ʻOno AwardPosted by Keli'i Kotubetey on October 23, 2014
Wow! As Yoda would say, “So humbled, are we”. On October 22nd, Whole Foods Hawaii honored Paepae o Heʻeia during their 2nd annual ʻOno Awards held at Fresh Cafe in Kakaʻako, Oʻahu. The awards spotlighted the local producers and suppliers who best embody Whole Foods Market’s mission and core values.
“At Whole Foods Market we seek out culinary treasures from dedicated food artisans who share our passion for excellence, tradition and regional identity. Each of these recipients does just that,” said Claire Sullivan, Whole Foods Market Hawai‘i coordinator, purchasing and public affairs. “These awards recognize the hard work and dedication of our local supplier partners as selected by Whole Foods Market customers and team members.”
“One of Whole Foods Market’s core values is to create ongoing win-win partnerships with our suppliers, and the ‘ONO Awards are a way for us to publicly recognize those local suppliers who are true partners, helping our customers stay connected to the people who grow and make our food,” said Dabney Gough, Marketing Team Leader at Whole Foods Market Kahala.
The 7 award winners were:
- Peopleʻs Choice Awards: Chic Naturals
- Team Member Pick of the Year: Adoboloco
- Innovator of the Year: Maui Breadfruit Company: Pono Pies and Hummus
- Sustainability Award: Paepae o Heʻeia
- Best New Product: Pono Pies
- Partner of the Year: Hawaii Beef Producers
- Hall of Fame: Kumu Farms
We want to sincerely thank Whole Foods for their support of our fishpond through the purchase of our limu for use in their Seafood Departments but also through their enthusiastic volunteer efforts throughout the past 3 years. Check out a Facebook album of pictures from the award ceremony. And biggest mahalos go out to Claire Sullivan, Dabney Gough, and Shannon Cardellina.