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Archive: Oct 2015

Eat Local at Verde Hawaii

Pina Verde Picante Margarita made with organic and local, cold pressed fruit and blended by Kauai Juice Co. Daniel Lane photo. Diners can now eat local in Hawaii at Verde restaurant, located in Kapaa. The popular New Mexican eatery has recently upgraded its menu with “clean” ingredients, such as produce that was grown on Kauai…

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October 30, 2015

Koloa Rum Debuts New Kauai Coffee Rum

Kauai’s award-winning Koloa Rum Company announces its new Kauai Coffee Rum, the result of a licensing agreement between the Kauai distiller and Kauai Coffee Company. Kauai Coffee Rum blends locally grown and dark-roasted Kauai Coffee with Koloa White Rum and pure Hawaiian cane sugar. It has a rich flavor with bold notes of coffee and cocoa. The new offering expands Koloa Rum’s portfolio of rum and rum-related products and includes a striking new bottle and label design. It has been released in time for the 2015 Holiday Season. “Kauai Coffee Rum is a true Kauai-made product that exemplifies the remarkable diversity of agriculture on Kauai and the potential for innovation in creating exceptional value-added products,” said Koloa Rum Company President and CEO Bob Gunter. “Kauai Coffee Company, which operates the largest coffee plantation in the Islands, is at the leading edge…

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October 28, 2015

Hawaiian Pumpkin Soup

The Hawaiian pumpkin is a mix of kobocha and European squash. Daniel Lane photo I planted Hawaiian squash in my garden and ended up with four beautifully smooth, pale orange pumpkins. The Hawaiian pumpkin is a mix of kobocha and European squash that resists Hawaiian wasp stings. I got my seeds from the bi-annual plant…

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October 23, 2015

Kauai Island Kombucha

Kauai Island Kombucha sets up at the Namahana Farmers Market every Saturday. Daniel Lane photo On Saturdays, Kauai Island Kombucha sets up at the Namahana Farmers Market and serves tall glasses of hearty kombucha made with fruit juice and fresh turmeric. On a typical day, Narayan Dass and Bettina Kluensch offer healing devotional music during…

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October 16, 2015

Skinny Mike's Kauai

S’more and Honu sundaes. Daniel Lane photo I stumbled upon Skinny Mike’s Hawaiian Ice Cream shop after it quietly opened in Harbor Mall this May. The family-owned and operated business serves ice cream and sorbets made with local fruit as well as sundaes, milkshakes and coffee produced in Hawaii. I visit on a sultry day and…

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October 9, 2015

Kauai Coffee and Chocolate Festival

Chocolate comes from cacao pods. Daniel Lane photo The first annual Kauai Coffee and Chocolate Festival will be held Friday Oct. 23 and Saturday Oct. 24 in Hanapepe. The event includes keiki activities, chocolate and coffee workshops as well as samples, food and craft vendors and access to a Chocolate Passport. “The Inaugural Kauai Chocolate and Coffee Festival is a celebration of…

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October 2, 2015