Maui A to Z: Beyond the Resorts

Have you ever wondered what people who live in Hawaii do for fun?  The resorts are great, but unless you are independently wealthy, the people that live in Hawaii don’t hang out there.  We typically don’t spend every night at a $50 per plate restaurant, and we certainly don’t sit on the beach 7 days a week.  I WISH! The reality is, that when you live in … Continue reading Maui A to Z: Beyond the Resorts

Privileged Students Protest Vitamin A Rich Bananas

As an Iowa State University graduate, I’m often filled with pride when I hear about activities happening on the campus that I called home for four years.  My husband Dave and I graduated from ISU’s Agriculture Department, and I later worked in both the Food Science Department running taste tests on apples and at the Horticulture Farm doing field research.  Both departments feel a little … Continue reading Privileged Students Protest Vitamin A Rich Bananas

The Day Sugar Died, A Sad Day For The Islands

Sugar is officially dead in Hawaii.  That once beautiful swaying crop across the plains of central Maui will not see another Christmas, and at least half of the men and women who lovingly tended those fields will be jobless by 2017.  With a workforce of 675 people, around 337 individuals will be added to the masses of people looking for work on Maui. While activists online … Continue reading The Day Sugar Died, A Sad Day For The Islands

All Hail Whipped Cream, A Dairy Delight

I’m a fan, a BIG fan of whipped cream.  If it’s even mildly OK to top something with cream, it’s going to happen in my house.  Chocolate Mousse, yes please.  Cakes and Pies? Pass the cream.  Corn Soup – load it up baby!  A nice medium rare steak?  Delicious.  I prefer my espresso with either steamed half and half (breve) or heavy cream (creme).  That … Continue reading All Hail Whipped Cream, A Dairy Delight

Starbucks Via Christmas Mocha Cookies

I haven’t baked Christmas Cookies in 7 years.  I’m a little ashamed that this is a vague memory for my youngest child.  Once upon a time my extended family called me “Rhontha Stewart”, but that was a VERY long time ago, before we moved to the land of perpetual summer.  It’s just too hot during the Christmas season to crank up the oven.  This year, I … Continue reading Starbucks Via Christmas Mocha Cookies

What Would Make You Buy An Old Volkswagen?

Volkswagens have been a big part of my family since the 1950’s.  My dad’s first VW was a black 1955 VW beetle, followed a few years later by a blue 1960 beetle. The blue one served the family well until 1976 when it was parked in the weed patch out back.  In 1981 my oldest brother turned 16 and dragged it out, restored the engine, … Continue reading What Would Make You Buy An Old Volkswagen?

Monsanto Gives Helmets to Better Their Bicycle Business

Perhaps you’ve run across this image over the last week.  It’s a fairly standard release form from a company, in this case Monsanto Hawaii.  This letter went home with students from an elementary school on the North Shore of Oahu.  It was posted in an online group with the following caption: Monsanto is buying our schools. This came home with my kids from Waialua Elementary School … Continue reading Monsanto Gives Helmets to Better Their Bicycle Business

Mangoes That Murder and the Lunatics Who Love Them

Mangifera.  Mangoes. I truly believe that they are the fruit of the gods.  I remember my first mango with a clarity akin to a first kiss.  I was standing in the kitchen of a condo on Oahu with a bowl of fruit next to me.  My friend Lisa had access to a tree that was giving her more produce than she could ever hope to … Continue reading Mangoes That Murder and the Lunatics Who Love Them