The Feeding Leaf, originally started in 2014 by married couple Les & Tracey Apoliona, and Chef Scott Hiraishi all whom have a passion to promote local Hawai’i Island producers.Together, they have built a network with Ranchers and Farmers and a partnership with Hawai’i Organizations in an effort to promote and support self-sufficiency and sustainability on Hawai’i Island. As time passed, this unique catering company grew and eventually opened a store front in the Old Industrial Area in Kailua Kona.
Today, you can find Les & Tracey, along with their team of spirited workers preparing some childhood okazu favorites. The Feeding Leaf Kitchen & Okazuya is an Okazu (Japanese hand food) restaurant by day, and a full service catering company throughout the rest of the day. Daily, you can find their food on Hawai`i Island tours with partners: Paradise Helicopters, Kona Style Catamaran & Hawaii Nautical.
Les Apoliona, having spent most of his career in the hospitality industry, most recently expanded his skill set in the Agricultural arena. Serving as the Chief Financial Officer, with a strong Operations, Sales & Marketing background, Les has been a big supporter and champion of the “small farmer”, having supported and promoted over 50 Farmers and Ranchers at local Hawai`i events.
Tracey Apoliona has been coordinating events for at least 10 years.A stickler for details, Tracey is able to multitask and pays close attention to the needs of the client.(As the partners say, “Tracey’s in charge!”)A Human Resources and Accounting professional by trade, Tracey uses her skills with being able to work with people as she functions as the Chief Executive Officer. Les & Tracey have one child, Sean Apoliona who helps out at the restaurant as often as he can while he is not attending Kamehameha Schools Kapalama on O`ahu.
The Feeding Leaf has been featured at numerous food events across the state.Promoting Hawai’i Island Grass Fed Beef, they were seen at:The Hawai’i Food and Wine Festivals Pa`ina on the Pier event on O`ahu, The Mealani Taste of the Hawaiian Range at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, The Taste of Hilo, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festivals Ho`olaule`a, & Christmas at Kamakahonu event.
The Future of The Feeding Leaf...
All the work that we do, is to perpetuate Sustainable Island Grown Foods and their food producers, in an effort to support future leaders of our community. Let's start with one of our own...