Sunday, November 1, 2009

Wai`anae Farmers' Market & Thanksgiving Buffet by Kahumana Farms



* MARK’S SPECIALTIES - breakfast omelets, local fresh eggs by the tray, pasteles stew and more...!

* KAHUMANA FARMS - selling organically grown produce, baked goods, and ONO Mango smoothies.

* AUNTY NANI's - homemade shortbread cookies: Macadamia nut, Chocolate Chip, Cinnammon and more...

* PILI POT'S - orchids and plants, baked goods, and organically grown produce from MA'O

* STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE - locally caught, fresh fish and poke

* MANA`AI - hand pounded poi and pa`i`ai

* NAKED DAIRY - homemade cheese and butter from local cows

* 808 SAUCES – Marinades and barbecue sauces and lunch right off the barbie! (BBQ)

* MP FARMS - all your produce needs - from Asian vegetables to tropical fruit

* LYME'S - smoked fish, pickled onion, dried tako and more!


* M.O’s CATERING – Hawaiian plate lunch $7.50: includes rice, lau lau, lomi salmon, sweet potato, and a drink! Frozen take-home pork lau lau also available! 2 for $5

* PANIKEKE – Selling Samoan-style doughnuts with haupia, custard, or buttercream filling.


Wai'anae – the Future of Organics?

"Look at these carrots - have you ever seen a carrot this orange and vibrant? You can't grow this anywhere else on the island." says Dan Rudoy, farm manager at Kahumana Organic Farms.

"I feel incredibly grateful to be able to farm and provide for the community in such an amazing place. Lualualei has to be one of the greatest valleys on earth. It has some of the best soil in the world and is home to an amazing community. I see a lot of potential value in both the land and the people here."

Dan has spent the last few years farming and helping the community with sustainable organic agriculture. He formerly worked with Ma'o Farms here in Wai'anae and is now expanding Kahumana's seven acre farm.

Kahumana is more than just a farm, it's the operating base for Alternative Structures International. ASI is a non-profit corporation which manages two transitional housing programs for 125 families in Waianae, and a Therapeutic Living Program for the developmentally disabled.

Working together with Oahu Work Links, Kahumana is creating a vocational training program for residents of these shelters to develop skills in agriculture and the culinary arts. The "farm to table" program aims to make fresh organic produce more available for Wai'anae residents and to create awareness about sustainability and nutrition. These programs will be headed up by Dan and some of the other staff at Kahumana.

“Personally, I'm interested in relationships.... relationships between people, relationships between humans and plants, plants and soil and the potential that exists between them. Farming brings that all together – it's an amazing experience that can serve as a platform for social change. Nothing brings people together like food. And no food is better for you, and the environment than local, organically grown veggies. There is no reason why this valley could not grow the best organic produce on the island. I would love to see this valley return to its farming roots and provide sustainability and direction for the community.”

See ads in this months West Side Stories to find out about Kahumana's Thanksgiving Celebration, upcoming Eatery and CSA Program (community supported agriculture).

Kahumana Farm’s Thanksgiving Celebration
Thursday, November 26th 5 p.m.
Buffet: $25
RSVP: 696-2655



Desiree Hikuroa

Desiree Hikuroa
Marketing Specialist & Program Manager

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center
86-260 Farrington Highway
Waianae, HI 96792

Work: (808) 697-3516
Cell: (808) 388-7386
Fax: (808) 697-3500

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