Episode 101: Supporting Local Businesses at Made in Hawaii Festival 2023: Part 2

by | Aug 18, 2023

Welcome to Part 2 of our Made in Hawaii series. We’re joined by Paul Rivera, Executive Chef of Hula Girl Waikiki! We dive deep into Hawaii’s rich culinary tapestry, discussing his ascent from a culinary student to a celebrated chef.

Our chat unravels the mysteries of the Hawaiian superfruit, Noni, with Puna Noni. We’ll also welcome local chef and restaurant owner, Keaka Lee from Hapa Hale. And finish on the Big Island with Ahualoa Family Farms.

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What we discuss within this episode:

Local Chefs

  • Insights from Executive Chef Paul Rivera of Hula Girl Waikiki.
  • Insights from Hapa Hale’s chef and owner, Keaka Lee.
  • Highlighting sustainable culinary practices.
  • Collaborations with local farmers for fresh produce.
  • Special mention of breadfruit (‘Ulu) in Hawaiian dishes.
  • Glimpse into the “Made in Hawaii Festival”.

Puna Noni

  • Introduction to the Hawaiian superfruit, Noni.
  • Discussion on the health benefits of Noni juice.
  • Tips for integrating Noni into daily meals.

Ahualoa Family Farms

  • Tour of Ahualoa Family Farms on Hawai’i Island.
  • Overview of the Honoka farm, known as the oldest macadamia factory.
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Bryan Murphy

Bryan Murphy

Bryan Murphy, owner of Hawaii’s Best Travel, is a certified Hawaii destination expert from the Hawaii Visitors Bureau. He actively participates in the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau as a member and has a strong educational background focused on local culture and sustainability. As the host of “Hawaii’s Best Travel,” a top-30 US travel podcast, Bryan combines his years of experience with valuable insights. He connects with a broad online community, reaching nearly half a million people, and offers a richer, more responsible way to experience Hawaii.