Eat Local This Week!

September 27th, 2010
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Eat Local Challenge In an effort to bring attention to Hawaii's food system and sustainability issues, Kanu Hawaii is asking all of us again to make a difference by taking the Eat Local Challenge. Starting yesterday and continuing through this Saturday, the challenge asks participants to eat only locally grown foods. Currently, more than 75% of our food is imported from out of state, which accounts to over $3 billion that is not being spent here. If barge and air freight to Hawaii were to be interrupted, our islands' food supplies would only last 14 days. Eat Local aims to bring awareness to this issue and hopes to in turn, strengthen our local food system as a result.

Eating Local doesn't necessarily mean going to your local eatery and ordering your favorite plate lunch though. Much of what is on that plate may not even be locally grown. The challenge is to find, buy and eat foods that were only grown here. Not exactly an easy task. Thankfully, there are participating markets and restaurants offering special "local" dishes for the week:

  • Zippy's Restaurants - Loco Moco with Local Ingredients
  • Town Restaurant - Menu Item with All Local Ingredients
  • The Counter, Kahala Mall - Local Ahi Burger
  • Big City Diner - Menu Item with Local Ingredients
  • Hilo Bay Cafe - Menu Item with Local Ingredients
  • Kale's Natural Foods - Discounts on "Eat Local" Items
  • Foodland - Week-Long Menu & Shopping List
  • Whole Foods - Eat Local Events In-Store
  • KTA Superstores - Specials on Locally-Grown Items
  • Kokua Market - Coupon for Local Deli Item
  • Umeke Market - Local Kim Chee Burger

For more information, please visit: http://www.kanuhawaii.org/eatlocal/.

I was not paid nor was I even asked to write about this. Just thought it was an important issue that we all need/should be aware of. So what do you say gang? You gonna help support this worthy, and frankly necessary cause? What are your ideas on supporting our local products and economy? Holla!

See you out and about this week! :)

11 Responses to “Eat Local This Week!”

  1. NeedaHobby:

    Good morning. Sounds like something great to support ;) Have a great week!


  2. Olin Lagon:

    Mahalo for posting Ed! Hundreds are eating local this week...it's not easy though we'll learn first hand what works, what's hard and gain some insight on ways to make eating local easier over time.


  3. Joannie Pan:

    Mahalo for the post, Ed! Really appreciate the support! Eating Local may require folks to be creative with their dishes and take note of what is and is not grown/raised in Hawaii. Have fun, support our farmers, learn along the way and don't be too hard on yourself if a meal is not 100%, or even 75% local.


  4. snow:

    thanks for the info, ed! i think it's a great idea... gotta support hawaii's locally grown products!


  5. M:

    Howzit Ed!

    I can do that!


  6. HNL2LAS:

    Awesome idea, thanks for posting this, Ed!!!


  7. Ynaku:

    Yep,

    Went to KTA for lunch today. Bento to go.


  8. World Wide Ed:

    * 1.NeedaHobby:
    Good morning. Sounds like something great to support Have a great week!

    Same to you Hobbz! :)

    * 2.Olin Lagon:
    Mahalo for posting Ed! Hundreds are eating local this week...it's not easy though we'll learn first hand what works, what's hard and gain some insight on ways to make eating local easier over time.

    Mahalo for putting this together Olin. Definitely a great thing for Hawaii!

    * 3.Joannie Pan:
    Mahalo for the post, Ed! Really appreciate the support! Eating Local may require folks to be creative with their dishes and take note of what is and is not grown/raised in Hawaii. Have fun, support our farmers, learn along the way and don't be too hard on yourself if a meal is not 100%, or even 75% local.

    Good advice Joannie! Hope to see you out! :)

    * 4.snow:
    thanks for the info, ed! i think it's a great idea... gotta support hawaii's locally grown products!

    Word!

    * 5.M:
    Howzit Ed!

    I can do that!

    Auuuriiite! See you out! ;)

    * 6.HNL2LAS:
    Awesome idea, thanks for posting this, Ed!!!

    No problemo H2L! Good reason to fly home for the week? 8)

    * 7.Ynaku:
    Yep,

    Went to KTA for lunch today. Bento to go.

    Ahhh, KTA! I miss it! ;)


  9. Chicken Grease:

    How 'bout our local outlets that serve Kona coffee. I go Honolulu Coffee Co' to get my 100% Kona (hooo, pricey, mbut, taste good, so, worth it!).

    Difficult, difficult sell, sometimes, eating local. Gov'ment needs to provide tax incentives to local farmers who sell locally, tax breaks to those outlets who buy them. Cut taxes overall, will inspire folks to grow stuff locally, make foods locally.

    Ed . . . I got a "you are banned" on a nice grey background when I first clicked on this link. Wha' happaaaaaaa???? :(


  10. hemajang:

    eh Mr. Ed, the Farmer's Market is a great place to buy locally grown produce. Wife goes every Sunday to buy papayas, bananas, avocados, vegetables and bread from Bale. We don't eat out much but we have a steady diet of local fruits and vegetables, some we grow in our yard and from a small plot at Honbunshin temple. They also sell vegetables from their farm, their primary crop being daikon. The weekend you had your Rice Festival, Honbunshin had their Daikon Festival. I think turnout was the most ever, they were running out of food at the end. Come late December they will have their annual Mochi Festival which is another great local food event. Anyone can pound and make their own mochi to eat or take home...fo free. The oden they sell is great, made from local grown vegetables.


  11. kuya.d:

    @Ed - Olin ... PCHS alumni, if I'm not mistaken.