Aloha (howzit!) to everyone here at the SMF forums. Another newbie here, and also a local Hawaii boy, born and raised here in the islands.
Been smoking pork "Big Island style" for years now, simply using a Weber grill. In fact I'll be posting a full photographic tutorial later this week over at my Honolulu-based food blog.
I recently did an entry on making Kalua Pig using a Barbecue Grill. It's sort of a hybrid roast/steam/smoking technique that works excellent, especially if you have Kiawe wood, but Mesquite works just as well.
Here's a small sample of the finished Kalua Pig... click on the pic and you can read the whole tutorial I wrote up on that one...
Hawaiian style Kalua Pig smoked with Kiawe wood
Anyhow, there's lots of great tips by all you experts here that I'll be eager to read up on. Especially on smoking fish, which I'm interested in trying out. Here in Hawaii, smoked Kajiki (Marlin) and Ahi (tuna) are very popular. Love the stuff!
According to HawaiiGasPrices.com, Princeville, Kauai has the highest currently reported price at $3.26/gallon. I believe Molokai and Hana, Maui is still the highest prices you'll find though. Probably about 10 cents more than that.
I just put gas in yesterday at Aina Haina Chevron (East Honolulu) and paid $2.89/gallon regular. To us, that's "cheap".
Hey, how much do you folks pay for Kingsford Charcoal up in the states? The cheapest price I ever found here in Honolulu was a "Special Buy" at Home Depot: Two 20 lbs. bags (40 lbs. total) for $8.98. Now THAT'S CHEAP by Hawaii market price! Even their regular shelf price is the cheapest in town at $11.99 for the same quantity. Next to them, either Sam's or Costco are closest at around $14 for the same amount.
The local supermarkets can't compete with those warehouse prices. Still, sometimes out of convenience, we still buy 'em from there.
That's about what we're paying here in Connecticut at WalMart too. Mainland prices are pretty close to Hawaii at least up North right now. I was surprised. I remember paying $4 a gallon for milk in 1972 things got cheaper there or maybe we just caught up here? I paid paid $2.89/gallon for regular gas today here also at extra mart. Was down to $2.29 a few weeks ago I don't know what happened in a week?
I used to live in Salt Lake just before I left, in the highest appartment in the area - 5 stories! 1052 Ala Nanu Street. Close to Safeway. Tried to find it in May and it looked like a two car garage compared to the highrise buildings there now.
i really like your bloq.. i just put gas $ 2.97 a gallon and thats not that bad. from what it was before..now i only cost me 68.00 to fill up my truck. before it was almost into the 80's once a week.. i use mostly lump charcoal. when i first got my BGEs i was useing BGE lump and a bag was going for 29.99 for 20 lb bag.. way to much for me..i get my lump from walmart now for 6.50 for a 10 lb bag.. sure wish we had a sam's or costco would move to this side of the island..
Good to see another local boy in this neck-o-the-woods. I bet being a big islander, you must have done your share of smoking wild pig!
Most Oahu grocery stores have a form of BGE lump coal under the name MAUI KIAWE CHARCOAL, packaged like this...
$5.99 is a sale price. Regularly it's $7.99 for the same bag. So doing the math here, on sale that would come out to $15 per 20 lbs of Kiawe (the real stuff!) lump coal. Not bad. That's half the price of the BGE (Royal Oak) brand you were buying. Plus you're supporting a local company.
Next time I buy some, I'll take a photo of the actual Kiawe coal product to share here.
i just found the Maui kiawe at KTA it was marked 9.99 for a #8 lb bag thats about $24.50 for a#20lb ..it is a little cheaper than the BGE stuff.. i would like to buy local.. but thier killing us over here with thier markups...thats way peaple here are ready for a super walmart or sams or costco..and maybe then the prices will get real..laters my friend...thanks for the info..
this week end me an my friend cut and smoked 2 pua'a.. one wild and a small commercial one to use for the fat..to make sausage..and kalua..