Eating local: Hawaiian Crown Plantation

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You’d never know it if you passed Hawaiian Crown Plantation on Kuhio Avenue, but the store is owned by a local farmer and most of the products come straight from his farm. If you’re looking to eat and buy local products, this spot is a fresh little oasis in Waikiki.

Craig Bowden has been involved in Hawaii’s agriculture for more than 40 years, and his company has been selling pineapple at the Kapiolani Community College farmer’s market for about four years. After getting positive feedback from customers, he decided to open a store in Waikiki to expand on his offerings, with fresh-squeezed juices, smoothies, gourmet acai bowls, and plantation coffee with locally grown, Hawaiian Crown ingredients.

One of the neat things about his operation: Pineapples are picked to order for shipping. Bowden says that instead of picking large amounts of pineapple and waiting for them to ripen while waiting for orders, he keeps the pineapple on the plant until optimal harvest time, and sends his crew to pick as needed. This ensures the sweetest fruit possible.

Here are some scenes from the grand opening event the other day. If you find yourself in Waikiki, you might want to stop in and try something.

Hawaiian Crown Plantation

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The inside is small, but spacious enough for 20 people to move around inside.

8 comments
Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

Delicate Blossom:  Was this place featured in a Hawaii 5-0 episode?  At least the store was used as a backdrop.

PMZ808
PMZ808

Sounds tempting.  Looks like a trip down there is in order. 

atmarketing
atmarketing

The store has been open, but it recently upgraded its offerings such as adding Hawaiian chocolates, a larger fruit smoothie offering and a new dining area for customers that is located on the Diamond Head side of the store building.

PHOTOlulu
PHOTOlulu

They've been around for awhile and it's just across the street from my place.

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@PMZ808 It's good to check out if you are in the area. I know that parking can be an issue and if you are like ME, can get lost. 

atmarketing
atmarketing

@PHOTOlulu The store has been open, but it recently upgraded its offerings such as adding Hawaiian chocolates, a larger fruit smoothie offering and a new dining area for customers on the Diamond Head Side of the building.