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And she would have us go out and pick up kiawe wood, which is like mesquite—it burns very hot and is very fragrant to cook on.
Alex McRaeFood: Sticky SpoonsFollowing the makers of olive oil and chocolate, beekeepers are increasingly using local flora to create epicurean varieties of honey that any food snob could love: Volcano Island Honey Co. harvests the flowers of kiawe trees on the Big Island to make its tropical and creamy Rare Hawaiian Organic White Honey ($11; volcanoislandhoney. com).
Salinity tolerance of the tree legumes mesquite (prosopis glandulosa var. torreyana, P. velutina and P. articulata), algarrobo (P. chilensis), kiawe (P. pallida) and tamarugo (P. tamarugo) grown in sand culture on nitrogen-free media.
A man who identified himself as Slein Kein said he climbs through kiawe trees to sleep in a cave on the side of Diamond Head.
But V Lounge, an unassuming pizzeria in Honolulu, is hellbent on keeping the craft alive, serving kiawe-wood-fired, Naples-style creations.