Meet the farmers, growers and partners providing us with the ingredients to make Hawaii's baby food.
Kahumana Organic Farms is a 25-acre certified organic farm operating in the heart of Lualualei Valley on Oahu. They provide us with a variety of produce (including taro, Okinawan sweet potatoes, carrots, and more) grown using regenerative, permaculture principles, such as rotational planting, cover cropping, and biodynamic planting to name a few. In addition to providing produce to us, they sell produce at local farmer’s markets, through at-home delivery boxes and at retail grocery store locations throughout our communities.
GoFarm Hawaii helps us connect with and source from local, self-start farmers who have graduated from their program. By providing pathways for new farmers and guaranteeing local outlets for their crops, we are helping to make farming an attractive and viable way of life for new agriculturalists.
We have partnered with The Pacific Gateway Center to source from farmers in their Agriculture for Trafficking Survivors program. Farming and working with the land has been long used as a way for communities to heal and empower themselves. Through this partnership, immigrants, refugees, and survivors of human trafficking here in Hawaii are better able to provide for their families as their locally grown fruit help you provide for yours.
The Hawaii Ulu Cooperative provides us with a significant source of the superfood known as breadfruit (Hawaiian name ‘ulu) we use in our products. The co-op is dedicated to the revival of breadfruit, with more than 70 member farms growing six different varieties year-round. For more information, visit eatbreadfruit.com.
Transparency and authenticity are essential to Punahele, from how our ingredients are grown and sourced to our processing and labeling. This is why we have partnered with the Hawaii Department of Agriculture to be included among their two flagship programs: Made in Hawaii with Aloha & the Hawaii Seal of Quality.
Made in Hawaii with Aloha was established to protect the integrity and value of authentic Hawaii branded products and to identify those products made in Hawaii from products made elsewhere yet called made in Hawaii.
The Hawaii Seal of Quality was established to protect the integrity and value of Hawaii branded farm and value-added products. Products with this seal are genuine, Hawaii-grown or Hawaii-made premium products, a guarantee that is enforced by the State of Hawaii. To meet program standards, all fresh agricultural products must be entirely produced in Hawaii.
Through our partnership with Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii, we are committed to supporting their work of improving Hawaii's maternal, child and family health through collaborative efforts in programs, public education, advocacy and partner development.
Oko’a Farms is a 12-acre, family-run farm in central Maui practicing "full-circle farming" by using regenerative techniques to grow and maintain their harvests and the land. They provide us with the freshest spinach on the islands for our baby food — and will likely provide us with even more produce in the months and years to come!