With the upcoming Hawaiʻi Island Community Food Summit and with October as National Farm to School Month, October 2020 is shaping up to be the month of local food promotion! On Hawaiʻi Island, there is a group working on local food promotion projects that meets regularly to discuss cross-promotion and how to collaborate and work together while avoiding duplicated efforts. 

Community members can expect to see local starches like ‘ulu, ‘uala, and kalo make their way through social media posts in an effort to win an upcoming youth cooking competition. Additionally, cooking demonstration videos from various organizations all over the island will be instructing participants on how to apply different cooking techniques to get the results they are after. This shift away from instructing participants on a specific recipe will give students young and less-young the foundational tools to start cooking meals by substituting local produce instead of heading to the store for another imported potato. HIPHI’s own West Hawai’i Community Coordinator also runs Kōkua Harvest, an island-wide food rescue project that is celebrating its one year anniversary by giving away plant starts.

HIPHI participates as a member of the Hawai‘i Island Food Alliance (HIFA) and as part of the Hawai‘i Island Community Food Summit planning team. The entire group is working furiously on a virtual event that highlights local foods and local collaboration. Follow HIFA on Facebook and Instagram to track local food promotion activities, videos, classes, and so much more! 

For more information on HEAL efforts on Hawaiʻi Island please contact Lisa DeSantis, West Hawai‘i Community Coordinator at lisa@hiphi.org and Sally Ancheta, East Hawai‘i Community Coordinator at sally@hiphi.org.