By Anni Caporuscio

The Prime Rib. This was my first prime rib that wasn’t just a taste of a man’s meal. It’s actually much larger in person than it seems in the picture. Here is a short guide to prime rib for women who may have been too shy to order it: 1- Order it, you’ll love it, it’s so tender you barely need the knife. 2- Even though it’s juicy, they serve it with sauces to make it melt in your mouth. 3- It’s huge. Just eat it one small bite at a time, slowly. You can take a portion of it home, but if you find yourself eating the whole thing, you’re not a savage; you’re just a lady with a prime rib.

The Prime Rib. This was my first prime rib that wasn’t just a taste of a man’s meal. It’s actually much larger in person than it seems in the picture. Here is a short guide to prime rib for women who may have been too shy to order it: 1- Order it, you’ll love it, it’s so tender you barely need the knife. 2- Even though it’s juicy, they serve it with sauces to make it melt in your mouth. 3- It’s huge. Just eat it one small bite at a time, slowly. You can take a portion of it home, but if you find yourself eating the whole thing, you’re not a savage; you’re just a lady with a prime rib.

Something I love about Kaua‘i restaurants is that so many of them are history tellers. Not just in their locations, menu choices or in museum-quality antique photos. It’s the old fashioned service. It’s the blurb of “did you know” historical tidbits in menus. It’s the infusion of traditional Kaua‘i into contemporary styles. It’s an attention to legacy that gives Kaua‘i restaurants some real lasting class.

I had the pleasure of dining at Kalaheo Steak and Ribs last month, and was delighted to speak with owners Caroline Frederiksen and Ernie Kanekoa. Between the two of them, they have decades of restaurant and hospitality experience on Kaua‘i. They took over the Kalaheo Steakhouse in 2010 and renamed it Kalaheo Steak and Ribs, with the vision to revitalize the neighborhood steakhouse.

Caroline Frederiksen and Ernie Kanekoa, owners of Kalaheo Steak and Ribs, have perpetuated the old Kalaheo Steakhouse in the tradition of steakhouses everywhere, but in the Kalaheo way. ‘Hearty fare with a little island flair.’

Caroline Frederiksen and Ernie Kanekoa, owners of Kalaheo Steak and Ribs, have perpetuated the old Kalaheo Steakhouse in the tradition of steakhouses everywhere, but in the Kalaheo way. ‘Hearty fare with a little island flair.’

Kalaheo used to be a ranching town, so logically, it should have a steakhouse, right? Kalaheo Steakhouse was on the way home for many people, serving as the neighborhood watering hole for decades. Caroline and Ernie wanted to keep the neighborhood feel of the place and accentuate the ranching history of the area.

It was important for them that Kalaheo Steak and Ribs would cater to locals, and in doing so they diverted from a high-end