Recently visited with Bob Enderson and John Oliva of the Kohala Mountain Fish Company (KMFC), where they produce tilapia year around at its farming and processing facility.
KMFC utilizes two mountain springs in all stages of tilapia growth. Approximately 1.38 billion gallons of water per day is captured in aquifers 8,000 to 12,000 feet below the surface. With very little human interference or mechanical processing, this water is certified to be naturally free of heavy metal, chemical or excessive mineral content. Its processing facility is on site and can provide both fresh and frozen processing.
As part of the ‘Aina Pono Hawaii State Farm to School Program and its new scratch-cooked menus that are being developed, the Hawaii State Department of Education plans to to test feature their fish in the very near future. ... See MoreSee Less
I learned so much about ulu when I recently visited Dana Shapiro, manager of the Hawaii Ulu Producers Cooperative (HUPC).
Ulu or breadfruit is one of Hawaii's original food crops that has been a local staple for nearly a thousand years. It's incredibly versatile and it can be prepared in a wide variety of delicious ways. Ulu is low in fat, low glycemic, non-GMO, and gluten-free. It's an excellent source of fiber.
I got to try ulu hummus with garden fresh vegetables, ulu chocolate mousse, frozen bananas, frozen papaya, see the HUPC staff in the ulu production kitchen, and I even planted a ulu tree with Dana.
Like the Hawaii State Department of Education, the HUPC received a USDA Farm to School grant, and will be collaborating with school food service directors, chef instructors at local colleges, farm to school consultants, and local food producers to develop new recipes using breadfruit. They will create additional supporting resources as part of an "ulu-to-school toolkit" to distribute across the state.
The HUPC also plans to expand its integrated educational programs by working with the Kona Pacific Public Charter School to restructure current lesson plans and link in-school curriculum with agriculture-based learning opportunities. The goal of the project is to enhance food security, sustainability and enrichment in schools by incorporating more breadfruit.
Lt. Governor Chin had a wonderful time recently on the Big Island where he visited with school administrators, cafeteria staff and food producers involved with the ‘Aina Pono Hawaii State Farm to School Program. He met with Kohala Elementary Principal Danny Garcia, in the yellow shirt, and his staff at their school garden. He presented them […]
One of the goals for Lieutenant Governor Doug Chin has been to ensure that the ‘Aina Pono Hawaii State Farm to School Program expands and becomes sustainable for future generations. Here is his September 9th opinion piece in the Honolulu Star Advertiser: http://www.staradvertiser.com/2018/09/13/editorial/island-voices/column-from-farm-to-school-cafeteria-building-a-food-secure-hawaii/ During preparations for Hurricane Lane recently, Hawaii was ordered to close its […]
Recently, Lt. Governor Chin joined Burt Lum and Ryan Ozawa on Hawaii Public Radio’s Bytemarks Cafe to discuss the ʻAina Pono Hawaii State Farm to School Program. Also included were Mililani High School Vice-Principal Andrea Moore and 2017-18 President and Associated Students of Mililani High School 2017-2018 President Alyssa Yamada-Barretto. ʻAina Pono is the State […]