Local Kauai Grown Produce and crafts is what you will find at the Anainahou Farmers Market in Kilauea, every Saturday from 9 am – 12 pm. I met with Tim O’Connor from OlanUnkoa Organic Farms, who’s known for fresh produce and their popular Chai Teas grown on Kauai. Adela Rose from Rosa Tropical Exotic Farms shows her knife skills and prepares an ice-cold coconut for me to try in less than 5 seconds. I finally get to try the highly sought-after bread from Midnight Bear Bread Bakery in Hanapepe, it’s one of the best breads I have ever tasted. Then we meet Tony, the “nut whisperer” from Kauai Gourmet Nuts and learn more about the different collaborations of macadamia nuts with local Kauai businesses.
In this episode of Where Hawaii Eats, I head to Hanapepe, Kauai’s biggest little town to Unko’s Kitchen, a popular eatery known for their local comfort foods, owner/chef Manny Cabral, aka Unko, and I talk story while trying their famous Hunter’s Special, fried saimin combo and Kaula taco salad in their 72 year old historical landmark building. Then we head to Kauai Chocolate Company, home of the Chocolate Opihi, we meet with the owner Patrick Greer shows me how to make the famous chocolates and sample homemade ice cream made fresh right here at the chocolate factory.
We head to The Table at Poipu, located in the Shops at Kukuiula, Veteran Chef JP Gordon’s pop-up concept showcases his award winning culinary favorites that he prepared for us to try. Located a few minutes down the road in Poipu Shopping Village, is Keoki’s Paradise. The only Keoki’s in the TS restaurant group, this tropical lush dining room offers open air dining, delicious craft cocktails and signature dishes that you can only find on Kauai.
Kim Taylor Reece, Fine Art Photographer, inspires us with his beautiful artwork, capturing Hula Kahiko dancers for over 40 years. Andrii Govorov, Professional Swimmer and World Record Holder, shares with us his love for his family and his country Ukraine. Elliot Ptasnik, Professional Swimming Coach, is inspired by helping others reach their full potential and the journey to get there.