Complete transcript from the round table discussion can be found at WhiteHouse.gov
Ed Morita has spent over a 15 years working at some of the country's premiere resorts and restaurants, including the Halekulani Hotel, The Greenbrier Resort & Spa in West Virginia, Bay Harbor Yacht Club in Michigan along with Longhi’s Restaurant, Highway Inn Kaka‘ako, and currently at the Modern Honolulu.
Hawaii regional chefs are improvising by having ingredients that are made locally from the (organic) farmers from all islands, like your Maui onions, Honoka'a tomatoes, Kona coffee from Waimea, Kauai taro, or Molokai sweet bread.
I forgot about the fishing trade, getting plants like macadamia nuts, breadfruit (ulu), noni, coconuts; growing vegetables or having an awa/kava-producing farm !!!
SustAINAble living - that is definitely will play a part in Hawaii's future. What if the Matson company cancelled ALL shipments to Hawaii, we islanders will starve.. Going back to the old (not plantation) days - no doubt about it. Except will will have more variety of crops than just sugar cane and pineapple, two industries that had disappeared. Now, we have to have pineapple shipped from Latin America or Asia. Big Island cattle, from Parker Ranch, should be shipped locally to the interislands, instead of being first shipped to the U.S. mainland, processed with pesticide (or pasteurization) and then, shipped back to Hawaii with a higher price tag for the regular consumers (which is everybody). Great article Ed !
Wow ? Waianae !? I don't think there will be any gridlock traffic going towards that area, just at the Disneyland-like resort Aulani or Ko Olina (near Makakilo or Kapolei).
love it!! everyone looks so happy and proud. ed kenney looks starstruck. flotus looks like she's having fun. i'd kill for a box of white house m&ms.
Ed, thanks for the photos and summary! I am most delighted for the youths, their hopes and dreams. I love the capture of the young adults laughing and smiling brightly with Michelle Obama. The beautiful background adds to the beauty of the place too. May this be a huge step in the bright future of organic farming in Hawaii. Mahalo!
@Cat it was an awesome event and her PR people were very accommodating. They made sure that all the press had access to information.
@nonstopmari Ched Kenney was very quiet. I think he was more concerned with the meal he was cooking for her later.
@trulyjoannies those kids are amazing! After the way they handled themselves with the first lady and the passionate way they spoke about what they do, I have hope for the future.
And, may the new generation of chefs/cooks using locally sourced foods continue to flourish and find that they can meet demands ;)