In Search of Hawaii’s Treats:
Certain island treats have been around for a long time, certainly as long as I have been here in the Islands . These are loved by locals and never could be imitated. Or maybe they are so ono because you eat them here in Hawaii . You be the judge. In fact, visitors from around the world extol their delights. If you have heard or, better yet, have tasted and love these treats, you and I have a lot in common!
Maui Potato Chips:
The original Maui Potato Chip Factory since 1976. And they are as good as ever, tasking homemade, crunchy and are very addictive. Forget calories. For the real “local” experience plus mega savings, you need to go to the factory which is just a small space with an old counter, a couple of employees, and a chip making machine in the back of the room.
295 Lalo St
Lilikoi Chiffon Pie:
Lilikoi Chiffon Pie from Hamura Saimin Stand on Kauai. The flavor of the passion fruit is intense and the texture is light and airy with a delicate flaky crust. An absolute time warp of authentic local ethnic food and atmosphere. Favorite take-out is an entire pie.
2956 Kress St. (Rice St.)Kauai, HI96766
BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII
Suggestion, buy the 100% pure Kona coffee, it’s flavor is absolutely incredible. If you buy a blend, it is only 10% Kona Coffee and 90% from heavens knows where. There are many independent farmers, for a list, click on www.konacoffeefarmers.org Pretty much all of them sell their coffee online from their website. Some will be happy to give you a tour when you are on the Big Island of Hawaii.
The Ferrari Coffee Company is one that I personally know. Nikki Ferrari, President of Ferrari Coffee Company, as a beautiful young girl graced the cover of “This Week Magazine—BigIsland” back in 1986. Her mother, Countess Darlene Moreau Ferrari, and I were best friends while I lived on the island during the early 1990’s. Darlene and her husband started the coffee company and I was often invited to the plantation. We also did a lot of tailgating during Polo season, see photo herewith. Nowadays the Ferrari Coffee Company ships their incredible coffee to customers all around the globe.
OriginalFerrariCoffeePlantationVisitorCenter, Kailua Kona
HI-180, KailuaKona, HI96740
+1 800 288 1542 (Kona Coffee Plantation)
P.O. Box 390486, Kona, Hawaii96739
President Obama introduced “shave ice” to his daughters and their friends when wintering in Kailua, Hawaii. It’s a bit like a snow cone.
Island Snow in Kailua 130 Kailua Rd #115 Kailua, HI 96734 - Tel. (808) 263-6339
This visit put Island Snow on the map when he took his daughters and their friends there See .www.gohawaii.com/about_hawaii/explore/obama
Other famous “shave ice” places are in Haleiwa on the North Shore of Hawaii. Here you will find:
Aoki’s and Matsumoto’s, both family owned and operated “mom and pop” businesses for many decades.
Aoki’s Shave Ice: 66-118 Kamehameha Hwy., Haleiwa, HI96712 Tel. 808-637-7017
Matsumoto’s Shave Ice: 66-087 Kamehameha Hwy., Haleiwa, HI96712 Tel. 808-637-4827 www.matsumotoshaveice.com
Malasadas from Leonard’s Bakery, a local tradition since 1952. A malasada is a portugese donut without a hole, coated with sugar. Made fresh every day. They also have other have other super delicious cakes and pastries using local fruit like guava and macadamia nuts.