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Ko Hana Rum – Farm and Tasting Room

Native Hawaiian sugarcane thrived 800 years before the plantations ever existed. Experience heirloom varieties again. hand harvested and pressed to juice, these heirloom canes are distilled to perfection. The result is one of the world’s finest pure cane rums.

Farm to bottle. Small batch. Single variety. Hand crafted. Hawaiian Agricole Rum.

Hawaiian Chocolate Making

Madre Chocolate’s quest is to make truly amazing chocolate. Driven by a passion to inspire greater appreciation among consumers for the rich cultural heritage and ecological diversity surrounding cacao, they aim for a selection of organic, fair trade chocolate bars to connect chocolate-eaters directly to the source, and to contribute to the well-being of cacao farmers and their communities.

Madre chocolate is carefully made bean-to-bar in Kailua, Hawai‘i from lightly processed cacao that preserves many healthy antioxidants while still providing a rich, deep flavor you can enjoy while feeling good. In most other chocolate, fermenting and roasting the cacao destroys many of the antioxidants. Madre offers a whole host of classes and events, and Travelcations will offer special events with them as well (listed here if available).

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Under the Full Moon Dinner Parties
Exclusive Round Table Talk Story Gatherings

With Kumu Ramsay Taum or other local chefs and celebrities, hosted at locations around Oahu.

Join us on the full moon for rum tastings, farm to fork cuisine and delicacies from Madre Chocolates. First we are treated to a tour of Ko Hana – arteliers/purveyors of ancient Hawaiian sugar cane varietals distilled into the most delicious rums. This will be followed by a lovely meal catered by one of Hawai‘i’s chef’s or local sustainable farms. Our dinner party round table will be “Talk Story” style – known in Hawai‘i as mo’olelo, the tradition of personally sharing important stories to preserve them for future generations with one of Hawai‘i’s best known Kumu’s – Ramsay Taum.

See below for Talk Story topics.

Ho'oponopono; Me, My Selves and The ``I``

June 9, 2017

Kumu Ramsay introduces us to the spiritual practice of healing mentally, physically and spiritually known as the sacred ritual of Ho’oponopono.

The Secret Art & Science of Lua

July 9, 2017 

Kumu Ramsay introduces us to the way of the Hawaiian Warrior and the martial art of Lua. Banned in the 1840s when missionaries arrived in Hawaii, the teaching of lua became a lost art. Reborn in 1991, only a few people know and practice Lua today.

Island Wide Oahu Restaurant Recommendations

Click on the line above for locally sourced food in Oahu from Slow Foods Oahu. ALL of our favorites are on this list, as well as many more we haven’t even tried yet.

Ko Olina Restaurant Recommendations

  • The Four Seasons Oahu restaurants are terrific (but expensive)! Go to the beach walkway and turn right. Happy Hour at Four Seasons’ Noe Italian dining room means Aperitivo hour.  $20.00 per person includes high end canapé (pupu) created by Chef Ryo Takatsuka and one drink of choice (menu available at: www.noeitalian.com/aperitivo).  No reservations, Aperitivo menu available from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmWednesday thru Sunday.
  • Longhi’s at the Marriott Beach Club – Go to beach and turn left on the walkway
  • Monkey Pod – Peter Merriman is an original “Hawaii Regional Cuisine” chef – in the town center.  Good Happy Hour.
  • Roy’s at the Ko Olina Golf Club – another original Hawaiian Regional Chef and a real favorite for Happy Hour.  Famous for dinner
  • If you can handle the noise and chaos and want a “themed” meal with your children, here’s the link to Disney dining.  Ama Ama is often mentioned by guests as a nice setting and meal.
  • Island Vintage Coffee is in the Ko Olina Town center and opens at 6:30am. Excellent coffee and eats!
  • Pizza Corner in the town center

In Kapolei