Sunset Over Hanalei – November 2016 Kohano Newsletter


In this edition of the Kohano Newsletter –

  • Hanalei Happiness
  • Dover Sole with Soul
  • NaNo Word Count, Holiday Promotions & More!

Topics to dwell on!


Aloha Avid Readers and Creatives!

Technically, it’s post-aloha and post-turkey for Pirate and me, and time to say mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) for being a Kohano reader!  We just returned from the beautiful Garden Isle of Kaua’i, and my inspirational tank is full of rest and restoration.  (That vacay was way overdue!)  Here is what a Kaua’i alarm clock looks like.


As the shot at the top of this posting shows, Bali Ha’i (Mount Makana) is as gorgeous now as it was in those iconic South Pacific scenes almost 60 years ago.  Artistic license being what it is, James Michener’s book Tales of the South Pacific, the basis for the movie, was actually inspired by the island of Vanuatu, but Kaua’i provided the appropriate filmographic alternative.  My pic is from the mountain’s base in the amazing Lumahuli Garden and Preserve.  Here’s another off our room’s lanai:


I have to admit to a prejudice during this holiday season.  I hate seeing Christmas stuff before Thanksgiving.  For me, it takes away from our consideration of blessings in our lives and feelings of gratefulness.  Now that one holiday is over, the carols are playing in our house and soon, decorating will commence!

nano-11-25-640x473But work is not completely off the agenda.  I diligently continued on my quest to successfully complete the NaNoWriMo challenge for the new Flynn’s Crossing book, and I’m happy to report that I won the challenge and am still adding words!  Here’s a screen capture of my present word count meter!

I’ll be finishing the first draft this weekend.  It will probably end up being about 95-100K, all done in the month of November.  Whew!

I hope you take time for yourselves and enjoy the beauty and wonder that is the holiday season!

Aloha – Yvonne



The ocean, river and lake waters of the Pacific Northwest are rich in seafood.  Salmon, sturgeon, trout, oysters, crabs…  The list is as deep as the Pacific Ocean they come from, and one of my fall and winter favorites is Dover sole.

Senegalese sole (Solea senegalensis). Marine fish.

Senegalese sole (Solea senegalensis). Marine fish.

Remember your trips to the aquarium?  Sole is a flatfish, so named because it lies flat on the bottom and in nature’s peculiar way of accommodation, both eyes migrate to the side of the fish facing up.  In my childhood visits to ocean exhibits, I would try to find these little camouflagers in the rocks or sand at the bottom of the tank.  They aren’t exactly pretty, but then, who cares if they win the beauty contest on the outside?

Their beauty is all on the inside, my friends!  Pale shiny fleimg_7841sh that, when filleted properly, holds – wait for it – NO BONES!  That makes it a perfect portion for anyone (like me) who is bone-phobic.  This fish is delicate to cook and will flake easily to let you know when it’s done.  (Thanks to my local New Seasons market for allowing me to phot-bomb the fish case!)

I fix it a number of ways.  I pan-sauté the fillets in a medium-low-heat skillet with olive oil or butter, garlic and shallots, and dry seasoning (any blend you would use for seafood).  I roll fillets around stuffings of artichoke and crab, crab and mushrooms, seasonal fresh herbs and truffle butter, or shallots and greens, and bake it in the oven on 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  I’ve even poached them in a red sauce (tomatoes or peppers or both) to serve over pasta.  A new favorite?  Paired with sautéed leeks and chanterelle mushrooms and served over quinoa.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I will be in line for crab, oysters, and every other special fall offering from my fish purveyor.  But sole is a versatile, budget-friendly and readily-available option that cooks quickly and allows you more time to eat slowly and savor the flavors of the season.

Are you a flatfish fan?  What are your favorite recipes?  Add yours to my Facebook page or in a response here and I might mention your gift card next month!


Getting in the holiday spirit?

Check out Love and the Christmas Tree Nymph (Read the first chapter for free here.)  If a Christmas tree gets chopped down in the forest, does a man who believes the pen is mightier than the saw come back in one piece?

Vince Cassidy, lifestyle journalist and klutz, isn’t sure. The fact that he’s promised his wife DK he won’t swear only raises his stress level. Rain slicked ground, kids smarter than he is, and a tale of generations past ensure that his two left thumbs won’t get the job done in this new holiday tradition.

Here’s Vince’s first person account of the adventure, and his tale of the Christmas tree nymph’s love from long ago. Enjoy the magic of a holiday tradition, with a whole lot of love and sugar added in!  (Available exclusively as a Kindle ebook.)

Box Sets Now Available!

Take advantage of discounted prices for sets of the first Flynn’s Crossing books.  Boxes available for books 1-2-3 and 4-5-6 (plus, for Kobo users, a bonus novella in each).  Pictures of Redemption is always free, so the first set is only $5.99, and the second is $8.99.  That’s 25% off!  Here are the links to Kindle (1-2-3 and 4-5-6) and Kobo (1-2-3 and 4-5-6).

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You can never get too much fruit in Hawai’i!  Our fruit bowl after our stop at the farmers market appears below.  The red fuzzy thing is Rabutan, a relative of the lychee nut.



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