1-1/2 lbs raw peanuts
1/3 C Hawaiian or Kosher salt
1 Gallon water
6-8 whole star anise pods
2″ piece of fresh ginger, cut into coins
Pinch of black pepper (to taste)
Rinse the peanuts then place in a large pot cover with water and soak for 30 minutes to 12 hours (you may need to use a pot top, plate, or resealable plastic bag filled with water to help keep the peanuts submerged). The longer you soak the peanuts, the less time they’ll need to simmer so I’d recommend going longer if you have the time.
Drain the water, cover the peanuts with fresh water, add the remaining ingredients and stir. Bring to a boil over medium heat. When it boils, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring every 15 minutes.
Start checking the peanuts after 1 hour of cooking. Remove one peanut from the liquid, let it cool slightly then peel it open and taste the peanut it’s done when it has the texture of a cooked bean. You may need up to 2 hours total. You’re only going for the cooked texture at this point so don’t worry too much about flavor.
Remove the peanuts from the heat and let cool in cooking water for 30 minutes to 2 hours. (Don’t skip this step because it’s essential to helping the peanuts get fully seasoned.)
Drain and store refrigerated until ready to eat. (These taste best when consumed within 7 days.)
If you want to experience a “fun” “luau”, you may as well consider this one as it’s only one mile from Hale Nalo.
Yes, it is kitschy and no, it has nothing to do with authentic Hawaiian culture, but for a fun light-hearted night out right around the corner, it could be fun.
Check out their webpage and YouTube video.
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It’s mango season here in Hawaii and we’re up to our eyeballs in this luscious fruit. Come, we’re happy to share! If you cannot come right away, mangos are also likely available from your local grocer. For best results, wait for the fruit to ripen (it is still firm, but easy to cut into).
I large ripe mango, pitted, skinned and chopped
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1/3 cup diced red onion
1-2 jalapeños, chopped
Fresh juice of 1 big lime
1/4 cup cilantro
Salt to taste
Combine all the above ingredients and let it sit for at least half an hour. Caution: wash your hands with soap and water once you’re done chopping the jalapeños (or wear gloves).
Serving Suggestion: Serve with corn chips or as serve with grilled chicken, shrimp or fish.
We do our best to make our guests comfy, including any-everything short of air conditioning which isn’t terribly planet-friendly.
Last week we had a contractor come in and install a solar powered roof fan and BOY what a difference that has made. The room is cooler by far, making sleeping all the more pleasant.
We are SO impressed that in the coming days we’ll get one installed in Makai.
UPDATE: both our Garden Suites are now much cooler, thanks to solar fans having been installed at the top peak of the 14′ ceiling. Warm air rises and now, goes outside. Yippee!
Sweet dreams, dearest guests.