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Total loan: $8,000

Lisa

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Kailua Kona, HI, United States / Food

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A loan helped us preserve and share the year-round bounty of Hawaii-grown tropical produce.


Lisa's story

My husband and I have 7+ years of experience in the bar and restaurant business, and know what a struggle it is to acquire seasonal tropical produce, process it, and use it while minimizing waste. We experienced this pressure while operating our own tiki bar in Hawaii. The craft cocktail and artisan food product industries emphasize locality and seasonality, but pursuing that goal means a lot of time, labor, and expense. For that reason, the industry is trending toward incorporating more preserved garnishes, but there's limited creativity and variety in the products currently available on the market. That was our incentive to create HI & Dry, where we do the fussy prep work so our customers don't have to. Brice has a mad scientist streak; he's a creative troubleshooter driven to try new things and improve existing ones. We purchase and dehydrate only Hawaiian-grown fruits and vegetables, and use them to create beautiful and inventive tropical garnishes for food and beverages. It's important that our business aligns with our values: supporting small local farmers, reducing food waste, and easing the workload for other small businesses -- which in turn helps them deliver more interesting food/beverage products to their customers. The bonus is that we also get to showcase the amazing variety of products we are lucky enough to enjoy every day on Big Island. But we were passionate tropical cocktail enthusiasts before we were business owners, committed to using local, quality ingredients from farm to glass. However, a lot of those products are expensive, fragile, and have a short shelf life once they are picked. HI & Dry products will extend that shelf life, enabling the whole world to experience some aloha wherever they are, and enjoy Hawaiian produce year-round in their drinks and on their plates.