Thursday, August 29, 2013

Macadamia - The Queen of Nuts

What looks like a small lime when on the tree, a kukui nut on the ground and requires a special nutcracker applying 300 lbs. of pressure per inch to open? You guessed it, the Macadamia Nut!  Native to the rainforests of Australia, Aborigines revered this Queen of all nuts, often reserving them for ceremonial offerings. In 1882,  the first Macadamia nut seeds were planted on the Big Island’s Hamakua Coast. The evergreens found the volcanic soil to their liking and the rest is history.  Today, Hawaii grows 90% of the world’s Macadamia nuts and nearly all come from the Big Island. Hawaii’s harvest estimates last year were impressive; approximately 58 million pounds of nuts from 1.2 million trees on 15,000 acres. Did you know the Mac Nut, without a chocolate coating,  is one of the healthiest nuts on the planet? As a good source of protein and high levels of mono-unsaturated fats (nearly 86%), moderate consumption of Macadamia oil or nuts may actually reduce cholesterol.  During your next stay at Holualoa Inn, sample our nuts or for a sweet splurge, try making Chef Crystal’s out of this world Macadamia Nut Shortbread Cookies! 

Big Island Macadamia Nut Shortbread Cookies

½ cup chopped macadamia nuts
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 stick unsalted butter
½ tsp Kosher salt
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°
Bake 10 minutes or until golden
Makes about 24 cookies

 -Pulse macadamia nuts in food processor until finely ground.
 -In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together nuts, sugar, butter and salt.
 -Mix in flour until just incorporated.
 -Shape dough into a long rectangle, approximately 16” by 2” by 1”.
 -Wrap in parchment paper and refrigerate for at least one hour.
 -Cut dough into squares and lay on cookie sheet.
 -Place in oven and bake until golden.
 -Remove from oven and let cool on cooling rack.
 -Melt chocolate chips in microwave or double boiler
 -Dip bottom half of cookie and let set.
 -Garnish with additional macadamia nuts, if desired.
 -Eat and enjoy!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Lomi Lomi Massage - Ancient Hawaiian Healing Art

While on vacation on The Big Island, take time to relax, heal and rejuvenate through the “Loving Hands” of a Lomi Lomi massage therapist. Lomi Lomi literally translates as massage, however,  the practioner’s goal is to encourage mental as well as physical relaxation.  
Lomi Lomi has been a sacred form of healing and physical therapy for Hawaiians over the centuries.  Considered spiritual healers, the Kapuna (elders) and Kahuna (master practitioners) would pass their sacred knowledge down through the generations.  This healing art addresses the body’s need for balance between physical and spiritual health in order to engage the restorative power of Mana, our life force.  

What to expect? Your session will likely begin with a moment of silence as your practitioner offers a blessing or prayer for healing to occur. The practice of Ho’oponopono, mental cleansing and forgiveness, will open the mind to cure, so set your intention from the start.

Bodywork includes a wave-like rhythm of hand and forearm massage to knead out fibrous deposits, stimulate blood flow, flush toxins and relieve muscle spasm.  The therapist will use carefully blended oils comprised of native Hawaiian ingredients such as kukui nut, macadamia, tuberose and plumeria. It is common for practitioners to plant, nurture and mix their ingredients with great care and reverence, as the aromatherapy oils are integral to the experience.

Lomi 'Ili'ili refers to the technique of using hot stones during the treatment. The warmed stones are incorporated into the rhythmic motion of your therapist’s hands and arms. Enjoy the smooth and soothing feel of the stones as an even deeper dimension is added to the bodywork. 

Sound relaxing? Add the sanctuary like surrounding of Holualoa Inn’s open air massage Hale Luana, and all the ingredients are in place for a stellar body treatment and a unique Hawaiian experience. Let our Holualoa Inn staff book you a Lomi Lomi massage during your next stay with us.

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