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    Lockness

    Scotland – On a recent Earth Bound  journey to my mother land we sailed on the lake of Lockness. I really wasn’t sure what I would see, the myth, the legend was all around us. We had a private charter with about 40 guest on board. The weather was perfect and the opportunity to see Nessy was a sure thing. On board, we watched the sonar depth reveal the mass caverns and steep cliffs where anything of great size could hide. Its made us think is it real? The water was so dark, the air a slight chill. The moss that grew on the cliffs above the lake seemed so old. If there was a Nessy in the lake we wondered if it would come out to say show itself. Believe or not, I snapped this photo and later looked at and found a faint image of Nessy gliding along the lake. Perhaps is was the Nessy Dark Lager the wait staff served on board? What ever it was I know that Nessy lives, believe it or not!

    RANCHERS IN HAWAII

    Green Point Nursery - Hilo, Hawaii

    I recently had the opportunity to host a group of Ranchers from Oklahoma. I must say they were a “hoot” We had a blast. We visited Parker Ranch and met with Keoki Woods Head Field Manager with the ranch. We also visited Kualoa Ranch and were hosted by John Morgan. With over 5 generation, this ranch had stories oozing out from it’s wood. We also visited other farms like Green Point Nursery, Alii Kula Lavender, Hawaiian Vanilla Co., Kahuku Farms, Hamakua Mushrooms and the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory. We also set a world record at Hilo Bay Cafe ordering 43 Blue Bay Burgers at one time!

    Hawaiian Vanilla Experience Luncheon

    Come and join us for our most popular offering–the Hawaiian Vanilla Experience Luncheon! We promise to fill all of your senses; taste, smell, touch, hear, see and learn all about vanilla and the journey we have been on since we bought our first vanilla plant in 1998!

    We provide our signature Provincial lunch; orange-vanilla marinated breast and carmelized onions atop herbed focaccia bread, with our Vanilla-Mango Chutney aioli, Way South West roasted red potatoes, farm fresh organic greens with our best selling Vanilla-Raspberry Vinaigrette, crumbled feta and Vanilla-Honey-Peppered Pecans. We don’t skimp on vanilla! Also enjoy our classic Vanilla Lemonade or Vanilla Tea with your lunch.
    After a presentation and introduction to vanilla, join the group for a short walk to our vanillery–our second acre of shade houses on the farm. When you return, enjoy some Hawaiian Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with one of our specialty dessert toppings–a delicious ending!

    During the luncheon Jim provides an in-depth look at how vanilla is grown and why Hawaiian Vanilla Company’s vanilla is such a unique and delicious treat!

    ***Please note: The walk can be difficult for some people. We are located on the lower slopes of Mauna Kea and the roads can be steep. Weather can be inclement and proper footwear is highly recommended.

    The cost for the Luncheon is $39/pp and $15/pp for children ages 4 – 12.
    Children age 3 and under Free.

    Luncheons are offered most Wednesdays and Thursdays and Fridays.

    Advanced reservations are required.
    Reserve your tour now!

    Contact us by e-mail for more information or call
    Toll Free (877) 771-1771

    Have you tried Mountain Thunder Organic Kona Coffee?

    The Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation is one of the most reputable names in 100% Kona Coffee. We only deal with the best, most premium Kona Coffee available. We boast our Award-Winning Organic Cloud Forest Estate 100% Kona Coffee. It has now won over 16 awards in a five-year period of time. Try the 100% Kona Challenge and see what we are talking about.

    Also, Organic Kona Coffee is one of our specialties and we encourage you to try the most nutty and chocolaty 100% Kona Coffee’s around. By the way, we are certified Kosher by K-OFK, Organic by GOCA, and we hold the Seal of Quality from the State of Hawaii. We have the most certifications around because our Kona Coffee is the of the best quality, period.

    Featured Teaching Tours – Manoa Honey Company

    The Manoa Honey Company is owned by Michael Kliks, Ph.D., who also serves as president of the Hawaii Beekeepers Association. Kliks, like many producers, is quite passionate about his honey and is working to revise honey labeling requirements in Hawaii.

