eat a fantastic island meal, and meet some fun fellow travelers.  Everyone left full and had a great time,” writes Katherine.

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Pau Hana Friday for July 25

Tasting Kauai

Helen Lacono opens the doors to Hanapepe Cafe only during Hanapepe Art Night. Daniel Lane Photo

Helen Lacono opens the doors to Hanapepe Cafe only during Hanapepe Art Night. Daniel Lane Photo


Today in The Garden Island, we head to the Hanapepe Cafe to visit chef Helen Lacono and her family in “Evening Delight” as she returns to cooking on just Friday nights during Hanapepe Art Night.
If you’ve ever had noni, you’ll likely never forget the taste. In last week’s On the Farm column, we examined why you may want to make the pungent fruit a regular part of your diet. The benefits of noni include that it’s 75 percent as effective at killing pain as morphine, and not at all addictive. Here’s a little insight from organic noni farmer Steve Frailey into why it’s better to drink unfermented noni juice and how to make your own.
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Pau Hana Friday For July 18

Shoppers at Living  Foods Gourmet Market can buy local produce as well as house-made sauces, hot meals or fresh fish and meat. Daniel Lane Photo

Shoppers at Living Foods Gourmet Market can buy local produce as well as house-made sauces, hot meals or fresh fish and meat. Daniel Lane Photo

Tasting Kauai

Today, learn about the new owners of Living Foods Gourmet Market and what they have planned for their Poipu grocery store and cafe in “A food lover’s paradise” in The Garden Island.
In this week’s On the Farm column, if you’ve ever had noni, you’ll likely never forget the taste. You may want to make the pungent fruit a regular part of your diet. In this Sunday’s article, you’ll learn about the benefits of noni, including that it’s 75 percent as effective at killing pain as morphine, and not at all addictive.
Here’s a little insight from organic noni farmer Steve Frailey into why it’s better to drink unfermented noni juice and how to make your own.
In last week’s On the Farm column, “Bee Happy,” we explored beekeeping courses at Kauai Community College, discovered why bees swarm and learned what to do if you get stung.

Pau Hana Friday for July 4

Indy Reeves, owner of Gopal's Crepiere, also serves locally made ice cream and award-winning teas. Daniel Lane photo

Indy Reeves, owner of Gopal’s Creperie, also serves locally made ice cream and award-winning teas. Daniel Lane photo

Tasting Kauai

In today’s The Garden Island newspaper, our article “Serving more than crepes at Gopal’s Creparie in Kapaa” reports on the tasty and divine offerings at Gopal’s Creperie. The food truck, located in Kapaa, serves gluten-free crepes using organic ingredients and offering plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Owner Indy Reeves also serves award-winning teas and locally made ice cream, all at reasonable prices.
In this Sunday’s On the Farm column, we report on Williams bananas and how the mutant variety became the world’s largest export.

Happy Fourth of July!

Kauai Hospice’s 25th Annual Concert in the Sky happens from 4  p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today at Vidinha Stadium in Lihue! As the largest single day event on Kauai, more than 6,000 people are expected, so plan to get there early to get the best seats!
We’re looking forward to sampling foods from the food booths and supporting area fundraisers! All of this while watching the beautiful Anuhea perform, along with rocking bands such as The Greenstone Project, Group Therapy, Ivo Monroe Miller, Paradox Lockdown and Tsunami Taiko. In addition, there will be plenty of vendors, such as Live Laugh Aloha, offering beautiful handcrafted goods made on Kauai!
Tickets are available for $15 for adults and $7 for children 6-12 at the gate.
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On the West Side of the island, be sure to check out Kekaha’s Fourth of July celebration. The family friendly event will be brimming with cultural demonstrations, exhibits, variety of crafts, a plantation museum and lots of fun game booths and rides for the keiki.
There will be local entertainment throughout the day along with a Fun Run, contests, a talent show and much more! Of course, we are looking forward to several delicious food and beverage booths spotlighting the best foods on the West Side!
The evening culminates in a spectacular fireworks display accompanied by live music honoring of Hawaii’s finest service members. No coolers are allowed and everyone is welcome to bring a mat or chair.

Pau Hana Friday for Feb 15

The Beach House at night.

The Beach House at night.


NEWS:

The Beach House

Travel + Leisure recently announced the top 37 Most Romantic Restaurants in the United States. The Beach House Restaurant not only made the list, but was the only restaurant represented in the Hawaiian Islands. “This is a real honor for the staff, Kauai and the restaurant,” says General Manager Tim Obert.
Travel + Leisure says, “A great romantic restaurant should make you feel the way a great romantic partner does—appreciated, special, and like you’re the only person in the room.” We can’t argue with that!

Pau Hana Friday for Feb. 8

Espresso at Art Cafe Hemingway. Daniel Lane photo

Espresso at Art Cafe Hemingway. Daniel Lane photo


NEWS:

Art Cafe Hemingway

One of our favorite places to eat delicious food and drink high-octaine coffee is Art Cafe Hemingway in Kapaa. We’ll have to wait because they are on a much deserved vacation. Since this is a small family business, that means they had to close until March 2. They are in Europe to collect new ideas for culture and food! I guess we can’t feel too bad for them. Keep up with their yummy exploits on the Art Cafe Hemingway Facebook page. They’ve already posted a picture of an amazing market they went to.

Pau Hana Friday for Feb. 1

Happy Pau Hana Friday! Here's the Island Orchid at Hukilau Lanai. Daniel Lane photo

Happy Pau Hana Friday! Here’s the Island Orchid at Hukilau Lanai. Daniel Lane photo


NEWS:

Kauai Made Fertilizer for Kauai Soil

This Kauai-made fertilizer is sifted to remove bone particles, and laboratory tests show it’s completely free of E.coli. Cold processed fish maintains the integrity of amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, growth hormones, oils and proteins, and rebuilds soil while feeding plants. More nutrients are available and stay in the soil longer than chemical or heated fish emulsions, and can be applied at lower rates for equal or superior results.
Encouraging excellent plant growth, the fertilizer rebuilds the soil and diverts fish waste from our landfill. Additionally, it stimulates microorganisms in the soil which allow plants to absorb nutrients. This is critical with Kauai’s deficient soils. By promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria, it will reduce compaction and increase drainage.
The addition of 10-percent molasses adds additional nutrients and neutralizes unpleasant odors. It’s designed to be simply applied by hose; a drip irrigation using a Grow More siphon mixer; or diluted and applied by hand. One gallon properly diluted yields 17-gallons of fertilizer.