10 Hawaii-Grown Holiday Gifts
November 21, 2017
The holidays are a great opportunity to support Hawaii foods and producers who are working hard to grow our local food system. Not only can you serve local foods for holiday celebrations, you can also find a lot of wonderful gifts made right here on the islands. We rounded up 10 gift ideas made from Hawaii-grown products.
Many of these companies also offer tour experiences, which would be another great present. And everyone on this list ships to the mainland, so you can spread the local aloha with friends near and far.
1. Salty Wahine Gourmet Hawaiian Sea Salts
This family-owned business sources and sells Hawaiian sea salts, spice mixes, rubs and flavored sugars in distinctive island flavors like Hot Lava, Black Lava; Passion Fruit Chili Pepper; Guava Garlic Salt; and Pineapple Poultry. Visit saltywahine.com.
2. Big Island Honey
These fourth-generation beekeepers move their bees three times a year so they can sip nectar from three different flowers, which results in three very different honeys: a dark macadamia, a creamy ohia lehua, and a slightly spicy Wilelaiki. Visit bigislandbees.com.
3. Kauai Farmacy
This small farm grows more than 70 herbs in rich, volcanic soil using bio-dynamic, permaculture techniques and harvests them by hand to make healing herbal teas, spices, tinctures and beauty products. Visit shop.kauaifarmacy.com.
4. KoHana Rum
This farm-to-bottle distillery is making agricole rum from heirloom varietals of sugarcane. Options include white, oak barrel-aged, cask-strength and Kokoleka — a rum flavored with cacao and honey. Visit kohanarum.com.
5. Hello Makana
This Honolulu-based company offers boxes of Hawaii-made products as a monthly subscription or a single shipment. Contents includes an assortment of snacks, health and beauty products and/or commissions by local artists and musicians with inserts that tell the stories of the producers. Visit hellomakana.com.
6. Mauna Kea Tea
Taka and Kimberly Ino are tea farmers on the Big Island with a passion for natural, sustainable farming methods. The green teas they produce are certified organic and include flavors like coconut and ginger and tumeric. Visit maunakeatea.com.
7. Ali’i Kula Lavender
This farm cultivates 45 varieties of lavender in Maui’s Upcountry region, but it’s also a beautiful botanical garden designed by masterful gardener Ali’i Chang. Chang is now deceased, but the farm continues to produce beauty, aromatherapy and culinary products made from lavender and offers tours of its 13.5-acre grounds. Visit aliikulalavender.com.
8. Oils of Aloha
Originally a processor of macadamia oil for cosmetic and pharmaceutical uses, Oils of Aloha researched the benefits of using the oil for culinary uses and began selling it in the 1990s. They now offer five flavors, as well as nourishing beauty products made from Kukui oil. Visit oilsofaloha.com.
9. Hawaii Home Gardens
Growing Vegetables in the Subtropics Using Holistic Methods
No, books aren’t grown in Hawaii, but this book will help Hawaii gardeners grow food right in their backyards. Author Evan Ryan — a tropical gardening expert and director and founder of Pono Grown Farm Center — gives advice on how to holistically design, plant and care for food gardens in the unique microclimates of Hawai‘i. Visit hawaiihomegardens.com.
10. Kunoa Products
Our list wouldn’t be complete without mention of gift ideas from Kunoa. Our Hawaii-Grown Beef Bars (available in stores and online) make great stocking stuffers for all ages, and we have T-shirts in our Web shop that let you wear your love for local Hawaii food on your sleeve. And don’t forgot to pick up our steaks and ground beef for holiday gatherings throughout the season.