Our Story

"Goto is serious about his farm-to-fork. Not only is the beef local (Hawaii Ranchers red veal; Kahua Ranch Wagyu beef), but so are all the trimmings: Kekela Farms baby greens; Nakano Farms tomatoes; Hawaii Island Goat Dairy chèvre; Hamakua mushrooms."

Travel + Leisure Magazine, 2013



Meet the Chef

Chef Edwin Goto, a native of Hawaii, has a remarkable culinary journey that began in the bygone days of cane haul roads in Pearl City. Trained classically in both Hawaii and San Francisco, he earned the esteemed title of a James Beard Award Finalist. What truly sets him apart is his unwavering commitment to sourcing local ingredients.

Goto's pioneering vision was to use locally grown grass-fed beef, a concept still emerging at the time. This gave rise to the iconic Waimea burger, exemplifying his belief that the best ingredients are close to home. He not only delivers extraordinary culinary experiences but also uplifts the local farming community, championing sustainability. Chef Edwin Goto is a culinary steward of Hawaii, preserving its traditions and flavors while nurturing the connection between food, community, and the environment.

Great, Locally Sourced Food

Pasture-raised || Hormone-free || Antibiotic-free

The produce is locally grown, and the goat cheese is from a local goat dairy. Chef Goto understands the importance of supporting local agriculture here on the Big Island, and stays true to his values. Even the brioche buns are from a local bakery, baking buns especially for Village Burger using Chef Goto’s own recipe. You can really taste the difference! And if you aren’t a meat eater, try the Hamakua mushroom burger, the ahi burger or the taro burger.


We proudly carry and serve local products from the following small businesses on Hawaii Island:

  • Tropical Dreams
  • Roselani Ice Cream
  • Kulana Meats
  • Hawaii Beef Producers
  • JA Farms
  • Hawaii Ulu Cooperative
  • Rincon Farms
  • Standard Bakery
  • Best Farms
  • Cal Kona Produce
  • Kawamata Farms
  • Parker Ranch
  • Hawaii Island Goat Dairy
  • Nakano Farms
  • Fresh Island Fish



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