ranches, & grocers
For the sake of simplicity and purpose of this article, we only outline the best in certified organic food sources, although we do recognize the sustainable efforts of so many small farms throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
Ono Organic Farms is a 50-acre farm in East Maui specializing in organic fruit, organic cacao, and organic coffee beans. The property includes thousands of tropical fruit trees. All produce is hand picked. The family-owned farm of 42 years recently started making organic bath products like dry rubs and bath butters. They are certified organic by International Certification Services and are Maui’s original organic farm. They also partner with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a government agency aimed at conserving soil, water and other natural resources.
Hana Ranch is a 3,600-acre Hana farm and ranch in Maui that grows seasonal organic fruits and vegetables and raises 1,500 grass-fed cattle under the Maui Cattle Company brand. They are certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and does not use synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. In 2014, Hana Ranch planted 10 acres of organic farmland on the ranch. Produce is available at the Hana Ranch farm stand Wednesdays and Fridays from 8-4. Maui Cattle Company products are served in dozens of restaurants on Maui and sold at both large and small grocery stores including Hawaiian Moons and Foodland.
Hana Fresh is an all-organic farm and farm stand in Hana offering organic fruits and vegetables from their nearby farm. The Hana Fresh farm is a 7-acre piece of land growing over 100 different fruits, vegetables, herbs, and medicinal crops. The farm stand is open Monday-Friday 8-3 and Saturday 9-3. They provide chef-prepared breakfast and lunch items as well as fresh produce, smoothies, and bowls to enjoy at a nearby picnic table or on the go.
Kumu Farms is part of the enormous Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu in Maui. Fresh produce from their fields is sold at their farm stand at the entrance to the plantation Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 am – 4 pm, with discounted produce offered on Saturdays. They also supply various Maui restaurants with their produce.
Mohala Farms is a six-acre organic farm on the North Shore of Oahu. The farm is run as a non-profit organization with a focus on sustainable agriculture, education, and cultural and creative arts in the community. Mohala Farms grows collard greens, kale, a variety of lettuces, arugula, green beans, turnips, radishes, tatsoi, tomatoes, parsley, cilantro, thyme, oregano, basil, rosemary, mint, lemongrass and chives.
Ma’o Organic Farms is a 24-acre organic farm located on the west side of Oahu. They grow a variety of organic produce including arugula, mustard greens, cauliflower, mizuna, parsley, purplette onion, Meyer lemons, mango, taro, Tahitian lime, turnip, green onion, fennel, eggplant, kale, broccoli, beets, cilantro, carrots and much more.
Kahumana is a unique organic farm and community space in west Oahu in the Lualualei Valley. The 50-acre property is shared between farmers, social workers, social entrepreneurs, people transitioning from homelessness, visitors, locals, youth, people with disabilities and many others. They blend a whole host of holistic and non-profit services into their organic farm and café, retreat and learning center, and commercial kitchen for school lunches.
Poamoho Organic Produce is the largest certified organic farm on Oahu. They are primarily a tropical fruit orchard and have been growing organic fruits on the North Shore since 1999. They specialize in mango, papaya, lychee, longan, avocado, breadfruit, jackfruit, herbs and citrus fruits. Recently, Poamoho has also started growing select vegetables as well. Their products are available in select restaurants on Oahu like Alan Wong’s and The Pineapple Room as well as several small natural foods grocers and Whole Foods.
Maui Bees is a family business that produces pure and artisanal Maui honey on the slopes of Mt. Haleakala. Their honey is naturally harvested, and 100% cold processed. Their wild and raw honey is delicious, and we love that they perform sustainable business practices when making their products.
Maui Bees has two seasonal honey harvests during the year: Summer and Winter.
Kawailoa Farm is a 3.5-acre organic farm in Hale’iwa owned and operated by Ted Nakamura for the past 20 years. Kawailoa has been certified USDA organic for 10 of those years. Kawailoa Farm primarily grows papayas, asparagus, several varieties of long beans, eggplant, mango, okra and several varieties of winged beans. Their products are available at the Hale’iwa Farmers Market on Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm.
Kauai Organic Farms is a family owned and operated organic farm on the North Shore of Kauai. Originally from Michigan, husband and wife owners Phil and Linda Green have owned the farm for the past 10 years. Kauai Organic Farms started as just a four-acre operation growing ginger and has since expanded to turmeric and galangal, employing 15 people. They are constantly growing and experimenting with new growing techniques and cover cropping.
Princeville Botanical Gardens is a 10.6-acre organic farm in Moloaa, Kauai. They have 70 varieties of fruit trees on the property and produce like apple bananas, arugula, avocados, beets, carrots, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, herbs, kale, lettuce, mango, radish, scallions, snow peas, soursop and tomatillo. Their goods are available at Papaya Natural Foods & Café and the Kauai Community Market on Saturdays.
Kolo Kai Organic Farm is located on the northeast side of Kauai and specializes in turmeric, white ginger, yellow ginger, galangal and Thai ginger. The farm chooses to ship directly to individuals, food cooperatives and small businesses rather than sell wholesale.
Moloa’a Organica’a is a 28.5-acre organic farm that has been on Kauai for over 13 years. They are the largest organic farm on the island – specializing in high quality, organic products like tropical fruits, organic produce, medicinal herbs and native edibles. Currently, Moloa’a Organica’a products are available at five weekly farmers’ markets: Tuesdays in Waipa at 2 pm, Wednesdays in Kapa’a at 3 pm, Thursdays in Kilauea at 4:30 pm, and Saturdays in Hanalei at 9:30 am and Kilauea at 9 am.
Kanalani Ohana Farm is an organic coffee farm at the bottom of Mauna Loa on the Big Island. They specialize in 100% estate-grown, organic Kona coffee and also sell jams made from fruits and vegetables grown on the property. It is a family operation, and they handpick and dry all of their coffee beans. They then roast their coffee beans in small quantities right before they ship out. Their farm has been organic for over 15 years, so their soil is pure and free of chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers.
Kona Keei is an organic farm in South Kona on the Big Island. Like many organic farms, they also offer unique work-study opportunities for young farmers. Interns can study agronomy and soil science and gain hands on experience at the farm. Kona Keei provides a balance of theory courses and field work. They then learn how to distribute to wholesale retailers and natural food stores.
The Pahoa Hostel and Poho’iki Organic Farm are a unique hostel and farm on the Big Island. Pohoiki Organics is a 5-acre organic farm just one mile from Isaac Hale Beach Park in Pohoiki. It sits on the breezy slope of Mt. Kilauea not far from the coast. The farm offers a work exchange program for those who would like to stay at their hostel in this prime location for free.
Pu’u O Hoku Ranch in Molokai is a family-owned and operated organic ranch and farm specializing in biodynamic farming methods. It’s also a retreat center and a trip back in time. The rustic accommodations and scenery are a glimpse into “Old Hawaii” before the commercialization of the islands. The ranch raises free-range cattle in all grass pastures and offers hunting of axis deer and wild pig on property.