Finding that unique local product, gift or keepsake is easy on the Big Island of Hawaii. Talented local craftspeople produce some of the finest and most unique items anywhere, and the island is literally dotted with farms and businesses that supply islanders and visitors alike with amazing produce, locally-made food and drink, clothing and candies, offering a taste of this unique corner of paradise.

Like everywhere across the country, Hawaii has embraced the movement of supporting locally-made and produced products. As a local business, we are proud to extend the same support to other local businesses.  Here are a few of our favorite products:

  • Rare Hawaiian Honey strives to produce some of the world’s most exquisite gourmet varieties of certified organic raw honey while maintaining business practices that are healthful for the environment and the local community. They are located in Kamuela, near Waimea at the northwest tip of the island.
  • Big Island Booch is a Hilo-based company that produces kombucha, a lightly fermented drink that blends either black or green tea with the finest local organic fruits, honey and herbs. Called the “tea of immortality” in Eastern cultures, Kombucha has a long association to being used for detoxification, and improved digestion and health. The company’s flavors include Lilikoi Lush (“lilikoi” is Hawaiian for passion fruit), Super Ginger Turmeric Tonic and Hibiscus Blossom Bliss.
  • Kona Brewing Company was started in 1995 by the father-and-son team of Cameron Healy and Spoon Khalsa in Kona, Hawaii, but is now owned by a mainland company. Micro-brewing long before the recent craft market trend, Kona Brewing Company continues to be a leader in beer-making. Serving up “Liquid Aloha,” the company features local island brews made with spirit and passion.
  • If you are searching for an all-inclusive activity rental business to enhance your fun on the island and at the beach, Lat20 offers kayaks, bikes and stand-up-paddle boards. They also deliver from Waikoloa to North Kohala. Stop in to the Puako General Store to buy their rash guards and branded t-shirts.
  • Big Island Palani Bakery bakes up some of the best artisan, 100% gluten-free breads, on the island. Visit the Puako General Store for fresh selections before heading to the beach.

 

If you are looking for a greater variety of locally-sourced products and produce from Kawamata Farms, Kekela Farms, Kohala Organics, visit the Puako General Store.  They carry baked pies, tarts — sweet and savory — from Hawaii Tart Company; handmade, macadamia nut butter toffee from a 5th-generation recipe by Hamakua Toffee Company; 100% Kona coffee from Kona Lisa Coffee; and The Sugai Family’s Kona Grove 100% Kona coffee; and local vegan coconut milk “ice cream” cups and coconut milk “ice cream” sandwiches.