Entrepreneurs play a crucial role in society and we think it’s important to encourage creative minds from a young age. This National Entrepreneur’s Day, consider supporting young entrepreneurs by shopping online at the Hawai’i Food and Wine Festival’s (HFWF) Keiki in the Kitchen® Made in Hawai’i’s Online Marketplace for Kids by Kids! Students from the Young Entrepreneurs Program (YEP) will be featuring their products from all across the state through this no-contact shopping experience.
YEP grants middle and high school students the applicable experience of running a small business—including everything from production to sales. All products listed here are made using locally sourced ingredients or materials and all proceeds from the online marketplace will go directly back to the respective school program.
Keiki in the Kitchen® Made in Hawai’i’s Online Marketplace for Kids by Kids is open for orders until November 30, 2020. We’ve listed a handful of their handmade products below, but there are plenty of other options to choose from on their website.
Papa Hana Noeau from Hālau Kū Māna Public Charter School is selling Eke Water Bottle Holders that are made from hala (pandanas) leaves grown by the students. Each holder is individually handmade and expresses the students’ love and appreciation for their ‘āina (land).
Kaʻū Quality from Ka’ū High and Pāhala Elementary School will be selling F.I.T. Powder. It is a fruit powder made from dehydrated and ground fruits that are organically grown on the slopes of Mauna Loa in the southernmost district of Kaʻū on the Big Island.
Olomana Tech Ed from Olomana School is selling wooden utensil holders that display the rich designs of local avocado or monkeypod wood. Each holder is unique to the size and shape of the wood. Many hours are spent by the students to bring out the rich quality of each piece.
Ka‘ū ‘Ono I‘a from Ka‘ū High and Pāhala Elementary School will be selling dried ‘Opelu. This product is inspired by the teachings of Mr. Charles Leslie, fondly known as “Uncle Chucky”, who was raised in the traditional Hawaiian fishing methods and continues to instill this rich cultural heritage with Ka‘ū youth.