It’s no secret that fresh, farm-to-table food makes for an extremely delicious and healthy meal. Why eat farm-fresh ingredients? Besides knowing exactly where your food is coming from, sourcing fresh ingredients locally helps to support local farms and vendors. The high-quality ingredients from local farms that we use make for some of the best “Hawaiian” food around!
This week, we’d like to introduce you to one of our favorite partners, Hawaii Island Goat Dairy.
Hawaii Island Goat Dairy is a goat farm and cheese operation that was founded in 2001 by Dick Threlfall and his late wife Heather. This farmstead is located approximately 2000 ft above sea level in Ahualoa on the slopes of Mauna Kea, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Almost two decades later and Hawaii Island Goat Dairy is continuing to expand their products and supply high-quality dairy products to restaurants like Top of Waikiki!
This 10-acre farm is home to about 125 goats that graze among the grass, bamboo, tea leaf, and macadamia nut trees. These happy goats produce around 1,700 pounds of cheese per month! You can try their award winning chèvre, crottins, feta, mozzarella, and seasonal hard cheeses at many restaurants, hotels, and stores across Hawaii. We love using their cheeses in salads, rangoons, and couscous!
Our dishes that feature delicious local cheese from Hawaii Island Goat Dairy are:
Goat Cheese Rangoons
Deep-fried Hawaii Island Dairy goat cheese filled with bacon and chives, served with five-spice dipping sauce
Beet, Avocado & Goat Cheese Salad
Local beets, ume gastrique, avocado mousse, Ho Farms Tomatoes, and Hawaii Island Dairy goat cheese croquettes.
Pickled Beet & Carrot Couscous
With Harissa yogurt, Hawaii Island Dairy goat cheese, Marcona almonds, and dried apricots
At Top of Waikiki we are dedicated to serving you dishes that are not only delicious and high-quality, but that also support local Hawaiian farms. You can even identify our dishes that feature local ingredients – just look for the pineapple icon on our menu!