Food Box

Living a gourmet lifestyle

Padovani’s Chocolates, Blue Hawaii Lifestyle / The holiday season isn’t quite over yet, and neither is gift giving. For emergency holiday gifts, there are two easy shops to pop into for locally made edibles. Forego the stacks of chocolate-covered-macadamia-nut boxes at Costco for Padovani’s Chocolates in The Shops at Dole Cannery. Here, exquisite chocolates in more than 40 different flavors–from Hawaiian ginger ganache to Kalamansi soft caramel–are presented like jewels. A well-curated selection of locally made gifts is available at Blue Hawaii Lifestyle in Ala Moana Shopping Center. There’s Big Island Bees’ ‘Ohia Lehua honey, a white, creamy honey; Aikane Plantation Coffee from Kau, an Alan Wong favorite; 4 J’s Hawaiian Gourmet Sugars & Salts, with salts in flavors like kiawe smoke and garlic, and sugars in mango and lychee. The cafe also offers pick-me-ups to get you through the holiday season (and beyond), like one of Honolulu’s best acai bowls and a selection of Ono Pops newest flavors, including Butter Mochi and Maunakea Tea.

Padovani’s Chocolates, The Shops at Dole Cannery, 650 Iwilei Rd., #280. 536-4567, []

Blue Hawaii Lifestyle, Ala Moana Shopping Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., #2312. 949-0808, []