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Hawaii homegrown website is regional food resource for visitors

eTN Staff Writer  Nov 11, 2009

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Visitors planning a Hawaii vacation can learn about regional foods at The Hawaii-based website highlights Hawaii’s homegrown foods and those farmers, fishermen, chefs, and grocers that fill the homes and restaurants throughout the islands with locavore (a person who seeks out locally-produced food) fare.

Much of the islands’ food comes from outside of Hawaii, shipped in containers on huge barges burning fossil fuels and non-renewable resources. Locally-produced food is arguably eco-friendlier, fresher, more nutritious, and tastes better. As visitors and locals alike become more conscious of the national locavore movement, is the source to finding Hawaii’s locally-grown food in an environmentally-friendly means.

Many of Hawaii’s top chefs – Roy Yamaguchi, DK Kodama, Beverly Gannon, Alan Wong, and others – give video cooking classes, farm tours, and discussions on what is special about Hawaii’s local foods. Blog posts, video cooking classes, sharp photography and written contents from award-winning food journalists fill the online pages with color and flavor.

The talent includes former Honolulu Advertiser food editor and cookbook author Joan Namkoong presenting video cooking lessons and contributing written content to the site. Current Honolulu Advertiser food editor, Wanda Adams, shares her local food history. Wine expert Chuck Furuya is the sommelier.

“This is really a site where a like-minded community of food lovers can share and learn everything they want to know about Hawaii’s agricultural abundance, where to buy and eat, and how to go locavore on vacation,” said Melanie Kosaka, owner/producer of “The site is kept fresh with constant video updates, blogs, Twitter, and Facebook posts and links to other sites.”

Later this year, will launch the first locavore interactive cable channel in the United States with episodes to be replicated online. The venture is sponsored by Riggs Distributing Sub Zero/Wolf Hawaii, Hawaii State Department of Agriculture’s Seal of Quality program, and Hawaii Seafood Council.

For more information, visit or email . Follow them on Twitter @shareyourtable . Kosaka blogs about food for the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau’s website and their Facebook fan page.

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