Halloween What To Do

Ok, so the other day I shared about a family friendly fall festival on Kauai, and that started a domino or a snowball effect in my mind! I wanted to share about more Halloween happenings on Kauai. Here are my tips:

If you are staying on Kauai, as a visitor, I suggest trick-or-treating in your neighborhood. If you are staying at a resort or a hotel or something of that nature, you will be in like-company. What I am trying to say, is that trick-or-treating there will be unfruitful. Your kids will likely be disappointed. What I suggest is staying at a vacation rental and trick-or-treating in that more traditional neighborhood. That will ensure your kids are happy; on Halloween night that is part of the whole goal!

There are other community events going on. Depending on your preferences--and likely you children's ages--there are events going on all over Kauai. From haunted houses to harvest festivals, there is something for everyone. You just have to be on the lookout for an event near you. If you want to have a night in, easy! Just pick up some candy from the store, leave your porch or front light on, and plan for trick-or-treaters to stop on by.

Happy Halloween from me to you and yours!

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Family Friendly Fall Festival

Fall is in the air, and I just heard of a local fall festival going on this Friday and Saturday. It's the 14th Annual Kauai Christian Academy's Fall Festival hosted at their campus at 4000 Lighthouse Road, Kilaueua. If you thought it, you guessed right--the school is located on the side, on the way to the Kilauea Lighthouse. If you have not been there, I encourage you to check it out and in the daylight ;)

For little ones, this will be something special. I have family who have gone to this in years past and they have enjoyed it. There are plenty of activities:

Petting Zoo

Pony Rides

Bounce House

Carnival Games

Hay Rides

Corn Maze

...and Kettle Corn and Shave Ice, of course! There will also be a silent auction to benefit the school.

Halloween is just around the corner at this point, and it can be fun to extend the holiday out to the surrounding weekends. Why not, after all? This event I know is a family friendly, carnival themed atmosphere for families to dress up, come out and have a good time. On both days, the 24th and the 25th activities start at 4pm and go til 9pm.

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Mini Golf Win Win

Ok, now this is a super family fun worthy event, and all towards a good cause! At Kauai Mini Golf and Botanical Gardens is Kilauea is a Mini Golf Fundraiser this Saturday, October 18th from 11am to 3pm. It is a fundraiser for the Aloha School Early Learning Center. They are a non-profit organization that offer early learning education to young children. The school is in Hanalei, and Kauai Mini Golf and Botanical Gardens is in Kilauea (5-2723 Kuhio Hwy, Kilauea, HI 96754 to be exact).

I heard about the event from a co-worker, and I thought I would share! It is a fundraiser for the school, and it costs $15 per person or $50 for a family of four; children ages 3 and under are free. This entrance fee includes all activities and mini golf itself, games, crafts, face painting, and --wait for it-- glitter tattoos! How much fun is that. Most kids love to get those fake tattoos, and now add glitter-- that is taking it to a new level. ;) Yay for the kids… I love it when the kids win! (Glitter tattoos and helping out the early education Aloha School.) What a win-win situation.

On the flyer I got, it says there will also be a silent auction, as well as a lucky drawing (tickets are $5 each). I'm not sure what is being auctioned, nor what the lucky drawing prize is--I suppose you and I will have to go there and find out now, won't we?!

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Emalani Festival

Well, this weekend is wrapping up, but my mind is already onto next weekend. On Saturday, October 11th is the Eo e Emalani i Alakai, also referred to as the Emalani Festival. It is an annual procession and festival the second Saturday of October. The festival is like a step back in time when traditional Hawaiian music and traditional chants will be performed. There is a royal procession on horseback!

All are welcome to attend, and it is free! Yes, it is fully free to attend. It is at the Kokee State Park. Festivities begin at 10am but the procession commences at 12noon. This is a traditional festival, for there are royal processions and traditional acknowledgements. Things should be wrapped up by 4pm that afternoon.

