Supporting local farms and farmers to provide high quality dishes
Sponsored by Central Pacific Bank
Monkeypod Kitchen is a local business that goes beyond serving delicious meals by taking pride in supporting the local community. One way the restaurant does this is by working with local farms and farmers, like Kaahumanu and MA’O Farms.
“These farms are non-profit organizations that exist to provide a sustainable future for Hawaii by creating a self-sufficient farm that produces adequate amounts of food while managing its land and water resources sustainably,” says Monkeypod Kitchen’s chef, Jose Gonzalez-Maya. “Farms like Kaahumanu and MA’O provide jobs for the local communities, changing the climate economically and in a sustainable fashion.”
Customer favorites at Monkeypod Kitchen include wood fired pizzas, like the Hamakua Wild Mushroom & Truffle Oil. And no matter how stuffed you may be, you can’t leave without trying some dessert.
“I absolutely have to mention our pies,” Chef Gonzalez-Maya says. “We have strawberry, chocolate, banana and coconut!”
Restaurateur Chef Merriman, who opened the restaurant along with his partners at Handcrafted Restaurants, believes in supporting other craftsmen. At Monkeypod Kitchen, the team is all about building partnerships with farmers, brewers and artisans who share the same passions. Through these partnerships, the restaurant is able to deliver the highest quality foods and experiences that Hawaii has to offer.
About Jose Gonzalez-Maya:
Jose Gonzalez-Maya has risen through the ranks over the past 8 years with Monkeypod Kitchen. He began his career with Monkeypod Kitchen as a cook at Monkeypod Kitchen Wailea in 2011. He moved to Oahu in 2012 to open Monkeypod Ko Olina as a kitchen manager and was promoted to executive chef of the restaurant in 2015. He is dedicated to carrying Merriman’s torch by working closely with local farms and farmers to get the best quality produce and support our local communities.