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Pau Hana Friday for February 22


Hawaiian Kukui Brand Mai Tai made with Koloa Rum. Daniel Lane photo

Hawaiian Kukui Brand Mai Tai made with Koloa Rum. Daniel Lane photo

Koloa Rum Co.

Yesterday, the Koloa Rum Company announced the appointment of Robert M. “Bob” Gunter as President and CEO, and Alicia Iverson as Chief Financial Officer.

“I am pleased and honored to have the opportunity to continue building on the remarkable growth and success that has been achieved over the past five years,” said Gunter, President and CEO. “The innovation, entrepreneurship and dedication of our employees, combined with our strong portfolio of outstanding products, give me great confidence that the Company is on a winning path. Going-forward, we will continue to develop exciting new products, expand distribution and sales in local, domestic and international markets and establish strategic relationships and alliances needed to realize our full-potential.

“Since joining Koloa Rum Company as Controller in 2008, Alicia’s business leadership, expertise and broad financial experience have greatly benefited our organization. The commitment, focus and value that she brings on a daily basis strengthen our organization measurably as we strive to reach our growth and development plans in Hawaii and beyond,” says Gunter.

Koloa Rum Company produces premium, artisanal, single-batch Hawaiian Rum at their distillery in Kalaheo, Kauai and operates Hawaii’s first and only distilled spirits Tasting Room & Company Store on the grounds of Kilohana Plantation, near Lihue. The Company’s multiple award-winning portfolio includes Premium Kauai White, Gold, Dark, and Spice Rum in 750ml and 50ml miniatures, Koloa Ready-to-Drink Mai Tai and Koloa Rum Punch. Continue Reading →


Pau Hana Friday for Nov. 30


The Rumpress made with Koloa Dark Rum. Daniel Lane photo

The Rumpress made with Koloa Dark Rum. Daniel Lane photo

Holiday Menus

Over the next several weeks, I will be posting the holiday menus for many of Kauai’s restaurants including Kauai Grill, Makana Terrace, Ilima Terrace, Nanea, RumFire, Dondero’s, and Roy’s Poipu. If you’ll be here for Christmas and won’t be making a holiday dinner, visit Tasting Kauai often. These restaurants are making delicious meals for Christmas, and the hardest part will be choosing where to go!

I’ll also be reviewing the Splash of Aloha cookbook. If you’ve ever wondered about Hawaii’s fish, their names, what they taste like, and how to cook it, this is the book. For the holidays, Watermark Publishing is offering a series of gift sets that include the cookbook, a custom dishrag and something extra, In the case of The Hawaiian Book of Rice, you’ll get a rice paddle and dishrag.

Healthy Hut

Healthy Hut is a natural foods grocery store in Kilauea that North Shore residents have been frequenting for years. The store was always cramped, but last week they just moved to a new location. It’s still in Kilauea, but is now just off the highway, makai side, on Hookui Road. We stopped in the other day and the store is a delight to walk into. Air-conditioning, spaciousness, shining hard wood floors, upbeat music and loads of Kauai Made products and local produce make it an exciting place to be. I expect the store will become very popular very soon. Look for the upcoming story in MidWeek KauaiContinue Reading →


Pau Hana Friday for Nov. 23


Garden Island Range & Food Festival

Island Breeze made with rambutan at Kalapaki Joe's Lihue. Daniel Lane photo

Island Breeze made with rambutan at Kalapaki Joe’s Lihue. Daniel Lane photo

Last Sunday, the Garden Island Range & Food Festival showcased locally grown and made food. As the farm chair, I wrote about sourcing produce for the hyper-local event last week. About 350 visitors and residents showed up and ate food that 13 farmers, 5 ranchers and Kauai Shrimp donated, and 14 restaurants cooked. Kauai Coffee was there as well as The Right Slice and Lappert’s Hawaii. Salty Wahine Hawaiian Gourmet Sea Salts were uses in some of the dishes and they donated blends for the chef’s gift bags. Aunty Lilikoi also donated variety packs for the chef’s gift bags.

