Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Win $1000: Buy Local, It Matters

Businesses are lining up and area residents starting to visit them for the Buy Local, It Matters cross-promotion sponsored by Ka'u Coffee Festival and the state Department of Agriculture. See for updates on where to collect receipts, product labels and business cards for the drawing. Visiting as many local businesses as possible between now and the Ho‘olaule‘a increases chances to win the Buy Local, It Matters $1,000 award at the festival.

2014 Buy Local, It Matters winner Krystalynn Gascon.
Photo by Julia Neal.

Winner must be present at time of drawing during the Ka’u Coffee Festival Ho’olaule’a at the Pahala Community Center at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, to collect prize.

Among participating companies are: Aikane Plantation Coffee Co., Ali'i Hula Hands (Punalu'u Bake Shop), BEI, Big Island Candies, Crop Production Services, Hana Hou Restaurant, Hawa'i Coffee Association, Hawai'i Coffee Co., Isla Custom Coffees, GreenPoint Nurseries, Ka'u Coffee Mill, Ka'u Farm and Ranch Co., Ka'u Local Products, Ka'u Royal Coffee (R&G Store in Pahala), Ka'u Royal Hawaiian Coffee & Tea, Kona Transportation, Moon & Turtle Cafe, OK Farms, Orchid Island Auto Center, Pacific Quest, Pahala Plantation Cottages, ProVision Solar, Inc., Punalu'u Bake Shop, Rusty's Hawaiian Coffee (Na'alehu and Kino'ole Farmer's Market), Sustainable Island Products, Wiki-Wiki Mart and xpedx.

See frequent updates and map at

Buy Local, It Matters campaign aims to encourage residents to support Hawai'i businesses. It particularly focuses on agriculture, encouraging conscious decisions to purchase locally grown farm products. The campaign was created by University of Hawai'i College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Hawai'i Farm Bureau Federation and Hawai'i Department of Agriculture. As a community service, Hawai'i Medical Service Association sponsors printing a Buy Fresh – Buy Local Seasonality Chart on availability of local produce.