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The Holiday Season “Onslaught” is On!

Kamemeha Bakery – large box of assorted pastries

“Onslaught”, as in full scale attack on the bulge!

Arriving on the office snack table in just one day alone, are not only a big box of pastries from Kamehameha Bakery, courtesy of Diner C, but also another full box of Peanut Butter and Chocolate-dipped Peanut Butter Cookies from The Cookie Corner, courtesy of Diner JM. Then on Friday, not just a small box of Nanding’s buttery Spanish Rolls land on the table, but, courtesy of Diner JM again (who’s very skinny BTW), a warehouse club sized “Bombucha” box! Then on Monday, two trays of Baked Manapua (actually Charsiu Bau) from Fook Lam. Amongst many more goodies to come that will surely challenge us folks counting caloires. NO!!!!!!!!

“Resist. Must. Resist!”

The Cookie Corner – boxful of fresh-baked peanut butter and chocolate-dipped peanut butter cookies

Like your workplace probably experiences throughout the year, we’re showered with all kinds of goodies. However during the holiday season, it goes into “bombardment mode” as vendors and fellow coworkers get into the Christmas cheer.

Whether it’s candy ‘n snack gift packs, boxes ‘n baskets from appreciative vendors, Manapua, Half Moon ‘n Pork Hash from the boss, or everyone’s favorite Pumpkin Butter Pecan Cheesecake recipe from Nancy in accounting, there’s just no end in immediate sight – up until at least New Year’s Day – for those of us counting calories carefully, constantly having to put both our foot and spoons down.

The Cookie Corner – Peanut Butter Cookies

But tell me if you could resist trying at least a BITE of one of these fresh-baked Peanut Butter Cookies from The Cookie Corner, all the while it sits there TEMPTING you as you grab that cup of tea or coffee?…

“Eat me! Please Eat me!

Ha ha. I didn’t think so! So what I do is, instead of eating a whole one of whatever it is, I just cut off enough a piece to “sample” it, and that’s it. At least I got to taste it, which leaves me more than satisfied, as it would EAT ME UP having not at least doing that. Especially after everyone’s saying “Mmmmm, this is so ONO!”. ***Plugs ears with fingers and sings loudly “La-la-la… I can’t hear you!… la-la-la”*** lol

However, now THIS, I couldn’t eat just half, but HAD to eat the whole thing….

Kamehameha Bakery  – Poi Glazed Donut. 80¢ each ($9.60/dozen)

I really did try to convince myself after cutting KB’s Poi Glazed Donut in half for that photo op’ that’d I’d only eat half, but NOPE. No way. It’s just way too ONO to not eat the whole thing. OMG, this is SO good!

In fact, of all the times we’ve gotten pastries from Kamehameha Bakery over the years, this is the first time I’ve tried this particular pastry… and WOW. My word. Winnahz!

Kamehameha Bakery  – Poi Glazed Donut

I don’t know if there’s real taro in there, but whatever it is that gives this Poi Glazed Donut its dark brown crust and deep purple color inside; that’s the ticket right there.

With that, inside is so supple, with just the right balance of glutenous chew and airiness. Then you get that semi-hardened crystalized glaze that’s sort of broken apart on that dark-brown delicious crust and POW! In it to win it! This right here is THE perfect donut.

I swear, if you want to take a great box of omiyage to someone on the neighbor island or abroad, hit-up Kamehameha Bakery and buy them a box of these Poi Glazed Donuts. They’ll thank you over and over. I’d also highly recommend their Haupia Malasadas as well. In fact, go half Haupia Malasadas, and half Poi Glazed Donuts. Can’t go wrong with that simple combo.