There will be exhibits, crafting demonstrations, hula dancers, live music, and snacks for sale. It is a great time for the family, both young and old, visitors and residents, to come out and learn more about the traditional Hawaiian culture. A good time should be had by all. :) The weather report looks good as well. Then again, I have heard that it is a "rain or mist" kind of event. It may rain, but it's not in the forecast. If it does rain, it may very well be a warm sprinkle rather than a "rain" per say.

For more information about this event, visit Kokee State Park's webpage that I linked. Have a great week, and look forward to the weekend with me!

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Sea Cave Kayak Tours Part 1

Does the term "sea cave" excite you? It may strike an inner chord of your adventurous side! I thought it might! Let me tell you more…

There are a number of opportunities to kayak Kauai, from rivers to along the shoreline. The Na Pali coast is a great place for those eager to get out there and face the water. I highly suggest and recommend taking a guide with you, however. Here are a couple guides that I will help lead you to:

Kauai Kayak at http://kayakkauai.com/sea-kayak-tour-na-pali/

Na Pali Kayak at http://www.napalikayak.com/napali-day-trip/

I'll reiterate in case I wasn't clear; this is for adults or persons over the age of 16. Children under age will be considered per the guide's recommendation. In general though, individual's ages 16+ only. This is a rigorous adventure, and an all day trip. The guides are helpful and very knowledgeable. This is a neat way to see Kauai up close and personal. On outing like this, the sights and animals you come across are one of a kind. You will get to see a side of Kauai that you would have likely not seen like this--from the perspective of a kayak!

No, you do not have to be an "ironman" but you do need to be comfortable in the water, and in good physical condition/health. If you are nervous about this, I say contact the tour guides and ask them just by giving them some honest basics about your health and overall build. It is easy to get excited, nervous, anxious, etc about this kind of thing. What I suggest doing (and what I have recently been doing) is reading up reviews on the tours. I am reading about people's experiences and how their preparedness helped or not. I like to learn from others experiences as much as I can.

I have heard so many good things about these tours. I have a few friends who have done this, and they tell me I should go! I want to, but I just haven't… not yet. One of my friends said she would go with me, so I am going to take her up on it! I will blog about it afterwards, of course. Ok, I say "Part 1" because there will be a Part 2 with my story! Ready...set...go!

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Coconut Festival 2014

It's coming, so I'm blogging about it now! Coming up October 4th and 5th is the 18th Annual Coconut Festival. This festival is about all things coconut. From games to entertainment, to games and cooking demonstrations, this is the place to be that weekend! Events and activities start at 9am on Saturday, and then 10am on Sunday. It is at Kapaa Beach Park, which is next to the library.

This is an affordable family friendly event (in my opinion). Kids ages 12 and under are free, and all others it's just $5. It is an outdoor event, so plan accordingly with sunscreen and things as you wish.

I have been to this annual event in the past, and I remember nonstop live music, hula dancers, and other live entertainment that is all family friendly. There was also a petting zoo for kids and inflatable bounce houses/obstacle course bouncers. Oh, and it's called the coconut festival, right? There are all things coconut everywhere, too! Have you tried coconut ice cream? I highly recommend it. What about coconut pie? There's a pie eating contest for that :D

There really is something there for everyone. From food to fun to history, I'm confident you will walk away from this festival knowing something that you didn't know before. It's part of being a lifelong learner. And I like that.

For more info on this event, check out the KBA, which is the Kapaa Business Association who is sponsoring this event. Here's their website: http://www.kbakauai.org/Pages/coconut-festival.html

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Opaekaa Falls

Waterfalls are simply breath-taking (in a good sense of the phrase) and gorgeous. I can get lost in a waterfall oh so easily. And by lost, I mean one of those awe-striking moments where you are completely absorbed by it. If awesome means "awe inspiring" then Opaekaa is awesome to its core!

Opaekaa Falls is one of the major waterfalls on Kauai that is most easily accessible for viewing. It is literally a drive, park, view kind of access. There is even parking and restrooms for visitors of the falls.

If you are on Kauai's east side, up Kuamoo Road, you will see signs indicating the Falls are coming up. It is technically in Wailua. If you are looking for it, you will find it. If you are not looking for it, but are paying attention to the roadways, signs, and natural beauty surrounding you, you will find it. Here is what Trip Advisor has to say about the falls...

