Nonprofit: Breadfruit Institute NTBG
The National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) is honored to have received this award. The Breadfruit Institute of NTBG is engaged in a global initiative to respond to the critical need for food security by distributing breadfruit trees. We are committed to developing breadfruit as a viable, sustainable resource for agriculture, agroforestry and reforestation. Mahalo to Edible Hawaiian Islands for your recognition and support.
808-332-7324 ext. 221
Food Shop: Kula Fields, Maui
Thank you for bringing this enriching magazine to Hawai‘i. I continue to be “wowed” with every issue. I’m still shocked and thrilled by the award!
When you hear quotes like “Hawai‘i imports nearly 90% of its food,” how can anyone who lives here look around and not feel compelled to do something more sustainable? We feel it is our social responsibility, our kuleana, to make fresh, locally grown, nutritious foods convenient and accessible to Island residents. We are committed to the health of our community and driven by an understanding of the benefits of eating well. I would also like to make the distinction that we are not a conventional store with a brick and mortar location...we are a farmers’ market on wheels delivering the freshest local produce the Islands have to offer, right to your door.
We are extremely honored and grateful that our community and the readers of Edible Hawaiian Islands feel that what we do makes a difference. It gives us the motivation to keep working toward a more food secure Hawai‘i. Our local farmers and food artisans deserve our continued support. Thank you.
Beverage Artisan: Kōloa Rum Company, Kaua‘i
Kōloa Rum Company is delighted and honored to be recognized once again in our community as the Local Hero winner in the Beverage Artisan category. KRC produces premium, artisanal, single-batch Hawaiian Rum at our distillery in Kalaheo, Kaua‘i, using a wide variety of locally sourced agricultural ingredients. It also operates Hawai‘i’s first and only distilled spirits tasting room and company store on the grounds of Kilohana Plantation, near Lihue.
KRC fully promotes sound and sustainable agricultural practices and believes that the eventual success of its products will provide meaningful support and diversity to the local agricultural industry and serve to stimulate employment, increase cultivated acreage and preserve open space.
Located at Kilohana Plantation—Lihue
3-2087 Kaumuali‘i Highway
Lihue, HI 96766
Farm/Farmer: Kumu Farms, Moloka‘i
Through nearly 30 years of dedicated farming, Kumu Farms has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to diversified agriculture in Hawai‘i. Our conventional, sustainable and certified organic production practices have allowed us to continue to be a provider of the healthiest and freshest fruits, vegetables and herbs to a growing community on Moloka‘i, Maui and Oahu. By taking our farm-fresh products directly to culinary and health-savvy consumers we have added to both our community and our business viability. Farming is, by its very nature, a constant challenge requiring a dedicated workforce, adaptability and perseverance in the field, and consumer friendly relations. Our continued success is a testament to the Kumu Farms vision and our talented team. We gratefully acknowledge our loyal, satisfied and cherished customer friends. Mahalo to all who truly appreciate our work!
Kumu FarmsP.O. Box 223
Kualapu‘u, Moloka‘i, HI 96757
Chef/Restaurant: Peter Merriman/Merriman’s
“Our goal at Merriman’s is to serve the best-tasting food possible and Hawai‘i grows the best food on Earth.
Hell yeah, we want to sustain that for future generations to enjoy!
“It’s very cool to have been honored for this award by folks who are so passionately concerned about environmentalism in Hawai‘i. The readers of Edible Hawaiian Islands represent the avant garde of keeping Hawai‘i healthy for generations to come. Mahalo, I am humbled by the honor.”
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