From a previous post

Kamehameha Bakery – Haupia Malasada (with a token strawberry for presentation)

A few more Kamehameha Bakery goodies in the box…

Kamehameha Bakery – Poi Haupia Donut (90¢), Apple Fritter ($1.20) and Banana Bread (85¢)

A few Filipino favorites here, including Hopia, Pandecoco and this here Ensemada…

Kamehameha Bakery – Ensemada. 90¢ ($10.80/dozen)

Here’s Kamehameha Bakery‘s current price menu (as of 12/12/12)…

Download PDF version here

For Aloha Friday yesterday, Diner JM was so kind enough to share this massive box of Nanding’s buttery Spanish Rolls, this being from the Gulick Avenue location in Kalihi, a.k.a. “the center of Hawaii’s food universe”, a.k.a. “God’s Country”….

Nanding’s Spanish Rolls

Nanding’s Spanish Rolls

Nanding’s Spanish Rolls

Da’ kine, where when you go around the office to share this, you don’t say “Please have a Spanish Roll”, you say, “Please grab a handful of Spanish Rolls”. LOL!!!

They don’t look that buttery in this shot…

Nanding’s Spanish Rolls

Ah, that’s buttery better!..

Nanding’s Spanish Rolls

Goodness, I had to loosen my belt buckle one puka just posting those buttery Spanish Roll photos. But oh, are they oh-ho-ho-ho so masarap-sarap!

The holiday season “dieter’s nightmare” continues with yet more ono kine grindz in the form of Baked Manapua from Fook Lam, the dim sum restaurant in the Chinese Cultural Plaza, right across the river from my favorite credit union…

Fook Lam Baked Manapua (charsiu bau)

Fook Lam Baked Manapua (Charsiu Bau)

Sorry, but I didn’t eat the baked manapua. Can’t.

Then there’s these two tins of “Twix” like Delacre Chocolate Biscuit Crisp Sticks…

And then we have, of all things, KHON2 News logo cookies…

The holiday season “dieter’s nightmare” never ends. What a sweet fright!

Not to fret, as countering them absolutely delicious, yet mostly empty calories from all these festive holiday treats, presenting my Pak Choy Tofu Salad that’s part of my daily work week “Revolution 2012” lunch regimen…

Pomai’s Pak Choy Tofu Salad, ala Caprese

I actually have renamed this a Tofu Caprese Salad, as this time I used Mrs. Cheng’s Nigari Tofu, which turns out being even firmer than the Aloha Tofu brand and a bit creamier, loosely having the same characteristics as Mozarella cheese when incorporated in a salad…

Mr.s Cheng’s Nigari (firm) Tofu block, patted dry and ready for serving…

Along with the extra firm tofu, my simple salad ingredients are raw Pak Choy (the shorter version of Bok Choy), Cilantro and Green Onion…

That particlar stalk of Pak Choy looks a little wilted and old, because it is in fact almost two weeks old, but still good! One of my biggest peeves is wasting food, and I’ll use whatever I have until there’s absolutely NO life in it (or turning rotten), and this Pak Choy stalk is definitely still crisp enough to be enjoyable (and safe to consume).

So what I do is cut the leaves using a scissors, all the way down to the very base of the white part of the stalk, wasting NOTHING…

I’m pretty sure the highly fibrous white part of the stalk is where all the fat-burning digestive weaponry are stored…

I use MOST of this part, except for the very base part, that’s too tough to chew, at least in raw, uncooked form.

And voila, here’s my now what I’ll call Tofu Asian Salad, ala Caprese…

And what kind of dressing is that on there? Why my Costco fave’ of course, the Feast from the East “All Natural” Sesame Dressing (intended for the “classic” Chinese Chicken Salad)…

Plus, since I still have some left, an extra drizzle-zip-zappity-fizzle of this here Hawaiian Kine Ono Pineapple Drizzle (also from Costco)…

Hawaiian Kine Ono Pineapple Drizzle  – www.hawaiiankineflavors.com

As briefly mentioned previously, the reason I’m now adding Caprese in the name, is that Mr. Cheng’s tofu is noticeably more firm than the Aloha brand, while also being a bit more creamy in flavor, almost giving the impression of a soft cheese such as Mozzarella, especially when it’s masked by the dressing. Which as you know fresh Mozzarella is one of the main ingredients, along with tomato, basil and olive oil in the traditional Italian Insalata Caprese (salad).