For those history buffs who are wondering the meaning of or origin of the name Opaekaa, it means "rolling shrimp." At one point in time, the stream that flows from the falls had a lot of shrimp in it.

From the lookout you will get a grand view of these falls. If you choose to, you can walk uphill a ways and on the other side of the road you will get a nice view of the Wailua River and the valley that it rest in.

Charge your camera battery! You will not want to miss out on capturing this kind of beauty. As a rule of thumb, I suggest charging your camera and cell phone battery each night so that the next day you have plenty of life in your devices to snap some great photos.

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Personalized Peace Garden

Have you ever thought about how you can leave you mark on Kauai? And by mark I do not mean by leaving your carbon footprint. There are many ways that you can take a piece of Kauai with you, through souvenirs, memorable photographs, and simply by having great times with great people. There is a way that you can leave your mark on Kauai in a positive way. Consider donating to receive a personalized brick in the Peace Garden in Hanapepe.

This is a neat way to have your family members names engraved on a brick, that will stay on Kauai in Hanapepe's Peace Garden. There is enough room for 3 lines of text with up to 15 characters on each line. Be sure to contact the Storybook Theatre to get your name on a stone on the entryway to the garden. Call 808-335-0712 for more information about donating and getting your family's personalized brick. The deadline is September 19th, so be sure to act on this quickly. I think this is an ideal way to leave an impression on Kauai; something for you, your family, and your friends to come back and visit each time you stay on Kauai. The kids I am sure will love it and almost think of it as something magical when they come back the following year to see their name on the pathway, at such a special place.

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North Shore Library at Princeville Book Sale

Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya tomorrow! Saturday (tomorrow) September 6th from 10am to 4pm at the Princeville Public Library, they are having a used book sale. If you are new to my blog, you may not know where this is. I will put your wondering to rest and link their address for you here: 4343 Emmalani Drive, Princeville, HI 96722.

This is a great opportunity for everyone and anyone to come to the event, buy some books and support the Friends of the North Shore Library. It is a win-win-win situation I think!

Not an avid reader? No worries, I'm sure you know someone who is, or a child you can buy books for. Perhaps if you want to get back into reading, this may be the time that you spy a book that you would be willing to read…? Just a thought. :)

There will be used books, DVD's, CD's and puzzles. I heard that all children who come, can select one free book! I think that is pretty special, and a great way to promote literacy for children of all ages (baby through teen).

Wait there's more?! Yes, after 2pm all items for sale will be half priced! How perfect is that? What a great thing to do to get out in the community on a Saturday. Happy Saturday (tomorrow) everyone!

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Kilauea Art Night

Staying on Kauai's north shore is luxurious and beautiful. I also like it so much because of the community events and things to do. This Saturday is the Kilauea Art Night! It came up in my news feed on facebook, and I have linked that page to the phrase above.

Perhaps you do not have a facebook account. No big deal. Let me tell you more…

This event in Kilauea on Kauai is an art night with vendors, live music, tasty treats to eat and delicious drinks to drink. Have you ever had coconut ice cream? Mango? I simply cannot resist…

Anyway, it is Saturday, August 30th from 4 to 8pm. It is located at 4270 Kilauea Rd Stone Building, Kilauea, Hawaii. Some people call it art night, others refer to it as an art walk. Basically, there are monthly art walk nights on some Saturdays in the summer. This Saturday is one of them! It is a great reason to get out on the town, enjoy the weather, the community, and some great art originals. The times I have been, I always see people I know. It is a great atmosphere for both kids and adults alike.

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North Shore Fitness Fair & SUP Sprint 2014

Alright… those of you who are into fitness, pay attention. Those of you who are not into fitness but like to have fun, pay attention. Fitness meets fun at this upcoming event that I just saw on the calendar. For those who are coming to Kauai as visitors, please come and join in the fun! Consider this your personal invitation from me :)

Saturday, August 30th from 7am to 3pm at Wai'oli Beach Park "Pinetrees" Hanalei on Kauai's North Shore is this year's Fitness Fair and SUP Sprint. That title might sound intimidating, but trust me, it is not. It really is a fitness fair for all people or all ages.