    The Manoa Honey Company oversees apiaries across Oahu and Hawaii island, including the remote uplands of Waikane Valley, the coastal forests of Nanakuli and Kalaeloa, the upland forests of Mauna Loa and remote Kau, and the Waianae and Koolau mountains. Honeys include: Waikane Golden, a light amber honey with a floral flavor; Crater Kiawe and Kiawe Cream, smooth amber honeys that naturally tend to “cream” after they have been processed by the bees; Ohia Lehua and Ohia Lehua Crème, full-bodied, rich honeys with a buttery-floral flavor; and Pele’s Gold, unfiltered, unheated honey that retains the biological activity of its natural enzymes, yeasts, pollens, waxes, antioxidants, trace elements and vitamins.

    These honeys are available at Executive Chef, The Compleat Kitchen, Down to Earth stores, R. Field Wine Co. at Foodland Beretania, Umeke Market, Kokua Market, the Source Natural Foods, Shirokiya, Longs Moiliili and Manoa and the Waioli Tea Room.

    Alii Kula Lavender

    Located on the misty slopes of Haleakala is Alii Kula Lavender, growing 45 varieties of lavender on 10 acres. The herb typically blooms in the spring and summer, but certain varieties bloom year round at this Maui farm.

    Alii Kula is overseen by Alii Chang, owner and lavender engineer, who first began planting lavender in 2001. Since then, the business has diversified its operations by offering a variety of farm tours, hosting weddings and selling over 75 lavender products through its retail store, located on the farm, and website.

    The company’s values-based business model incorporates Hawaiian culture, at the center of which is aloha. “It is our social responsibility to take care of our communities and offer an experience that allows people to reconnect to the land, to each other, and to themselves,” says Chang. “We try to create opportunities for togetherness. What we offer is highly sensory, where you can feel, see, touch, taste and hear your environment.”

    To foster a win-win experience for the community, Alii Kula partners with over 25 local businesses to create its many value-added products. “We don’t want to compete with our neighbors,” says Lani Weigert, sales manager, “instead we want to empower and help them grow.”

    Known for its calming properties, lavender’s aroma is slightly earthy, fresh from the fields. Useful as an antiseptic for minor cuts, bites and burns, it also works well as a skin moisturizer. Products available from Alii Kula include lavender scone mix, lavender lilikoi jelly, lavender rose bath soap with Maui goat’s milk, lavender candles and much more, ranging from aromatherapy items and bath and body goods to culinary specialties and apparel.

    Courtesy the Hawaii Dept of Agriculture.

    Nalo Farms

    Since 1983, Nalo Farms has produced a variety of greens for the local community, popular especially among restaurants. The company later expanded its product line to include salad dressings. The farm is located in Waimanalo, nestled below the Koolau mountains, and employs 10 people.

    “Our products have the best flavor because of the unique weather and soil in Hawaii,” says Dean J. Okimoto, president. “We are able to grow greens with more pungent flavors than greens grown in the mainland.”

    Among the company’s greens are: Dean’s Greens, a gourmet salad of baby lettuces and greens; Asian Greens, a blend of various Asian leafy greens; Healthy Greens, a savory mix of spinach and tatsoi; baby spinach; baby arugula; and Koolau Mountain Greens, gourmet greens packaged in bulk for food service operations.  Freshness is key to the farm’s success. Its mission statement reads: “We cut in the morning, we pack midday, we deliver in the afternoon, and it’s on the customer’s plate that night.”

    Product quality is maintained through attention and care; everything is done by hand — harvesting, processing and packaging. “Quality means excellence,” says Leslie Hanawahine, field operations manager. “We always strive to provide customers with what they want, when they need it and insure our products are always fresh to the chef.”

    Salad dressings are available in Hawaii Sweet Onion and Creamy Honey Herb. The farm also offers fresh herbs.

    Products are available for purchase through the farmers’ markets at KapiolaniCommunity College and in Kailua. They will soon be offered through local supermarkets.

    Courtesy the Hawaii Dept of Agriculture.

    Manoa Honey Company

    The Manoa Honey Company is owned by Michael Kliks, Ph.D., who also serves as president of the Hawaii Beekeepers Association. Kliks, like many producers, is quite passionate about his honey and is working to revise honey labeling requirements inHawaii.

