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October 2011, Page 2

The Importance of Bee-ing


Adopt A Beehive

To adopt a hive, learn more, see photos and a video, go to:

In the 2010 remake of Robin Hood, the familiar tubby figure of Friar Tuck is given an added dimension: He is portrayed as a beekeeper who makes a tidy income from making and selling mead, honey wine.

“I takes care of me bees and they takes care of me,” he says.

It’s a philosophy we all would do well to adopt. Bees and their role in pollinating plants are the very definition of a sustainable ecosystem and, like so many important ecosystems, are perilously endangered.

Despite his extensive knowledge of all things food, award-winning Chef Alan Wong knew nothing of how dependent agriculture is on bees. He had a “light bulb moment” when he learned that 80% of the foods we eat, or feed to animals, are directly or indirectly dependent on bees.… Read More

Hawaiian Islands Land Trust


Aloha `Āina is forever

“You said you love me, and then you left
You broke every promise, you win every bet
You never miss your water, ‘til your well runs dry…”
—Peter Tosh

It may be an unavoidable human flaw that the most important things in life are those we most take for granted. Clean air, water, open space, food and even the beauty we enjoy every morning when we open our eyes are all dependent on very deliberate efforts to respect, protect and maintain that which sustains us.

In Hawai‘i, the concept of mālama ‘āina (to care for the land) is not merely an abstraction or catchy bumper-sticker phrase, but a credo that dictates how people work, live and interact with the land, always with the understanding that there are no guarantees for tomorrow.

Nobody understands this better than the people at Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT), a statewide organization that formed with the merger of O‘ahu Land Trust, Maui Coastal Land Trust, Kaua‘i Public Land Trust and Hawai‘i Island Land Trust.… Read More

notable edibles Fall 2011

Hawai‘i Island

Original Hawaiian Chocolate. Everyone loves chocolate—even more when it’s grown and processed in Hawai‘i and you can meet the fine people who make it. Not just a delicious gift but an experience and lasting memory when you take their tour. Please tell Pam we said aloha! 808-322-2626;

The sweetest gift for me would be a huge jar of honey. Not just any honey—it has to be from Big Island Bees. Go to their website and learn all about them, their passion and their bees. Order one for yourself, two for me. 808-324-0295;


The Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay has a new executive chef, Kevin Erving. He has unpacked his knives and is ready to prepare you a meal that will be delicious and inspirational. But do we really need an excuse to go visit Lana‘i? I think not, except to show Chef Kevin how much aloha we have to share.… Read More

Letter of Aloha Fall 2011

It’s that time of year again, and we have already been thinking about holiday recipes and gift giving. My favorite gift this year is a beehive. Yes, you read correctly. See page 15 for more details. You can adopt a beehive with Chef Alan Wong, who has teamed up with University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. You will even get a gift of honey from your own hive. I’m going to adopt one myself.

This issue also offers many other gift ideas. I encourage you to buy gifts from Hawai‘i; many of our vendors have websites and offer shipping to make your holiday shopping a breeze. Check out not only our advertisers’ websites, but in this issue the Notable Edible section has lots of ideas for you.

Lastly, a great gift is a subscription to Edible Hawaiian Islands, a gift that arrives four times a year. Oh, and this year don’t forget about our app for iPhone and iPad, available through iTunes.… Read More