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July 22, 2010
By CARLA TRACY, Dining Editor
LOCAL FAVORITES . . . When you are out Kapalua way, looking for some local grinds, head to historic Honolua Store, grab a “hobo plate,” and sit at a picnic table on the cool porch. What is a “hobo,” you say? A smallish version of a plate lunch of only one scoop rice with the entree and gravy ladled on top. The store opens at 6 a.m. with breakfast items such as saimin, loco moco, Molokai sweet-bread French toast and corned-beef hash. “For lunch, you’ll find good local plate lunches and lots of comfort food,” says Karin Sagar, Kapalua’s vice president of marketing. “I don’t know of any other place on the west side offering a hobo. It’s fun to sit on the porch and enjoy chow fun, kalua pork and cabbage — even pizzas and wraps. There’s something for everyone.” Speaking of a local favorite, Maui Spam Jam will appeal to aficionados from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu. It’s free. But do bring a canned donation for Maui Food Bank. o o o o KULA BREWS WINNER . . . For the second year in a row, the organic Kupa‘a Farms of Kula has won the “Best Coffee on Maui” award. This news just percolated over from the Hawaii Coffee Association’s second annual statewide Cupping Competition, held last weekend on the Big Island at the Sheraton Keauhou Beach Resort. “Their overall score also placed them second in the state ahead of all Kona coffees and eclipsed only by the first-place coffee from Ka‘u,” says Sydney Smith, vice president of Maui Coffee Association. “Owned by Gerry Ross and Janet Simpson, Kupa‘a means ‘firm’ or ‘solid’ in Hawaiian, and although the name originated in reference to the once rocky soil it now reflects the solid, life-giving practices they use to grow food,” Smith continues. “Right now, we sell it at the Makawao Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Upcountry Farmers Market Saturdays at Kulamalu,” says Gerry. Hopefully, our website will be set up soon and you will be able to buy it online. Visit us at o o o o BITS AND PIECES . . . Take your taste buds on a Mediterranean sea cruise. At least, that is this month’s theme for Who Cut The Cheese’s tasting series of five wines and five cheeses from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Stella Blues Cafe in Kihei. Another regular happening there is Stella’s Supper Club. This Friday and Saturday, Grammy as well as Na Hoku Award-winning George Kahumoku Jr. will play. The menu sounds satisfying. Begin with asparagus-mozzarella puff pastry, followed by organic Kula greens and choice of fresh catch with wilted spinach and coconut rice, or pineapple-glazed chicken with chive-mashed potatoes and mixed veggies. Chocolate cake with whipped cream and strawberries tops it off. Cost is $60, plus tax and tip. Call 874-3779. Speaking of concerts, there will be lots of hungry concert goers at the Events Lawn of the MACC Kahului Saturday, when Reggae in the Valley returns for the fifth time with an all-star lineup of nine local bands. “Wow-Wee Maui’s Kava Bar & Grill will be serving grilled beef hot dogs; chili nachos; and pork, chicken or beef tacos with all the fixings,” says Lisa Haole, co-director of food and beverage. “Giannotto’s Pizzeria will wow you with their signature cheesesteak sandwich, Greek salad, and hot, fresh pepperoni or cheese pizza,” she says. “Maui Kazowie Kettlecorn will debut hot malasadas and Ono Gelato will be serving up smooth and creamy gelato and cookie or brownie gelato sandwiches. Gates open at 4 p.m.” *You may reach dining editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342 or

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Retail Manager Celeste Olson of Honolua Store in Kapalua knows you will go bananas over the local food favorites as well the grab-and-go items in the historic plantation building.



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