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Global Feast : Hawaii

Favorites from Hawaii
April 2012

There are many Hawaiian food specialties but my two favorites are organic white honey and Koloa dark rum.

Volcano Island Honey CompanyLoloa Dark rum

I received a jar of white honey from my friend several years ago and since then, I was looking forward to going to Hawaii myself to get more. I did not write down the name of the manufacturer of the honey back then but I was hoping to find it somewhere. Indeed, I did find it at the cafe where we had lunch in the Big Island. I looked at the label and I found one very shocking fact about this honey. The company makes this amazing honey is called Volcano Island Honey Company and it is located only few minutes from the hotel I was staying in Honokaa in Big Island. I had no idea! I used my iPhone to look at the company's website and I learned they offer farm tours but unfortunately I was leaving the next day and the farm was closed on that day so I could not make it to the farm. It was such a bummer!

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Their honey is pure, organic and unprocessed raw white honey and it is so smooth and creamy. I really do think it is the best honey in the world. I love to eat their honey with some sheep cheese or simply put it on toast.

The 8 oz. jar of honey is $22 at the cafe and it was even more at Whole Foods in Honolulu. If you go to the farm, you get a great deal on a 6 pack (about $14/jar).

Another favorite product from Hawaii is Koloa dark rum. My husband discovered this wonderful rum when he was in Hawaii the last time and brought a bottle back. This award-winning rum has a note of vanilla and caramel and is the most flavorful rum we have ever found anywhere, even compared to the years we lived in the Caribbean. We love to drink it on the rocks with just a hint of lime.

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Surprisingly, most of the bars we went in Hawaii did not have this rum (even at the bar in Waikiki that specialized in rum!). We really don't understand why. I guess we'll keep it to ourselves.

Hawaii should be proud of these two world-class local products.

Volcano Island Honey Company
46-4013 Puaono Road, Honokaa, HI 96727
Phone: 808.775.1000
http://www.volcanoislandhoney.com

Koloa Rum Company
http://www.koloarum.com