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!
Kawamata Farms – Kamuela Tomatoes
Ahead of the Curve
David Oshiro, supervisor at Kawamata Farms since 2006, helps support the family-run business through his extensive farming background. Kawamata’s tomatoes are grown hydroponically, an eco-friendly alternative to traditional soil-grown crops that allows plants to make more efficient use of valuable land and water resources.
Founded as a small operation in the 1950s, today Kawamata Farms produces 20,000 tomatoes each week. By having the foresight to take advantage of innovations in farming methods, the Kawamatas are ahead of the curve and the people of Hawai‘i are rewarded with fresh, high-quality tomatoes in local stores and restaurants.
Come talk story with Kawamata Farms at Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range!
Enjoy Local Flavors
An Ono Recipe to Savor the Freshness
Tomatoes are one of the most frequently consumed vegetables, and can be eaten raw, steamed, stewed, crushed, pureed or reduced to a sauce. Dozens of varieties are available and come in a wide range of sizes, shapes and colors. Whether eaten whole, sliced or diced, tomatoes add color and flavor to salads, salsas, soups, stews, vegetable dishes and casseroles.
“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.