Aloha and welcome to My Lilikoi Kitchen.

I live in Kihei on the island of Maui where the weather is always warm and sunny.  The very idea of rain excites us because it’s a rare occasion when it comes our way, however, the sunny days are good for the garden where we grow tomatoes, cucumbers, assorted peppers, papayas, mangoes, avocados and lots of herbs.

Though it’s so beautiful here on Maui, everyone needs a vacation, right?  My husband John and I visit San Francisco once or twice a year where the food is superb and the farmer’s markets sell gorgeous produce, fresh tamales, handmade pasta, really good bread and the list goes on.  These trips inspire me to cook delicious meals for family and friends back home in Hawaii.

I love to cook all types of food, Italian, Mexican, Japanese, vegetarian.  One of our favorites is pizza.  If we only had an oven that heated up to 1000 degrees our pizza pies would be done in 2 minutes!

Well thank you for visiting with me and I hope you find a recipe or two that you’d like to try sometime.


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  • Reply gwen* November 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    aloha kiyo!
    great site!!..love the photos, and great recepies! yum!:)

    • Reply Kiyo November 13, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      Hi Gwen,
      Thank you very much for visiting My Lilikoi Kitchen!
      Aloha, Kiyo

  • Reply Valerie March 29, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Wow! Amazing recipes and photos!
    You know how to COOK!
    I’m going to try one out for dinner tonight, the hard part is deciding which one. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing all your inspiration and creativity.

    • Reply Kiyo March 29, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      Thank you Val for visiting my food blog! Cooking is one of my favorite things to do. I hope you’ll enjoy some of the recipes I posted.
      Aloha and mahalo!

  • Reply Katherine Franz June 28, 2013 at 3:00 am

    I logged into your website today and am in absolute awe… What a talent you are! Your website is sensational – better than any professional, in fact, you should consider a career in the industry! The photos capture the fresh ingredients so well and all the dishes look scrumptious. This is better than any cookbook and I will log on to try out many of your recipes.
    Thank you!
    Warm regards, Katherine

    • Reply Kiyo June 28, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Hi Katherine,
      Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog and for all of your kind compliments. I still have much to learn from my fellow bloggers! I love trying out new recipes and any spare time is spent cooking (or shopping for food to prepare) then inviting a few friends over for dinner. Mahalo!

  • Reply Nancy Ciacci July 27, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Wow-looks great…can’t wait to try some, I want to try the Quinoa salad!!!!

    • Reply Kiyo July 30, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      Hi Nancy,
      Thanks! Let me know how your quinoa salad turns out.


  • Reply Marissa Selders October 3, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Hi Kiyo,
    My brother is looking for someone to make 100-125 small 4-6 oz. jars of lilikoi jam/butter as favors for their wedding Feb 22, 2014. Is it possible for you to do something like this?? Helping them source.
    thank you!

    • Reply Kiyo October 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      Aloha Marissa! Thank you very much for your note. We finally decided to grow our own lilikoi plants. In the past I occasionally received lilikoi from friends and also bought some at one of my favorite grocery stores, Mana in Paia, Maui. Since our lilikoi plants are just getting started we don’t have any fruit yet! I love your idea of lilikoi jam or lilikoi butter as favors for your brother’s wedding. Such a unique and tasty treat for his guests. Try a search on Google for Hawaii lilikoi jelly. I believe there are a few vendors that sell this delicious and fragrant jelly. Best of luck!

  • Reply Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward October 10, 2013 at 3:27 am

    I love your blog title and your brand. And, I certainly appreciate what it is like to want a little rain – we also live in a very sunny, rain-free place. Your garden sounds amazing – it must influence your fresh and healthy recipes.

  • Reply Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward October 19, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    I don’t know your email, but I saw this today and knew that I must share: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/01/dining/012rrex.html?ref=dining&_r=1&

    • Reply Kiyo October 19, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      Hi Shanna ~ Thank you for the link to this wonderful bibimbap. I will try it!

  • Reply Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward November 9, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Hi, Kiyo. I have nominated you for for the following awards: Liebster Award, WordPress Family and Dragon’s Share Award. You can see them here: http://shannaward.com/2013/11/10/wordpress-family-award-liebster-award-and-dragons-share-award. xx Shanna

    • Reply Kiyo November 11, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Hi Shanna ~ Being nominated for an award, well what a surprise! There are a million (or more) food blogs out there and for My Lilikoi Kitchen to be nominated is just a dream! Thank you from all of your food blogger fans for your encouragement and loyalty. Cooking together is so much fun!

  • Reply Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward November 11, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Hi, Kiyo. I have nominated you for a Sunshine Award. What is more appropriate for a blog in sunny Hawaii? Your food is fresh and fabulous and your writing and photos warm and inviting. I hope many, many more folks discover your blog, which is why I have nominated you! You do great work and are creating quite a following! 🙂 – Shanna


    • Reply Kiyo November 11, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Aloha Shanna ~ Wow! I’m speechless at this very moment. It’s such an honor to be nominated for a Sunshine Award. Your kindness, support and friendship is much appreciated by me and all your fellow bloggers. Aloha from Maui!

  • Reply sharon November 26, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Hi Kiyo,
    We feel exactly the same way about rain here in Pukalani. Big gray clouds come around, but rarely do they drop any rain. Would love a few more rainy days! That being said, at least we are warm year ’round.

    • Reply Kiyo April 15, 2014 at 5:50 am

      Hi Sharon,
      We sure received our share of rain this year. I can’t recall when it rained so much in Kihei as it did this past January and February. Wonderful!

  • Reply Linda February 8, 2014 at 3:15 am

    Aloha Kiyo !
    Maui is my favourite place to visit on the planet! and as lilikoi is my #1 fave fruit, I am super happy to find your beautiful blog and can’t wait to try out some of your recipes….
    Thanks for such clear instructions and great photos:))

    • Reply Kiyo April 15, 2014 at 5:43 am

      Hi Linda,
      Thank you for your kind comments. I hope you have the opportunity to grow lilikoi. We planted a few vines last year and they are doing well (they go wild, actually). There’s something so special about fragrant lilikoi!

  • Reply Camilla April 14, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I’m fighting off morning sickness and all I want to eat is fresh salads and Asian-flavored foods. I am craving every single one of your recipes and I’m inspired to try growing my own arugula this fall (we live in Southern California, so it’s too hot in the summer)! Thanks!

    • Reply Kiyo April 15, 2014 at 5:48 am

      Hi Camilla,
      It is great that you are craving veggies! If you like thin noodles you might try Aunty Ruby’s Somen Salad recipe. Cold noodles with lots of vegetables and Asian dressing. Make it in advance and it will keep for a couple of days, just add the dressing when you serve it. Hope you feel better soon. Mahalo!

  • Reply Laurie July 31, 2014 at 6:10 am

    HI Kiyo….I just returned from Hawaii and my friend gave me her recipe for Illikoi butter. It calls for 1 cup of Illikoi juice. With illikoi at Whole foods being $3 a piece (yikes) I wondered if you knew if I could substitute Goya Frozen Passion Fruit Pulp for $3.99 for this and other recipes? Would it be a 1-1 exchange pulp for juice? Mahalo. Can’t wait to read your recipes! You are so lucky to be in Hawaii! I’m having post vacation blues!

    • Reply Kiyo July 31, 2014 at 6:29 am

      Hi Laurie! I’ve been meaning to make lilikoi butter too. Wow! $3 per lilikoi? I haven’t used Goya frozen passion fruit pulp myself however my stepdaughter Jessica lives in Portland and she used it to make lilikoi jelly that turned out great. There are a couple of blogs that use Goya. Here’s one I found this morning: http://www.sugarhero.com/passion-fruit-curd/
      I’d give it a try. The taste and scent of lilikoi is amazing. Glad you had a great time in Hawaii. Come back and visit again!

      • Reply Laurie July 31, 2014 at 6:59 am

        Thank you so much! I will give it a try! My friend’s lilikoi butter recipe also contains cream cheese along with the butter, eggs, sugar and juice…hope it works! Aloha!

        • Reply Kiyo July 31, 2014 at 7:41 am

          Aloha Laurie! Please let me know if you try out the recipe and how it turns out. It sounds delicious. Of course anything with lilikoi in it is wonderful!

  • Reply Joyce October 11, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Hi Kiyo-
    did you ever find a recipe for Lilikoi Butter?
    thanks, joyce

    • Reply Kiyo September 22, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      Joyce my reply is so late! My comment notification was disabled unbeknownst to me. I have not made lilikoi butter yet (I’m lactose intolerant). I would love to do so for friends though. Anything made with lilikoi is fine by me! If you find a good recipe let me know. Mahalo

  • Reply Diane Okubo-Fong January 31, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Nice site. I wish I could pin your recipes on Pinterest.

