1. HINA Organic vs. USDA Organic
HINA Organic is a Hawaiian organization. We do not certify USDA Organic. We are unrelated to any USDA Organic programs. Our HINA Organic certification is an organic certification from the nation of Hawaii, not the US. That being said, we feel that the USDA Organic standards set a great baseline for organic agriculture. The National Organic Program (NOP) develops the rules & regulations for the production, handling, labeling, and enforcement of all USDA organic products in the United States. This process involves input from the National Organic Standards Board (a Federal Advisory Committee made up of fifteen members of the public) and the US public. The NOP also maintains a Handbook that includes guidance, instructions, policy memos, and other documents that communicate the organic standards. Prior to a HINA ORGANIC certification we encourage complete integration with all current USDA Organic standards. We've included a few links below for helpful reference documentation.
This list of protocols is a dynamic element to HINA Organic operations and will be customized to each farm and farmer combination.
3. Aloha Grown
Aloha can have so many interpretations depending on the perspective, the energy, the experience, those involved, and the breath of the moment. For us, dedicating our lives, our energy, and our aloha towards the food we grow for the people, is a responsibility we are honored to fulfill. With each piece of food, product, story, introduction, class, smile, and breath we strive to embody Aloha, and to infuse it's vibration in what we feed the people. Along with the more structured and delineated guidelines above, the concept of Aloha, and the concept of making sure Aloha is cultivated, is an integral piece of being certified HINA ORGANIC.
4. HINA Organic
HINA Organic farming is centered around compliance and adherence to a set of Hawaiian kapu (or rules) that govern various aspects of the farming process.