More than 5,000 candlelit lanterns will be set afloat in honor of loved ones who have died at the 15th annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Ala Moana Beach Park.
With graduation season in full swing, consider a handmade lei filled with delicious homemade goodies. Each lei can be customized to your grad's favorite flavors.
Surprise your mom this Mother's Day with a gift that keeps on living, such as an orchid plant or a basket of potted herbs.
Celebrate May Day at Kapolei High School's Eat the Street event Saturday. Indulge in local grinds and gourmet street food from a variety of food trucks, and enjoy hula, taiko performances and Kapolei's May Day program and court. This week we are featuring delectable street foods that you can prepare at home.
Hawaii's Hispanic community will come together at the Cinco de Mayo Street Festival in Chinatown.
Celebrate Earth Day and learn about conservation and sustainable practices at the Grow Hawaiian Festival on Saturday.
Enjoy a sea urchin release, keiki arts and crafts, and educational displays at the sixth annual Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo at the Waikiki Aquarium. The event shares how to be good stewards of our natural resources.
Spring signals new beginnings, so it's the perfect time to start fresh with getting healthy. Eating the right foods can help increase metabolism. Nutritionists recommend a diet high in fiber, lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids.
With Easter around the corner, eggs are at the top of the shopping list. This holiday, be sure to look for the Island Fresh Egg label and buy local to support Hawaii's four family-owned egg farms and help build a sustainable economy.
Ensuring that our fisheries are sustainable means more than just protecting the resource. It is a perpetuation of our culture and way of life. This week we offer recipes showcasing seafood caught or farmed locally.
The American Diabetes Association celebrates the 14th Annual Step Out Walk to Fight Diabetes on Saturday. Join in with family and friends to support the fight against diabetes.
Thai cuisine comprises a complex and dynamic flavor profile, and attempting to recreate the delicate balance of salty, sweet, spicy, sour and bitter might seem daunting.
During these busy times, the slow cooker has become one of the most useful appliances in the kitchen. It's a good option for those who want to minimize their time in the kitchen and still provide a home-cooked meal.
For most families, sitting at the table for breakfast has been replaced by eating on the run. But the family can still enjoy a good breakfast — for dinner. Your family gets the best of both worlds: relaxing together at the end of the day, and simple comfort food.
On Feb. 23 the Hawaii Chocolate Festival will showcase chocolate made exclusively from Hawaii-grown cacao.
Chinese New Year is Sunday and welcomes the Year of the Snake. Celebrations include a festival Friday and Saturday at the Chinatown Cultural Plaza from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visit www.chinatownhi.com for a calendar of events.
For the home gardener, the Urban Garden Center's annual plant sale is the perfect place to find locally grown native plants, vegetables, palms, herbs and fruit trees.
Sometimes it's a bowl of jook that your popo whipped up when you were sick. Other times, it's a plate of your mom's curry beef stew. Or it could even be an Eskimo Pie your dad ate while watching TV.
We found classic recipes that are hearty and easy to make during the busy work week when time is of the essence.
Planning and illustrating a New Year's resolution to conserve electricity at home was the task assigned to hundreds of elementary school students participating in the Home Energy Challenge, sponsored by the state Department of Education and Hawaiian Electric Co.
Take part in the many festivities presented by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Snake. The Narcissus Festival Pageant on Jan. 12 is among the events, with 11 contestants vying for the Narcissus court titles.
In the winter months, hot drinks appeal because they add to a feeling of coziness and comfort. Warm beverages are perfect for snuggling up to watch a favorite TV show or have an intimate gathering with friends.
During the holidays, gatherings abound with everything from family parties to work potlucks, and selecting the perfect dish can be fun and creative.
Be the star of your holiday parties with this collection of appetizers that range from fast to fancy. Gau gee are a traditional local favorite, while the crab- and cream cheese-stuffed mushrooms are easy and delicious. Lamb meatballs with yogurt sauce are a new twist on a classic recipe.
Everyone enjoys receiving yummy homemade food treats, and with the holidays looming, it's time to get started on them. When giving edible gifts, it's all about presentation. Make your gifts look as good as they taste with simple, inexpensive packaging ideas.
