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The Delicious History Behind Chocolate Haupia Pie

  Chocolate and coconut have a relationship that goes back to long before this pie. The Peter Paul candy company introduced the Mounds candy bar in 1920, making it 100 years old this year. They continued down this chocolate-coconut magic with the Almond Joy candy bar in 1946. Over the course of time we find the chocolate-coconut mix at See's Candies, Lindt Chocolates and a handful of other candy makers; but no one nails it like a small little bakery in Sunset Beach, O'ahu, Hawai'i called Ted's Bakery. While I want to be very transparent from the beginning here...when I use the history in the title of this post, I am not referring to a detailed and heavily researched history---I am basically referring...

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All Hail King of Thanksgiving: The Hawaiian Custard Pie

    When people think of Thanksgiving they usually think of the ever traditional Pumpkin pie! I mean, I clearly recall being a child growing up in Hawai'i and salivating over my moms homemade pumpkin pies baking in the oven. There really is nothing like that feeling---I am actually getting very nostalgic as I write this article. The fabulous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on the TV while the sweet smells of Thanksgiving pies mixed with the savory smells of a perfectly roasted Turkey, stuffing and my mothers glorious baked beans and sweet potatoes permeate the home---ahhh there is nothing like Thanksgiving! My mom already knew my obsession with that pumpkin pie was intense, so she would always bake an extra...

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More Ovens! More Pies! More 'ONO!

  Aloha everyone and my what a year this has been! So many changes to this world; the way we live, the way we learn, the way we socialize and not socialize and finally such a change in the way we do business. We are so grateful that we were a pickup and delivery establishment as we smoothly transitioned to a COVID world. We are grateful to all of our faithful customers and partners as well as all of our new ones! For those who are new to us we are a website based bakery that does pre-order and prepaid Hawaiian dessert sales for pick up and delivery (for a fee) We are proud to serve cupcakes, pies and pastries...

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The Evolution of Queen Ellie

If you know me personally, then you that it is not uncommon to assign a friend or loved one a nickname. Sometimes I may give them to groups or families as a whole or individuals---but I do give them. Most everyone whom I feel comfortable with I call "brah", "dawg" or "homey". Then you may level up to "Homey G" or something similar. And then you move into full blown nicknames---my natural born kids have very definitive nicknames; and I won't put them on blast here---but as a trio they are 'The A Team". My 2 bonus sons are "TnT". And conversationally I call all my kids either brother or sister (a very Hawaiian trait.)  My friend Jeannie's husband, Phil,...

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Hawaiian Style Party 101

                                    If any of you have had the good fortune to hang out with a bunch of Hawaiians at a party or come to a party hosted by Hawaiians, you know a few things: It is going to be a good time You WILL laugh The food will NEVER run out You are in for some REALLY GOOD FOOD   There are several terms used in Hawai'i for large gatherings- Hoʻolauleʻa which is usually a large festival or celebration open to the public; Pāʻina which is a smaller party---usually a dinner party but also often to describe getting together with pupu (hearty appetizers) and drink or even office potlucks or sports potlucks. But perhaps the most common to all would...

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