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Archive: Apr 2016

Big Island Brewhaus

Award winning craft beer and locally sourced pupus at Big Island Brewhaus. Daniel Lane photo Tom Kerns, owner of Big Island Brewhaus, sits across from me at a picnic table on the bar’s lanai. His wife, Jayne, and their cook, Dan Leishman, sit on either side of him. Inside, boisterous conversation punctuated by laughter pour…

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April 30, 2016

Mother's Day on Kauai 2016

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! We know the big day isn’t until Sunday, May 8, but we wanted to give you a head start. My mother lives in Colorado, and I miss her lovin’ tremendously. I know that she’s surrounded with love and I hope you feel the love in your…

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April 29, 2016

Copper Bar at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Copper Bar’s panoramic views of Kaunaoa Bay. Daniel Lane photo We stopped by Copper Bar at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the way back from Kailua-Kona. It was a picturesque day: balmy, breezy and beautiful. Our car was full of gifts, including chocolate from the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, as well as chocolate covered coffee…

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April 23, 2016

The Bistro, Kilauea

St. Louis BBQ Ribs take three days to make and won “People’s Choice” and “Best in Meat” at the 2015 Taste of Hawaii. Daniel Lane photo. The Bistro in Kilauea. Daniel Lane photo Lush landscaping and plantation-style decor give The Bistro an easy charm. Located near the Kilauea Lighthouse, the causal restaurant has been serving…

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April 22, 2016

App for Kauai Restaurant Guide

Tasting Kauai and Zendy Web Studio just released an app for our Kauai restaurant guide. The interactive mobile app is available for iPhone Tasting Kauai’s restaurant guidebook app makes it easy to find good eats on Kauai. Image by Zendy Web Studio. and Android smartphones and tablets. I’ve been wanting to convert our restaurant guidebook…

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April 18, 2016

Coast Grille at Westin Hapuna Beach Resort

Coast Grille Nicoise ($17) with a one-minute fried egg, garden arugula, Big Island tomatoes, Molokai black salt, seared ahi, Molokai sweet potatoes, cucumber, haricot vert, Kalamata olives and wild lilikoi vinaigrette. Daniel Lane photo Coast Grille, Westin Hapuna Beach Resort’s signature restaurant, offers a view of Mount Hualalai and Hapuna Beach along the Kohala Coast on…

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April 16, 2016

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa is one of those resorts you can get lost in. Not in a scary sense, but in a dreamy, “I have everything I need” sense. The resort fronts Poipu Beach and sits on fifty oceanfront acres. Classic Hawaiian architecture blends with lush landscaping that includes open courtyards and pristine…

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April 15, 2016

Westin Hapuna Beach Resort

The main entrance at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort. Photo by Daniel Lane. It’s easy to see why U.S. News & World Report awarded The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort the “Best Hotels in Hawaii and The Big Island” in 2011 through 2014. The main entrance is flanked by towering royal palm trees. A swath of…

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April 9, 2016

Lava Lava Beach Club Kauai

Outside dining and east side views at Lava Lava Beach Club. Daniel Lane photo. “I used to make Filipino food with my grandfather,” says Shane Galan, chef of Kauai’s new Lava Lava Beach Club. His warm brown eyes and welcoming smile are disarming. “Our family would hunt pigs and cook them on the barbecue with…

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April 8, 2016

Big Island Bounty Tour

Kaunaoa Bay at Mauna Kea Resort. Daniel Lane photo After more than six years with our nose to the tropical grindstone, Dan and I were graced with travel for fun! But it’s hard for me to separate work and play, so I’m starting Special Edition blog posts. Every Saturday, I’ll let you know about our…

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April 2, 2016