Let’s have a bite…

I’m tellin’ ya’, this is truly like an Italian Caprese salad with an asian twist. A VERY asian twist. Oishii!!!! Sugoi Oishii yo!  The sweet-meets-acidic sesame oil dressing, which coats every leaf of the Pak Choy and herbs so evenly, along with the kick from the heat in the spicy Pineapple Drizzle, plus that citrus flavor from the Pineapple, all compliment the aromatic, distinctive flavors of the chinese parsley and pak choy. Then you have the tomato wedges working so well with the extra firm and creamy cubes of tofu, which totally twists this up in a GREAT WAY.

With that, I firmly believe that this simple salad, plus the Japanese green tea and extensive exercise are the essential key factors that’s helped me lose substantial weight, which my numbers have proved.

P.S.Time for weigh-in numbers again..


Ha ha. You can see my boxer “shorts” in the reflection of the scale’s glass deck. Eh, no look! lol  Actually, this one’s for reader Kiyo, who said she misses my “socks on scale” photos. So here ya’ go!

Let’s look at the numbers…

Pomai’s “Revolution 2012″ weight log**
5.05.12 – 207.0 lbs.
5.27.12 – 195.8 lbs.
6.02.12 – 194.6 lbs.
6.03.12 – 194.0 lbs.
6.09.12 – 191.4 lbs.
6.16.12 – 188.6 lbs.
6.23.12 – 189.8 lbs.
6.30.12 – 188.5 lbs.
7.05.12 – 187.5 lbs.
7.22.12 – 183.0 lbs.
8.27.12 – 180.9 lbs. 
9.09.12 – 177.0 lbs.
10.17.12 – 178.5 lbs.
10.27.12 – 176.4 lbs.
11.04.12 – 176.1 lbs.
11.10.12 – 174.7 lbs.
12.03.12 – 170.6 lbs.
12.06.12 – 170.3 lbs.
12.13.12 – 170.1 lbs. (BMI score = 25.1)

Total weight loss: 36.9 lbs.

Final target weight for December 31, 2012 – 165 lbs. (24.5 BMI = “normal body weight”)
**5’9″ height, male

5 lbs. in 18 day? I dunno’. If I can at least get close, like 167, I’d be satisfied with that.

Here’s a shot of yours truly in the office this morning (12.13.12, weight 170.1 lbs.)…

Pomai on 12.13.12 @ 170.1 lbs.

Same loose-fitting, now-oversized slacks, however a better-fitting, albeit kinda’ wrinkled lookin’ dress shirt. So I think you all know what I want for Christmas.. and no, it’s not an Iron. lol

P.P.S. A travel industry publicist who’s been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC and CW affiliates across the country, recently contacted me, interested in contributing as a guest blogger here on The Tasty Island, wanting to share her research & knowledge on Hawaii cuisine and cocktails, along with some easy-to-make Hawaii-themed recipes she’s come up with. I told her I’ve had a guest blogger featured here before, that I’ve since put a stop to due to a few loyal readers who protested it. Personally I ENJOYED having a guest blogger, as it helped fill “writer’s block” periods I’ve gone through, while also adding another perspective to what this blog covers, which is all about the food and culture of Hawaii.

You readers are most important to me, so I’d like YOUR opinion through a poll on whether or not you approve of having a guest blogger featured here on The Tasty Island. This poll will end in one week, on December 20, 2012, and the results will be announced soon after. Your vote will be highly appreciated. Mahalo!

P.P.P.S. I was at the Apple Store in Ala Moana yesterday afternoon picking up a repaired work computer, when while chatting with the service manager about yesterday being 12/12/12, he showed me a text message his buddy sent him on his iPhone, sent exactly at 12:12pm on 12/12/12, with a note “End of the world!” LOL!!!….

It’ll be neat for someone born yesterday to carry 12/12/12 as their birth date. I hear there were also a bunch of weddings yesterday. That’s smart planning.

