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!
Big Island Bees
A Homegrown Treasure
Veteran beekeeper Garnett Puett and wife, Whendi, began harvesting honey from a handful of hives and have grown their apiary today to 3,800 hives. A fourth-generation beekeeper, Garnett has developed instincts that have become second nature. These insights help Garnett keep his bees happy – all 190 million of them!
Their busy bees collect nectar in the lush ‘ohi‘a forests and macadamia nut groves, plus from seasonal flowers on the cliffs overlooking the Kohala Coast. In doing so, they also play nature’s important role in pollinating our Big Island plants and flowers.
Together, the Puetts and their bees produce three varieties of honey, each with a distinct appearance, flavor and texture. These characteristics make them unique to Hawai‘i and definitely nō ka ‘oi!
“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.
For info on more Hawai‘i food products, visit http://hawaii.gov/hdoa/add/products-database.