Everyone has a story to tell, but not everyone has a chance to tell that story.
MADE FRESH: TOLENTINO HONEY
Home-grown raw Hawaiian honey – it doesn’t get much better than that. On the west coast of O’ahu, Hawai’i Â in Lualualei Valley, the Tolentino family called the University of Hawai’i Honeybee Project for help after struggling to hand-pollinate their vegetable blossoms for a year. With no real experience or knowledge on raising honeybees, but a dedication to their farm, the family adopted a single hive that grew to over 250 bee hives over the years. Their apiary is now filled with thousands of honeybees, pollinating all the nearby arms in the valley.
The Tolentino honeybees forage on tropical blossoms, fruit trees, seasonal crops, and the most unique – wild kiawe. Depending on the season, their honey will vary in taste, ranging from mangoes, liliko’i, guava, tomatoes, basil, onion, lemon, lime, coconut, etc.
We had a wonderful time with Marina Tolentino as she invited us to their bee farm and let us explore the amazingly intelligent and hardworking Tolentino honeybees.
For more information about Tolentino Honey, visit their website.
Made Fresh: Erin Kanno Uehara
This episode of Made Fresh features Mililani native, chocoholic Erin Kanno Uehara. A few years back, Erin found a way to turn a divine appointment into a truffle-filled career when she co-founded Choco le’a LLC (a boutique chocolate shop in Manoa, Hawaii) with her family.
This episode of Made Fresh features Kauai-born, Kailua resident Raina Amey. As the daughter of a single father, who was a woodworking construction worker by trade, it was no wonder that Raina found a passion for crafting works of art from planks of wood.
ABOUT MADE FRESH
Everyone has a story to tell, but not everyone has a chance to tell that story. Â Made Fresh was first dreamt up by directorÂ Brad WatanabeÂ as a result of losing his grandfather to a medical complication following a â€œroutineâ€ surgery. Â He never had a chance to captureÂ the story of his pineapple growing, golf club swinging, fisherman of a grandfather before he passed away. Â As a result, documenting untoldÂ stories of people who might never have their stories told became a personal passion of his, and Made Fresh was born.
This is a series devoted to those who are making fresh and amazing things or doing traditional things in a fresh and innovative way. Â If you know any makers that need to have their story told, please email us with a brief synopsis of the fresh maker you have in mind. Â firstname.lastname@example.org