Farm to Table Hawaii
Hawaii is becoming a magnet for devoted foodies, connoisseurs and anyone who’s willing to try something new, so it’s no surprise that Hawaii’s farm to table movement is creating quite a culinary stir. Just stroll through any local farmers’ market on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island and you’ll be surprised by the abundance of locally grown and locally made foods, like sweet Kula strawberries, handmade cheeses from Surfing Goat Dairy, Big Island Abalone, and rich Wailua-grown chocolate.
Now imagine these flavorful ingredients in the hands of Hawaii’s top chefs and you’re in for a delicious treat. Since arriving in Hawaii in 1988, Chef Mavro Mavrothalassitis has embraced the multi-ethnic people and foods of Hawaii and become a champion of dozens of boutique farmers and specialty fisherman. “Sometimes buying local means the cost is higher and sometimes it takes more time, but the reward is huge. Local farmers succeed and my guests enjoy fresh, regional ingredients and a dining experience they could have only in Hawaii.”
On Maui, Chef James McDonald showcases island-grown ingredients at his three restaurants, PacificO, IO and the Feast at Lele, explaining that Hawaii’s farm to table offerings are unlike anywhere else in the world.
While the concept of local, sustainable eating may be new to some cities, “malama aina” or “caring for the land” is a belief that’s deeply rooted in Hawaii’s culture. In the days of Hawaiian chiefs, land was divided into ahupuaa (ah-who-poo-ah-ah), mini eco-systems that spanned from the mountains to the sea. Each pie-shaped parcel was a self-contained land management system in which farmland, fresh water and ocean resources were carefully maintained.
Today, the renewed interest in sustainable agriculture is yielding delicious surprises throughout the state. Discover farm to table freshness for yourself on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii Island and Lanai.
For a taste of Hawaii, plan to attend one of our popular culinary events.
Sample freshest selections at our featured partners.
Alan Wong’s Restaurant, Oahu
Chef Mavro, Oahu