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Kahu for maui

A deep feeling of dread spread down the back of my neck, like an icy hand, as I opened up the midnight text from my friend and United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) Hawaii Chapter president. Read more

Tropical depression

My sister was helping me carry the groceries upstairs to my apartment last weekend, and gasped as she walked through the door, “It’s clean!” Read more

Ice, ice, baby

Cool. Confident. Calm. I spent this past Fourth of July weekend, blissfully, at a wellness lodge, meditating on these three words, learning to keep gratitude and warmth in my heart, and ice water in my veins. Read more

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Into the ether

Walking with my sister around Diamond Head one day, reminiscing about our childhood, we became deeply engrossed in a conversation about all the things they don’t teach you in high school. Read more

Live to eat

I recently watched a fictitious movie about a young cook in Southeast Asia, toiling away at her family’s open-air noodle shop Read more

New year solution

My mom once inquired if I could teach her how to tell, just by looking, if a bar could make a good margarita. Read more

A wish upon a bar

I was working the dinner shift at a high-end restaurant one evening when an elderly woman walked in. Read more

The bar is open!

I teach my bartenders that, if you truly want to control the crowd, use your eyes. Once your guest feels acknowledged, a simple, “I’ll be right with you,” will go a long way. Read more

Tricks and treats of the trade

Recently, I had the honor and the pleasure of coaching two young women bartenders — both in their early 20s — for their first-ever competition. Read more

Branching out

Happy Bourbon Heritage Month! In 2007, the United States Senate unanimously passed a bill calling for September to be known as National Bourbon Heritage Month, declaring bourbon as our national spirit due to its historic role in shaping our country. Read more

Spirit of the samurai

Since Father’s Day and National Martini Day both fell on the same day last month, I think it was only appropriate to celebrate our nation’s independence with a cocktail that has been equally as misunderstood as my teenage self once felt. Read more

Cocktails and dreams

When I was 3 1/2 years old, my mother entered one of my drawings of horses into an art contest and it won. Read more

Smells like team spirit

I was listening to a podcast recently, and heard someone say, “If I’m trying to build a winning team, I’m not going to recruit five point guards." Read more

The persistence of memory

Sláinte, March 17 will be St. Patrick’s Day! While we will once again forego the annual block party this year Read more

The buzz about town

Feb. 14 is Valentine’s Day, and while some look forward to the cupid-Hallmarked festivity with all the anticipation of E.E. Cummings in springtime, still others are paralyzed by musings of “‘Do I dare?’ and ‘Do I dare?’”. Read more

Morning brew

Ringing in the New Year is a time for resolutions and self-improvement. Read more

Punches for pooches

When I was around 6 years old, all my little sister wanted for Christmas was a dog. Read more

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