From Our Boat To Your Table: Trilogy's Fourth Generation Recipes On Snorkeling Trips to Lanai

Captain Eldon cooking
Captain Eldon cooking

If there is one thing most people can agree on is that a home cooked meal, especially by a loved one, not only fills our bellies with sustenance but offers a deep comfort that settles into our bones. Perhaps that is the reason that our 'Ma Coon's famous cinnamon rolls' have been one of the most memorable parts of our excursions and keep guests coming back for more.

Most that have tried them know that these gooey, cinnamony, sweet and sticky treats are addictive and go great with our Capt's blend coffee, but many don't know the rich history behind these decadent morning rolls. 'Ma Coon', or Jeannette Coon, was the wife of Capt Eldon Coon and the mother to Capt James, Capt Randy, and daughter Patty. As a family, these adventurous spirits started on a sailing adventure around the globe- starting in Aberdeen WA, and taking them to many exotic and remote locations in the South Pacific. For two years Jeannette was galley chef, ships doctor, laundress, and all over Mother hen who kept her brood full and content.

When they landed in the waters of Hawaii they had exhausted their funds to continue their travels and decided to live on land awhile after over two years on sea. Once settled on land in Maui, they started using their boat the TRILOGY to take 6 passengers aboard on snorkeling trips to Lanai-- teaching them how to snorkel, showing them the abundant  sea life, sailing, and of course-feeding them.

From her infamous cinnamon rolls, to the Teriyaki chicken glaze, Jeannette made it all from scratch, and all from memory. After all, these were recipes that she knew by heart having cooked for her family her whole life. 40 years later, her recipes are still being used on all of our excursions and continue to keep bellies full, and hearts content.

Trilogy Salad Dressing


Trilogy salad dressing
Trilogy salad dressing


1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

1/2 cup Rice Wine Vinegar

1 cup Water

3 oz. Pkg. Dry Blue Cheese Dressing

1 Tbs. Dry Italian Dressing [ Lawry's]



At slow speed mix in blender until smooth, slowly add 1 and 3/4 Qt. Salad Oil. Yields 2 Qt.

Trilogy Chicken Recipe

Captain Eldon with Trilogy chicken
Captain Eldon with Trilogy chicken


1 T (Rounded) Chopped Fresh Garlic

1–1/2 T Chopped Fresh Ginger Root

1/3 C Brown Sugar

1 tsp Sesame Oil

1 C Kikkoman Soy Sauce*

1/4 C Pineapple Juice


*NOTE: For the chicken served aboard our boat excursions, we now use certified gluten-free soy sauce.



Marinate in sauce at least 6 hours, or preferable overnight. If a more bland soy sauce is used, add 1/4 cup wine to the marinade. Sufficient for 2# of meat. Of course you'll need Capt. Coon's Honey/Pineapple Glaze!!

Capt. Coon's Honey/Pineapple Glaze

Trilogy chicken in Manele Harbor Lanai
Trilogy chicken in Manele Harbor Lanai


3/4 C Honey

1/2 C Dijon Mustard

1 C Pineapple Juice

2 T Cornstarch



In a 2 quart saucepan on grill rack over hot coals, or over medium-high heat on stove, bring honey, mustard, pineapple juice to a boil. In cup, blend cornstarch with 1/4 cup water until smooth. Add to honey mixture, stirring constantly, until thickened. We recommend boiling chicken in teriyaki sauce until cooked and then grilling for about 10 minutes over the coals. Brush on glaze as you grill. Enjoy and think about us!

Mom's Famous Cinnamon Buns

Trilogy cinammon rolls
Trilogy cinammon rolls



2 T Yeast

1–1/2 C Water

1/2 C Cane or Granulated Sugar

1 tsp Kosher Salt

2 Fresh Eggs

3/4 C Vegetable or Soybean Oil

5 C Flour

1/2 C Butter (for spreading)



1/2 C Finely chopped Macadamia & Walnuts* 

1/4 C Butter

2 T Condensed Canned Milk

3/4 C Powdered Sugar

1/4 tsp Lemon Extract

1/4 tsp Almond Extract*


*NOTE: Though Mom's original cinnamon buns call for Macadamia Nuts & Walnuts, we omit these ingredients on the buns served aboard our boat, in order to accommodate for nut allergies.  For the same reason, our Almond extract used on the boats is imitation, and contains no nuts.