Students from the Culinary Arts program at the Kauai Community College received first hand education by top chefs by helping them prepare. Two students won $1,000 scholarships and got their picture taken with the mayor. We had a display table filled with local fruit, vegetables, orchids from Orchid Alley Kauai and meat from A`akukui Ranch that we auctioned off and procees are going to the Kauai Food Bank just in time for Christmas.

It was a Zero Waste event. All the participating chefs provided biodegradable plates, forks and cups, and kids from 4H made sure guests put their trash in the proper receptacles.

“All the recyclable waste is in a pile mixed with wood chips and fungal spores,” says Joseph Dunsmoor of Zero Waste Kauai. “I am doing an experiment on how well a fungal cold compost will break down the material, especially the forks and spoons. It will all break down to arthropod manure before next year and I will share the results.” Continue Reading →


Pau Hana Friday for November 2

To those on the east coast, we offer our aloha and this Coconut Painkiller made with Koloa Rum and served at Merriman's. Daniel Lane photo

To those on the east coast, we offer our aloha and this Coconut Painkiller made with Koloa Rum and served at Merriman’s. Daniel Lane photo


Common Ground

This Saturday Common Ground is hosting a wedding ceremony and reception for a couple from Brooklyn, NY.  Originally a party of 20, they are now only traveling with nine adults and two children because many family and friends were effected by the storm. Thankfully, no one was injured, but due to the storm, folks couldn’t make travel arrangements.

As an extension of the aloha spirit from Kauai, Common Ground is waiving all cancellation and change fees and is refunding a chunk of their money. On the night of the wedding, there will be a special, intimate dinner setting to make their party seem less empty. Cheers to everyone at Common Ground, way to share that aloha spirit!

Akamai Juice Co.

Last Friday, Hot Shots and Wellness Shots from Akamai Juice Co. became available at The Garden Cafe. Now, Noni shots have been added to the Wellness & Hot shot menu at The Garden Cafe. “It’s a really great combo,” says Cas Schwabe Lutton of Akamai Juice Co. “A wellness shot or hot shot, followed by the Noni. I think they have a special price if you buy two shots. It used to be hard to find raw, organic noni nectar on island. I think the goat cheese peeps and I are the two biggest.” If anyone has organic lilikoi for sale, email Cas at

According to the website noni is: Continue Reading →


Experience Koloa Rum and Make a Gaylord’s Mai Tai

Gaylord's Mai Tai made with Koloa Rum. Click the picture for recipe. Daniel Lane photo

Gaylord’s Mai Tai made with Koloa Rum. Click the picture for recipe. Daniel Lane photo

Gaylord’s and the Koloa Rum Company have teamed up to offer a unique island experience. Every Monday and Wednesday evening you can enjoy dinner and imbibe in Gaylord’s signature mai tai made with Koloa Rum.

The rum experience begins at the Koloa Rum Company with a brief history of sugar cane, the origins of rum and fun details of production. Guests will gather in the Tasting Room for samples of award-winning rums and run-infused treats. After the tasting, you can shop in the Company store and receive 10 percent off any purchase, before being escorted to Gaylord’s.

At the Gaylord’s bar, the resident mixologist will teach guests how to crush the sugar cane and make Gaylord’s signature mai tai using Koloa Kauai Gold and Dark Rums. Following the “Rum Experience” guests will be seated at the beautiful, outdoor, open-air lanai so you can savor your cocktail in paradise.

Tickets ate $15 per person, and includes a rum tasting, Gaylord’s signature mai tai, Koloa Rum shot glass, coaster and recipe card. To make a reservation, call 808-245-9593.

Monday and Wednesday evenings. Check-in at 5 p.m. Rum tasting at 5:15 p.m., Gaylord’s signature cocktail at 6 p.m. Preferred dinner seating at 6:15 p.m.


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