07
Sep 13
I’ve adapted this recipe from the original in Gourmet Magazine, which uses fresh pineapple.
The topping:
1 small fresh pineapple, peeled and cut into 1/2 slices, core removed
3/4 stick butter
3/4 C packed light brown sugar
The batter:
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 stick soft butter
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup pineapple juice
2 tablespoons dark rum for sprinkling over cake (optional)

Instructions: To make the topping: gently melt butter, brown sugar and pineapple in a skillet for just one minute, then cool. Once cool, break the pineapple slices into small chunks. Insert muffin liners into your tins, spooning 2 teaspoons of the butter/sugar/pineapple mixture into each liner (preheat oven to 350°F.) To make the batter: sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, beat together butter with sugar, eggs, vanilla and pineapple juice. Add the flour half at a time, stirring until well blended. To bake it: Spoon batter into muffin tins, filling about 1/2 full. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden. Cool cakes before turning them over, then carefully peel the liner off. Garnish with a halved maraschino or candied cherry (optional). Serve warm. Makes about 24.

05
Jul 13

First and foremost, we wish to thank our past guests for the kind words they have posted on TripAdvisor, VRBO, FlipKey and Google.

Secondly, we wish to thank our friends at TripAdvisor for Ranking us #1 in Specialty Lodging in Waimanalo!

We feel honored to have reached 100 EXCELLENT reviews, because TripAdvisor is, in our humble opinion, the best and most reliable of all travel websites.

To our friends at TripAdvisor: a big “mahalo” for being a part of our team!

28
Jun 13

When: Saturday, August 10, 2013
Where: Waimanalo Beach Park (just up the road, easy walk from Hale ‘Nalo)
Time: 10am-6pm.
Cost: The purchase of event t-shirts*

If you’re a lover of Hawaiian culture and enjoy authentic Hawaiian music, this event is an absolute “must see”.

During Gabby Pahinui’s life, weekends at the Pahinui home in Waimanalo were a continuous jam session, or “kanikapila“, with dozens of musicians, both young and old, coming by to jam with “the Master”. This day-long celebration features and perpetuates the “slack key” music of Gabby Pahinui. If you want a taste of authentic Hawaiian music and culture, this event is for you.

This event is FREE, however, it costs money to put on (and if you were paying to see  these groups perform, the ticket price would be astronomical). Please be generous and purchase a few event tee-shirt (or two :) , patronize the booths (food and crafts will be available for purchase all day).

Tips: Get there early to stake out a spot in the shade because the sun can be brutal. Take plenty sunscreen, a big bottle of water, a wide brimmed hat and a mat to sit on. For more information and details about the line-up, visit: http://www.gabbypahinui.com/

28
Jun 13

The largest non-competitive hula event in Hawaii, the festival is held each year to honor Prince Lot Kapuaiwa who reprised this once forbidden dance.

The event will feature both ancient and modern forms, and dancers will perform on one of the few remaining “pa” (hula mounds) in Hawaii.

There is plenty of public seating, and local food and crafts will be available for purchase throughout the day. The event is free, so plan on picking up an event t-shirt to help ensure the viability of this wonderful cultural event.

 

28
Jun 13

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).

Ingredients:

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.

28
Jun 13

Because of the installation of solar photovoltaic panels, our carbon offset has totaled: 4,262 pounds which is the equivalent to planting 53 Blue Spruce Evergreen trees. And this carbon offset is just so far — since mid-February this year

(Below are our actual “before and after” Hawaii Electric Company “HECo” bills.
January 2013: $302.97, March 2013: $17.00 ($17 is the base cost for a connection to HECo). HOO HOO!

22
Jun 13

We love having past guests for a return visit. We call you our “ohana” (which means “family“ in Hawaii).

To welcome you home, we’d love to treat you out to dinner.

Use code SH45 when making your booking. Minimum nights apply. (This offer is valid on stays through 12/7/13, the promotional code expires on 7/6/13.)

08
May 13

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.

06
Feb 13

Last month we took the leap to “get off the grid” and had a photovoltaic solar system installed, which means we now have the ability to harvest all our energy from the sun! WOO HOO!!!

SO, the next time you’re on your computer or taking a shower or doing a load of laundry at Hale ‘Nalo, you can ENJOY the fact that you’re using only the sun’s energy!

Mahalo for your support!

A hui hou (“until we meet again”) from Hale ‘Nalo!

“PV” – the “new” beautiful!

10
Dec 12
We love thinking of ways to make it easy for past guests to return! This time, we’re giving away 1-2 free nights lodging.
Here’s how it works:
When you make a reservation (minimum: 5 nights), it is assigned an in-house number. (We cannot say what number we’re at now, but it is within fair striking distance…)
If your reservation number is “Lucky #562″:
- we will give you one free night!
- and your stay is in April-May 2013, we’ll give you two free nights!
This offer is exclusively for any past guest of Hale ‘Nalo!
(To qualify, the reservation must be for a stay prior to June 14, 2013. The winner is responsible for paying state and local taxes. Booking must be at least 5 nights. There is no monetary value to this offer.) The number 562 has no significance except that it is our lucky number. The winner may not upgrade their room selection.)
Good luck!