When you shop, remember the people who have committed to our community and consider buying ‘local’ . You will be surprised at what Honokaa and Hamakua have to offer. Shop Hamakua 1st!!!
This month’s featured members are:
Mark and Janet Lew established Manalulu Farm, just below Honoka’a town with the purpose of raising organic, free range quail meat, as well as organic quail eggs, tilapia, coffee, fruits and vegetables. For the last three years they have worked to create a beautiful farm in harmony with nature, growing diverse products, and adding to our local Honoka’a community, both by providing jobs as well as by stewarding the land.
The Lews were fortunate to have success in their natural approach to farming using gravity flow irrigation which also cycles tilapia manure, and free range methods to raise quail (and quail eggs) that are larger than imported birds and eggs. Bamboo and sugar cane are used as windbreaks that not only add to the beauty of the farm, but also produce their own crops. The Lews are grateful to their sheep who keep the grass between the fruit trees mowed, while producing tasty, grassfed local Hawaiian meat. Their organic asparagus, coffee, and pineapple are outstanding. Their coffee is processed, roasted, and packaged on the farm.
Their Honoka’a born, resident Farm Manager, Abraham Baptiste, has shared both his aesthetic and his wisdom to create the lovely environment and bounty of Manalulu Farm. He has been in charge of engineering the layout of the farm, the planting of the trees and gardens, for raising the quail and other farm animals, and maintaining the land. His stewardship has been remarkable. Mark Lew is a Pediatrician with more than 30 years of experience who is newly licensed in Hawaii and hopes to bring his experience to the community. Manalulu Farm hopes to continue to provide its products to local restaurants and organic stores and to be a positive addition to Honoka’a. Check out their website at manalulufarm.com
BOH: Serving Hawaii County Since 1922
Bank of Hawaii will be celebrating 90 years of service to Hawaii County this year. BOH’s local branch on Mamane Street was first opened in 1922 along with four other branches when Bank of Hawaii merged with The Bank of Hilo. The current BOH Hamakua location was opened in 1927.
Banking has come a long way in the past 90 years. Bank of Hawaii was the pioneer of mobile banking here in Hawaii, and now offers apps for your iPhone®, Android™ and BlackBerry® devices. Bank of Hawaii is Hawaii’s most convenient bank with 70 branches statewide, 24-hour customer service and free online banking access. There are currently 12 BOH branches, including three in-store branches, on Hawaii Island.
Bank of Hawaii is proud to help support the local community through donations, grants and volunteer service. Later this year, BOH will be donating its Kohala Branch to Hawaii County, for use by the Dept. of Parks & Recreation and Office of Aging.
One outstanding BOH volunteer is Hamakua Branch Manager Alia Cabrera-Zuke. She has a passion for teaching the younger generation about banking, and helping them learn to manage their finances. She participates in the national “Get Smart About Credit Day,” teaching Honokaa High School students the basics of credit. This month she will also go to Honokaa Elementary School to teach younger students about saving as part of the national “Teach Children to Save Day.” The bank also offers Smart Money seminars, where free financial education is offered on a wide range of investment subjects.
The five team members at the Hamakua Branch are always looking for ways to help you with your financial needs. Alia, Caroline, Cullen, Janet and Loida are thankful for all of their loyal “that’s my bank” customers and are excited to continue to make a difference in this community. boh.com