Ken’s House of Pancakes (Hilo, HI)

My wife and I wound up eating three times at Ken’s House of Pancakes, near Arnott’s Lodge where we were staying during our time in Hilo. It came up as a local favorite in a couple of sources. Our Mauna Kea tour guide also said it was his favorite place to get saimin. The fact... Continue Reading →

Hawaiian Mango and Passionfruit

Hawaii grows many tropical fruits that we on the mainland don't commonly see: guava, mangosteen, jack fruit, starfruit, rambutan, lychee, longan. There are, of course, pineapples, coconuts and banana. We saw several varieties of mango at the Hilo Farmers Market. The one we purchased is called a rapozo, huge and heavy with juice. Slicing into it... Continue Reading →

Torch Ginger

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, located 8.5 miles north of Hilo, has tropical plants from all over the world, but few of their flowering specimens match the beauty and spectacle of the aptly named torch ginger (Etlingera eliator) for which one of the garden's paths is named, and one of many ginger plantings in the garden.

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