There are two main events (besides the live music which I will get to as well). First is the SUP Sprint on Hanalei Bay. This is a BYO-SUP (bring your own SUP) event for a half mile route. It is all in good fun.

Second is the fit challenge consisting of three 1-minute timed events. How easy is that? The three events are jump rope, push-ups and sit-ups. Did I mention it is all in good fun? I cannot do that many push-ups…really though, I max-out after about 10 seconds. On that note, let me mention there are both male and female friendly competitions that also breaks down by age group: kids 12 and under, teen 13-19, adult 20-39, and adult over 40.

Click here for the registration form.

Last but not least, this is a family friendly competition, but it is noteworthy that there are prizes based on registration. Participation waivers will need to be signed upon check in on the day of the event, Saturday. Now I just need to decide if I am going to participate or not…. :) maybe?

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Music and Mango Festival

I have the perfect event for a Sunday Funday this coming weekend. It is the 2nd Annual Music & Mango Festival brought to you by the Waipa Foundation. This organization has been going strong now for over 20 years, connecting the community with hands on sustainable farming. They are all about the land and the resources, and using them responsibly. Here's their webpage if you'd like to learn more about this great organization: www.waipafoundation.org

So this Sunday, August 17th at the Halulu Fishpond in Hanalei is where the festival will be held. Activities begin at 11am and it goes until 5pm. Adults admission is $10 and kids ages 3-18 are just $1. It is a family friendly event, and it is also noteworthy that it is held outdoors. There will still be easy handicap access though.

What is all of the hype about? Well, mangos and some good music! There will be food booths, crafts, auctions going on, mini-classes and hands-on workshops. There will be cultural displays as well as live entertainment and live music, of course.

Here's what I suggest you bring if you are planning to attend: Admission money, spending money, a beach blanket or lawn chairs for the family to relax in, protection from the sun such as a hat and sunscreen, and other specialty needs as it pertains to your family or group (ie stroller, extra water bottles, etc). See you there?!

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#1 Best Live Show in Hawaii

Most people love live music. There is a certain ambiance that is created and you realize how alive and invigorating it is to have a live performance rather than hearing songs on the radio. What I am trying to say, is that I have really come to enjoy live music over the years. As my maturity in music has evolved as I have gotten older, I am much more appreciative of live performances.

This Friday, August 8th at the Hanalei Community Center there will be the "Mountain to Sea Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert" that is the show you do not want to miss! Really, this has gotten high ratings and good reviews on sites like TripAdvisor. I heard about this concert coming to town, and I find it odd that I have not been to one of their live shows before. Anyway, the show starts at 4PM at the Hanalei Community Center. Tickets are priced for adults at $20 per person, and then seniors and kids are $15 each, children age 5 and under are free admission.

For more information and to purchase your tickets online, follow this link. This is the Number One Best Live Show in Hawaii after all, as voted by Hawaii Magazine Readers' Choice. I think this is the year I make my debut at this concert! How about you?

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Hanalei Sand Castle Contest

If you are anything like me, you simply love the beach. The ocean, the waves, the sand, the sun, the whole package! I am pleased to share that one of my favorite events is back this year, back on the beach. The Sand Castle Contest in Hanalei is coming up on Saturday, August 2nd from 11am to 4pm.

I am excited to watch these artists at work. I do not compete myself, no, I am one to observe and appreciate the skill and effort put into these pieces of art. This is a free contest and all artists are welcome. Yes, that means kids through adults, all are welcome to compete. Years past have been very easy going where it comes not feel like a competition at all, more like groups coming out and 'playing' in the sand. Individuals are welcome, as well as teams of any size and age range. I love that about this friendly competition. Note that there are prizes, but really I think the experience is the gemstone here.

This is a family friendly event in Hanalei Bay. Schedule it into your plans that Saturday and enjoy some good times out by the water's edge with some great sand art. I am adding this to my planner, that's for sure.

