Entries for month: March 2014

The First Day of Spring March 20, 2014 #HappyDay

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March 20, 2014 is the first day of Spring and the International Day of Happiness #HappyDay.  In Hawaii, giving a lei brings happiness and spreads Aloha. Every guest at The Kahala Hotel & Resort is given a welcome lei on arrival.  The lehua lei in the image comes from`Ohi`a lehua, a native tree that grows on all the Hawaiian islands. The tree's flowers - ranging in color from white to yellow to pink or red - mature leaves (lau lehua), young leaves and buds (liko lehua) and seeds (hua lehua) are all used in lei making. The vivid red color - symbolizing sacredness - of the pua lehua, or lehua blossoms, and liko lehua makes these forms preferred in lei. Since ancient times, the association of red and sacredness with lehua crops up in chants and songs, including mele inoa or name chants for chiefs and the legends of Pele. Prized by the volcano goddess, lei made from lehua are still placed at the crater as offerings to Pele. (referenced by HawaiianHistory.org)

The welcome lei given on arrival at The Kahala Hotel & Resort has changed over the years, but the sentiment of spreading Aloha & happiness remains the same.


Kahala Resort's Coconut Shortbread Cookies

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2 Cups - Unsalted Butter
1 Cup - Granulated Sugar
1/2 teaspoon - Vanilla Extract
3 1/2 Cups - All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 Cup - Desiccated Coconut
1 1/2 Cup - Shredded Coconut
1/2 teaspoon - Kosher Salt

  1. Place butter, sugar and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl and cream the mixture until light and fluffy.                                                                                                                                                       
  2. Sift the flour through a sifter and combine it with the two coconuts and salt in a separate bowl.
  3. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in the mixer. Do not over mix.
  4. Form the dough into a log and chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours to become firm.
  5. Cut dough into 2 1/2” inch by 1”inch rectangle at a thickness of 1/2”inch .
  6. Bake the cookies in a preheated 330F on paper lined sheet pan for approximately 12 minutes, until light golden brown.

Yield 2 dozen Cookies

The shortbread cookies are sold at Plumeria Beach House for $20 a box.  On Oahu, order in advance by calling (808) 739.8760


The Kahala Hotel & Resort supports Localicious Hawaii in March

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What is Localicious Hawaii?

Nearly twenty-five years ago, the Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine movement, brought together twelve local chefs to promote Hawai‘i as a food destination and to promote an agricultural network so that chefs and restaurants had access to locally grown produce. Today, hundreds of restaurants support our local farmers, ranchers and fishermen and we want to make sure the public understands the important role they play in supporting local agriculture. The goal of Localicious Hawai‘i is to raise $50,000 for HAF’s Veggie U program.

The Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation (HAF) will launch Localicious Hawai‘i from March 1 – 31, 2014 for the first annual statewide campaign to raise funds for agricultural education by teaming up with local restaurants that are committed to buying local.

The Kahala Hotel & Resort's restaurants, Hoku's and Plumeria Beach House will support the campaign by asking patrons to order a Localicious dish which will be made with a locally grown, caught or raised product. Each time the dish is ordered, restaurants will donate $1 to HAF’s Veggie U educational program. More information at localicioushawaii.com.

How can you help?

Eat at Hoku's or Plumeria Beach House during the month of March and order one of the dish(es) below.  Please ask your server for the Localicious dish of the day.

Hoku's Dishes

Week One

Fresh Catch of the Day
King Crab Coconut Rice
Mao Farms Garlic Kale
Big Island Passion Fruit Sauce

Week Two

Fresh Catch of the Day
Roasted Twin Bridge Farms Asparagus
Mao Farms Roasted Radish
Shaved Fennel
Uni Fondue

Week 3

Fresh Catch of the Day
Hong Kong Style
Otsuji Farms Choi Sum
Nalo Farms Mustard Greens
Maui Heirloom Carrots
Sumida Farms Watercress

Hoku's Reservations:

Open Table: Hoku's (58738), Hawaii Reservations

(808) 739.8760


Plumeria Beach House Dishes

Week One

Grilled or Pan Roasted Catch of the Day (Mahi, Snapper or Shutome)
Seasonal Local Citrus Segments, Sea Asparagus & Shaved Fennel
Champagne Nage

Week Two

Grilled or Pan Roasted Fresh Catch (Mahi, Snapper or Monchong)
Three Onion Fried Rice (Maui Onion, Green Onion & Fried Onions)
Wok Fried Vegetables (Baby Bok Choi, Choi Sum, Won Bok, Mizuna, & Tat Soi)

Week Three

Grilled, Steamed or Pan Roasted Catch (Mahi, Snapper or Monchong)
Sous Vide Ho Farms Tomatoes, Julieene Japanese Cucumbers & Waffle Potatoes (Molokai Sweet & Okinawan)

Plumeria Beach House Reservations:

Open Table: Plumeria Beach House (58801), Hawaii Reservations

(808) 739.8760