Food News

Local delights A new desserts and treats store, Big Island Delights, has opened in Ward Center across from Rainbowtique. Founded in Hilo, Big Island Delights specializes in gift baskets for the holiday season and sells items such as furikake party mix, macadamia nut cookies, lilikoi cookies and more.

1200 Ala Moana Blvd. Ste. 245, open Mon.–Sat. 10am–9pm; Sun., 10am–6pm, 597-9131, []

And local meats The County of Hawaii is investing $4.15 million to improve Paauilo Slaughterhouse, which will help secure the local grass-fed beef industry. Owned by the State and leased to Hawaii Beef Producers, it is one of two USDA certified slaughterhouses on the Big Island.

Dough bites Mama’Nita Scones has opened at the also newly opened HASR Bistro in Chinatown. Baked fresh every day, the scones come in flavors such as orange and chocolate, pineapple and coconut, strawberry and chocolate and special-order flavors such as currant or spiced chai.

31 N. Pauahi St., open Mon.–Sat., 7:30–10:30am, 753-9108, []

Free ranger A second location has opened for Honolulu Burger Co. near Kahala Mall. Owner Ken Takahashi is a pioneer in using local beef in hamburgers and insists on 100 percent grass-fed, hormone- and antibiotic-free meat from Big Island farms.

4210 Waialae Ave., open Sun.–Thu., 10:30am–9pm; Fri.–Sat., 10:30am–10pm

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