Want to volunteer? There are many jobs to do to help prepare for this event before, during and after. Click here if you want to know more about this neat opportunity, or to know more about the event in general. Also see some pictures from past years contests. :)

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Hanalei Swim Challenge

This Saturday the 26th is the annual Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge! Staying on Kauai's north shore? Do you like to swim in races or maybe just like to cheer on the swimmers? This event is perfect to attend. If you have a swimmer in your family, click here for Race Registration. This is a family friendly event, and all swimmers are welcome. For more general information for attendees, read more at this link for General Information.

I personally have not competed in the swim challenge, but I know plenty of folks who have. It is a good time and a high energy environment. I like that they have spots for the kids as well. I was cruising around on their website, and I found that there is indeed a 1000 meter route and a 3000 meter course for adults. The start of this event is near Hanalei Pier, just next to Hanalei Beach Park.

This is the ocean, and safety is the first priority. This event has been and will be well monitored both from the shoreline and out in the water with jet skis and paddle boards. With as much media attention as this swim challenge gets, there is sure to be more than enough lifeguards and other safety officials there.

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Happy Dad’s Day

Looking for something last minute to do today? Check out the 10th Annual Just for Dads Auto Show today. Not to worry, it starts at 10am and goes until about 2:30pm today. Come and go as you please. This show will feature cars, trucks, and bikes I hear!

This would be a great thing to do with your dad with father's day. It would be great for any car enthusiast, actually. It will be held at the Kukui Grove Shopping Center parking lot in Lihue. Are you leaving today? Not to worry, this is right on your way out, near the airport in Lihue. Make one more fun last stop before your visit comes to an end.

On a budget? I get it, I totally understand. It is a good thing this event is free! If you have been staying at a vacation rental, most likely on Kauai's north shore, why not bring your extra canned goods and unopened food to donate? The Kauai Independent Food Bank will be there collecting donations, which will be greatly appreciated.

See how this is turning out to be a perfect set-up? It's on the way, and you donate the food you did not use to a good cause. The auto show will be fun in itself too, I am confident. There will be prizes, give always, and live entertainment. This sounds like the perfect thing to do with the dad in your life who loves some autos! ;)

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Kamehameha Day

If you do not know what this coming Saturday is, please keep reading. It is that time of year when state-wide we celebrate Kamehameha! King Kamehameha, or Kamehameha the Great, was the one who conquered the Hawaiian Islands and established the Kingdom of Hawaii back in 1810. I do not consider myself a history buff, but I do know the basics!

Anyway, this weekend is the time we honor, reflect, and celebrate those who have pioneered the way before us. There will be a floral parade procession down streets in Lihue, near the airport. In the parade, the Kamehameha Court arrives typically on horse. This is pretty neat to see people on horseback, all decorated with traditional satin garments, and also the horses flaunting handmade flower leis.

This event begins at 9 am and usually it is an all-day event, as I recall from years past. There will be live entertainment, crafts to do, food to eat, drinks to drink, and demonstrations to see. For those visiting Kauai, I encourage you to strike up a conversation with someone about Kamehameha day and see what their plans are. There are events going on all over the Hawaiian Islands this weekend in honor of Kamehameha Day.

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Banana Poke Round-Up

Looking for something to do this Sunday, May 25th? My friends were telling me about it and I knew right away that I should blog about it. ;) So it is called the Banana Poka Round-Up. "What is that?" you may be asking yourself? It is a forest education fair!

Here's the back story… the Banana Poka vine is an invasive, weed-like plant that grows pretty pink blossoms. It makes for a great craft material. Baskets are often made out of it. Like I mentioned, it is an invasive, weed-like plant, and so by using it as a crafting material it is no way harming or disrupting the wildlife on Kauai. By using it as basket-making material, it is in a way reusing or repurposing this over-abundant plant!

This is a free event! There will be live music, exhibits, activities for kids such as basket making and face painting. But wait--there's more! This location is the finish line to the Pedal to the Meadow hill climb bicycle race. There really is a lot going on, it is an action packed day of events.

