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Sisters run organic farm, give back Jessica Else - The Garden Island Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 HANALEI — Fruit leather made simply from guavas, acai, and apple bananas fueled childhood for the Ben-Dor sisters. “You know as kids everyone has those fruit roll-ups? Well, our parents didn’t let us have that,” said Maile Ben-Dor, the eldest of the three daughters. “They made their own version.” The three of them grew up on a family farm just past Princeville, at the end of Hanalei Plantation Road, and much of their food came from the 20-acres on which they lived. As adults they’ve taken their parents’ no-nonsense snacks to the next level, and founded Hanalei Organic — through which they make healthy eats in their certified kitchen and host wellness retreats on their farm. Together, Maile, Summer and Marla Ben-Dor produce a line of fruit leathers, cacao nibs and chocolate spreads with ingredients sourced straight from some of the same trees they ate from as kids. About 500 of those trees are cacao, and they’re peppered between breadfruit, guava, coconut and a plethora of other plants. From those cacao trees, the family harvests an abundance of pods that are split and turned into products like sun-dried cacao beans and chocolate tea. Moorhens, nene and other endangered birds hang around the edges of the farm in the wetlands the family created for them as a sanctuary, and fish populate the handmade ponds scattered throughout. “We’ve had biologists come by and take a look at our wetland,” Ben-Dor said. “Nobody really goes out there and the birds really like it.” The fruit leathers and other products from Hanalei Organic are made with simple ingredients. The fruit leathers are all fruit. The cacao is 100 percent cacao, and the Pure Mana Chocolate Spread is made with cacao, macadamia nuts and honey. The sisters also host wellness retreats at the farm, where Marla Ben-Dor teaches yoga and prepares healthy meals for attendees in their picturesque setting atop the Princeville bluff. And while healthy snacks made with locally sourced ingredients are important to the sisters, giving back to the community is also at the top of their priority list. After growing up on Kauai, they each went to the mainland for further education. When two of the three returned, Maile and Summer, the three sisters decided to donate a piece of their property to the Kauai Community. They turned it into a small park at the end of Hanalei Plantation Road, with stone tables and a view of the rice fields and mountains in Hanalei. A green building sits at the end of the park, where the Ben-Dor sisters plan to start a fruit stand. Another way they’re working to help the Kauai Community is through product sales. Hanalei Organic sells products at local health food stores and online, but they also use their fruit leathers as a way to make money for community groups. “It’s like the Girl Scout cookie sales, but instead of selling cookies, groups can sell our fruit leathers,” Ben-Dor said. “It works just like that, too. You have a sheet and knock on doors.” Any Kauai club, organization or collection of people can get involved with Hanalei Organic and sell fruit leather for $10 a bag, with half the proceeds going to Hanalei Organic and half going to the group. “It’s a way to really partner with the community and give back,” Ben-Dor said. “We really want people to take advantage of this. Anybody can do it.” http://thegardenisland.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/sisters-run-organic-farm-give-back/article_33d37762-78bf-5bec-8425-3c2abd196a09.html?mode=story

Sisters run organic farm, give back

Jessica Else - The Garden Island

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

HANALEI — Fruit leather made simply from guavas, acai, and apple bananas fueled childhood for the Ben-Dor sisters.

“You know as kids everyone has those fruit roll-ups? Well, our parents didn’t let us have that,” said Maile Ben-Dor, the eldest of the three daughters. “They made their own version.”

The three of them grew up on a family farm just past Princeville, at the end of Hanalei Plantation Road, and much of their food came from the 20-acres on which they lived.

As adults they’ve taken their parents’ no-nonsense snacks to the next level, and founded Hanalei Organic — through which they make healthy eats in their certified kitchen and host wellness retreats on their farm.

Together, Maile, Summer and Marla Ben-Dor produce a line of fruit leathers, cacao nibs and chocolate spreads with ingredients sourced straight from some of the same trees they ate from as kids.

About 500 of those trees are cacao, and they’re peppered between breadfruit, guava, coconut and a plethora of other plants.

From those cacao trees, the family harvests an abundance of pods that are split and turned into products like sun-dried cacao beans and chocolate tea.

Moorhens, nene and other endangered birds hang around the edges of the farm in the wetlands the family created for them as a sanctuary, and fish populate the handmade ponds scattered throughout.

“We’ve had biologists come by and take a look at our wetland,” Ben-Dor said. “Nobody really goes out there and the birds really like it.”

The fruit leathers and other products from Hanalei Organic are made with simple ingredients. The fruit leathers are all fruit. The cacao is 100 percent cacao, and the Pure Mana Chocolate Spread is made with cacao, macadamia nuts and honey.

The sisters also host wellness retreats at the farm, where Marla Ben-Dor teaches yoga and prepares healthy meals for attendees in their picturesque setting atop the Princeville bluff.

And while healthy snacks made with locally sourced ingredients are important to the sisters, giving back to the community is also at the top of their priority list.

