Kailua Life Hack – Uses for disposable chopticks!


We all have those drawers full of leftover condiments, and for those of us who live in Hawaii that includes lots of chopsticks.

Disposable chopsticks are destroying China’s forests.  Not to mention adding to our own waste.  So here are great ways you can reuse them.




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1. Use them to make Homemade Mango Popsicles

Using 2 large mangoes, peeled and chopped (4 cups)
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/3 cup sugar
 pinch fine salt
  •  Puree the mangoes, lime juice, sugar, 1 cup water, and salt in a blender until smooth.
  • Pour the mixture into 10 3-ounce or 8 4-ounce ice-pop molds, dividing evenly. Insert chop sticks and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours and up to 4 days.





2. Hold your tita bun!

Tita bun is a hairstyle in Hawaii. It is a casual messy bun on top of the head created by twisting the hair then tying it.  Using a chopstick can secure the bun into place.




3. iPad stand:

Using13 individual chopsticks glue them in a U shape into a desired angle and also add a small broken chopstick later at the end as a bolt. (photo courtesy of




4. Make a place mat

Here is instructions on how to make this cute place mat.




5. Create 4th of July “sparklers” or magic wands.

Instructions on how to make these cute and safe sparklers for kids.




6. Emergency light sticks/kindling (courtesy of Steve at Kailua General Store)

Someone left Steve alone with a knife and some chopsticks and he got bored.  I think he was joking when he made these “fuzzy sticks” in case the power went out during a storm, but the truth is, it is a good idea for emergency kindling and light sticks!

August 22, 2015