This past week I went to visit our Kualoa booth at the Kailua Farmers Market that occurs every Thursday night from 5 to 7:30pm in the Kailua Town Center Parking Garage. More than 2 dozen vendors display and sell their products each week. Our booth is luckily located right next to the live entertainment from Aloha Danny that plays every week.
As I browsed through the different rows of vendors, I noticed that it had a nice local vibe with a mix of people ranging from young children and families to young adults and the elderly. Among the assortment of food vendors that sell fresh food made with locally grown produce, there is also a diverse range of potted plants including orchids, herb and veg starters, cacti, dwarf trees and flowers.
Some of the produce that Kualoa sold this past week was limes, guava, star fruit, ulu, assorted heirloom tomatoes and eggplants, avocado and okra. We also continue to sell our farm raised shrimp and grass fed ground beef. All of our produce was locally grown right here in Hakipuu and Kaaawa valley. Ises Lipman, who manages our diversified agriculture department, was excited to show me some of the new produce that he is recently growing. One of his major goals is to rehabilitate some of our diversified agricultural lands that have gone fallow and to produce more fruits and vegetables to sell to the different communities throughout the island.
One of Kualoa’s main focuses is agriculture and stewardship of the land. Kualoa participates in vegetable and fruit farming, flower nurseries and production of fish and prawns for local markets. More recently, Kualoa began serving and retailing its own beef from cattle raised on the ranch and has plans to continue to grow the venture.