Hawai‘i: a beautiful destination in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Images immediately come to mind of crystal clear water, fragrant scented air and exotic foods, and of course, the relaxed island lifestyle.
In years past, these islands were sustainable and supported several hundred thousand inhabitants. Fast forward 60+ years we have become dependant on importing well over 80% of our food consumed.
Today we are seeing a shift in experience – as well as the rest of the United States. However to those of us in Hawai‘i, because of our remote geographical location, becoming self-sustaining has a much deeper meaning both culturally and spiritually.
The mission of edible Hawaiian Islands is to “talk story”: a local term meaning to verbally share stories between visitors, friends and ‘ohana. We intend to share the stories of people who are growing, farming, ranching, fishing, and cooking our food. Our stories will be told through stunning photography, beautiful art and well-written stories that inspire the reader and uplift an entire community.
We invite you, our contributors and readers, to join in our journey. Together, through exploring locally-sourced food , let’s shift our storytelling and sustain our island home.
Award-winning “Publication of the Year”
edible Communities – a community of which edible Hawaiian Islands is a proud member – was awarded the 2011 “Publication of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation.
Covering all aspects of the industry—from chefs and restaurateurs to cookbook authors and food journalists to restaurant designers and architects and more—the Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America. The awards are presented each spring at Lincoln Center and Gotham Hall in New York City. Nominees and winners are fêted at a weekend of events in New York City that has become the social and gastronomic highlight of the year.
Established in 1990, the James Beard Foundation Awards recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields and continue to emphasize the Foundation’s mission: to celebrate, preserve, and nurture America’s culinary heritage and diversity. Learn more about the James Beard Foundation and Awards.