Green Flash, Red Coral in a glass in Po‘ipu

PO‘IPU — The Green Flash is unlike the astronomical phenomenon where one spends hours and days and sometimes, a lifetime, without seeing it.

Many sources claim the green flash is rare, or only visible in the tropics, or seen only at sunsets over the ocean, states Fred Schaaf on the Sky and Telescope website.

The green flash was brought to public attention in 1882 when Jules Verne considered it an important topic in his “Le Rayon Vert (The Green Ray).” One of his characters recalls a Scottish legend which claims that whoever has seen the green flash will never again err in matters of the heart, the website states.

The Green Flash at the Koa Kea Resort, with its unique green color, is one of the specialties at the resort in Po‘ipu. The resort was recently selected the Travelers Choice for the most romantic hotel in the United States and eighth most romantic hotel in the world.

Koa Kea bartender Nancy Okano-Scheer, tending to people’s requests since the resort opened in April 2009, throws together Malibu Coconut Rum, Ocean Vodka, Midori and pineapple juice, and with a couple of quick shakes, pours out the Green Flash, leaving behind the aromatic wake of pineapple.

“It goes together with the ‘Red Coral,’” said Chris Steuri, the resort’s general manager. “This was one of my own creations and is appropriate, since coral is the underlying theme of the resort. It’s everywhere, in the rooms, in the carpets and throughout the decor.”

A combination of Stoli, Vanilla, Cranberry, Raspberry, a dash of grenadine and pomegranate juice at the hands of Okano-Scheer yields the richest red a coral has ever seen.

Outside of the specials, Okano-Scheer said the most popular drink is “definitely our mai tais. I feel we make the best mai tais on the island.”

Visit www.koakea.com for more information.

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