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Beautiful Wailea, Maui!

Posted: September 30, 2013 by Nathan Kam in Hawaiian Islands, Maui, Maui, Travel
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Wailea

This view from the new Andaz Maui at Wailea is proof positive why so many travelers enjoy staying on Maui’s south shore. Beautiful beach with incredible scenery. Makes me wish I could play “tourist” more often.

-NGK

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Despite growing up on Hawaii island (a.k.a. the Big Island), I’m continually amazed and inspired by its rawness and awesomeness. It is not only home to that famous national park with its erupting volcano, but also two national historical parks, a national historic site and a national historic trail, all featuring dazzling natural and cultural riches that share Hawaii‚Äôs story like nothing else.

This video feature above produced for Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian Skies inflight entertainment provides some “chicken skin” stories about Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park, Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, and Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park. It does a great job highlighting what makes each place so special and worthy of a visit.

I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I do. I’m already planning to visit all five parks and trails again the next time I visit my parents on Hawaii island.

-NKG

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So many incredible bays and beaches along Kona’s Alii Drive. Life is short. Take a moment to stop and enjoy the scenery.

-NGK

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The Kam Family enjoyed a much needed “staycation” at Aulani, a Disney Resort this past weekend. We used the occasion to celebrate Avery’s 3rd birthday and took full advantage of most of the resort’s amenities. It was a wonderful two-night stay gifted to us by my awesome mom. More on all of this in a future post. But for now, I share with you a photo taken from our ocean view room #1046. That pool below was definitely a highlight.

To give you an idea of how much fun we had, the first words out of Avery’s mouth when she woke from her nap was “Why are we home? I want to go back to Aulani.” Without question, we’ll be returning and hopefully soon.

-NGK

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Growing up on Hawaii, the Big Island, I’m a little shame to admit it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I found out about these Ugly Cookies from Petroglyphs in Paradise. Now I can’t stop eating them!

My brother-in-law Jon asked me to bring some back from Kona when he found out I was heading there on business. Mission accomplished thanks to some help from my mom and a trip to Long’s KTA.

While they are ugly looking, they taste incredible. Light and crisp, packed with chocolate, oatmeal, rice cereal, and Kona Chips. They remind me of Momofuku Milk Bar’s Compost Cookie, but better. Brilliant! And I bet you can’t eat just one.

So the next time you’re on Hawaii Island and looking for a tasty omiyage (gifts) to take home to family and friends, consider some Ugly Cookies. They aren’t cheap with a price tag around $17 for a 18 oz. container.

But as the label suggests, “It’s what’s inside that counts!” And what’s inside is pretty darn good.

Update 7/29/12:
Got confirmation from former He’eia Kea Pier General Store and Deli Chef Mark Noguchi ¬†that the pier will be featured on the Monday, August 6¬†episode of DDD.

Update 7/30/12:
Saw¬†Camille Komine, chef/owner of Camille’s on Wheels, post to Facebook that she’ll be featured on the Monday, July 30 episode of DDD titled “Coast to Coast Chow. There’s also a viewing party at The Grove in Kailua at 7 p.m. Get out and support!!

I was excited to read in Erika Engle’s column¬†(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)¬†today¬†that Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives¬†with Guy Fieri will be featuring Oahu’s Jawaiian Irie Jerk Restaurant in tonight’s episode “Dynamic Dishes.” Not because of the food since I’ve never been there. But because I’m a fan of the show with a soft spot for seeing anything Hawaii featured on national television. What can I say, it’s the destination marketing/PR guy in me.

The article mentions the other Oahu restaurant locations are top secret, but those following The Match Cut Crew production company on Twitter during their time here know exactly where they filmed. The crew would tweet the location after wrapping. I won’t spoil the surprise entirely, so go back to their April tweets if your curious. They did manage to get to one of my favorites,¬†Heeia Kea Pier General Store and Deli.¬†I was fortunate enough to be invited by my pal chef/owner¬†Mark “Gooch” Noguchi¬†to be one of the “fake customers” and got to meet Guy. Cool stuff.

Hats off to the Oahu Visitors Bureau and my PR colleagues at Stryker Weiner and Yokota Public Relations for getting Guy back to the islands to explore more of the diverse culinary offerings Hawaii has to offer. It’s great inspiration for travelers heading this way. It’s great for the destination. And it’s really great for the small businesses that reap the benefits of the priceless exposure. I’ve heard from others who have been on the show that business goes through the roof once they are seen on Triple D. The brand is strong!

Okay, and I saw them pull into¬†Fresh Catch¬†in Kaneohe right after they finished up at Heeia Pier. But that’s all I’m telling you.

Check your local listings and enjoy the show!

I love what Bob McGee and the gang at The Whole Ox Butcher and Deli are doing to elevate the local food scene on Oahu. Their commitment to supporting local farmers and ranchers alone is commendable. However, it’s the passion, technique, quality, and flavors displayed in the food that keeps me coming back for more…and more…and more.

For example, the signature Dry Aged Burger is nothing short of amazing and not for the faint of heart. A thick all local beef patty – no fillers here – is perfectly cooked to your liking and sits atop a soft, lightly toasted brioche bun. Topped simply with grilled onions, it’s all the ingredients for a perfect beefy bite. And I do mean beefy as in flavor and texture. I’m salivating thinking about this burger as I write this post.

This is just one of the great things to eat on the menu. Housemade pastrami, porchetta, salumi, headcheese, salads and more await hungry eaters looking for a solid meal in a casual setting. And by the way, the serve a killer breakfast too. You can bet you’ll be seeing more Whole Ox goodness in future “Eat This” posts.

The Whole Ox Butcher & Deli
327 Keawe Street (corner of Auahi)
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-669-6328
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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