Don't miss opening night of Honolulu City Lights, where Hawaiian Electric is again bringing its float to the Electric Light Parade.
Hawaiian Electric Co. employees once again have teamed up to raise funds for the Aloha United Way with a cookbook, "A Taste to Remember, Volume 7: Hawaii's Chefs and Hawaiian Electric Family Edition."
Incorporate delicious local flavors and ingredients into your Thanksgiving meal for an unusual take on tradition. Make a kalua turkey, a moist and flavorful preparation that still keeps with tradition.
Ewa residents have reason to celebrate with the recent opening of a new Mahiku farmers market in their neighborhood. Expect an array of fresh produce, prepared meals, Kahuku shrimp, kettle corn, freshly baked bread and much more.
Get a free tree Saturday at the Hawaiian Electric Arbor Day Tree Giveaway. Up for grabs are variety of popular fruit trees, flowering shrubs and native plants.
October is Energy Awareness Month, and the whole family can get on board. Youngsters can get a copy of the Energy Detective Guide from Hawaiian Electric Co., a free, colorfully illustrated booklet that helps families find the hidden energy villains that lead to higher utility bills.
When you're craving a healthy, hearty meal, consider root vegetables. They have tremendous health benefits since they grow in the ground and absorb nutrients and minerals from the soil. Plus, they are relatively inexpensive, keep well and taste delicious.
The Hawaii Fishing & Seafood Festival gathers some 20,000 people each year with more than 100 vendors, delicious local seafood,
live fishing demonstrations, longline boat tours and lessons in casting techniques.
October is Energy Awareness Month, and what better way to conserve energy than using a slow cooker? These economical and efficient kitchen appliances save time, money and energy since all you need to do is prepare the ingredients, set the timer and get ready for a delicious meal.
Bisque is a rich and creamy soup that's been puréed to give it a smooth texture and complex taste. Bisque is traditionally made with cream and a blend of spices. Seafood bisques are common, but the soup is made with all kinds of ingredients. Here are some new takes on an old classic.
Eating food that has been grown locally tastes better and is better for the environment. When you buy directly from local farmers, your dollars stay within our community.
With school back in session, working parents might find weeknight cooking a challenge. But a few time-saving techniques can ease the stress.
Get a taste of Uchinanchu flavors this weekend at the 30th annual Okinawan Festival. Sample local favorites such as pig's feet soup, Okinawa soba, champuru, andagi and the ever-popular Okidog and Andadog.
Hawaii's Greek community celebrates the 32nd anniversary of bringing the flavors of the Greek islands to the Hawaiian Islands.
Now that it's summer and fruits are at the peak of their season, you may want to fill up on peaches, strawberries and blueberries, and there's no better way to save some money by purchasing in bulk. But what to do with all the extra?
Join thousands of walkers from across the island as they step out in the American Heart Association's Heart Walk. The walk celebrates those who made changes to improve their health and encourages others to do the same. This week's recipes are from Kapiolani Community College's heart-healthy cookbook, "A Dash of Aloha."
When it's time to decide what to serve for dinner, chicken is one food that will please most palates. Chicken is versatile and easy to cook, but finding new and different ways to prepare it can be a challenge.
Summer months are the perfect time for camping. While some think camping out means having to eat pre-made meals, that's not true. These local favorites can be easily made right on the camp stove or grill.
The Malama Learning Center, the Waianae Farmers' Market and Kapolei High School have partnered to provide the Kapolei community with Makeke Kapolei, a weekly farmers market with dozens of vendors showcasing their locally grown food and products, as well as cultural presentations from local artisans.
Kapiolani Park will come alive with Korean cuisine and culture at the 11th Annual Korean Festival Saturday. Get your taste buds ready with these tasty, popular dishes compliments of the United Korean Association of Hawaii.
As the weather turns warmer and warmer, there's no better time to think about salads. Salad means so much more than just lettuce these days, so here are some delicious and cool ideas that will be great during these hot summer days.
