Aside from its natural tropical beautiful, sacred Iao Valley has great historical significance. It was here in 1790 at the Battle of Kepaniwai that King Kamehameha I clashed with Maui's army in his quest to unite the islands. Even with Iao Needle serving as a lookout point, Kamehameha defeated Maui's forces lead by King Kahekili in a ferocious battle that ultimately changed the course of Hawaiian history.
1 9-inch chocolate cookie pie crust
1 half gallon macadamia nut ice cream (Seems like a lot of ice cream, but you’ll be piling it high.)
(If you can find macadamia nut ice cream you can substitute with 1 half gallon of vanilla ice cream, softened
and 1 (6.5 ounce) jar macadamia nuts, chopped)
4 ounces chocolate fudge topping
1 shot of espresso or strong coffee
6 ounces macadamia nuts
1. Bring fudge topping to room temperature.
2. Scoop ice cream into prepared pie shell, smoothing it into a rough dome, or bombe, as high as you’d like.
3. Warm espresso or coffee and mix into chocolate. Use a warmed knife to spread topping even over ice cream bombe.
4. Freeze until ready to serve.
5. Cover top of pie with a layer of whipped cream and chopped macadamia nuts before serving.
Can’t find macadamia nut ice cream in your local store? Just substitute good vanilla ice cream—soften it just a little and mix in chopped mac nuts. We actually prefer this option to store bought mac nut ice cream, as the flavor is more balanced and the texture of the nuts will remain firm, not soggy.
If you’d prefer to make your own pie crust, too, simply mix chocolate wafer crumbs (about a cup and a half) with a little sugar and about ¼ cup melted butter. Press the mixture into a pie pan.
This is the view from the top of the volcano overlooking the valley of Maui.
Another day is done!
Next stop the road to Hana!