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<h1 class=”av-special-heading-tag” style=”text-align: center;”>OUR<strong> FOUNDING</strong> PARTNERS</h1>
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<p style=”text-align: center;”>Hilo Downtown Improvement Association and their Founding Partners–working together to protect, preserve, and create a vibrant downtown for all to enjoy.</p>
DIA Founding Partner. “Aloha Grown is not just a business it’s a movement.” Aloha Grown was born out of the desire to make a difference in the environmental, economic and social sustainability of Hawai‘i. We use fashion and media to encourage a lifestyle, culture and mindset of sustainability. Aloha Grown’s mission is to: Support Local. Sustain the ‘Aina. Share the Aloha. Support Local. Aloha Grown carries out its firm commitment to support local businesses and organizations by featuring and promoting Big Island farmers and producers, both online and in-store. The Aloha Grown website features the unique stories of various local organizations, and their delicious lotions, cookies, coffees and jellies are sold alongside Aloha Grown merchandise in-store. Sustain the ‘Aina. Aloha Grown strives to preserve our beautiful island home because the land is what nourishes, supports, and provides for us. Buying Aloha Grown merchandise helps sustain our ‘aina with the Malama Honua Fund. Two percent of every sale goes to support local nonprofits, schools, organizations and initiatives with similar sustainability missions. Share the Aloha. Aloha Grown understands that the aloha spirit is what makes living in Hawai‘i special and unique. “Aloha” is not just a word or salutation; it’s the unspoken feeling […]
DIA Founding Partner. Mahalo (Thank you) for thinking of us in your quest to find something deliciously decadent from Hawaii. All of us at Big Island Candies are proud of our companies reputation for innovative, high-quality treats, and we work hard every day to uphold that legacy. We know that every item that leaves our shop represents the strong feelings of love and gratitude you want to sincerely express to someone special. It is our mission to meet these expectations, as we strive to capture the diverse flavors—and inspiring beauty—of Hawaii in all of our products.
DIA Founding Partner. The origins of Café Pesto lay in the quaint harbor town of Kawaihae where a small take-out pizzeria that began in 1988 quickly evolved into an award winning dining establishment on the resort coast of South Kohala. Our inception coincided with the birth of Hawaii Regional Cuisine with which we became notably associated. Despite growing world-class competition on the South Kohala coast, we continue to be the benchmark for consistency, quality and innovation. Following this growth and success we sought out a more locally based market for our concept in the lush surroundings of Hilo, a city where the best of old Hawaii remained in an era otherwise forgotten. Here, turn of the century buildings – survivors of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, devastating tsunamis and economic depressions – have stood poised against the ravages of time. These timeless structures are now the foundation of what has become the renaissance of downtown Hilo. On July 10, 1992 the newly restored S. Hata building, originally constructed in 1912 by the Hata family and known as the Grande Dame of Hilo, became the new home of Cafe Pesto, Hilo Bay. With its rattan chairs, tall ceilings, brass detailed exhibition kitchen and […]
DIA Founding Partners. As true Big Island natives, we strive to capture the essence and spirit of our island in every image we shoot, from explosive volcanic action to soothing seascapes. The wonder and beauty of this tropical paradise, the same surroundings that have captivated our ‘ohana for generations, will be sure to leave a lasting impression upon you as well. Welcome to our home, as we share a part of it with you!