Buy Local, It Matters
Drawing at 4 p.m. on Saturday, TBD, 2017, at the Pahala Community Center. Entries accepted at the Ka’u Coffee Festival booth from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MAHALO TO OUR 2016 Sponsors! Check back later for 2017 participants.
Participants enter the drawing by bringing a business card, product label or receipt from Buy Local, It Matters sponsors (listed below) to the Ka'u Coffee Festival Ho'olaule'a at the Pahala Community Center by 3 p.m. The more collected and entered, the better a participants chances of winning.
The winner is required to be present at the time of the drawing to collect the prize.
Businesses are encouraged to sign up as Buy Local, It Matters sponsors by emailing email@example.com.
Congratulations to Annabelle Orcino for winning the $1,000 prize at the 2015 Buy Local, It Matters drawing! Past winners also include Jeannette Howard in 2013 and Krystalynn Gascon (pictured above, photo by Julia Neal) in 2014. In it's fourth year running, this event is geared towards promoting the local ecomony.
The Buy Local, It Matters campaign, a cross-promotion sponsored by Ka'u Coffee Festival and the state Department of Agriculture, 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.
2016 Participating Businesses (click each one for more):
Aikane Plantation Coffee Co.: aikaneplantation.com, Na'alehu, various locations
Ali'i Hawaiian Hula Hands Coffee:aliihhhcoffee.com, Pahala, Na'alehu, various locations
Bay Clinic: bayclinic.org, Na'alehu, Pahoa, Kea'au, Hilo
BEI Hawaii: beihawaii.com, Hilo, Kona
Big Island Toyota: bigislandtoyota.com, Hilo, Kona
Carlsmith Ball LLP: carlsmith.com, Hilo, Kona
Creative Arts: creativeartshawaii.com, Hilo
Crop Production Services: cpsagu.com, Hilo
CU Hawaii: cuhawaii.com, Na'alehu, Pahala, Hilo, Kona, Kea'au, Pahoa
Daylight Mnd Coffee Company: daylightmind.com, Kona
Edmund C. Olson Trust II: oslontrust.com, Hilo
GEICO: geico.com, All locations
Green Point Nurseries: greenpointnursery.com, Hilo
Grenwell Farms: greenwellfarms.com, Kealakekua
Hana Hou Restaurant: hanahourestaurant.com, Na'alehu
Hawai'i Forest & Trail: hawaii-forest.com, Hilo, Kalaoa, Hawi, Waikoloa
Isla Custom Coffees: islacoffees.com, Pahala
JN Coffee Farms: Pahala, various locations
Ka'u Coffee Growers Cooperative: kaucoffeecoop.com, Pahala, various locations
Ka‘u Coffee Mill: kaucoffeemill.com, Wood Valley
Ka'u Farm & Ranch: kaufarmandranch.com, Na'alehu
Kehau's Coffee Farm: Pahala
Kuahiwi Ranch Natural Beef: kuahiwiranch.com, Na'alehu
Lind Insurance Services: lindinsuranceservices.com, various
Miranda's Farms: mirandasfarms.com, Pahala, various locations
Na'alehu Ace Hardware: acehardware.com, Na'alehu
National Fire Protection: nationalfireinc.com, Hilo
'O Ka'u Kakou: okaukakou.com, Na'alehu, Pahala
OK Farms: okfarmshawaii.com, Hilo
Orchid Isle Auto Center: fordhawaii.com, Hilo, Kona
Orchids in the Mist: Volcano
Orcino Coffee Farm: Pahala
Pahala Plantation Cottages: pahalaplantationcottages.com, Pahala
Punalu‘u Bake Shop: bakeshophawaii.com, Na'alehu
R & G Farms: Pahala
Rusty’s Hawaiian 100% Ka‘u Coffee: rustyshawaiian.com, Pahala, various locations
South Point U-Cart: Ocean View
Sustainable Island Products: sustainableislandproducts.com, Hilo
Veritiv (formerly xpedx): veritivcorp.com, Hilo
Wiki Wiki Mart: Na'alehu
Will & Grace Store/Rising Sun Coffee Farm: Na'alehu, Pahala