As a popular tourism destination, Hawaii has been delivering a wide range of offers to visitors for decades, but gradually threatening its own natural resources in the process. Native Hawaiian restaurateur Joe Ibarra explains from his experience how tourism gradually strips down a destination of its natural resources and indigenous culture. Going beyond the trendy buzzword of ‘sustainable travel,’ the islanders including Ibarra and his team are going the extra mile to protect the highly intertwined and fragile ecosystem of Hawaii.
The Grand Initiative
General manager of Honolulu-based luxury Kahala Hotel & Resort, Inbarra is one of the many renowned figures in the tourism industry of Hawaii, who focuses on a mutual relationship between humans and nature. To achieve a balance with the finite resources of nature, Ibarra constantly encourages the natives and visitors to practice mindful consumption and give back what they’re taking. Started in 2018, KISCA, Kahala’s Initiative for Sustainability, Culture & the Arts, is a unique program eyeing to extend sustainable sourcing for gourmet dishes. The initiative includes the all-day restaurant Plumeria Beach House, fine-dining spot Hoku’s, and Mountain View Farms. The farm is especially notable for employing superior-to-organic KNF or Korean Natural Farming principles to produce 100% pure fruits, veggies, and livestock.
The Mindful Consumptions
One of the most sought-after dishes in Plumeria Beach House is its Maui Nui Venison Burger. This intensely savory version of the quintessential comfort food contains Kawamata Farms tomatoes, Waialua’s nutty cheese, and sweet-and-smoky bacon-pineapple chutney, all layered on top of an axis deer meat patty. Jonathan Mizukami, the executive chef of Kahala, focuses on honoring the diverse and vibrant bounty of Hawaii with dishes made from sustainably sourced fresh ingredients. The hand-cut angel hair pasta is a must-try dish in Hoku’s. The delicate strings of noodles get their striking pea-green hue from the powerhouse-plant Moringa, produced at Mountain View Farms. A generous shaving of fresh exotic Alba white truffle finishes the dish with a pleasant earthy flavor.
The Eurovision Netflix film has taken over the world without much of a warning. Perhaps you’ve found yourself wondering about where it was all filmed? Going behind the filming locations in the Eurovision movie opens our eyes to behind the scenes of the hilarious final production.
Although the Eurovision Song Contest in the movie is supposed to be held in Edinburgh, the giant stadium is actually found in Glasgow. In fact, the Eurovision movie uses the SSE Hydro as well as the city’s airport for any airport scenes.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Believe it or not, but some real-life footage of 2019’s Eurovision Song Contest was used in the Eurovision movie. The event was hosted from the Expo Conference Center and makes a few appearances throughout the film.
This Scottish city hosted the contest in 1972, but it was brought back here for the Eurovision movie. There are plenty of scenes where the likes of Princes Street Gardens, Ross Fountain, and Victoria Street can all be seen.
Húsavik is a small fishing town and the home of Will Ferrel’s character in the Eurovision movie. Here, we see him ring the bell found in a church built back in 1907. There are also several street shots to help set the scene for these characters.
Knebworth House, England
Dan Stevens is a lavish character, so only the likes of Knebworth House will do, right? The scenes were all filmed here, but this wasn’t its first time on screen. A trip to Knebworth House means fans could also see where parts of ‘The King’s Speech,’ the 1989 ‘Batman’ film, and ‘The Goblet of Fire’ were all filmed, too.
The Eurovision movie came out of nowhere and gave many of us a good laugh. Going behind the scenes of the filming locations shows just how well-traveled the film is.