• Hawaii, Naturally

Hawaii, Naturally

with Emi Koch and Lauren Hill

Like many families across the world, every year we gather in the month of December to celebrate longtime traditions and share quality time. As the Billabong Women’s team, we packed our boardbags full of surf capsule and bikinis and headed to the North Shore of Oahu to trade the winter blues for Hawaiian hues. We gathered to trade waves, dream up new adventures, and play in the rolling Pacific, home to surfing’s deep roots.

While sipping coconut water and savoring sweet strawberry papayas, we couldn’t help but be curious about where our food on the island comes from. As the most isolated populous islands on Earth, Hawaii imports 90 percent of its food – this makes it not only expensive, but environmentally taxing.

On Oahu’s North Shore, more locals are keeping the country, country by growing foods locally in their backyards and on small-scale organic farms. As visitors, we wanted to make healthier choices for the planet, our bodies, and the local economy – so we sought out the healthiest homegrown goodness on the North Shore to dig into.

Here’s our curated list of top organic finds and grinds to check out when you visit...