Is it dessert or is it art?
Both, for passengers aboard Voyage 1000 of the S.S. Independence. The American Hawaii Cruises ship sets off on its 1,000th trip Saturday -- a tour of the neighbor islands and the waters between them.
In honor of the milestone, Executive Chef Stafford DeCambra has crafted a commemorative dessert. To appreciate it, you almost need a map: There's the chocolate ship (the top lifts off to reveal a macadamia-nut mousse), a white chocolate "wave" decorated in stars and stripes, dark chocolate cylinder filled with fruits in cream and garnished with mountain apple slices and a tiny anchor, a chocolate/ caramel "lava sauce," plus a sugar cookie.
If boat lore is your thing, go to the Boat Days departure ceremony at Aloha Tower Marketplace at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. You don't get to try the dessert, but you can enter the drawing for a free cruise for two aboard the Independence. Also part of the celebration: fireworks and entertainment.
The Independence has been sailing Hawaii waters since 1980. It stops at five ports on four islands over seven days.
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