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“We started 12 years ago as an experiment: Can we take a small piece of land and make it regenerative as well as feed the community?” said owner Mark Damon, who runs the farm with his wife, Leah Damon. A multi-species farm, Maui Bees is also home to a bee museum, 300 bee colonies, and a commercial kitchen with food made with local and organic ingredients.
Producing 100% locally sourced and processed baby food, Punahele Provisions supports the local community through their dedication to Hawaiian agriculture and their all-natural food options for “everyone from hungry babies to adventurous adults.” “I was looking for ways to decrease Hawaii’s dependence on imported foods and help bolster our local food system to encourage future generations and to take care of the land,” explained owner Ethan West.
Inspired by a mother’s love of Hawaiian chili pepper, a local childhood favorite, Haleakala Supah Shots creates “chilled, spicy, sweet” elixirs that are delicious and nutritious. The raw, vegan elixirs are made with local ingredients sourced from upcountry Maui, increasing community collaboration. Business creator and owner Tina Kekoolani explained, “The elixirs address health benefits and elevate the nutrition of the Hawaiian chili pepper.” Heleakala Supah Shots’ are “Hot, Healthy, Hawaiian!”
Sourcing local and organic ingredients, Sage Creamery tells community stories through their delicious ice cream. “Our mission is to deliver happiness through our ice cream – one scoop at a time,” said founder Zach Villanueva, who launched the company at the beginning of the pandemic with pick-up and delivery methods.
The HRC Program, a $75 million economic stimulus initiative supported by Federal CARES Act funds ended on December 15th at 11:59 p.m. All remaining funds on the card as of December 16th have been returned to the State of Hawai‘i. From November 13 to December 10, 2020, the Hawai‘i Restaurant Card (HRC) Business Holiday Card was made available to businesses/entities that wished to purchase the card for employees, clients and partners during the holiday season.
The new Hawai‘i Restaurant Card 2.0 program will begin at the end of December. Food-A-Go-Go restaurant special deals and promotions will be updated around the new Hawai‘i Restaurant Card 2.0 and will be launched in a few weeks.