A visit to Hawaii is the treat of a lifetime to millions of people a year, and many folks who come are friends or relatives of those of us who live here. One of the highlights for them is to experience the lush tropical gardens and forests that are unlike any place in the continental United States. Many folks who enjoy gardening go home wishing they lived in a tropical place where they could have yards and homes filled with palms and other exotics. Visitors don’t have to be discouraged. With a little help from Kamaaina gardeners, they too can have a piece of paradise back home. Some mainlanders create a mini oasis with lots of houseplants. Others even build solariums or small greenhouses to get their tropical fix, but ambiance can be created in colder parts of the country with the selection of tropical looking plants in the right design.
I first heard about Hawaiian Ola when my friend Doug Pittman, from Kona Hawk Farm, told me about his son Derek’s involvement in a new company that was buying local noni fruit to use in an energy drink. When Derek’s California school buddy, Brett Jacobson visited Kona and Doug’s farm in 2010, Brett decided to buy 8 acres down Milolii Road in the Hoopuloa Farm Lots.
If ever there was a match meant to be, it’s tax crunch time and crunchy comfort food. In two days, it’s National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, so if you haven’t got the taxes done yet, consider this an excuse to indulge in crunchy-creamy, ooey-gooey, cheese-and-bread creations to calm your frayed nerves and ease the stress. While the classic grilled cheese never fails to satisfy, here are a few creative variations. Disclaimer: this is not meant to inspire you to get “creative” with your taxes!
VOLCANO WATCH – Already reeling from a destructive earthquake and deadly tsunami and mud flow on April 2, 1868, Ka’u residents on Hawaii Island hoped for a reprieve, but it was slow to come.