Cat Island

On the island of Lanai, cats can tell time. Every day within a tails twitch of 10 am, thirty or so felines line up by the gate to the Lanai Cat Sanctuary and wait for humans from around the globe to arrive. Today, I am one of those people.

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Broke Da Mouth

The world nearly missed out on Garlic Furikake Chicken and Pork Adobo Fries. Robin Ganir, mastermind behind these Broke Da Mouth Grindz original recipes almost became an accountant instead of a chef. Thankfully, his college roommate at UH Manoa happened to be a culinary student.

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Inside Out

Che Pilago has been tattooing since he was a teenager. Around age 15, he started sneaking his dad’s tattoo equipment to work on friends when his parents were out camping for the weekend. (Don’t tell them.) Che grew up watching his dad, Angel Pilago and close relatives tattoo. His dad’s side of the family comes from a long line of tattoo artists who specialize in traditional Polynesian style tattoo, or ‘tatau’.

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Love Letter to a Friend

908 days ago I crossed paths with one badass woman.  Her name is Cassy White, and this week she moved to LA. I already miss her. I want to take a moment to share how this woman, who has become a dear friend over the last two and a half years, has inspired me.

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Adrian Wong Finds Dinner and Serenity Under the Sea

How far would you go to put what you love most at the axis of your life? For Adrian, it meant moving to Japan, where he teaches English and spends the better part of his days underwater off the Miura Peninsula, spear in hand, waiting for that one perfect shot.

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Me, My Monkey Mind, & Meditation

Help. I have a monkey inside my head. No, really. As artfully described in detail on the Wait, But Why? Blog, procrastinator’s brains work differently - because we have an obsessive monkey inside our heads that hijacks all attempts at productivity and creativity. Give it free rein, and it will have me mindlessly scrolling through social media feeds, drooling like a lobotomy patient on my couch for weeks.

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Transformative Food

By M the Writer

Photo courtesy of Taylored Meals 

Photo courtesy of Taylored Meals 

Entrepreneur Taylor Silva cooks up life-changing meals

Like many of us, Taylor Silva grew up eating pizza and hot pockets. When she began working out at her high school gym, she found herself craving more from her food. She wanted to eat to support her performance and get better results from training, so she started doing research.

Seven years later, Taylor’s obsession with food and fitness has turned into a brick and mortar reality - Taylored Meals - that is changing the way Kona eats. Along with a team of twelve, Taylor feeds over 100 people a week and growing with her healthy ‘meals to go’ business model. She has watched countless clients lose weight, sometimes as much as 10 lbs. per week from eating her meals and exercising. “It lights me up to see people transform before my eyes. They look different, feel different, their entire outlook on life changes,” says Taylor of her clients.

Taylored Meals began in 2014 when Taylor, a personal trainer, started cooking for a handful of her training clients at home. She would tell them what to eat to get the best results but found that most people were too busy with life to cook for themselves and lacked the discipline to change old habits at the grocery store. The clients she was training and feeding began to see immediate changes, and soon she was cooking for over 30 people on her home stove-top. Then one day, her husband surprised her with a key to an office space in Kona’s Old industrial area.

In her true DIY spirit, Taylor took the leap. She and her husband spent many long days and nights building a commercial kitchen from scratch. She commissioned her ubiquitous logo on the website Fiver and launched an Instagram account - which now has over 12K followers - as a marketing plan. “I slept in my kitchen for the first year,” says Taylor, who initially struggled to find employees. “I just refused to give up, no matter what.”

Her spirit and tenacity have paid off. Taylored Meals recently expanded to serve clients in Hilo and fed the National Guard during their response to the volcanic eruptions in Puna. Taylor herself is an example of someone who practices what she promotes. Last year she took second place in the NPC Sacramento Pro competition after training for 20 weeks and eating a steady diet of Taylored Meals.

Meals start at $13 for entrees and $7 for breakfast items. The meals are paleo inspired, using high-quality proteins like Big Island beef, organic free-range chicken, and wild caught fish, and a variety of locally grown vegetables. Vegetarian protein options are also available. House sauces and dips are made from scratch, like their delicious vegan ranch, and mango salsa. You haven’t lived until you’ve tried their Pronuts - gluten-free donuts packed with protein and good stuff - because your sweet tooth still needs love, OK?

For a full menu, visit tayloredmeals.com. To order, text 808 201 2301. Follow Taylored Meals on Instagram and like her on Facebook @tayloredmeals

Photo courtesy of Taylored Meals

Photo courtesy of Taylored Meals