With an ardent passion for food and unique gifts, Muriel Miura shows us how to add the personal touch of aloha – island style – to the holidays. With over 40 recipes and ideas features, these homemade gifts come in all flavors and textures: there are herb-infused butters and oils, silky salad dressings, nutty fruit breads, spicy finger snacks, luscious fruit jams and jellies and more. The choices are deliciously endless and simple to make even for novice cooks. Complete with tips on wrapping and finishing touches to jars, baskets and boxes, anyone can create their own perfect gift from beginning to end all from scratch and all with local ingredients. So instead of going to the mall, put your apron on. Be inspired to fill your holiday baskets with sumptuous goodies made with your hands and from the heart.


Cakes, Cookies, and Breads

  • Guava Chiffon Pie
  • Rum Cake
  • Pumpkin Crunch with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Shortbread
  • Christmas Cookies
  • Almond Cookies
  • Energy Bars
  • ‘Ono Lemon Coconut Bars
  • Macadamia and Cranberry Scones
  • Cranberry Nut Bread
  • Pumpkin Bread


  • Fudge
  • Chocolate and Macadamia Truffles
  • Coconut Candy
  • Sweet Party Mix
  • Caramalized Macadamia Nuts
  • Cinnamon-Sugar Spiced Macadamias
  • Microwave Mochi
  • Spicy Kaki Mochi
  • Homemade Arare

Jams and Jellies

  • Guava Jam
  • Papaya Pineapple Marmalade
  • Poha Jam

Gifts-in-a-Jar Mixes

  • Amaretto Cocoa Mix
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
  • Cornbread Mix

Salad Dressings and Sauces

  • Lilikoi Vinaigrette
  • Tomato Soup French Dressing
  • Poppy Seed Dressing
  • Delicious Chocolate Sauce
  • Papaya Curry Marinade
  • Maui Barbecue Sauce
  • Zesty Cranberry Sauce


  • Raspberry Vinegar
  • Mixed Herb Butter
  • Garlic Oil
  • Provençal Spice Mix
  • Dried Herbs
  • Spiced Seasoned Salt
  • Pineapple Bell Pepper Relish
  • Pickled Green Papaya

Author: Muriel Miura