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Hula Pie

Some of our memories linger forever, with the future either better or worse than our memories. Such is the case with one of my favorite desserts in the whole world, Hula Pie.

I can assure you that it tasted every bit a good as I recall from all my previous visits (yes, I know I’m repeating myself but it really is so good).  There is one thing that is different. When I first started coming to Maui, TS Restaurants placed promotional cards in shops all over the island as well as in all their restaurants.  The card allowed the bearer to a free slice of Hula Pie with the order of an entrée during a future visit.  I took advantage of the offer many times.  In fact, I collected excess cards in case they decided to discontinue distributing the cards — which they eventually did but fortunately, continued to honor my old cards for a couple more years.  Sadly now, no more free Hula Pie — it’s $11 (plus tax and tip).   So, as I say, good memories, but this one comes at a price.

I apologize that I did not think to snap the iPhone photo until after I sampled some of the Hula Pie (maybe subconsciously I wanted to make sure it was still as good as I remembered — it was).  For those who don’t know, Hula Pie is made by crushing the cookie part of an Oreo cookie (discarding the white cream filling), pressing that into a pie plate, then adding macadamia nut ice cream, topped with hot fudge and macadamia nuts.  It is a historic dessert from the Hawai’i restaurants in the TS Restaurant Chain.  On Maui, that’s Leilani’s on the Beach (where I took this photo) at Ka’anapali Beach, Kimos in Lahaina, Duke’s Beach House at Ka’anapali Beach and Hula Grill also at Ka’anapali Beach.

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com