Begin Your Hawaii Exploration at Bishop Museum

Before you take off to look at the I’olani Palace or the Pali lookout, or even Wai’kiki beach, your  next visit to the Hawaiian Islands should begin at Oahu’s Bishop Museum. Learn about the Royal lineage, the flora, fauna and ocean life, the everyday life of chief or commoner, the mele and chants, foods, medicines, culture, navigation by the stars and a working volcano display. The new Pacific Hall is a collections of all of the various nations and islanders that share the Pacific Ocean.
Long a favorite place to start an exploration of Hawaii for akamai (smart) visitors and a place to teach island keiki (children) about where they live, Bishop Museum appeals to locals and travelers alike.

With many exhibits of Hawaiian history, artifacts, paintings and kahili of Hawaiian monarchs, flora and fauna, and an extensive Polynesian collection, the study […]

Read More
By |September 15th, 2014|Categories: Destinations, Featured, Hawaii, Museum, Oahu, See and Do|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Ka’anapali Fresh Festival 2014

What a glorious celebration Ka’anapali Fresh Festival  is of  the relationship between Maui farmers, fishermen, ranchers and chefs.  For three days the agriculture, seafood and ranching community ( there are 800 farms on Maui) is brought to the forefront  as talented island chefs create an abundance of flavorful, fresh pupu, dishes, deserts and drinks at Ka’anapali Beach Resort.

The mission is simple; to ensure the viability and future of Maui’s farms and ranches. Preservation of the lifestyle is also key. Who in Hawaii and many parts of the world has not heard about the famous Hawaiian cowboys; the “Paniolo?” In Maui they are  usually based in the Paniolo town of Makawao on the slopes of Haleakala crater.

The rich volcanic soils of Haleakala are the perfect place to grow, nurture and bloom. The famous Kula strawberries grow year round preferring the cool evenings and dryer elevations. […]

Read More

Ka’anapali Fresh Festival Birthplace of the Dragonberry Bomb Cocktail

The third annual Ka’anapali Fresh  Festival  on Maui’s Western coast is coming up August 29-31, 2014 on the beach and different hotel venues in  this  famed resort area.  Join the Ka’anapali Resort Association for  three days and nights of locally-sourced food, a celebration of farms and fishermen, local products, local chefs and Hawaiian culture and music. And yes, wine and signature cocktails too. Stay in one of Ka’anapali’s fine hotels and condos, you may book a room  and purchase tickets online for the festival events.

Why not celebrate  right now with this Dragonberry Bomb?

There will be gala dinners and events featuring Ka’anapali’s best chefs, Hawaiian musicians and hula, local farmers and fishermen and a cultural event  with the arrival of the new double -hulled sailing canoe at the beach for  the sunset opening of the three day event.  Mixology class happens again this year  and […]

Read More

Another Award for The Kahala’s Chef Wayne Hirabayashi

I have had a long-standing love affair with The Kahala hotel. Growing up  at the foot of Kaimanahila (Diamond Head) on Oahu, Hawaii, as children we went to the Kahala Hilton, as it was known way back in the day, for special occasion brunches. After my teen years I modeled Hawaiian fashion there at lunch. As a young adult I went to listen to a knock-out singer like Connie Kissinger with Kit Samson’s trio after a special dinner date in the Maile Room. A decade ago I was married on the expansive lawn there in a relaxed an elegant “shoes-optional” party at the waters edge. An incarnation or two later and The Kahala is still evolving and now better than ever.

Especially the cuisine.

Early this summer The Kahala Executive Chef Wayne Hirabayashi was named Outstanding Manager of the Year in the Large Property category by the […]

Read More
By |September 17th, 2013|Categories: Chefs, Destinations, Hawaii, Savor, United States|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Slick Stay: The Modern Honolulu

Waikiki has so many options and yes even kama’ainas ( locals)  do venture there now and again. I think its best to stay on either end of Waikiki to stay out of the traffic fray- there always seems to be some roadwork  on the main drag of Kalakaua Ave. There are two directions on this side of the island: Ewa and Diamond Head. So here is a fantastic place on the Ewa  end of Waikiki.

Do you remember the opening for the old Hawaii Five -O show? Steve  McGarrett is standing on the lanai of the newly built  Ilikai Hotel ( curiously the real name of the developer was Chin Ho).  The Modern is   in what was part of the Ilikai complex. It boasts 353 rooms and suites, a Morimoto Restaurant, a fantastic sandy shallow “Sunset Pool” and has a hip […]

Read More
By |August 12th, 2013|Categories: Destinations, Hawaii, Hotels, Oahu, Stay|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Kō at The Fairmont Kea Lani Gives You a Taste of Maui’s History

Sugar cane is still being grown on Maui, but it is rather extraordinary to think that now you can dine poolside at Kō under the stars at this fine restaurant enjoying the flavors of meals prepared by those who tended the land not very far from here, over a hundred years ago?

Read More

Cowgirl Profile: DeeDee Keakealani-Bertelmann, Paniolo Wahine

"It is important to be there for our keiki (children) ; they are our future and our future will depend on them. This is mea Hawai’i, it is in my blood.”- Big Island rancher DeeDee Keakealani-Bertelmann

Read More
By |May 29th, 2011|Categories: Destinations, Hawaii, United States|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

Kirby’s Pineapple Martini

My article today reminds us that one can never really get too far from home, especially the Hawaii born and raised. Wherever I go, I bring Hawaii with me. Ditto all keiki o ka ‘aina.

Read More
By |August 10th, 2010|Categories: Cocktails, Recipes, Sip|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments