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Author: Lisa Atkinson

Long-time foodie and gourmet home cook Lisa Atkinson has transitioned her passion into a private chef and catering business, serving family style meals, gourmet tasting menu events, or something in between, under the name of Paradise Creative Cuisine, LLC. She began cooking at eight years old, under the tutelage of her matriarchs. After living in France for a year, Lisa began to educate and expand her palate and learn to appreciate seasonality, sustainability, and local food cultures including her own Native cultures. She’s traveled the world searching for the perfect ingredients. She’s cooked elk, duck, and buffalo from Oregon; sampled numerous varieties of pork in Sardinia; tasted red deer with gravy, and whitebait sandwiches in New Zealand; shared community favorites of musk ox, moose, Eider duck, halibut, and crab in remote villages in Alaska; downed local meat delicacies in Ireland and Scotland; and is now a voracious subscriber to Maui Nui Venison. Transplanted from the rainy Pacific Northwest to sunny Hawaiʻi Island, Lisa is excited to blend her passion for food with her love of sharing that food with her new community. Blending Island favorites and traditional Native ingredients with a global perspective—the results are delicious!

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Dining Reviews
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WSW- Morning Edition

By now many of you have heard that Whisky-Steak-Wine, or WSW for short, has joined the Hilo dining scene. Known for their dinners including high-end

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Food
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Kaukau for the New Year

All around the world, people have traditional foods that they make and eat to ring in the new calendar and/or lunar year. In Spain, a

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Community
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‘Tis the Season of Giving

Life has been more challenging for most of us since COVID hit the Big Island in the Spring of 2020. While things have gotten better

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Buy Local
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A New Home for Basically Books

The newest addition to the great shops on Kilauea Avenue is a familiar one: Basically Books. Recently relocated from their Kamehameha location (you know, down by Ken’s),

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Community
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Punalights is Back!

UPDATE 12/9/2021: As you may have realized, Punalights has not been able to start quite yet. Stanward and his family are diligently working on repairs

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