Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) - Local first, organic whenever possible, and with aloha always. That's Town Restaurantʻs recipe for success. Amy Kalili checks in with Chef Ed Kenney, owner of this cozy Kaimuki eatery.
"It's started out from a chefʻs stand point – "local first" tastes better. A local tomato that's grown by Jane Ivana or Lucy Hiraoka of Hiraoka Farms tastes better than something that has been shipped in from the mainland," said Chef Ed Kenney, Owner, Town Restaurant.
ʻOi aku ka ʻono inâ nô ʻaneʻi. ʻOi aku ka ʻono o ka ʻôhiʻa i hoʻouna ʻia na Jane Iavana a Lucy Hiraoka ma mua o kekahi mai ka ʻâina haole mai.
But in a state that imports almost 90% of our food supply and in an industry where eco-conscious efforts may hurt profits, Chef Kenney is in a class of his own.
Ma ka mokuʻâina e halihali ʻia mai ai he 90% o ka meaʻai e pono ai a ma ka ʻoihana e pilikia ai ka loaʻa i nâ manaʻo mâlama ʻâina, kû kaʻawale nô ʻo Chef Kenney ma kçia ʻano manaʻo.
"We operate from a social enterprise business model as apposed to a purely for profit model," said Kenny.
He pili i ka pono o ke kaiâulu, ʻaʻole i ke kâlâ me ka loaʻa wale nô.
Town has been investing in the local community since it opened five years ago.
He ʻelima makahiki kçia o ko Town kâkoʻo kaiâulu ʻana penei mai ka wâ i hoʻokumu ʻia ai ka hale ʻaina.
"We've got kind of a policy – anyone brings anything to the back door, whether it be papaya, avocado, menpachi, anything, we buy it," said Kenney.
He ʻano kulekele nô ke kûʻai a hoʻohana i nâ mea a pau e lawe ʻia mai. ʻO ka mîkana, pea, ʻûʻû, nâ ʻano like ʻole, kûʻai mâkou.
And the menus change each day based on what local products are available. Today customers were able to choose from menu items such as Puʻu o Hoku skirt steak, Mana ʻAi paʻi ʻai, or Nalo greens; choices Chef Kenney wasn't sure the public, or the industry was ready for when Town began.
A loli ka papa meaʻai i kçlâ me kçia lâ i pili i ka lako meaʻai kûloko i loaʻa. I kçia lâ, ua loaʻa ka ʻiʻo pipi no Puʻu o Hôkû, ka paʻiʻai na Mana ʻAi, me ka lauʻai no Waimânalo. He hoihoi ʻoiai, ʻaʻole nô i maopopo leʻa iâ Chef Kenney inâ ua mâkaukau ka lehulehu a ʻoihana no ia ʻano papa meaʻai i ka wâ i hoʻokumu ʻia ai ʻo Town.
"I remember when we were building it we're sitting outside wondering are people going to get it? Here we are almost five years later and people are embracing what we are doing." said Kenney.
Hoʻomaopopo au i ka noʻonoʻo, pehea lâ, e ʻike ana ka poʻe i ka manaʻo nui? He ʻelima makahiki aku nei kçlâ a makemake ka poʻe.
Visit Town Restaurant at 9th and Waiʻalae and make your reservations by visiting www.TownKaimuki.com.
E naue aku i Town ma ke kihi alanui o Waiʻalae me ʻeiwa a hoʻopaʻa pâkaukau ma TownKaimuki.com.
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