It is at Kauai's Kokee State Park, at Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow. To drive there, take Highway 50 west to Waimea. Turn right and follow the road up along the canyon rim for about 16 miles. Note: the bicycle race is from 8am-11am, so drive with extra caution.

The Banana Poka Round-Up starts at 10am with events and activities, and ends at 4pm. I looked up more info online than what I heard, so I could be sure to share fully accurate data with you all. :)

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Lumahai Beach

Let's talk beaches! Which one to go to? What to expect? I can understand it may be overwhelming to select a beach to go to. You want to go to one that meets your needs. Some are private, some are more busy and populated. Some are high on the bluffs, others have some smooth sand. There is quite a variety on Kauai. Today I want to spotlight Lumahai Beach in Hanalei. This north shore beach is one you may just fall in love with. ;)

Have you ever seen the movie "South Pacific?" If so, you have seen Lumahai Beach! This is a good beach for photographs, beach walking, sunset viewing, and some snorkeling. There is a lifeguard on duty during normal hours.

There are magnificent black lava rocks around and in the water. The contrast, the colors, it is all just so picturesque. The sand is so white. Did I mention the colors already? Blue, black, white, add in some green from the trees and some white from the clouds (if any) and you have got yourself a perfect picture! The sand--that is what I wanted to talk about before I got carried away--the sand is a dream. I do not know how else to say it really. If you are looking for a beach to walk and talk along, feel the wind in your hair, and watch a beautiful sunset at--Lumahai Beach is perfect for you. Memories and special moments are made here!

So you want to come here? Here is the Google Map results of Lumahai Beach. After following that link click on directions and you should be able to navigate how to get there from your location on Kauai.

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First Saturday: Ohana Day

Well, here it is, Wednesday, and I am already thinking about what I am going to be doing this weekend…

Did you know that the first Saturday of each month is Ohana Day at Kauai's Museum? Admission is free, free, free! The museum is open for some good family fun, demonstrations, and lectures on these Ohana Days. Saturday, May 3rd is the next Ohana Day. That is why I am sharing this info with you now!

The Kauai Museum is located at 4428 Rice St, Lihue, HI 96766. Doors open at 10:30am.

On this special day, the museum is special host for the 3rd Annual Keiki La Lei Contest. This too, starts at 10:30am and will go until about 12noon. If you are in the area, will be visiting, or will be flying into or out of Kauai on this Saturday, I would suggest stopping by the museum and immersing yourself in some history, tradition, and community here on Kauai. This is a very family friendly event! Come one, come all, come old and young. The museum is handicapped accessible as well.

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Try New Things

October 29th, 2014 by Lindsey

So my niece the other day told me to “ try new things .” That is what they were telling her at school, to eat a healthier diet I think. I agreed with her and said “yes, it can be good to try new things .” This lead to me to thinking about visitors coming to Kauai and now here I am blogging about it. :)

I saw the article in the newspaper and I did not have to think twice about it. Try new things , and the topic of breadfruit came up. Breadfruit? Yes, ulu. Ulu is the Hawaiian word for breadfruit, and really, yes that is the name of the fruit!

Anyway, the article I read was about a plant nursery here on Kauai and they highlighted the talk about breadfruit. See the article here if you wish: http://thegardenisland.com/lifestyles/opinion/the-ins-and-outs-of-breadfruit/article_536b27f0-51dd-11e4-a516-af10bb863938.html

Visitors to Kauai more than likely have not heard of this food. Well, it is a fruit that is very diverse and forgiving. By forgiving, I mean that it can be eaten tastefully at any stage of its development. Yes, the flavor differs, but hey, not everyone like to eat the same food varieties. In the article, there are tips on what to look for when purchasing a breadfruit, how to store it, and how to prepare it in the kitchen.

Breadfruit is notorious as well. It is energy rich with protein, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and carbohydrates. The fruit grows on trees, and the tree itself can produce hundreds of pounds of fruit each year. This fruit is a classic Hawaiian food item, and I encourage visitors to come and try it while they enjoy their stay on the island.

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