If the warm, sticky weather makes you feel too hot to cook or even eat, revive yourself with a refreshing bowl of cold soup made with the ripe, sun-kissed bounties of summer: vegetables, fruits, legumes and herbs.
Although sodium is an important and necessary mineral, it is best consumed in moderation. Sodium controls fluid balance in the body and maintains blood volume and blood pressure. Eating too much could affect this delicate balance.
People in Hawaii just love mangoes, and this year the season is bountiful. Though mangoes are commonly eaten fresh or made into jams and chutneys, there are other ways to prepare them that make the most of their fragrant sweetness.
You probably know that legumes are good for you, but did you know there are two types of legumes?
Many folks avoiding processed sugar are turning to natural sweeteners such as honey and agave.
Memorial Day offers us a time to get together to remember patriotic heroes and our loved ones.
With graduation season just around the corner, we've come up with the cookies for a tasty gift basket your graduate can enjoy.
In celebration of mothers and all the wonderful women in your life, invite them over for a special afternoon tea.
The 20th Annual Filipino Fiesta will feature two colorful events: a parade that runs from Fort DeRussy to Kapiolani Park, followed by the fiesta itself at the park.
The Fifth Annual Grow Hawaiian Festival on Saturday, presented by Hawaiian Electric Co., highlights Hawaii's cultural heritage, native plants and sustainable practices.
With a few common ingredients and some prep work, you can make your own condiments and sauces for everyday meals.
Meatloaf is a classic American dinner. Your parents ate it when they were kids, and it's still a family favorite today. For many, meatloaf is comfort food, bringing back pleasant childhood memories.
Hawaii's waters are home to more than 7,000 forms of marine life, nearly 25 percent of which are found nowhere else in the world.
Spring is officially here, and Easter, right around the corner, falls on April 8. Celebrate family traditions with a few all-time favorites.
Fish is a great source of protein. Low in saturated fat and rich in omega-3 fatty acids, it's a healthy alternative to meat. Eat 3-1/2 ounces of fish at least two times a week; that's about 3/4 cup of flaked fish.
Join the American Diabetes Association on its 13th Annual Step Out Walk to Fight Diabetes on Saturday at Kapiolani Park.
A sensitivity to gluten, the protein in wheat, rye and barley, doesn't require a ban on home-baked goodies.
The slow cooker has become one of the most convenient appliances in the kitchen, and it can turn out a great variety of delicious food. The natural juices from the meats and vegetables are retained in the pot, so the dishes are savory and tasty.
Trying to get kids (not to mention adults) to eat vegetables can be a challenge. People learn food preferences quickly, but some vegetables get a bad reputation without a proper tasting.
Kale stands out as one of the most nutritious dark leafy green vegetables, rich in dietary fiber, vitamins A and K, and manganese, as well as beta carotene and folic acid. In addition, kale also has cholesterol-lowering benefits.
One way to celebrate Valentine's Day is to give your special someone the gift of a homemade treat. The Red Velvet Trifle is a new twist on an old favorite, while the Easy Lemon Angel Food Cake with Raspberry Sauce is a light alternative.
The Urban Garden Center is hosting a plant sale next week, offering native plants, vegetables, palms, herbs and fruit trees.
Jicama (HEE-kah-ma), also known as yam bean, is a root vegetable that resembles a turnip, with a crisp white flesh similar to a raw potato and the subtle taste of a pear. Jicama is rich in fiber and a good source of potassium and vitamin C.
Chinese New Year comes on Monday, and it's the year of the dragon. Chinatown will host New Year celebrations Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Chinatown Cultural Plaza.
It's that time of year to commit to New Year's resolutions. If you're like the majority wanting to get back into shape by eating better, now is the time to make up for weeks of holiday indulgence.
Come join the many festivities being lined up by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii to pay tribute to the arrival of
the Year of the Dragon.
Holidays bring an abundance of sweet treats, parties and decadent feasts. New Year's Eve is a time to celebrate the past year and look forward to what the new year will bring.
With Christmas just a few days away, here are hearty breakfast dishes.
