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March 21, 2018

Top 10: Things I Loved About the Hilton Waikiki Beach on Kuhio

The Hilton Waikiki Beach on Kuhio is a great place for a weekend staycay!

Here are the top 10 things I loved about this hotel:
1. 601 modern, well-appointed rooms, including suites large enough for families

2. Executive Lounge (for those who book an Executive Room or have Hilton Honors Diamond Status), where you can enjoy complimentary breakfast each morning, and hors d'oeuvres each evening.
3. Great food at M.A.C. 24/7

4. Large pool
5. No reservations or fees for cabanas!

6. Live entertainment nightly

7. Pretty views - whether mountain or ocean view!
8. LBLE Lounge

9. Mini fridge and coffee maker in each room
10. Fitness Center

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March 20, 2018

Sconees Bakery

Since we were nearby, we decided to pick up some scones from Sconees Bakery.

I'm not a huge scones fan, but I've always wanted to try the scones from Sconees Bakery!

Blueberry Scone

Chocolate Chip Scone
The employee at the counter told me the Blueberry Scone was the most popular, so we got mini Blueberry Scones, as well as mini Chocolate Chip Scones.

My kids ate up the Chocolate Chip Scones, so I didn't get to try any, but I did try the Blueberry Scone, and I thought it was good!

Sconees also sells cakes, strawberry cheese pockets, manapuas, and more!

Sconees Bakery
1117 12th Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 734-4024

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Popular Japan Omiyage

When it comes to buying omiyage in Japan, it's hard not to go a little crazy buying all the cutest confections and the intriguing flavors.  Even though we can get a lot of Japanese snacks locally, it's still so much fun to go omiyage shopping in Tokyo!

Below is a list of 10 of the numerous items/brands that we brought back from our last trip - the ones that are typically the most popular.  I can't wait for our next trip to Tokyo to do more shopping!
  1. Calbee Jaga Pokkuru
  3. Meiji Milk Chocolate
  4. Daiso snacks
  5. Nissin Crisp Choco
  6. Pocky
  7. Pretz
  8. Royce' Nama Chocolate
  9. Tokyo Banana
  10. Tokyo Campanella Baum Bar

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Kaimuki Cafe

Are you mourning the closure of Cafe Laufer in Kaimuki? Well, wipe away those tears, because the cafe has re-opened, under a new name and new owner. It's now called Kaimuki Cafe, and it's chef/owner is Melvin Avecilla is offering basically the same menu items and tantalizing desserts and pastries that Cafe Laufer was known for.

Such as the Chinese Chicken Salad ...

and panna cotta.

Here's the lunch menu, which should look familiar if you've been to Cafe Laufer before.

And here are the current hours of operation as of the date of this post (3/20/18).


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March 19, 2018

Roots Run Deep - An Evening on the Farm with Vivian Howard and Ed Kenney

Last night's Les Dames d'Escoffier's Roots Run Deep event at the 18-acre Mari's Gardens, featured special guest chefs Vivian Howard and Ed Kenney.  Proceeds from the event went to the Dames who Donate Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships for education and continuing education grants for mentorships to kama`aina female applicants pursuing careers in the food, fine beverage and hospitality industries.

Vivian Howard of PBS Series A Chef's Life, is the James Beard Award-winning chef of Chef & The Farmer in North Carolina.  Her book, Deep Run Roots, was awarded Cookbook of the Year; Julia Child First Book Award; Chefs and Restaurant Award; and General Award in the 2016 International Association of Cookbook Professionals.  She cooked up a Grits with Poi, Greens & Sausage dish.  
Grits with Poi, Greens, Sausage

Chef Ed Kenney, host of the Emmy-winning PBS show Family Ingredients, has four restaurants on Oahu - Town, Mud Hen Water, Kaimuki Superette, Mahina & Sun's, and has been a James Beard semifinalist for Best Chef, West, every year for the past 5 years.  The Town Tribe offered up a DIY Grits Bowl Station with GoFarm Waimanalo Orange "Grits," Two Lady Farmers Slow Roast Park, and a bunch of toppings.

