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Anahola Granola

Ever go shopping at Costco or Sam’s, and see a food product you’re curious about, wishing the sample lady or gentlemen will one day be handing some out for tasting? One of those try before you buy “want” not “need” products?

While I always have oatmeal or some type of “nutty” cereal on-hand in my pantry, Anahola Granola is one of those products that always grabs my attention in the aisles at Costco. “Hmmm, I wonder?”

Ironically without ever telling her my interest, as it turns out, Diner C bought some the other day, showing up to work this morning announcing, “Hey Pomai, wanna’ try some Anahola Granola?” Well, YES! Yes, I do!

While Anahola Granola is now manufactured (still by hand) in Hanapepe on the south-west side of Kauai, after moving from Washington state, company founder Becky’s first home on the Garden Isle was deep in Anahola Valley on the opposite side of the island. This is where Becky first began her island journey sharing her delicious granola with the folks of Kauai. So the name is legitimate, and not just chosen for its catchy rhyme.

As an FYI, Anahola is a quiet Hawaiian Homestead town made up predominantly of native Hawaiians, located on the north-east side of Kauai. As you drive from the bustling town of Kapa’a, past Wailua, on your way to Hanalei, you’ll come across Anahola, where it’s now becoming a popular weekend stop by both tourists and locals for their increasingly popular Anahola Hawaiian Land Farmers Market.

Photos of Anahola Hawaiian Land Farmer's Market, Kauai
This photo of Anahola Hawaiian Land Farmer’s Market is courtesy of TripAdvisor

According to Anahola Granola’s website, “All of our products are made with the highest quality ingredients, with no preservatives. We use a healthy portion of nuts and seeds, the best unsulphered tropical fruits available, canola oil and Hawaiian honey. The special flavoring in our products is pure vanilla made from Madagascar beans, which we grind and infuse to our exact specifications.” They also claim that many upscale hotels and restaurants throughout Hawaii serve Anahola Granola exclusively to their guests.

Let’s open the bag and check it out…


Anahola Granola Original

Mmm, lots of seeds ‘n nuts, indeed! Already a winner in my book! Anahola Granola also sells several other varieties with dried fruits and such.


Anahola Granola Original

I didn’t have any yogurt or milk on-hand to accompany it, but that’s OK, as I enjoy snacking on granola by itself as well.

And? Winnahz! Notice there’s no sugar, just Hawaiian Honey (not da’ kine on River & Hotel Street at midnight). With that, it has just the right amount of sweetness that tastes natural. It still tastes like I’m eating breakfast, not a candied health snack, if you know what I mean.


Anahola Granola Original

There’s a generous ratio of walnuts ‘n seeds to granola, plus shards of toasted coconut, although the coconut part was rather scarce. I thought maybe the coconut had fallen to the bottom of the bag, but I looked carefully, and that wasn’t the case. The walnuts are nice ‘n chunky, with an ever-so-delicate coating of honey to sweeten them up and help mask their inherent bitterness. The shelled sunflower seeds and sesame seeds are plain with no salt or sugar coating them, which is good, as they add nuttiness without muddling the granola flavor.

As for the Madagascar Vanilla, it’s very, very subtle, which I’ll take the liberty to assume like baking in general, is used for this recipe primarily as an overall flavor enhancer.

Texture-wise, it’s super duper crispy-crunchy, making that a huge selling point!

Anahola Granola is simply an excellent made in Hawaii product that tastes fresh, balanced and of the highest quality standards. It’s totally worth a try and highly recommended!

What? Anahola Granola
Where can I buy it and how much does it cost? Online and at fine retailers all around Hawaii ($7.99 per 24 oz. package at Costco on Oahu)
Big Shaka to: Naturally sweetened with Hawaiian Honey (no refined sugar!). Not too sweet, but jusssss’ right! Generous helping of chunky, lightly sweetened walnuts, unsalted sunflower seeds and sesame seeds. Tastes like a high quality natural food product (because it is). Nice ‘n crunchy, not stale at all, like it had just been made yesterday. Zip lock package keeps product fresh. Very catchy “Anahola Granola” marketing name. Anahola Farmers Market.
No shaka to: Could use more toasted coconut. Not having fresh fruits, milk and yogurt conveniently available in the lunchroom refrigerator.
The Tasty Island rating: 5 Ume Musubi

(5) Superb. Worthy of repeat purchases. (Broke Da’ Mout’!)

Official website: AnaholaGranola.com

Related links:
Anahola Granola – Trip Advisor user reviews
Anahola Hawaiian Land Farmers Market – Trip Advisor user reviews
Anahola Farmers Market – Yelp user reviews
Kauai’s Official Travel Site – GoHawaii.com/Kauai
Costco Made in Hawaii Eats – The Tasty Island

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10 thoughts on “Anahola Granola

  • December 4, 2013 at 8:57 pm
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    They actually do make the product from very good and fine ingredients. And have for years. The profit margins are thin. Kauai only has so many people with money. Nice people also. Give her a call and interview. Be ready to show her your blog page here,I think she would enjoy it.

