HAWAII ISLAND, Hawaii: Starwood Hotels and Resorts in Waikiki kicked off their annual neighbor island farm tour a few weeks ago on Hawaii Island.
Executive Chefs Colin Hazama and Brett Villarmia from Sheraton Waikiki were among resort staff who visited each farm in an effort to promote and use more locally sourced produce.
Resort representatives say the Sheraton Waikiki’s catering department and restaurants – including Kai Market, RumFire, and Ingredients – are all striving to serve up to 65% local products.
One of the stops included this visit to Hamakua Mushrooms in Laupahoehoe.
Another stop, the Kona Cold Lobsters at NELHA in Kona… where the catch from Maine is flown in and rejuvenated before being served up fresh in the Pacific.
Starwoods public relations says the resort’s reinvigorated Hawaii Ballroom will showcase certified organic choices including Nalo greens, Hamakua tomatoes and mushrooms, goat cheese, Big Island red veal, hearts of palm, Myer lemon, and a whole lot more.
The resort also partnered with the Hawaii Farm Bureau to support legislation that would help local agriculture.
H.B. 1471, a bill which authorizes farmers to become food safety certified distributors to local businesses including restaurants, hotels, and other hospitality venues.
Enacted by the State of Hawaii’s Legislature, the bill will also provide funding to develop programs supporting existing and new farmers.
(VIDEO courtesy Starwood Hotels and Resorts, VOICE of Stephanie Salazar)