DIY Grits Bowl
The evening's menu also included:
Jackie Lau/HFM (all islands)
Smokey Chili Pepper Tomato Shot with Pipikaula

Beth Fuller/Lava Lava Beach Club (Waikoloa, Hawaii Island; Kapaa, Kauai)
Squash-Onion Smother; Squash Pickle Salad

Lee Anne Wong/Koko Head Cafe (Kaimuki, Oahu)
Ulu-Kalo Luau Stew with Coconut & Sweet Onions
Kathy Masunaga/Sweet Revenge (Oahu)
Purple Sweet Potato Maui Onion Bread with Lilikoi Butter; Ahi Poke Pie
Aletha Thomas/Monkeypod Jam (Lawai, Kauai)
Creamed Collards with Pickled Collard Stems; Lillie’s Fried Cornbread and Monkeypod Tomato Jam
Jocelyn McCann& David Passanisi/EAT Honolulu (Honolulu)
Cumin-Crusted Tilapia w/Sweet and Sour Beet Bottoms and Tops

Amy Ferguson/Ferguson Catering (Hawaii Island)
Spoonbread with Sausage Ragout

Maria Short/Short n Sweet Bakery (Hilo, Hawaii Island)
Pecan Chewy Bars

Abigail Langlas/Cake Works (Honolulu, Oahu)
Peanut, Pepsi & Bourbon Float

Michelle Karr-Ueoka/MW Restaurant (Honolulu, Oahu)
Coconut Cake
It was a lovely evening with great chefs for a great cause!

Thank you to the sponsor for the invitation.

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Red Barn Launches Weekly Sunday Farmers’ Market in Hale‘iwa

The Red Barn Farmstand will debut a new weekly Sunday farmers’ market offering the Hale‘iwa community and visitors a variety of local produce, freshly prepared foods and artisanal products. Red Barn Farmers & Friends Market Days begin on Sunday, March 25 on the Farmstand Lawn. Market hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included among the opening market day vendors are: Friends with Farms (local produce, eggs); Ho Farms (local produce, ketchup, pickles, seed packets); Jar’d Co. (cold-pressed juices); North Shore Farms (fresh produce, fried green tomatoes, grilled pizza); Roots of Hawaii (herbal teas, noni products); Sweet Land Farm (goat cheese, goat’s milk products); and Wicked Hi Slush (honey slushies). Visit the Red Barn Farmstand website for updates on vendors.

The Red Barn Farmstand will be open on Market Days for regular business, offering the Barn’s popular breakfast burritos, grilled Kahuku corn and more. A new grilled corn menu featuring innovative flavor combinations also debuts at the Farmstand this month. In addition to the Barn’s signature Hawaiian Salt & Herbs preparation, new specialty flavors include Kim Chi (kim chi aioli, chives and Hawaiian salt); Curry Spice (locally made Ka‘iulani Spices curry powder, butter, chives and Hawaiian salt); Coffee & Smoke (Ka‘iulani Spices Coffee Spice, butter and Sea Salts of Hawai‘i Kiawe Smoked Salt). Grilled corn is priced at $4 per ear or 2-for-$7 for the standard preparation, and $4.50 per ear or 2-for-$8 for the specialty flavors.

The Red Barn Farmstand, operated in partnership with Twin Bridge Farms, is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 66-320 Kamehameha Highway, Hale‘iwa, at the intersection of Kamehameha Highway and the unpaved Cane Haul Road.
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Hōkūleʻa to Sail to Hawaiʻi Island for Two-Month Visit

For the first time since bidding the famed Polynesian voyaging canoe farewell before departing Hilo in May 2014 for the three-year Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage, Hawaiʻi Island residents will have the opportunity to see and engage with Hōkūleʻa and her crew. During the March through May visit, isle residents can expect crew presentations and talk story sessions, open house canoe tours, volunteer stewardship opportunities and other family-friendly events, all free to the public.

The Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) will also be engaging thousands of public and private school students with canoe visits and hands-on educational activities custom tailored to every age that highlight wayfinding and voyaging through the lenses of math, science, conservation and culture.

Hōkūleʻa is set to sail from PVS headquarters in Sand Island, Honolulu, to Hawaiʻi Island as early as Thursday, March 22, depending on weather conditions. The first stop will be Miloliʻi where the canoe is expected to make her arrival on Sunday, March 25. The following day, Hōkūleʻa is scheduled to depart for Kona where she will be moored through the end of March. Through the month of April, the canoe will be in Hilo and finally in Kawaihae through the first week in May, after which time the canoe and crew will return to Oʻahu. Stay tuned for a detailed list of events and specific dates to be released by PVS as soon as details are confirmed. The Hawaiʻi Island visit is an official stop on Hōkūleʻa’s Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail.

“When we set out to accomplish the impossible in 2014 by sailing around this island Earth, our Hawaiʻi Island communities supported us completely so that we could succeed,” said PVS president Nainoa Thompson. “To go back and say thank you by sharing and inspiring island youth – our next generation of voyagers – that is the best mahalo and investment in our future that I can think of.”
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