Spotlight On The Menu: Hibiscus Nectar Cooler

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Here for the summer, our Hibiscus Nectar Cooler is one of my favorite drinks! Sweetened with 100% Hawaiian honey, packed with Vitamin C, and rich in antioxidants, it’s something you can feel good about drinking!
Hibiscus Nectar Cooler at Coffee Gallery
Here’s a peek into how it’s made!
hibiscus, rosemary, ginger and lime zest
Dried hibiscus flowers are simmered in water with fresh ginger, lime zest and rosemary, until it creates a strong tea.
Hibiscus tea is strained
It is then strained and mixed with lemon and lime juice, and sweetened with 100% Hawaiian honey.
hibiscus tea mixed with lemon and lime juice
It is then chilled and served!
chilled and served
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Spotlight On The Menu: The Turbo

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Need a jolt of caffeine? Available hot or iced, the “Turbo” is our way of kicking your coffee into overdrive by adding espresso to it.
Coffee Gallery Turbo
Simply choose from our brewed coffees of the day, the size you want, and how many shots you want added to it.
Coffee Of The Day at Coffee Gallery
Bring in one of our travel mugs to keep it nice and hot (or cold) for the road, and prepare for an amazing work day ahead!
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Explore Oahu: Lulumahu Falls and Kaniakapupu Ruins

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Please note: you need a (free) permit to do this hike. You can apply for it here: Lulumahu Falls / Kaniakapupu Ruins Permit
Lulumahu, a popular waterfall hike in the Pali region, is near the Kaniakapupu Ruins, better known as King Kamehameha III’s summer home.
Kaniakapupu Ruins, Oahu
If I hadn’t been with a group that was familiar with the trail, I would have completely passed by the ruins, and I don’t think I would have found the waterfall. Do your research before you head out, and follow the ribbons!
Kaniakapupu Ruins Summer Home
This was my first time hiking in the Pali region, and I LOVED it! It’s pretty easy to imagine yourself in a different world as you walk through the dense bamboo forest, and follow the winding trail along the the streams.
Pali Region Bamboo Forest
Lulumahu Falls is an impressive 50+ feet tall, and I wish I had brought a different lens to capture it!
It felt good to enjoy the quiet rainforest, and jump in the water to cool down.
Lulumahu Falls
This is definitely a hike I’ll be taking again.
Lulumahu Pools
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Explore Oahu: Kaneana Cave

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If I get a day to escape, I usually head to the west side of our island. It’s such a different world than the rest of Oahu, and even with multiple visits in the last few months, I’m still not tired of it!
As a photographer, I love Kaneana cave because of the lighting.  Bring a tripod if you want some cool photos! It’s dark enough in the cave that you’ll need a pretty slow shutter speed, for anything other than a silhouette.
Kaneana cave
I would have totally missed it, if I hadn’t driven to Yokohama Beach and seen it on my return.
The entrance is pretty grand, and the ceiling of the cave is surprisingly high.
Kaneana Cave Exploration
 We decided to find the upper cave we’d heard about, and I’d better start out with the fact that after we got back down, I noticed several signs warning “DANGER: Unexploded Ordinance. Do Not Enter” posted. Sorry, it was a beautiful view, but it appears to be illegal!
The upper cave was unimpressive compared to the lower one, being much smaller, and open. But I enjoyed the climb, and the view was beautiful.
 There's something peaceful about the West side that I can't get enough of, and for now, it will be my escape.  

 
Parking:
Not far before Makua Beach, park on the left side of the road, where there’s a large stone sign with “Kaneana - Malama I Ko Makou Aina” on it. Directly across the road will be the cave.
Restrooms:
None. You can find restrooms and an outdoor shower at Yokohama Beach, a couple miles down the road.
Insider tips:
This part of Oahu is not exactly tourist-friendly. Be courteous to the locals. You’re invading their home, so respect them.
Get to the west side by noon. Any later, and you’ll be sitting in traffic. 
While I’ve never had any issue, I’ve heard that theft is common in West Oahu. Don’t leave valuables in your car, and if you expect to use your tires, don’t leave your car after sundown.
 
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How To: Make Your Own Cold Brew Coffee!

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Caffeinated and cold, I'm not sure if there's a better summer beverage than Cold Brew Coffee for the hot and humid summer we experience here in Hawaii!

There are many benefits to choosing it over regular iced coffee (check out this blog post about Cold Brew), so why not work it into your summer routine!

 

In a large jar, add:

  • 1 part coarsely ground coffee (request a French Press grind, if you have us grind it)
  • 4-8 parts cool filtered water, depending on your desired strength.

Coffee Gallery Note: Any of our coffees work, but 100% Maui Kaanapali Estate Mokka makes a delicious cold brew!!

Give it a gentle stir, until well combined. 

Cover with something breathable (a paper towel or cheese cloth works well), and let stand at room temperature for at least 12 hours, and no more than 24.

After your desired steeping time, line a fine mesh sieve with a paper coffee filter and strain the cold brew.

If you don’t have a paper filter, use a cheese cloth or paper towel, repeating until you get your desired clarity.

Refrigerate with an airtight lid for up to 2 weeks.

To serve, pour your cold brew over ice, add milk, cream, simple syrup or whatever you want!

Enjoy!!

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