Food flavorings show off Kauai artisan’s versatility
By Erika Engle
July 18, 2014
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COURTESY JOANNA CAROLAN Joanna Carolan: She branched out into the food industry as her tiles gained popularity -- and imitators.
COURTESY BANANA PATCH INC. Banana Patch Studio owner and artisan Joanna Carolan with some of her artwork depicting koi. Her art is available at Banana Patch Studios' two stores on Kauai and at other retail locations around the state.
COURTESY BANANA PATCH INC. Banana Patch Studio owner and artisan Joanna Carolan is seen standing by a ceramic tile mural she painted in 2006 for the Kauai Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Hanapepe.
COURTESY ALOHA SPICE CO. The Organic Aloha Prime Steak Seasoning & Rub offered by Aloha Spice Co. includes ingredients such as paprika, Hawaiian sea salt, ‘Alaea salt, dehydrated garlic, bell pepper and orange peel, all certified organic.
COURTESY ALOHA SPICE CO. The Pele's Fire Hawaiian Seasoning Salt contains flake sea salt, ‘Alaea salt, smoked paprika, ancho chile and cayenne pepper and is available in a foil bag for $6.95 or a shaker bottle, for $7.95.
COURTESY ALOHA SPICE CO. Combinations of flavors are available in gift sets from Aloha Spice Co., including this four-pack that includes a cookbook explaining how to use the various seasonings, rubs, salts and sugars from the Kauai company.
COURTESY ALOHA SPICE CO. The Volcano Grind seasoning blend contains onion, smoked paprika, garlic, ginger, annato, chili flakes, peppercorns and Hawaiian sea salt, and comes in a grinder-topped bottle for $10.95.
COURTESY ALOHA SPICE CO. Aloha Spice Co’s. Green Gold salt contains Hawaiian sea salt and bamboo leaf extract. Sold in a 3-ounce grinder-topped bottle for $10.95.
COURTESY ALOHA SPICE CO. The Aloha Spice Co. has a shop in Hanapepe, next door to its sister-company, Banana Patch Studio. In addition to the company's stores in Hanapepe and Kilauea, a variety of Aloha Spice Co. and Banana Patch Studio products can be found at more than 200 retailers around the state.
COURTESY JOANNA CAROLAN Ceramic tiles asking guests to remove their footwear before entering a home put Joanna Carolan on the map in Hawaii and helped her transition from being a painter and handcrafter to a thriving businesswoman. Her tiles are available in two sizes with a variety of sayings and themes.