After growing up on Kauai, they each went to the mainland for further education. When two of the three returned, Maile and Summer, the three sisters decided to donate a piece of their property to the Kauai Community.

They turned it into a small park at the end of Hanalei Plantation Road, with stone tables and a view of the rice fields and mountains in Hanalei.

A green building sits at the end of the park, where the Ben-Dor sisters plan to start a fruit stand.

Another way they’re working to help the Kauai Community is through product sales.

Hanalei Organic sells products at local health food stores and online, but they also use their fruit leathers as a way to make money for community groups.

“It’s like the Girl Scout cookie sales, but instead of selling cookies, groups can sell our fruit leathers,” Ben-Dor said. “It works just like that, too. You have a sheet and knock on doors.”

Any Kauai club, organization or collection of people can get involved with Hanalei Organic and sell fruit leather for $10 a bag, with half the proceeds going to Hanalei Organic and half going to the group.

“It’s a way to really partner with the community and give back,” Ben-Dor said. “We really want people to take advantage of this. Anybody can do it.”

http://thegardenisland.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/sisters-run-organic-farm-give-back/article_33d37762-78bf-5bec-8425-3c2abd196a09.html?mode=story

Hanalei Sisters Turn Their Family Farm Into A Healthy, Thriving Business By Hawaii Life October 17, 2017 (...and a slice of their paradise could be yours!) If you've ever thought about throwing away your city life for some country living, we are here to tell you that Hawai‘i is a pretty idyllic place to do it. Year-round gorgeous weather, stunning scenery, a healthy lifestyle...we have it all. The North Shore of Kaua‘i, in particular, has become a very popular choice due to its small communities, beautiful beaches, and laid-back lifestyle. Many celebrities have been making it their home in recent decades, too, for the privacy and unparalleled beauty it provides. One Kaua‘i family has not only made their country living dream a reality, but they've turned their land purchase into a family business. Pretty enterprising right?  Well, with no big city to provide jobs, many Hawai‘i residents decide to forge ahead with their clever business ideas, doing what many of us only dream of accomplishing. Kaua‘i-born sisters Marla, Maile, and Summer have turned their parents’ farm into just such a family business. Marla lent her considerable creative talents and passion for wellness, combined with the real estate and retail expertise of her sisters to form Hanalei Organic. Together, they’ve turned their slice of Kaua‘i real estate and the bounty of their family’s 20-acre organic farm into a line of healthy, organic food products that are made with no preservatives or added sugars.   Nestled next to the Hanalei River and overlooking the spectacular Hanalei Bay on the Garden Isle of Kaua‘i, the farm was their dad’s dream property. Many ingredients for their products are sourced directly from their property, which they revived with considerable effort from a wetland pasture to a productive one – planted with organically farmed superfoods like guava, açai, cacao, three varieties of banana trees, coconuts – and dotted with lotus and fish ponds. Endangered bird species perch on their 500 cacao trees, in one of the only places in America conducive to growing and making chocolate. Hanalei Organic’s ingredients—when not found on the family farm—are sourced on Kaua‘i. With a view to furthering a sustainable food culture on the Garden Isle, the business was inspired by their father’s dream to own a farm and ignited by the purchase of this unique land (see their website’s webcam for the superb view of Hanalei Bay) more than 10 years ago. Their line of treats come in sustainable packaging made from bio-degradable rice paper, and include mouth-watering, healthy organic treats like guava-banana fruit leather, acai-banana fruit leather, and dried apple bananas. From the bounty of the farm, they also produce cacao nibs, a chocolate tea, sun-dried cacao beans, and single origin chocolate that goes into their healthy and natural energizer – Pure Mana Chocolate Spread – made with locally grown macadamia nuts and local honey. Pure deliciousness!   Marla is also a chef and certified nutritional consultant, so she hosts cooking seminars, in addition to leading seasonal Hatha yoga and wellness retreats on the property. A farm-stand is now in development, where the Ben-Dor family plans to showcase Marla’s culinary talents and draw locals and tourists for farm tours, sweeping views of the bay, and outdoor yoga sessions. After a day of organic farming, healthy eating, surfing in the bay, and paddle-boarding in the river, these sisters end their days with yin yoga, to soothe muscles and calm the mind. Fundraising with Hanalei Organic You can purchase their products online and at shops across Kaua‘i. Alternatively, schools and organizations can now organize fundraisers using their treats; by selling them and receiving 50% of the proceeds. Hanalei Organic has just finished a fundraising effort with a local outrigger canoe team to finance their race through the Pailolo Channel, between Maui and Moloka‘i. In just one week, four paddlers raised over $1,100 to help fund their trip. They also won first place in the unlimited mixed open of the 2017 Pailolo Challenge! Five-acre Hanalei Farm Parcel For Sale To continue to fund their creative enterprises, the sisters are selling five acres of their 20-acre farm. The parcel for sale is arguably the best one, as it boasts 500 linear feet of river frontage.  It is a 3-minute boat or stand-up paddle ride to Hanalei Bay, where any new owner could potentially build a large estate and guesthouse. Currently, there is a one-bedroom, 1,440 sq. ft. cottage right by the river. The parcel is primarily devoted to açai production and has an ag dedication (because it is part of Hanalei Organic farm) till 2026, which means the new owners will have considerably lower taxes.  If this lifestyle sounds like a dream come true, check out their property listing here.   https://www.hawaiilife.com/hawaiilife/posts/hanalei-sisters-turn-their-family-farm-into-a-healthy-thriving-business

Hanalei Sisters Turn Their Family Farm Into A Healthy, Thriving Business

By Hawaii Life

October 17, 2017

(...and a slice of their paradise could be yours!)

