Oh, Say Can You See?—Adventures in Dining

Disclaimer – all food photos are taken blind-folded Blind-folded Selfie It’s said that vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others. If that is true then dining blind-folded is a curious wonder. Brave participants recently lined up at the Kona Hotel on Hawaii Island to experience culinary art through visual sensory deprivation.…

Food and Friends at Tropics Tap House Kona

Hibachi Shrimp Skewers Tropics Tap House in Keauhou Shopping Center is a popular watering hole for Kona locals and visitors. Offering tasty comfort food with a gourmet twist and a healthy assortment of beers on tap, it’s easy to see why their parking lot is full at pau hana time. Executive Chef Ryan Ashihara is…

Smart Chef Hawaii: Buy Time and Eat Well

There’s much to be said about free time. In fact, Americans are so over-scheduled, the National Academy of Sciences recently published a study suggesting free time is a scarce resource and spending money on time-saving services, rather than material goods, may just be the key to happiness. From house cleaning, to lawn care, to personal…

Loko Wraps: A Piñata With a Lūʻau Inside

Loko Wraps in Captain Cook is a local favorite for fresh island cuisine, and now Kailua-Kona residents and visitors can grab a delicious bite at the new store in Lanihau Shopping Center. With fresh, local produce, homemade sauces and plenty of vegan and gluten free options, Loko Wraps is a delicious place to fulfill the…

Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill

It’s easy to understand why Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill is one of Kona’s favorite dinner spots. Owners Angie and Paul Rey opened the restaurant in 2004 and named the establishment after their daughter, Jackie. For nearly 14 years, they have been serving up fresh seafood, steaks and pastas with home-style hospitality with island flare. Executive…

Say Yes and Show Up

I juggle too many things in my life. My motto was always, “Say yes and show up.” It’s been an excellent way to live my life since moving to Hawaii. However, I feel I may have reached a saturation point. Saying yes and showing up is a no-fail, awesome way to be successful, and I…