Filling: Cinnamon and Brown Cane Sugar to taste

Trilogy cinnamon rolls
Trilogy cinnamon rolls


Mix yeast into warm water (body temperature). Add salt & sugar. In another bowl blend eggs & oil together. Add to yeast and water along with 1 cup of the flour. Let mixture rest until it bubbles (about 5 min.) Melt butter for icing and for spreading. Set butter aside to cool slightly. Add rest of flour, stirring in gradually, and kneading on floured board about 15 min. or until elastic and not sticky. Let rise in greased bowl until doubled. Punch down and roll into rectangle about 3/8 inches thick. Spread with melted butter, sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar to taste. Roll up lengthwise. Make roll as tight as possible. Cut into one-inch pieces. Place in greased pan so that rolls just touch each other. Let rise until doubled. Bake approximately 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Sprinkle with nuts and put on icing. Yields two dozen.

The only missing ingredients are that Maui sunrise, clean salt air, and the Captain's corny jokes! Enjoy!

Stir Fry Hawker's Noodles


Trilogy Excursions Yakisoba Noodles
Trilogy Excursions Yakisoba Noodles

No Hawaiian style BBQ would be complete without some of Trilogy's famous Stir Fried Noodles—also known as "Hawkers Noodles".


8 lbs. chow mein noodles

1/3 cup oil

1-2 tbs ginger and garlic Shredded carrots, cabbage, green peppers, green beans (usually equal to the weight of noodles)

6 tbs sesame oil

4 tbs soy sauce

4 tbs oyster sauce

2 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons sugar

White pepper (5 shakes)



Heat wok and pour in oil . When oil is close to smoking, add ginger and garlic. Allow to brown lightly. Add vegetables (shredded carrots, cabbage, green peppers, green beans of desired amount, which is usually equal to the weight of noodles. Saute. Immediately add sesame oil, soy sauce and, oyster sauce. Toss vigorously and add salt and sugar to taste. Add 5 shakes of white pepper. Using wet chow mein noodles, separate the noodles loosely by hand and then toss in wok with vegetables. Add desired amount of beansprouts and green onions and toss. Serves 20 people. Note: If you use dry noodles instead of wet noodles, you must steam them first and do this before you begin heating the wok. Enjoy and think of us here at Trilogy!

Trilogy Salsa

Trilogy salsa
Trilogy salsa

2 cloves Garlic

1/2 C White Onions

1/2 C Cilantro

1/2 Jalapeno Pepper



Add all ingredients to 16 oz. Diced Tomatoes Season with Salt, Pepper Add 1 tsp. Lemon JuiceOne minced pineapple (optional)

Mince finely (food processor works great).

Makes enough for a snack for 6, or first quarter of the Super Bowl for 2. Enjoy!

Have you ever made of the Trilogy recipes at home? Tell us a story about a time you took the recipes home with you, or if there are any personal variations you have that have added an extra kick to your meal!

Pono Practices: Jim Coon- An Environmental Pioneer for Maui’s Reefs

Pono Practices: Jim Coon- An Environmental Pioneer for Maui’s Reefs

It’s not easy for anyone to brag about himself or herself. It makes us feel uncomfortable and sometimes it’s hard to have the right perspective when looking back on our own achievements. That’s why I was interested in learning the back-story of Jim Coon, one of Trilogy’s co- founders and a pioneer of ecotourism and pono boating in Hawai’i. 

From Aloha to Pono: A Look At Trilogy's Five Core Values


As we celebrate our 40th anniversary of Maui snorkeling tours,  we've enjoyed reading the thousands of  thoughtful comments our guests have shared with us. Many compliment on the vibrant snorkeling, the comfort of our catamarans, and the beauty of Maui we’re blessed to be surrounded by each day. Without fail, however, the number one compliment we get year after year isn’t about our sailboats or our fourth-generation recipes

Rather, it’s about our crew.

Here at Trilogy we like to think we have some of the best crew in the industry, and comments from recent guests on the Trilogy TripAdvisor page show that others seem to agree.

So what is it about the crew that allows this sense of aloha to transfer on to our guests? Many have remarked that it’s obvious we enjoy what we do, which is hard to hide when it's the honest truth. More importantly, however, is an underlying value system that Trilogy fosters amongst our crew. Known as Trilogy’s “Five Core Values”, they collectively represent the sense of hospitality, community, and respect for our environment that create the foundation we base our company on.

While many of our guests have experienced these values firsthand, we wanted to take a moment to share with everyone the definition and meaning behind our Five Core Values.



Definition: Aloha, love, affection, compassion



Def: Hospitality

Ike Loa

Definition: To seek knowledge


Definition: Togetherness, Harmony


Definition: Do what is right


What do you think of the Five Core Values? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.