A mission of Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range is to encourage and support local ag products. To that end, we are featuring Big Isle food producers promoted in the local Hawai‘i Dept. of Agriculture (HDOA) campaign, “Island Fresh-Buy Local, It Matters.”
Every few weeks, we will showcase one of the 12 different food producers featured in the campaign, along with a handy recipe using their product. These farmers, ranchers and aquaculturists hail from Hawi to Ka‘u and from Kona to Hilo. One of them could be your friend…
By supporting our local food producers, we get fresh and better-tasting products. We also strengthen our economy and community, while helping preserve open space. Island Fresh-Buy Local, It Matters!
Kuahiwi Ranch-Aloha ‘Aina Natural Beef
Salt of the Earth
“What rancher Michelle Galimba knows about raising beef cattle she learned by experience and very hard work. When the Galimba started Kuahiwi Ranch in 1993, Michelle, her father, Al, and brother, Guy, rode horseback with Michelle through the rugged hills of Ka‘u to rope wild cattle to build their herd.
Today, the ranch spans 10,000 acres where cattle graze on lush, green pastures with supplemented grains. The result is beef that is rich in flavor and amazingly tender.
Galimba says it is a privilege to provide Hawai‘i with a really great product—something that nourishes people because it comes from the ‘aina (land).”
“Island Fresh-Buy Local, It Matters” is funded in part by the County of Hawaii Department of Research & Development. The campaign was produced by the Hawai‘i Dept. of Agriculture (HDOA) and the University of Hawai‘i College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources (CTAHR) to help increase demand for, and familiarity with, locally grown commodities.
Enjoy Local Flavors
An Ono Recipe to Savor the Freshness
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