Lava Rock Cafe & Its American Faves

Lava Rock Cafe & Its American Faves

Comfy eatery at gateway to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park The Big Island of Hawaii provides more national park with less gateway community than you find at most major mainland national parks. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a compelling natural wonder — most dramatically two active volcanoes that are reshaping the land, not in geologic time […]

Trees planted last year ae still four years from produciing their first crop.

Coffee Production 101 in Hawaii

Everything from growing to bagging at farm & roastery near Hilo For years, I lived a few blocks from the (since demolished) Maxwell House Coffee plant in Hoboken, New Jersey. I had no clear image of what went on behind the gatehouse and the formidable plant walls. Factory tours were not in vogue then, and I had […]

New Year's Eve: Red Beans & Rice Plus

New Year’s Eve: Red Beans & Rice Plus

Casual supper as 2009’s last meal When making recent company dishes, I seem to following three threads: Gourmet magazine tribute recipes, Julia Child tribute recipes and recipes from Louisiana, perhaps also a tribute of sorts to New Orelans’ gritty survival four-plus years after Katrina. A few friends came over yesterday evening to usher in 2010 […]

Most "Favorite" Hawaiian Restaurants Aren't Really Hawaiian

Most "Favorite" Hawaiian Restaurants Aren’t Really Hawaiian

Hawaii.com’s recent online poll reveals nothing but chains Hawaii.com, which is owned by Gannett (USA Today and others), asked its million-plus members to vote for their favorite restaurants in the Hawaiian Islands. I’m not sure what constitutes a “member” of hawaii.com — a site visitor perhaps. The poll is obviously skewed to favor Honolulu, specifically Waikiki, […]