Hawaii Chocolate Festival 2016

Posted on October 12, 2016 by admin
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    It's that time of year again - Chocolate Festival! Today, I went and picked up a whopping 10 pounds of dark chocolate from Manoa Chocolate. For this year's Chocolate Festival, I will be making some Hawaiian Style S'mores, with Coconut Marshmallow Creme, Dark Manoa Chocolate, Graham Cracker Tartlet, Hawaiian Grown Cacao Dusted.   Manoa Chocolate Hawaii is a self-proclaimed bean-to-bar company. Besides sourcing quality beans from around the globe, they also use local cacao beans, thus drawing attention to premium products manufactured on the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaii is the only state in the U.S that grows cacao. Cacao trees produce beans, roasted beans become cacao nibs. Manoa Chocolate Hawaii then crafts them into delicious dark chocolate bars. This event is presented by Special Events Hawaii in celebration of the state the Department of Agriculture's "Hawai`i-Grown Cacao Month". This sweet celebration takes place on Saturday, October 15, 2016, in the Ward Village Courtyard. Event hours are Saturday from noon... Read more

14th Annual Taste of Kick Start

Posted on September 10, 2016 by admin
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Another Year, Another Kick Start On September 4, I was happy to be a part of the Taste of Kick Start for another year in a row. This is a gala put on by Kick Start Karate, a nonprofit founded in 1994 by then Assistant Chief of Police Lee D. Donohue and Mrs. Amy Abe, an Educator from Waipahu High School. The mission statement of the organization is: "To provide alternative activities to combat anti-social youth gang membership in a welcoming environment while encouraging positive changes and enhanced quality of life with all participants through building leadership skills and a sense of empowerment, resulting in more productive citizens, and ultimately, a healthier society." Youth who are enrolled in the program are required to practice karate, as well as maintain an acceptable grade average.  The Taste of Kick Start is a fundraiser with food booths, beverages, and a silent auction. All proceeds go to benefit Kick Start's goal of keeping youth off the streets.  My wife Suni put her name down for some delicious smelling 100% K... Read more

21st Annual Mealani’s A Taste of the Hawaiian Range – A “Meat”-ing of the Minds

Posted on September 06, 2016 by admin
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I'm fortunate enough to again be participating in the Mealani's A Taste of the Hawaiian Range. This is event is held at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the beautiful island of Hawaii.  Everything really is bigger on Big Island - the hotel is so expansive you can take a tram or boat ride to get from one end to another. Each chef is assigned to prepare a whopping 100 pounds of a specific cut of pasture-raised beef, and in year's past, I've gotten mutton and wild boar. This year I got grass fed beef short ribs. I'm preparing it with a smoky taro pureed mash, with a sea asparagus (or maybe cucumbers as a substitution, as Kahuku Farms is currently out) poke "salad" - probably the closest thing you'll get to a salad at this meat-lover's event - and a luau leaf demi glaze. In addition to enjoying expertly prepared beef sirloin, lamb or Rocky Mountain Oysters (a colorful name for bull’s testicles) attendees can taste samples at local food booths and learn about sustainability and agriculture in Hawaii. There will also be the yearly... Read more

For the Love of Mangoes

Posted on August 27, 2016 by admin
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I had tried several times before but the last time I was determined to make it work. For two and a half years I struggled. I moved my little mango tree around the yard like it was a piece of furniture. My soil is sandy and probably has too much salt being close to the ocean. Mangoes like sandy soil but have a low tolerance for salt. In the end I had to accept I wouldn’t be picking any mangoes from my backyard. I love mangoes. There is a lot you can do with mangoes. Mangoes are great for old favorites like mango bread or as a nice flavor twist for many familiar recipes ranging from salsa to chutney. When I think of mangoes though, what comes to my mind is just the fruit. Nothing beats dicing and scooping out chunks of fresh luscious mango. It’s one of those lucky we live Hawaii moments. Throwing Down at the Mango Festival June through August is peak mango season and recently I had an opportunity to join in on a couple of mango themed events. The Mango Throwdown is part of the annual Mangoes at the Moana Festival. Now in its eighth year, the festiva... Read more