    • Reply Diane Okubo-Fong January 31, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      Hello Kiyo: I just found you on Pinterest. 🙂

  • Reply Bernie October 15, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Kiyo – question about the refrigerator bread & butter pickles from Keiki Cukes:
    once you make them, do they need to be refrigerated? I would love to make as a gift for friends, but want to know if they can be mailed to them or boxed up for the holidays, shelf/room temp stored, and then refrigerated after being opened. let me know, recipe made my mouth water as I read it!

    • Reply Kiyo September 22, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      Yes the pickles must be refrigerated but they will last for a couple of months. I recently updated the recipe to use a bit less of the flavorings (mustard seeds, celery seeds). They really are delicious, especially on a tuna sandwich! Mahalo!

  • Reply sharon February 20, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Hi Kiyo, just stumbled on your website and love the recipes posted. we will be visiting Wailea in March and was wondering if you can recommend where we can buy some fresh lilikoi and papaya. those are our favorite fruits in Hawaii and didn’t know if we can buy from you or where you recommend.

    • Reply Kiyo September 22, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      Hi Sharon, I missed your visit! I’m so sorry for the late reply, my comment button was not working. The next time you visit, you might find the nicest selection of local fruits at Mana in Paia. Otherwise there are a few farmer’s markets upcountry and in Kihei. Hope you will visit again soon!

  • Reply Annette May 11, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    what do you use to separate juice from the Lilikoi? Last year used my juicer, and it had to ran through the process 3-4 times to separate the juice. Trying to get ready for this year’s harvest.

    Where is your store located on Maui, coming over from Oahu, and wanted to stop by.

    • Reply Cindy Gasztonyi June 1, 2016 at 4:33 am

      Hi Annette, I live out in Hana and love all of the Lilikoi that grows wild . I use an OXO good grips food mill to separate the juice from seeds and it works fast and easy.

      • Reply Kiyo September 22, 2016 at 9:51 pm

        Cindy we use the same food mill. It works like a charm! Mahalo

    • Reply Kiyo September 22, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      Hi Annette! Thanks Cindy for the comment below. We use the same food mill. We used to squeeze the juice and strain it through a fine cloth, but the food mill is perfect! I still strain the juice after using the food mill, using a super fine mesh strainer, especially when I use if for jelly.

  • Reply Annette May 11, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    We have tons of fruit from our yard here on Oahu, I used your Lilikoi jelly recipe, we make over 6 dz jars (we gave them to the temples to sell at the Obon dances)

    Love your recipes!

    • Reply Kiyo September 22, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      Hi Annette! Thanks for your comment and pardon me for my late reply. Lucky you with all that lilikoi fruit! We have a few vines that grow wild on our fence (not sure if the neighbors like it) but lilikoi is our favorite jelly. I’m making lilikoi cream cheese tarts these days too. Mahalo!

  • Reply Cindy Gasztonyi June 1, 2016 at 4:40 am

    Aloha Kiyo, Thank you so much for your wonderful blog. I can’t wait to try some of your recipes. I live out in Hana and absolutely love Lilokoi. I would love to make a sauce for fish or chicken , any suggestions? Mahalo Cindy

    • Reply Kiyo September 22, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      Hi Cindy! Pardon me for my delayed reply (comment notification issues). I haven’t made a sauce with lilikoi yet, it sounds wonderful though for grilled or sautéed fish and chicken. A little goes a long way, I wonder if you could mix it with a bit of olive oil, some shallots, and a sprinkling of fresh parsley? Sounds like the perfect Island meal to me!

  • Reply Debbie Lau-Shiroma June 22, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    OMG! Hi Kiyo, it’s Debbie Lau-Shiroma. We worked together at Maui Intercontinental. I worked front desk/reservations. Living on Oahu now. Stumbled upon your website… It’s wonderful and your photographs are fabulous! Can’t wait to try your recipes!

    • Reply Kiyo September 22, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      Hi Debbie! Sorry for the delayed reply. My comment notification button was not working so I wasn’t aware of your post. Oh, Intercontinental!!! So much fun. Thanks for finding me after all these years!!!! Take care and aloha, Kiyo

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