If you've ever thought about throwing away your city life for some country living, we are here to tell you that Hawai‘i is a pretty idyllic place to do it. Year-round gorgeous weather, stunning scenery, a healthy lifestyle...we have it all. The North Shore of Kaua‘i, in particular, has become a very popular choice due to its small communities, beautiful beaches, and laid-back lifestyle. Many celebrities have been making it their home in recent decades, too, for the privacy and unparalleled beauty it provides. One Kaua‘i family has not only made their country living dream a reality, but they've turned their land purchase into a family business. Pretty enterprising right?  Well, with no big city to provide jobs, many Hawai‘i residents decide to forge ahead with their clever business ideas, doing what many of us only dream of accomplishing. Kaua‘i-born sisters Marla, Maile, and Summer have turned their parents’ farm into just such a family business. Marla lent her considerable creative talents and passion for wellness, combined with the real estate and retail expertise of her sisters to form Hanalei Organic. Together, they’ve turned their slice of Kaua‘i real estate and the bounty of their family’s 20-acre organic farm into a line of healthy, organic food products that are made with no preservatives or added sugars.

 

Nestled next to the Hanalei River and overlooking the spectacular Hanalei Bay on the Garden Isle of Kaua‘i, the farm was their dad’s dream property. Many ingredients for their products are sourced directly from their property, which they revived with considerable effort from a wetland pasture to a productive one – planted with organically farmed superfoods like guava, açai, cacao, three varieties of banana trees, coconuts – and dotted with lotus and fish ponds. Endangered bird species perch on their 500 cacao trees, in one of the only places in America conducive to growing and making chocolate. Hanalei Organic’s ingredients—when not found on the family farm—are sourced on Kaua‘i. With a view to furthering a sustainable food culture on the Garden Isle, the business was inspired by their father’s dream to own a farm and ignited by the purchase of this unique land (see their website’s webcam for the superb view of Hanalei Bay) more than 10 years ago. Their line of treats come in sustainable packaging made from bio-degradable rice paper, and include mouth-watering, healthy organic treats like guava-banana fruit leather, acai-banana fruit leather, and dried apple bananas. From the bounty of the farm, they also produce cacao nibs, a chocolate tea, sun-dried cacao beans, and single origin chocolate that goes into their healthy and natural energizer – Pure Mana Chocolate Spread – made with locally grown macadamia nuts and local honey. Pure deliciousness!

 

Marla is also a chef and certified nutritional consultant, so she hosts cooking seminars, in addition to leading seasonal Hatha yoga and wellness retreats on the property. A farm-stand is now in development, where the Ben-Dor family plans to showcase Marla’s culinary talents and draw locals and tourists for farm tours, sweeping views of the bay, and outdoor yoga sessions. After a day of organic farming, healthy eating, surfing in the bay, and paddle-boarding in the river, these sisters end their days with yin yoga, to soothe muscles and calm the mind.

Fundraising with Hanalei Organic

You can purchase their products online and at shops across Kaua‘i. Alternatively, schools and organizations can now organize fundraisers using their treats; by selling them and receiving 50% of the proceeds. Hanalei Organic has just finished a fundraising effort with a local outrigger canoe team to finance their race through the Pailolo Channel, between Maui and Moloka‘i. In just one week, four paddlers raised over $1,100 to help fund their trip. They also won first place in the unlimited mixed open of the 2017 Pailolo Challenge!

Five-acre Hanalei Farm Parcel For Sale

To continue to fund their creative enterprises, the sisters are selling five acres of their 20-acre farm. The parcel for sale is arguably the best one, as it boasts 500 linear feet of river frontage.  It is a 3-minute boat or stand-up paddle ride to Hanalei Bay, where any new owner could potentially build a large estate and guesthouse. Currently, there is a one-bedroom, 1,440 sq. ft. cottage right by the river. The parcel is primarily devoted to açai production and has an ag dedication (because it is part of Hanalei Organic farm) till 2026, which means the new owners will have considerably lower taxes.  If this lifestyle sounds like a dream come true, check out their property listing here.

 

https://www.hawaiilife.com/hawaiilife/posts/hanalei-sisters-turn-their-family-farm-into-a-healthy-thriving-business

Hawaii Modern Luxury July/August 2017 Edition, Pg. 118

Hawaii Modern Luxury July/August 2017 Edition, Pg. 118