Hi and welcome to my about me page. Just like everyone else that has a blog has to write the dreaded about me page, unless I get someone else to do it but then it looks like I am talking in third person and I do that enough all day long with my kids I would rather not see it on my blog. SO. After that run on sentence. Here is a little about me.

I am a wife and a mom.  My husband and my  daughters are every thing to me, they are the reason I am writing this blog.  I am a photographer first, cook and baker second. Photography my main passion and profession. A friend urged me to get into blogging years ago because of my photos of my baked goods. 

I am a self taught baker and cook. I have taken a few baking and cooking classes to sharpen my skills.

I have many amazing cooks and bakers in my family, some even made a living from baking.  I believe in only using the freshest most natural ingredients available, sticking to locally sourced as much as possible and sticking to organic always. I don’t believe in ever making or eating anything containing genetically modified ingredients. Any packaged or canned goods mentioned in any of my ingredients will always be organic. My recipes are heavily influenced by Hawaiian and Polynesian cuisines or just recipes my family likes to eat. I am a bit anti-seasonal when it comes to recipes. You wont find pumpkin recipes in July and often I am missing Hawaii in the cold winter months here so I will post more summery recipes then instead of heavy winter dishes. My dream is a year round summer, so that reflects in my recipes. 

I am obsessed with Hawaii and all things Hawaiian. It’s my home away from home. We were married barefoot on the beach in Kauai, my daughters have Hawaiian names, and I  embrace the culture’s spirit of “Aloha” and teach it to my kids. There really is nothing better. Plus our annual vacations to Hawaii are always memorable and relaxing. We always do most of our own cooking there, the abundance and quality of fresh island seafood is like no other place I have ever been, I so with I could shop at the Hawaii Costco’s weekly! I have been to the islands well over 40 times and one day hope to move there permanently. Our dream is to own property on the Big Island of Hawaii and build a container home. 

The title of my blog comes from the nicknames of my girls’ when I was pregnant with them. First daughter was nicknamed by my brother. We were in Hawaii and being the obnoxious younger sister that I am and refused to tell him the real name of the baby he suggested we nickname her. There just so happened to be a pineapple on the table so he said, ” She should be baby pineapple”  it stuck. Next baby girl we kept her real name a secret as well and thought ” coconut” would be a cute nickname to match her older sister, ” Pineapple” . So Pineapple and Coconut it is. Plus it reminds me of a piña colada and I like those too.

I also love to work out and play tennis, it balances out my love of food. I also am somewhat crafty and you may find a craft or two on the blog once in a while, besides all things Hawaiian and all things food, painting is my other passion. I also own a rescue pitbull mix named Lilikoi. Hawaiian name of course. 

Thanks again for stopping by, hope you stay a while and check out my recipes and maybe even try some! Let me know if you have any questions about any of these recipes. I try to answer emails, blog comments as quickly as I can. 




All recipes and photographs are mine unless otherwise stated. Copying, borrowing, adapting, is not allowed without permission and with attribution to my site as well as links back to my site. Any copying of pictures of my children is strictly prohibited. 

All blog comments and emails are filtered and need to be approved by me. Anything inappropriate will be deleted and your IP address will be added to the block list immediately,



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    May 27, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Hi there,

    I followed the link here from your old blog A Cup Full of Cake, which I found while hunting for a recipe for guava curd. However, two links down from yours is a site called “CookingHawaiianStyle.com,” and someone called “Leilani” has posted not just your recipe (with a few slight alterations in wording), but your picture of a slice of the cake you made.

    Here’s the link: http://www.cookinghawaiianstyle.com/hawaiian-recipes/recipes/detail/1465/coconut-cake-w-guava-curd-meringue-buttercream

    Perhaps you both simply got the recipe from the same source, in which case no harm no foul, of course, but I am certain that’s your picture being used, and I see no link back to you or photo credit. I thought I ought to let you know.

    (Of course, you may also have posted there as “Leilani,” in which case feel free to delete this comment; again, I just thought I should let you know if you weren’t already aware.)

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    Nancy Brown
    January 10, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Hi Shannon, just saw My family rocks! And loved the episode! How can I follow you? Facebook, Instagram? How can I subscribe to your blog?

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      January 11, 2017 at 11:40 am

      Hi!! I have a subscribe to my blog on the right hand of the screen on my blog front page. You can also see all of my social icons on the top – the pineapples. And each one leads to my different social pages. Let me know if you have any troubles. So glad you have you as a new follower!

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    Rekha Menon
    March 17, 2017 at 3:33 am

    “I am a wife and a mom. My husband and my two young daughters are every thing to me” – This line is very touching. I appreciate what you are doing now..! God Bless You..!

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    July 30, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    I am in love with your kitchen. So invitation get, bright and just a kitchen I can cook in and just have fun in. You did a great job!!!!!

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    Christopher Regan
    October 10, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Link at top to FP (icon) is incorrect: https://facebook.com/https://www.facebook.com/PineappleAndCoconut/ is the link, FYI. Great native content te Pa steamed clams article — I mean, outstanding.

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    Heather Killeen
    February 16, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Hi Shanna!
    Just wasted a whole bunch of time reading that historian’s complaint tweet about food blogs…uuuggghh. But! Because I love food, and writing, reading, and especially pineapples (I’m looking at one right now on my dining room table-yum!), I thought I’d check out your recipes. Wow! Making the Meyer lemon cookies today. I make a smoothie daily with frozen pineapple, frozen avocado, fresh ginger and vanilla Greek yogurt. Heavenly. One day, I tried the smoothie without the yogurt, and it was the best sorbet I’s ever tasted. The avo blends in and just makes the texture slightly creamy. So good! Anyway, thanks for what you do, and I personally enjoy your stories. Good luck to hubby on his nursing career! Aloha to you and yours!

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      February 16, 2019 at 12:21 pm

      Thank you so much! Please let me know if you have any questions about my recipes. Or if you make an adaptation of them. I love adding in reader’s versions into my recipe notes. Your smoothie sounds good. I am going to have to try it soon. Aloha!

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    February 20, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    Nice Blog.Thank you for sharing Pineapple recipes. I appreciate you to say this “My husband and my daughters are everything to me” You consider your family every time. God bless you, Good luck for more recipes makes.

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