I have an “acquaintance” who’s birthday is today? (Hau’oli la haunau to you!), however, of course there isn’t going to be a 13/13/13 next year. Perhaps with the “New Mayan Calendar”, there just may be!


29 thoughts on “The Holiday Season “Onslaught” is On!

  • December 13, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Pomai, what special store for your new wardrobe? My cousins from San Francisco like sauces a lot. Got to get some for them.

    • December 14, 2012 at 5:12 am


      I’ve got perfect timing for the after-Christmas sales that WILL happen as retailers try to clear out residual inventory. Nice! Wherever there’s MAJOR bargains on good quality stuff, I’m there!

      A note: I DREAD shopping (borderline on “hate”). Like with a passion. Ughhhhhhhhhhh. I’d rather carry sand across a desert than shop.

  • December 13, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Wow Pomai! Smokin’ HOT!!! Came across an old post of yours when I was looking for a sushi rice recipe. Too bad I small kine Pordagee and found the recipe AFTER I already bought the ingredients. Oh well, watcha gonna do. We have our office Xmas party tomorrow – we’ll see how many ppl actually eat the sushi rice! Ha~ Wish I was on Oahu to try those baked goods – send some our way! Come visit Oregon some time soon.

    • December 14, 2012 at 5:22 am

      Howzit Maka,

      You must be talking about the Crab & Shiitake Mushroom Casserole recipe, which is KILLER, and so easy to make. You’ll get it. Simply cook the rice, let it cool, then pack down in baking pan, about 1/2″ to 3/4″ thick. Make sure to pack it down tightly. Then sprinkle Furikake, then the crab & shiitake mushroom/mayo/sour cream mixture. Then bake it to brown the top so that it “crusts”. Let it cool, then serve with the Korean style Nori (the one in those individual packages). Super easy. Supah ONO! Good luck!

  • December 13, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I like the guest blogger idea – not that I don’t love your posts enormously but one of the reasons I subscribed to your blog is because I love Hawaii and want to read more about the place and the food.

    Can we get less baggy clothes in the next photo, show off your awesome hard work!

    • December 14, 2012 at 5:39 am


      I’m still up on the fence on, especially after seeing the poll results, comments and private emails rolling in so far. We’ll see.

      Next post photo more fitness-themed. ;-)

  • December 14, 2012 at 4:20 am

    I don’t mind guest bloggers as long as they’re interesting. Sorry, but your previous guest blogger was not!

    • December 14, 2012 at 6:03 am

      Fat Fudge,

      Well, we won’t know until we give her a chance. If she’s got such credentials as being featured on major television network affiliates, I’m willing to bet she has SOMETHING worth hearing about.

      Up to you folks. This is a democracy here. Only the poll will tell. Give it a week, and we’ll see!

  • December 14, 2012 at 7:26 am

    I like guest blogger idea. But two caveats: sometimes they can be bossy and if she/he is industry they may go only high-end. What this blog does is remind residents and expats of what we really like when no one is around. The cone sushi, Hula chow fun, okazuya, crackseed stuff.

    • December 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      Pat, well, this person sent me a recipe for local style pulled pork, and I must say, it sounds super ono! It’s a little “haole-fied” here and there with the ingredients, but I can see the direction she’s going with it.

      You know what? I’ll ask her if I can post that recipe in a comment here, so you folks can get a primer of what’s to come.. if she comes aboard.

      You’re right though. I vast majority of my readers are expats, or folks living here reminiscing the good ‘ole hanabatta dayz, what we miss, and what can still enjoy here that reminds us of our “local” identity.

      “Fru-Fru” stuff is fun too, though. Good to switch it up every now and then.

      • December 14, 2012 at 8:03 pm

        I personally agree. Particularly if they get the goods. lol

  • December 14, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Pomai- you look awesome!

    Holidays are crazy- at my work yesterday (it was one employee’s last day) there were malasadas from Leonard’s, doughnuts and cake from Napoleon’s, candy, homemade cookies, and caramel corn! Tis the season, lol!

