Taro is grown abundantly on Kauai, having been farmed in Hawaii since ancient times.
Both the root and the leaves can be eaten, but only after they’re cooked. We became familiar with the crop when we lived on St. Vincent, where the leaves are used to make callaloo, a spinach-like side dish or soup. I still crave callaloo soup.
Hanalei Taro [...]
Hiking is one of my favorite things. Walking in the wilderness instantly improves my disposition. Unfortunately, it does the opposite to my daughter. My compromise to go to Kauai left me some negotiating room. “If we go to Kauai, we’re going hiking,” I said. She really wanted to go to Kauai. She agreed.
I set my sights high when I suggested we hike [...]
“Where’s all the guava cheese?” Brian asked.
I awoke with a start. “You guys ate all the guava cheese?”
“I… I… I didn’t mean to. I don’t know what happened. I was just watching the movie,” Remy said.
“It’s gone! That was supposed to last for days. That’s all we had. Do you remember how hard it was [...]
Brian has pined for guavas since we left St. Vincent. The only place we’ve found them in Seattle is Uwajimaya, a fantastic Asian grocery store, but they’re never ripe and they’re always expensive. Once we landed on Kauai, the hunt began.
We had high hopes for the Hanalei farmers market. We saw no guavas, we [...]
I’m melting into the seat, letting the wind rush over me while it
stirs through the palms and ironwoods lining the north coast and
again, I hear the strum of a ukelele.
I think to myself, Kauai, you’ve held on to your beauty but it’s not enough.
We drive half a mile and the ukelele [...]
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