The ‘Ai Pono Kaua‘i Challenge issued

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    Stamp card to keep track of places residents supported local, a point system that earns them prizes.

LIHU‘E — There is a new, islandwide, “buy local” challenge only for Kaua‘i residents, from Sunday, Nov. 8 to Saturday, Nov. 14, hosted by Hawai‘i Alliance for Progressive Action.

The ‘Ai Pono Kaua‘i Challenge is free to everyone and the first 200 residents who sign up will receive an Ai Pono hat, and this challenge includes seven full days of sourcing and eating local food around the island.

“Let’s challenge ourselves to source our starch — veggies and proteins entirely from sources that are grown here, not flown here,” HAPA said. “Above all, it is a challenge to yourself and your ‘ohana to see just how much you can source your food from sources that are derived (i.e. grown, hunted, raised, harvested, fished) from Kaua‘i.”

“It’s an exciting time for our communities to come together and source local Kaua‘i produce; protein etc.,” said Lorilani Keohokalole, ‘Ai Pono project coordinator.

“The challenge is, really, a personal challenge of sorts, to research, source, vet, create and share what, where, how, and who to get your local items to make meals from.

Each resident will have a point system that will help them keep track of their points, where they can hashtag their experience also via #AiPonoKauai2020 for chances to win and as a way to enter pictures and experiences from their ‘Ai Pono journey.

Hukilau Lanai, Nourish Kaua‘i, Tahiti Nui, Verde, Kilauea Bakery, Saenz ‘Ohana, Nani Moon, Rainbow Road, Akamai Juice Company, Kalalea Juice Hale, Lawa‘i Market, Kaua‘i Beer Co, Holey Grail, Tiki Tacos & Resilient Roots, Waipa, Kaua‘i Food Hub, Fehring Family Farm, Rising Sun Organic Farm, Kumano I Ke Ala, Aloha ‘Aina Poi Co, Rosie’s Gardening and Kunana Dairy are among participating enterprises.

Kaua‘i residents may register at

  1. Fern A Holland November 6, 2020 9:05 am Reply

    Challenge is FREE to everyone, not just first 200, first 200 did get a free hat, but we are over 200 now!


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