Cooking up local favorites

HANAPEPE — When chef Macklin Valenciano decided to open a restaurant, he knew he would need helping hands to make his dream a reality. He got them. With the help of co-owners Chimes Lauama and Valenciano’s daughter, the MCS Grill

Voyager brings back Flying Lobster Buffet

When Max Messmer took over as Director of Food and Beverage for the Courtyard Marriott’s Voyager restaurant, he set out to completely overhaul the menu. And he did – except for one thing that he resurrected from the past. After

National burger month, Kauai style

May is known for a lot of things. Blooming flowers, thanks to April showers, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day and hamburgers. Wait, what? Yep. Many people may not know it, but May is National Burger Month. To celebrate the month

Tropical Taco time, always

It’s a Tuesday late afternoon, and Roger Kennedy is already busy in the kitchen of Tropical Taco. He’s slicing mahi mahi, placing it on the broiler, then turning around and preparing plates with beans, cheese and lime. A few minutes

Preserving culture with salt

“Making salt is part of who I am,” says Kuulei Santos. “Not many people can say, ‘I’m standing in the exact same place my grandmother stood, doing the exact same thing.’ I love to teach children that there is more

Mangoes & music

Mangoes and music may seem like an odd pair, but for those at the Waipa Foundation, the combination is an organic one. The result is the organization’s Waipa Music and Mango Festival, an annual event that features food demonstrations, crafts

Local grinds at TC’s

Located in the heart of the Coconut MarketPlace, Kapaa Town, TC’s stands strong. Every time I’ve passed by the place, it seems busy.  That’s because it is — and workers have fun, too. Talking to owner Jan Taniguchi, is a

Bloody Mary Morning

A friend and I went to Olympic Cafe in Kapaa on a Bloody Mary Morning served weekends 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can create your own signature Bloody Mary from the Bloody Mary Bar with your choice of vodka

New shades of Verde

As I pulled up in front of Verde restaurant in Kapaa, I had to double check if I was at the right location. I had been to the restaurant before, but this place looked nothing like what I remembered. Owner

From Verde’s Margarita Bar

By finding a perfect way to have class, but still keep the down-to-earth feel of Verde restaurant, owner Maris Manzano and her staff have created a unique place. The bar gives it an additional flavor of a comfortably upscale lounge