Haleiwa Mar­ket Tours Sprout­ing On North Shore

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - Front Page - By SARAH PACHECO

Known for bring­ing the best in lo­cal pro­duce to the North Shore since open­ing last year, Haleiwa Farm­ers’ Mar­ket is now bring­ing peo­ple to the food source with ed­u­ca­tional Farm Tours.

In part­ner­ship with E Noa Tours, the bi-weekly tours show folks where their food comes from, what goes into grow­ing it and how it all goes from pas­ture to plate.

Vis­its are avail­able ev­ery Wed­nes­day and Fri­day for up to 30 pas­sen­gers at a time. Fee is $132. To learn more, call the E Noa reser­va­tions desk at 591-2534 and ask for Tour No. 17.

“It’s only nat­u­ral that we sup­port th­ese farm­ers,” said HFM man­ager Pamela Bo­yar.“We are able to grow so much food here in Hawaii — if we bought lo­cal and ate lo­cal, we would be able to have a more di­ver­si­fied diet.”

Bo­yar’s mar­ket ran two tours of four lo­cal farms last fall for res­i­dents, which was the fore­run­ner for the cur­rent tour. “We filled up and had to start a wait­ing list, so we de­cided to make th­ese tours a reg­u­lar thing. We also found that four farms are just too many and de­cided to nar­row it down to two (per trip).”

Stops in­clude Poamoho Or­ganic Pro­duce, Oahu’s largest cer­ti­fied or­ganic or­chard; Wa­ialua

Mem­bers of the busy hula troupe Na Kupuna ‘O Wahi­awa proudly dis­play their ban­ner at a re­cent hol­i­day per­for­mance. The group has its roots at Wahi­awa District Park and now dances for com­mu­nity fes­tiv­i­ties through­out Cen­tral Oahu, in­clud­ing Hele­mano Plan­ta­tion and Dole Plan­ta­tion. The dancers are (from left) Jane David, Gla­dys Oshiro, Gla­dys Kaneshiro, Juanita Dul­du­lao, Mary Al­varico, Yvonne Toma, Masako Watan­abe and Yoshi Yone­mura. Mu­si­cians (cen­ter) are Louis Kaonohi, Mel Tem­blar and Pololena (Flo) Pang. Photo from Flo Pang.

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