Thursday, April 8, 2010

Ono Hawaiian Grinds

Aloha Folks,

People who live in Hawaii know without a doubt, that ono (delicious) food in Hawaii is easy to come by. One of my reasons for this post today is to help spread the word to visitors that eating your way across Hawaii is a perfectly acceptable pastime.

I am 1,000 percent behind our local farmers and coffee growers. I buy local as much as possible, and grow a fair amount of the fruit that I serve for breakfast. I hope to have fresh duck and chicken eggs available for guests in another few months as well. My little bed and breakfast farm is growing.

Last weekend was the 3rd Annual Maui Agriculture Festival at the lovely 60 acre Tropical Plantation in Waikapu at the base of the lush West Maui Mountains.

I spent a few hours sampling goodies in the booths, buying flowers, and watching the beautiful hula dancers. The Taiko drummers were getting ready to perform as I was leaving. I am posting a shot of them in preparation. It really was a pleasant way to spend the afternoon.

I am also posting a picture of Jessie from "Coffees of Hawaii", on Molokai. Jessie was recently a guest at Hale Ho'okipa Inn and she shared samples of all the delicious coffee at breakfast. I prefer tea to coffee, so I cannot speak from experience, but my guests all raved about their morning coffee.

You can order on line at Coffees of Hawaii. If you can't make it to Hawaii, some of our best products can make it to you. Treat yourself and check out a few to sample. Other choices would be Maui Grown Coffee and my webmaster's favorite organic Kona coffee.

Kumu Farms from Molokai also had a booth at the Ag Fest. I buy papayas from these folks when I don't have any ripe ones. They yeild 20,000 pounds of papaya each week. The Kumu Farms has been in operation for almost 30 years and they also grow many of the fresh herbs that are in the markets.

O'o Farm in upcountry Maui offers an Organic Lunch Tour. They grow fine organic produce and supply two top restaurants on Maui, Pacific'O and I'O. Visit their web site to book a lunch tour for part of your upcountry adventure.

See what I mean, and this is only a small portion of all the ono grinds available on Maui. Check out the great magazine called Edible Hawaiian Islands. I really love this publication. The photos are always awesome, and there are some ono recipes as well. How about Coconut Ginger Chicken Soup? I may try that out tonight...I have to pick lemon grass from the garden for this yummy soup. If you'd like to subscribe and stay in the know about good food in the islands, you'll love having this hardcopy magazine

We are becoming known for our great foods on Maui....the world is finding out what we have always known. I want to do my part in spreading the word.. OK, now I am getting hungry, so I will say Aloha, a hui hou.

Come, work up an appetite on Maui, you'll be soooo happy that you did.



Trurogirl said...

Aloha Cherie,

I happened upon your blog, and I want to compliment you on your writing and your terrific choice of subject matter! I hope to be back in my beloved Maui very soon; and someday, if I get my wish, I'll never have to leave.

I have been visiting my "other home" since 1985; I share my aloha for Maui on my website, where I write about my experiences as a breast cancer patient. My site is called The Trurogirl Diaries:

I would be honored if you would link to my site, and I hope to stop in Makawao again on my next visit. It is a wonderful thing that you are preserving Maui's history in the Hale Ho'okipa.

Mahalo nui loa,
Jane O'Connell (Trurogirl)

Pomaika`i said...

We were there! I am so happy to see this, since it was a terrific day, and I felt so much - can I say, Mana ? - as I talked with so many people there. I think Maui could be poised to become a great example of self-reliance and sustainable and very profitable agriculture in the coming decade.
My heartfelt thanks to all who made it possible!