    According to a bill introduced to the 2007 Legislature, “…producers of very high quality raw, unprocessed honey in Hawaii have been losing significant market share to preternaturally cheap, adulterated, imported sweeteners mislabeled as ‘honey’ and as products of the United States of America.” If passed into law, the honey labeling laws will require, among other things, the country (or countries) of origin and the percent of Hawaii-produced honey used. These new labeling requirements would help companies like Manoa Honey Company compete in the marketplace.

    The Manoa Honey Company oversees apiaries across Oahu and Hawaii island, including the remote uplands of Waikane Valley, the coastal forests of Nanakuli and Kalaeloa, the upland forests of Mauna Loa and remote Kau, and the Waianae and Koolau mountains. Honeys include: Waikane Golden, a light amber honey with a floral flavor; Crater Kiawe and Kiawe Cream, smooth amber honeys that naturally tend to “cream” after they have been processed by the bees; Ohia Lehua and Ohia Lehua Crème, full-bodied, rich honeys with a buttery-floral flavor; and Pele’s Gold, unfiltered, unheated honey that retains the biological activity of its natural enzymes, yeasts, pollens, waxes, antioxidants, trace elements and vitamins.

    These honeys are available at Executive Chef, The Compleat Kitchen, Down to Earth stores, R. Field Wine Co. at Foodland Beretania, Umeke Market, Kokua Market, the Source Natural Foods, Shirokiya, Longs Moiliili and Manoa and the Waioli Tea Room.

    Courtesy the Hawaii Dept of Agriculture.

    Big Island Abalone

    Big Island Abalone Corp. farms premium Ezo abalone at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA). Spread over 10 acres, two million abalone inhabit tanks and are grown in a system using a constant supply of pure, cold and nutrient-rich seawater, which is pumped from a depth of 3,000 feet off Keahole Point on the Big Island. The farm also raises a special blend of algae that feed the abalone to achieve optimal taste, texture, color, nutrition and shell characteristics in the end product. The farm exists in a near-perfect environment for growing its Kona Coast Abalone.

    In business since 1998, Big Island Abalone Corp. employs 17 people who operate this unique farm — the only abalone farm in Hawaii.

    The live abalone can be purchased at the farm, the Hilo farmers’ market, KTA Superstores, Don Quixote and Marukai Wholesale Mart. Retort packaged abalone is now available at selected ABC Stores. It is also available at restaurants such as Hayama Restaurant, Sushi Kazu and Hiroshi. The quality of the abalone has been praised by Iron Chefs and served at fine dining restaurants in New York and Tokyo. It is shipped live to markets in Japan and the U.S. mainland regularly.

    A farm tour gives you an opportunity to see, touch and sample abalone. To make reservations for a farm tour, please contact Lyndsey DeSilva at (808) 334-0034.

    Courtesy the Hawaii Dept of Agriculture.

    Green Point Nursery

    Green Point Nurseries offers a complete selection of Hawaii tropical flowers and foliage, which are harvested daily and sent to professional florists all over the world.

    The company’s specialty is anthuriums, which are tested by public and private hybridizers to conduct research and innovate. Currently, the company is helping theUniversity of Hawaii research a scented pink anthurium called Princess Aiko, still years away from commercial availability. Over the years, Green Point has strived to improve its products and services by developing new methods in cultivation and packaging.

    “What makes our product unique is the exceptional quality,” says Eric Tanouye, the company’s vice president and general manager. Green Point has received a number of awards for its anthuriums, including a blue ribbon for its Lavender Lady, a red ribbon for Tropical Fire and a red ribbon to Kalapana as an outstanding anthurium variety. The company also has been recognized for excellence, receiving such awards as the 1998 U.S. Senate Productivity Award, Exporter of the Year for 1992 by the state ofHawaii, Outstanding Cooperator of the Year by the Puna Conservation District and the Outstanding Agricultural Operation award by the 2004 Ag Conference.

    Green Point Nurseries’ products can be found at florist shops, hospitality and special events throughout Hawaii and the U.S. mainland. Products are now available through the company’s web site and can be ordered by phone, (808) 959-3535.

    Courtesy the Hawaii Dept of Agriculture.

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