Tasting Kauai Part One – Kealia Farm Tour

Kealia Farm is one of Kauai’s thriving Taro Farms located on the East Side of Kauai across from Kealia beach. We visited the farm on our first stop of our Tasting Kauai food tour, the “coconut coast tour”. This post is sponsored by Tasting Kauai. 

On our recent vacation to Kauai one of the days was spent on a food tour with Tasting Kauai. One of the most memorable days I have ever spent on Kauai, aside from my wedding of course. ha ha!  The tour was so amazing that one post wouldn’t do it justice so I have broken it down into two parts. Part one is the visit to the Taro Farm – Kealia Farm. Part two will be all about the food we had when we visited a few food trucks, bakery and a farm to table restaurant. Marta Lane of Tasting Kauai does an amazing job with these tours and I will go into greater detail about her and the tours in part two.

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Kealia Farm is a working taro farm. They have 25 acres of wetland taro as well as other native Hawaiian fruits and vegetables, but taro is their main crop. The farm used to be part of the McKee sugar plantation that was the 1st electrified sugar plantation on Kauai. MaKee plantation housed 4000 workers, produced 20 thousand tons of sugar a year and closed in 1934. It took 5 million gallons of water to grow one acre of sugar, and only 20% came from rain. The sugar plantations had to develop irrigation systems and aqueducts to help irrigate the crops.  Taro is a wetland crop, needing constant water to grow, so taking over an old sugar plantation makes for an ideal location for taro since the irrigation is already in place. Lihue Sugar Plantation took over the Makee plantation in in 1933 but has been closed since  the year 2000. Kauai Backcountry Adventures has taken over part of the Lihue Plantation for a fun rafting adventure through some of the old irrigation canals and flumes. We didn’t have time for that adventure this time around, but it is top of our list for next time.

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We started off down this dirt road to the taro patches as Adam Asquith, the main farmer of Kealia Farms, gave us the brief history of the sugar plantation as well as the history of the taro plant. Adam is clearly passionate about being a taro farmer, as well as teaching all about taro to school children, farm tours and like, that visit the farm. I was trying my best to take notes and photographs along the way so I could remember it all, but it was so easy just to walk and listen to him speak so passionately about this Ancient Hawaiian crop. Read More…

Chocolate Drizzled Fresh Pineapple with Toasted Coconut and Sea Salt

Dark Chocolate Drizzled Fresh Pineapple with Toasted Coconut and Sea Salt. I don’t think these need any more explanation other than the title, and YUM.

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My friend Liz of the blog, Floating Kitchen, posted the other day how she is rebelling against the early onslaught of pumpkin that we are already starting to see online. I stand with her in solidarity of summertime.

PEOPLE. It is just barely August. Still very much summer. Pumpkin can wait.

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In fact, as far as I am concerned ( and I know Liz is too), pumpkin can wait until October. When it is fresh. Sure you can get canned year round, which is great for those mid summer pumpkin cravings that I never have. But for now? Let’s still recognize that it is still very much summertime, school is still out for break, the days are long and hot, popsicles are still being consumed in bulk and no one is wearing sweaters yet. Flip flops, bikinis, sunglasses and beach towels are all we need. Oh and chocolate drizzled fresh pineapple.

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Sparkling Watermelon Lemonade

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Sparkling Watermelon Lemonade is my go-to drink to stay cool all summer long and what perfect day to share than none other but National Watermelon Day!! We are bona-fide watermelon addicts in my house. Especially my 6 year old. She can’t get enough. I think if I let her she would eat an entire watermelon […]


Hummingbird Pancakes

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Hummingbird Pancakes are a fun breakfast twist on the southern classic cake. Spiced pecan pancakes layered with pineapple, coconut, bananas and cream cheese whipped cream. Delicious! This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market on behalf of their blog, Discover. We are back from Hawaii and it was amazing like it always is. I have […]


Grilled Pork Chops with Grilled Chile Lime Corn

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Grilled Pork Chops are a summer staple at our house so is grilled corn. We look forward to when we get to have fresh corn on the cob during summer and our favorite way to prepare them is to grill and season with chile lime salt and butter. I also got to try out Grill […]


Mermaid Smoothie (Banana-Mango-Pineapple-Spirulina-Smoothie)

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My Mermaid Smoothie is full of vitamins, minerals, super-healthy spirulina, (blue green algae) and several tropical fruits to give you a boost of nutrition to start your day. This delicious smoothie recipe is sponsored by Wolf Gourmet. Why did I call it a Mermaid Smoothie? Because its blue, green and yellow layers look like the […]


Lavender Passion Fruit Vodka Lemonade

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Lavender Passion Fruit Vodka Lemonade is a refreshing and tart summertime cocktail. Sweetened with a vanilla lavender simple syrup this Hawaiian cocktail creation is sure to slip your mind into a daydream about a tropical vacation with every sip. Even if only for a brief few moments of your day.  My husband has been pushing […]


Grilled Mixed Seafood Kabobs and Old Bay Sweet Potato Wedge Fries

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Summertime and the grilling is easy… oh so cheesy but it is summer time so that means grill all the foods!! This Grilled Mixed Seafood Kabobs with Old Bay Sweet Potato Wedge Fries recipe is sponsored by World Market on behalf of the blog, Discover.    Living in Las Vegas we tend to use the […]


Roasted Pineapple Hawaiian Mule Cocktail

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I often see articles on “What is your signature cocktail for summer of 2016?” Or whatever season is being talked about, a signature cocktail is always discussed for that season. This year I discovered Moscow Mules and while on their own they are refreshing and delicious, I think they are a starting point for so […]


Red, White and Blue Sangrias

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Red, White and Blue Sangrias are perfect for the Fourth Of July and I made these exclusively for Discover, a blog by World Market. This post is sponsored by World Market.  Fourth of July. When you see all things red, white and blue, especially foods. The majority of what you see these days are off-putting […]


Hawaiian White Russian Cocktail

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Happy Aloha Friday! It is time for another Koloa Rum cocktail creation. This time it is my take on the White Russian, with a Hawaiian White Russian. When Koloa Rum Company told me about their amazing Kaua’i Coffee rum last year I couldn’t wait to try it. Eric, the western sales manager was visiting clients […]


Avocado Caesar Salad with Avocado Oil Caesar Dressing

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I love Caesar Salads and any variation of, and this Avocado Caesar Salad with Avocado Oil Caesar Dressing is hands down my favorite version I have made so far. Thanks to Chosen Foods for sponsoring this post. I am a Chosen Foods Ambassador.  What do you think of when you think of Caesar Salad?  Big […]