Good Reads: Edible Hawaiian Islands
In this blog post, we are highlighting one of our valued community partners: Edible Hawaiian Islands.
Believe it or not, there’s no shortage of high quality print publications here in Hawai`i. We have countless beautiful magazines dedicated to island life, Native Hawaiian culture, healthy living, surfing (of course!), and much more. But when we think of the best place to read about local food, farming, and sustainability in the islands, one publication is head and shoulders above the rest.
Edible Hawaiian Islands is a quarterly print and digital magazine dedicated to “celebrating the harvest of the aloha state, season by season.” Each issue is packed with quality writing; it tells stories that aren’t found elsewhere, paired with beautiful, coffee-table-worthy photographs. A few of our favorite recent features include:
A profile of Pacific Biodiesel, detailing the local company’s pioneering path to more sustainable energy sources, and a providing a first glimpse at their new consumer products.
The aways-useful feature called “What Is It? How Do You Eat It?” highlighting unusual ingredients like banana flowers.
In short, they are the best source for what’s new and worth seeking out.
More than just a good read, though, Edible Hawaiian Islands serves as an important connector in Hawai`i’s food community. The team, headed by publisher Dania Novack-Katz, is always looking for ways to uplift, celebrate, and connect people who are doing good things; Hawaiian Ola is an advertiser with the magazine and so we’ve seen this firsthand over and over.
On a broader scale, the magazine established Edible Hawaiian Islands Statewide Farm Day, an annual event that encourages folks to go to the farmers market, buy local, hug a farmer, and share their favorite moments on social media. They also publish an annual Farm Guide which is packed with information about local farm tours and farmers markets. Initiatives like this help encourage everyday folks to make small but important changes that fortify our islands’ food economy.
Curious to read more? We encourage you to subscribe to the magazine, available in print and digital editions. Complimentary copies are also available at select advertisers’ retail locations.