• Expert: Marta Lane
In 2010 Marta Lane
began writing the
of Kauai” and “On
the Farm,” which
ran every week in
Mid Week Kauai and
The Garden Island
tively. Her stories and
have also been pub-
lished in AAA Hawaii magazine, in Edible
Hawaiian Islands magazine, on the Hawaiian
Airlines website and in HILuxury magazine.
She is the founder of Tasting Kauai, a com-
pany that offers four intimate food tours
where guests sample the island’s culinary
culture while meeting some of Kauai’s top
farmers and chefs. Lane is the author of
Tasting Kauai Restaurants: An Insider’s Guide
to Eating Well on the Garden Island.
BEST AU THENTIC HAWAII EXPERIENCE “I
think the best authentic Hawaiian experience is participating in Poi Day at the Waipa
Foundation, which happens every Thursday on
the North Shore. Every week, aunties and uncles
get up before the sun rises and gather in the ‘poi
garage.’ Fifty-gallon barrels, which have been
cooking taro overnight, are poured into large
buckets. Everyone gathers around and peels
cooked corms, which are warm and slippery.
Your hands take on a slight purple hue (which
easily washes off) as you talk story with families
who have lived on Kauai for many generations.
After ward, everyone sits at a long picnic table
in the shade and shares a lunch made of local
favorites such as chicken long rice, laulau, Waipa
garden kale salad and of course fresh poi. The
poi is delivered to needy families across the
island, so it’s a fantastic way to volunteer while
connecting with the local culture.”
FAVORITE MOM-AND -POP SPOT “I really
like the Hukilau Lanai owned by Ron and
Krissi Miller. It’s fine dining by night, but you
can get amazing poolside lunches for a steal.
Several weeks ago my husband and I got the
teriyaki burger made with freshly ground filet
mignon for $6.99.”
FAVORITE HOTEL DINING “Whenever
someone asks me where to celebrate a special dinner, and they are not constrained by
budget, I always recommend the Kauai Grill
or Makana Terrace. Both are located at the St.
Regis Princeville and both have a world-class
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