Once again, Hawaiian Electric employees have teamed up to raise funds for the Aloha United Way, with "A Taste to Remember, Volume 6: Power Potluck.
The 2012 collectors' edition cookbook, "Paradise Treasures," sponsored by Families and Friends of Castle High School, is available
for $12 at Castle High School Library and businesses in Kaneohe, as well as at craft and gift fairs.
Don't miss the opening night of Honolulu City Lights at 6 p.m. Saturday, featuring the Electric Light parade. Hawaiian Electric is again partnering with the Friends of Honolulu City Lights to bring this joyful family event for the holidays. Look for the Hawaiian Electric float at these other events:
When Thanksgiving is over, what's to be done with the leftover turkey? With a few ingredients and a bit of ingenuity, you can
transform your leftovers into more delicious meals.
Thanksgiving's right around the corner, so here are simple, healthful side dishes to complement the turkey and add some color
to the table.
With the fast-approaching holidays come the holiday parties. Be prepared for any get-together with these easy, last-minute appetizers that economize on time yet go long on flavor.
Pick up a new plant at the Hawaiian Electric Co.'s Arbor Day tree giveaway Saturday. There will be a variety of fruit trees, flowering shrubs and native plants. Featured for the first time are cacao, curry tree, red-leaved hibiscus, giant gardenia and Song of India.
October is both Energy Awareness and Children & Youth month, so families can reduce their energy bill with the help of youngsters with a copy of the Energy Detective Guide from Hawaiian Electric Co.
This free, colorful booklet engages families to uncover energy villains that contribute to higher utility bills. It also gives information for a free drawing to win an energy conservation kit. Call 543-7511.
And of course, October brings Halloween, so here are some delicious ways to use your holiday pumpkin.
One of the longest-running off-Broadway shows of all time, "Little Shop of Horrors" is an affectionate spoof of the 1950's
In today's bustling world, what's not to love about combining ingredients in a pot, setting a timer, then returning at the end of the day to a lovely meal?
Visit the Sixth Annual Hawaii Fishing and Seafood Festival for delicious seafood cuisine, cooking demonstrations and workshops. Sunday’s festival promotes awareness of marine conservation, ocean safety and responsible fishing and will highlight Hawaii’s dynamic seafood industry.
When microwave ovens were the newest modern kitchen appliance, there were scores of recipes for preparing meals in the microwave.
Turn ordinary sandwiches into extraordinary ones by creating wraps. A wrap is made with soft flatbread such as whole-wheat tortillas or pita bread, and fillings such as deli meats, grilled fish, cheese, sautéed vegetables, hummus and sauces. Leafy greens can be used in place of bread.
Kanu Hawaii’s third Eat Local Challenge calls on people across the islands to eat locally grown food to build a more sustainable and secure local food system. This year’s challenge encompasses the month of September.
Get out your chopsticks and bring your appetite for a one-day taste trip around the world at the Second Annual Rice Festival on Sunday.
Join the festivities at Kapiolani Park this weekend for the 29th annual Okinawan Festival, and get a taste of Okinawan cuisine: andagi, pigs feet soup, yakisoba, champuru and the famous Okidog and Andadog.
Summer means picnics and cookouts, so we're sharing a few recipes that are ideal for an outdoor meal.
It's always challenging to find new ways to use leftovers. Making use of what's in your refrigerator and pantry is easy on the budget and saves time by not having to create a new meal from scratch.
The annual American Heart Association Heart Walk, which takes place Saturday, celebrates healthy lifestyle choices as thousands
of walkers step out to have fun, get inspired and support a meaningful cause.
Quinoa, pronounced "keen-wa," is a grainlike food growing in popularity. Rich in fiber and packed with nutrients, quinoa contains B vitamins, minerals, iron and calcium and is considered a protein with nine essential amino acids.
Easter is the perfect time to host a brunch. In addition to traditional breakfast items such as eggs, bacon, sausages, fruit and pancakes, your table can include pastries, quiches, roasts and cold seafood. Here are a few ideas for a colorful brunch buffet.