    You are very inspiring and make healthy food look even better than pastries. Keep up the great work!

    • December 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm



      Wow, the “onslaught” is in full effect at your workplace as well, I see. Ouch! The temptations! What is Caramel Corn? Is that the one from Las Vegas, as in Caramel Popcorn? If so, they sell that at Costco now. GOOD stuff! Not good for weight loss though. “Resist. Must. Resist!”. LOL!

  • December 14, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I’m on the fence with a guest blogger. Kirk at Yoso has regular guests but his blog is focused on SoCal. I agree with Pat that us expats like the local flavor, culture and pidgin you bring to your posts. Its fun when you talk about about the hanabata days stories like the old school candy post. BTW, that taro donut looks so good. What is okole bread listed on the menu?

    • December 14, 2012 at 5:03 pm


      True ‘dat, cuz. I certainly try to throw in as much “local flavor” as possible in my writing style, as I know I connect best with not only the folks who live or have lived in Hawaii, but also to introduce our unique mixed culture to those not from here but are interested in learning about it. Da’ kine laddat. lol

      As for the Okole Bread, Diner E brought one from Kam Bakery (shhh, don’t tell the KSBE students I said that!) to work, and I tried it. It’s just like the one from Molokai, at least in shape (like an Okole), except the flavor is more like Portuguese Sweet Bread, albeit white in color, not yellow. I have photos. Will blog it later.

  • December 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Pomai, after the holidays go shopping but you might not get as of right now good deal on clothing. I now will get some the dressings you post since they look so good but got try it out for taste. I will make a Chinese chicken salad with it.

    • December 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      Kelike, now that I think about it, I really won’t be ready to go clothes shopping until I reach below 165, which likely won’t happen until some time in January or February 2013.

      You can’t go wrong with that Sesame Dressing from Costco. It’s reasonably priced at 5.49 for a big bottle, and a little goes a long way on your salad, as it evenly coats every surface of whatever’s on the plate or bowl. I was just in Costco today, and couldn’t find the Ono Pineapple Drizzle. You might have to check the supermarket for that one. It’s really ono though, and worth seeking out!

  • December 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    If you do end up featuring posts from guest bloggers, could you please make that clear in the post titles so that those of us who aren’t interested can tell which posts are yours and which are from the guest blogger? I selected the “I’m only interested in Pomai’s posts” option.

  • December 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm


    To be honest, I’m quite flattered that some of you have voted that you only want to read what yours truly writes, and I thank you for that! :-)

    If the final poll results go in favor of featuring guest bloggers here, I will be sure to note in the title that it’s a guest blogger’s post. Same like how I label ‘Press’ Posts, which are essentially media press releases sent out by businesses as “free” advertising to get the word out about events involving their business.

  • December 15, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Pomai, you crack me up! The socks/scale shot was over due so thanks for that. I wish we had locally made tofu on Maui but I haven’t seen any. I LOVE tofu and now I’m craving a watercress tofu salad, yum. Congratulations on losing so much weight. It’s no easy task and takes a lot of hard work (keeping your hands out of the cookie jar). Aloha!

    • December 15, 2012 at 5:57 pm


      What cracked you up? I’m guessing what I said about seeing my boxer shorts in the reflection of the scale. Next time I’ll do my weigh-in nude and see what shows up in the shot. LOL! J/K.

      There used to be Tamashiro Tofu Factory in Wailuku, however I tried calling them recently, and was told by someone running a business that took over the same number (strange) that they’ve since closed shop. The Tofu biz is hard work and profit margins are very slim. Which is why Paul is trying to diversify his company with spin-off products. They really need to find a way to mass-produce their FANTASTIC Tofu Mousse cups. It would sell like MAD at Costco, guaranz!!!

      The problem with the cookie jar “crisis”, is it comes to me, I don’t go to it. At least in an office environment. That’s why I used the term “onslaught”. War!

      Note, I edited this post and added Nanding’s buttery Spanish Rolls to it. I tell ya’, the “onslaught” never ends!

