Sept. 28, 2019 The HTFG held it’s annual conference on Sept. 27 – 29 at the Kona Resort. Tropical fruit growers from around the state gathered to discuss issues in their industry and also to learn more about programs and initiatives. HDOA Chairperson, Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser addressed the group and also presented HTFG president Ken Love ...
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The Market Development Branch sponsored a Hawaii Section at the 2019 National Restaurant Association trade show in Chicago, May 18 – 21st. Here are some photos of some prominent Hawaii companies who are playing on the national and international stage: Sun Noodle Noh Foods Olakai Sea Asparagus Chris Choi, Assistant to Director (left) Keith Pajinag, ...
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Dish Aloha Videos

Posted on Feb 12, 2019 in Main

Anissa Estrella, former staff member of the Market Development Branch, produced a series of videos to promote local farmers and locally grown and produced foods. Taste of Hawaiian Range DIY Wreaths Egg Scramble Farming Silent Film Garlic Shrimp Pineapple Haliimaile General Store

Buy Local, It Matters PSAs

Posted on Mar 22, 2018 in Main

  The following are links to Buy Local It Matters public service announcements:   Hawaii’s Modern Farmers – NEW! Buy Local – Island Eggs Buy Local – Island Milk Go Farm PSA Buy Local, At the Market Buy Local – Island Hopping   Buy Local – What’s for Lunch?   Buy Local – Surfers   ...
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HDOA’s Market Development Branch has upgraded the Hawaii Agriculture & Food Products Directory. Hawaii growers, manufacturers and distributors of Hawaii-grown and Hawaii-made products are encouraged to participate and list their products in this new database so individuals and businesses may be able to find your agricultural products. Here are links to video tutorials to help ...
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HDOA’s Market Development Branch is highlighting local companies at the Hawaii Lodging, Hospitality and Foodservice Expo at the Neal Blaisdell Center on July 13 and 14.  Event times are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You must be a business to attend. Visit HDOA’s booths #160-162-164-166-168-170. HDOA provides the booth space to local companies highlighting ...
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Top 10 Monthly Import Reports

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 in Main

The following data were calculated by HDOA’s Research Statisticians tracking and analyzing imported commodities from air freight and cargo shipping manifests. The data can be used to help farmers fill gaps in Hawaii’s local food markets and encourage residents to buy local foods. Please note that import weights were collected from the shipping manifests and ...
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Eat Local – Food Hacks

Posted on May 2, 2016 in Main

Food Hacks are produced by HDOA’s Market Development Branch and aired on Spectrum Cable’s Cookspace channel.   Food Hack videos show easy, tasty and local dishes that anyone can make at home!  Buy Local, It Matters!   Also view Buy Local, It Matters! public service announcements Anytime Smoothie    Avocado Toast    Bean Sprouts & ...
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Another successful expo for several Hawaii companies was held on July 8 & 9 at the Neal Blaisdell Center.  The Market Development Branch sponsored several booths which included the following companies: Papa Mu Native Hawaiian LLC. Ahualoa Farm Kihene Hanalei Taro & Juice Co Maui Nui Venison Manoa Honey Co LLC      

Tropical Flowers Express

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 in Main

More than 25 years ago, John Gordines jumped on the “Tropical Flower Movement” bandwagon when he started growing Hawaiian flowers in his backyard in Kapaa. He and his wife Theresa were inspired by their next-door neighbor, Uncle Howard Yamamoto, who predicted tropical flowers would become the next big thing. John, who originally raised farm animals, ...
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