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Right Place, Wong Time!

To honour one of my hosts, Alan Wong, I had to eat at his eponymous restaurant with no parking and no ocean view in an office building on the third floor at 1857 King Street in Honolulu. He’s just a block down the street from my favourite Hawaiian chef, Chef Mavro, but he runs a […]

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Girls Got Game +1

With a fascination for women’s volleyball and basketball and a team named the Rainbow Wahines, you’d think this Saturday event was going to be held in a dark, smoky sports bar. But no,  it was on the bright rooftop restaurant SHOR topping the mezzanine of the Hyatt Regency Hotel perched above Waikiki Beach. I love […]

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Another Night of Grazing

It was the third night of the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival and unlike all the others over the past three years, it was not held in or on the grounds of a hotel.  Tonight a couple dozen chefs along with close to 20 winemakers and a dozen cocktail makers were assembled on the roof […]

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Early Morning Dribbling Down my Chin

Every time I head for Honolulu, I make sure that I include a Saturday to be able to head for the KCC Farmer’s Market held on the lower slope of back-end Diamond Head. I make sure to get there at just past dawn (6:30 today) to be able to get a parking spot before the […]

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Coming up Trumped!

  It’s getting towards the sixth week on my trip over in the US with five of them in Hawaii.  Still a week to go and I’m staying in three more hotels. I just moved out of the Aqua Palms Spa which is my favorite little hotel if I have to pay, usually getting a […]

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*Blorp!* Round One of Hawaii Food and WIne Festival

  The first night of the Third Annual Hawaii Food and Wine Festival kicked off at The Modern Hotelwith 15 chefs at their stations, a dozen wine brands sampling and cocktail stands doing a roaring trade in exotic drinks   Created by uber chefs Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi to promote Hawaiian produce, supporting local farm […]

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Where the World Comes to Play… and Eat!

The three mile stretch of sand on Maui’s  West side that is Ka’anapali is one of the finest strands of sand in America. It’s where the kings and queens came to relax after a good bloodletting battle and it’s sprung out of sugar cane fields and taro plantations to become a real foodie destination. With […]

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Horny Little Things!

  After a few tablespoons of Ocean Vodka in the tasting, it was time to ease on up the road a half mile to the Surfing Goat Dairy where primo goat cheese has been made for nearly a decade.  With a sweeping driveway of palm trees in a row, you see the goats in the […]

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Napili Kai–My Slice of Paradise!

      I’m fortunate to be a guest again at Napili Kai Resort  which for 50 years has been a mecca for the discerning traveller who doesn’t want a massive hotel or chain hostelry.  It sits just like pictured above between the islands of Lanai left and Molokai at right in a secluded bay […]

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Maui Noodle Joint Gets My Stars

The buzz on Maui is for a spacious joint at the end of a circuitous industrial area drive where casual lunch is a mix of suits, yellow shirt laborers and floral kitted tourists.  Star Noodle is the creation of star chef Sheldon Simeon who honed his chops at the local culinary schools and Aloha Mixed […]

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Hi Ho Ho’oilo

  Like Amy and Dan who had migrated from Alaska and the Northwest US to escape the cold and establish Ho’oilo House, I was fleeing winter in Australia for Maui.   Ho’olio in Hawaiian for winter and this spacious six suite retreat, high in the West Maui mountains, is the perfect escape from it.   […]

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Feeding my Kona Coffee Addiction

Anyone who knows me understands that coffee is one of the few vices left for me to savor–all the great ones begin with the Letter ‘C’; think about that and make a list.  Death before decaf and self-immolation before instant, but my craving is for Kona coffee as well as that from the neighboring Ka’u. […]

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Maui and the Food Revolution

Counting down the days until the Ka’anapali Fresh Food Festival which is previewed in this fine mag Maui Time by Jen Russo http://www.mauitime.com/Articles-Cover-Story-i-2013-08-22-77540.113119-How-Events-Like-Kaanapali-Fresh-Help-Stimulate-The-Growth-Of-Agritourism-On-Maui.html

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Maui’s Mala Trifecta

Working through 3 eateries in a row in North Lahaina. Mark Ellman’s Mala first, then his Honu and at end of block, Aloha Mixed Plate.

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