      Hey, check out these “Surfing Santas” spotted on the beach today (Saturday)…

      surfing santas

      Ho Ho Ho… Surf’s up, Rudolf!…

      ho ho ho... surf's up rudolf!

  • December 15, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    That is one firm okole Rudolf like try rein in.

  • December 15, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Oh, those poi glazed doughnuts look so ono. As I may have said in an entry years ago, I grew up with Liliha Bakery as my spot, so Kamehameha Bakery had always escaped me. Plus I didn’t have a car at the time. However, when I get back home (hopefully next year), I will make it a mandatory stop.

    • December 16, 2012 at 9:24 am


      Kamehameha Bakery is by far one of the best bakeries on this island, with the best prices to boot. Again: 1 dozen Poi Glazed Donuts + 1 dozen Haupia Malasadas. Nuff said. Everyone you serve that to will be not just happy, but ELATED. Promise! ;-)


      A note on this post: I’m going to keep it “open”, meaning I’ll continuously edit it over the course of the next week, up until Christmas day on Tuesday, December 25, 2012, adding more Holiday Season “goodies” as they roll in and on our snack table. Surely the “onslaught” will continue until then. Likely even after that, heading into New Year’s Day. That will also “buy” me time to loose a pound or two for an updated photo.

      Please keep the votes coming in on having a guest blogger here or not, and thank you to all who have already voted. Huge Mahalos!

      • December 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm

        FYI: The “onslaught” continues, where today we were treated by one of our vendors to a few dozen baked manapua from Fook Lam Chinese Dim Sum Restaurant, located in the Chinese Cultural Plaza, right across the river from my favorite credit union. Sorry, but I can’t eat that, yet took a couple photos to “share”.

        As for the guest blogger opinion poll, so far it looks like a vast majority of you are in favor of it. Which I’M quite surprised. And yes, I’m very much flattered by those of you who only want to read my articles. I love you, man. He-hee!

  • December 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Funny you should blog about Kamehameha Bakery. Last week, a client from Oahu came here to Maui and brought to our office, a half dozen Poi Glazed Donuts and a half dozen Poi Haupia Donuts from Kamehameha Bakery. Got to take a couple home and since we don’t have anything similar here on Maui, it was a nice treat! The Christmas onslaught has hit our office too, but not as much as yours. We have the traditional gift basket with local goodies, chex mix, Belgian cookies from Costco, and today, an assortment of homemade brownies, lemon bars, and maybe chocolate mochi? We’ll see when I sample it in a bit. Happy Holidays!

    • December 18, 2012 at 8:03 am


      Interesting that your client chose Kam’ Bakery (shshh, don’t tell the KSBE students I said that!) Poi Glazed Donuts and Haupia Malasadas… must have read this post before making his/her decision. LOL.

      Well, you “Mauiians” have Komoda Bakery in Makawao, with their famous butter rolls. Of course, also, I’d NEVER leave Maui without a couple scoops of some Tasaka Guri Guri. “Goodie Goodie” is truly something unique to Maui that’s underrated/underadvertised to the max. A good thing!

      One more shot from last Sunday, reflecting…

      Pomai at 170.1 lbs. @ the beach, 12.16.12

      • December 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

        Funny you should mention Tasaka Guri Guri. My boss’s wife’s family owns Tasaka so every once in a while, we get a nice cool afternoon treat at the office.

        And while I love Komoda Bakery butter rolls, I LOVE Four Sister’s Bakery butter rolls even more. I think it’s because they use more butter and there’s the strong butter taste to the last bite, whereas there are always a couple of bites of the Komoda rolls where there isn’t that buttery taste.

        • December 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm


          Comments like yours are why I value you readers here so much. I (and everyone else) wouldn’t have known about Maui’s Four Sister’s Bakery “mo’ buttah, mo’ bettah” buttery butter rolls had you not mentioned it. Huge mahalos for the info’! Will certainly add to my Maui must-do list! ;-)


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