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  • December 5, 2013 at 12:29 am
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    I give it a try. I like to make into cookies and muffins with it for an easy way to eat it. Like to add dried fruits to mixture also.

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  • December 5, 2013 at 5:45 am
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    @ Amy – If you go to the Anahola Granola website’s blog page, they have a recipe for what looks and sounds like a quite delicious pie crust.

    @ pat – I sent Becky an eMail about this review. Hey, have you ever been to the Anahola Farmers Market? Next time I make a hop to Kauai, that’s on my MUST-DO list for a review on this blog. Should be VERY interesting. ;-)

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    • December 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm
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      Well, our farmer’s markets are kind of puny, to be truthful. I recently went to the Maui College one on Saturday, beats anything on Kauai IMHO.
      And while on Maui don’t forget to try Tante’s (Kahului) sweet potato salad. My wife can’t resist. I order Pork and Peas with Mac.

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      • December 5, 2013 at 7:20 pm
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        pat (fwd to: wife),

        Manabu’s Okinawan Sweet Potato Macadamia Nut Salad…

        Okinawan Sweet Potato Macadamia Nut Salad

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        • December 5, 2013 at 7:41 pm
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          Hey! Weren’t you the guy said no peas in potato salad? LOL

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          • December 6, 2013 at 6:17 am
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            Well, in the case with Manabu’s, they encourage a macrobiotic diet for better health and weight management, which most of their musubi and side dish recipes follow. And peas are a part of the macrobiotic dietary list (used occasionally). Seriously, if you want some AMAZING musubi, you gotta’ try Manabu’s on your next visit to Oahu. Go when they first open, because they sell out quickly! Oh, and that Okinawan Sweet Potato and GREEN PEA salad was seriously oishii as well!

            I also recommend Musubi-Ya Iyasume in Waikiki on Koa Street, behind the Hyatt Regency Hotel. AWESOME Musubi, too!

  • December 7, 2013 at 11:12 am
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    my first time sending anything over a blog article…so hope it goes through!
    Pomai – I have followed your Blog for a while – really enjoy all your articles and especially enjoyed your recipes and cooking demos – your Big Island Smoke Meat actually has turned me on to Smoking Meats in general and I have others than have also followed suit! so what happened to your continuing the cooking ideas?!?

    Anyways, while I do enjoy the Anahalo Granola – can be hard to get when needed and a little pricey to me. Not to take any business away from Becky – but someone provided a recipe for “homemade Granola” which is pretty economical and easy to make!

    10 cups Quaker Oats (or similar…buy the large boxes from Costco)
    1/2 cup oil (canola, mac nut, etc)
    1/2 cup honey
    Mix honey/oil mixture thoroughly (shaker bottle?) and pour into Oats and mix thoroughly
    Bake at 325 degrees – stirring occassionally
    after about 15/20 minutes – add a cup (or more if like) chopped Almonds (or any other nuts)
    Continue baking to get moisture out of nuts and to bake oats.Add two cups of sweetened/shredded coconut (type used in baking)- add a cup (or more of shelled sunflower seeds)
    Continue baking and stirring until coconut turns a nice light shade of brown.
    Continue baking until oat meal turns a nice light shade of brown – to your preference
    Remove from oven
    Stir in 1 cup of dried cranberries, 1 cup of raisins, 1 cup of dried dates. – according to your taste (appricots, whatever dried fruits on sale….continue stirring in heated mixture. then let
    cool – store in zip lock bags and refrigerate.
    Great with Yogurt, Fruits and plain as a snack!
    Above mixture will produce about three really full quart size zip lock bags.

    Tom

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    • December 7, 2013 at 12:54 pm
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      Tom,

      Glad you enjoyed the smoked meat recipe.

      For 2014, I’d like to walk through a number of recipes from three cookbooks I’ve received as gifts recently: the Aloha Tofu cookbook, the Hurry Up and Wait cookbook, and the What Maui Likes to Eat cookbook.

      Thanks for sharing the Granola recipe! Sounds pretty similar to the Anahola Granola formula, and no question more economical.

      There’s a story Becky shared on her blog about there being a shortage of oatmeal from their mainland supplier at a crucial time when they had to provide huge volume to make their debut at all Hawaii Costco locations.

      I’m curious if Hawaii’s climate would be conducive for growing Oat Grass. More so, would it be economically feasible?

      http://www.madehow.com/Volume-5/Oatmeal.html

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oat

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  • December 7, 2013 at 11:02 pm
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    Oooh – the power of suggestion. I was at Costco today, saw the Anahola Granola, so of course I had to get a bag. ‘Cuz Pomai said! :-) Haven’t tried it yet…..

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