Dec 12

These luscious cookie bars may resemble ordinary lemon squares, but there’s nothing ordinary about them! Tart passionfruit and tangy lime complement each other perfectly. The crust can be made with graham crackers (or whatever cookies you have on hand or that need eating :)


7 ounces of cookie crumbs

5 tablespoons butter, melted

4 tablespoons brown sugar

Pinch of salt

3 big juicy limes

3 ounces soft cream cheese

14 oz sweetened condensed milk

1 egg yolk

1/3 cup passionfruit juice or fresh pulp (see tip on removing seeds)

Directions: (Preheat oven to 325º)
  • Lightly spray/oil a 9″x9″ inch (or equivalent sized) baking pan.
  • Process the cookies in a food processor until they are fine crumbs. Stir the melted butter, brown sugar, and pinch of salt into the crumbs. Blend well.
  • Press the crumbs firmly into the pan, making a smooth layer.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  • Zest 2 of the limes and chop until fine, then juice all 3 limes, taking care to remove the seeds.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the: condensed milk, lime juice, *passionfruit pulp (see below), cream cheese, egg yolk, a pinch of salt, and 1 tablespoon of the lime zest.
  • Pour this mixture into the pan over the cookie crust. Return pan to the oven and bake until center is set, about 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove pan from the oven and let cool on a rack for at least an hour. Chill in the refrigerator for another hour before cutting. Sprinkle bars with remaining lime zest.

*Note: To remove passionfruit seeds when using fresh pulp: scoop the pulp out of the fruit to measure 1/3C, then pulse pulp briefly in a blender or food processor (this breaks the seeds away from the juice) then press through a sieve to remove seeds. This takes a few minutes but the results are well worth it. A guaranteed hit at parties!

Nov 12

We love to grow things in our gardens… to help our planet (no transportation to the markets), to help our bodies (fresh is so healthy!), and to provide for our guests fresh herbs and greens while they are traveling, a real treat we’ve been told.

So, in the spirit of loving our planet and healthful sharing, we will let you know when what is ready. As guests, you’ll enjoy the bounty. Warm aloha to you :)

Nov 12

We’ve dedicated a 30 meter section of our hedge to a new installation of apple bananas. These are the really yummy ones that make other bananas obsolete!

It’ll take 6-8 months for them to  start producing. We are excited and can barely wait!

Another reason we’ve put these in where they are is so that they will provide more shade to our Mauka Garden Suite. We choose green-options when it comes to keeping cool… fans, cross ventilation, high ceilings…. and now, a stand banana trees that will provide additional shade to this suite, making it even more comfy.

Nov 12

Colton Farms, located in Waimanalo, has started a petting zoo. In it you’ll see wild pigs, lots of chickens, geese and even a few burros. This is a serious stop, folks.

Sep 12
Here’s how it works: You get $50, they get $50 too!

The Hale Nalo “Refer a Friend” Program makes it easy for you to tell your family, friends and colleagues about us and get rewarded at the same time! For every one of your referrals who becomes our paying guest, we will notate your guest record with a $50 credit. In addition, your referrals also get a $50 credit on their first-time booking. The following terms and conditions apply to this Program:

  1. You (aka “Referrer”) must be a past guest.
  2. Your family, friends, or colleagues (aka “Referees”) must book a first-time stay with us.
  3. You may earn one referral credit per booking (Couples will count as one referral.)
  4. Referees must choose “Refer a Friend” when prompted to say how they heard about us.
  5. Referees must tell us that you referred them when booking (in the “guest comments” area).
  6. Referees will get $50 deducted from their total on their first stay.
  7. You will also receive a $50 credit for each of your referrals that book a first-time stay.
  8. Referral program credits do not apply for any referrals prior to September 2012.
  9. Hale Nalo referral credits are not transferable or redeemable for cash; they expire 2 years after they post, so chop-chop!
  10. Hale Nalo reserves the right to terminate the account(s) of any guest for any reason.
  11. Hale Nalo will not store your referees’ names in any marketing database and will not contact your referees (other than to send a one-time email) unless your referees become our guest.
  12. Hale Nalo may amend these terms and conditions from time to time and the revised terms and conditions shall become effective immediately upon posting. Hale Nalo reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or cancel the Program at any time.

P.S. “We” and “us” refer to Hale ‘Nalo Beachside Vacation Rentals.

Last updated Sept 15, 2012

Aug 12

Beat The Heat is the place to be tomorrow night. Go rub elbows with anyone who is anyone in the honolulu art scene. Enjoy eats from celebrated Town, music by Kalani and the Cruisers, or take a tour of Boardshorts: A Perfect Fit (meet docents inside the gallery) and participate in art activities for a chance to win prizes. Groovy night in store no doubt.

Aug 12

Check out this list I found online. Although there are ads tucked in, it’s a pretty darned good list and I give it my thumbs up!

Aug 12

Vacationing in Hawaii means spending lots of time outdoors doing all sorts of aerobic exercise such as hiking, swimming and cycling, and the beach is often used as a gym for those who must leave their 24 Hour Fitness behind.

For example, there is a log on the beach that we use for doing pushups on an incline. We love the challenge of walking and running on the 3.5 mile white sand beach and of course, tai chi and yoga can be practiced also at the beach in an incredibly serene setting.

The foods you eat also play a big role in keeping you fit. Fresh fruits like papaya and coconut abound, as do restaurants that serve up fresh fish steamed local-style with a little cilantro and ginger. Our local “Sweet Home Waimanalo” is a restaurant that is committed to providing healthy options, including vegetarian. Our visitors have many choices to eat healthfully.

We embrace healthy living and will be glad to support our guests’ commitment to health whilst our guest. Aloha!

Aug 12

I did this many years ago while on a voyage from Molokai to Lanai. As we sailed, we happened into a school of dolphins and so the skipper, Rob Barrel, dumped the sails. When I saw the dolphins, I jumped overboard. Rob tossed me my snorkel mask and when I looked into the water, I saw that I was surrounded by dolphins that looked like they were in a ballet. It was a magical moment in my life.

This experience can still be had. I highly recommend Wild Side Tours out in east Oahu.

For conscientious adventure seekers who want to explore Hawaii’s amazing marine heritage with an eco-sensitive, respectful marine biologist guide choose Wild Side Tours. (We do not support industries that profit by keeping wild animals in captivity.)

In addition to swimming with wild dolphins, you may find yourself snorkeling alongside native Hawaiian sea turtles (“honu”) on coral reefs and encountering whales (year-round). Wonderful staff. Tip: their “Best of the West” tour rocks!


Aug 12

Hale ‘Nalo is a one-minute walk to this beach, rated the #1 beach in the world by ISLANDS magazine (June 2011)

This beach is close enough to hear the waves lull you to sleep (but far enough away to not disturb your sleep)…

A full 3.5 miles long, this white sandy beach is fantastic for taking long walks, work on your tan, swimming, shelling, watching the sun come up, people watching, having a picnic, reading a book, napping… and it is not at all unusual to have the beach to yourself.

We offer beach towels, beach chairs, boogie boards, swim fins, coolers and cold drinks, all complimentary and for your enjoyment.