South Kona set to receive money for containment centers, ag expansion

Ken Love

The Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers board is already discussing import options such as tampoi, most prominent in Southeast Asia and said to produce a taste similar to mandarin oranges. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Persimmon, or the kissing fruit, may be found in local markets now. More varieties may be coming with the likely addition of containment greenhouses in South Kona. (Voltaire Moise/Special to West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — Gov. David Ige wants to double in-state food production by 2020, and a key element of meeting that goal could be introducing new crops to Hawaii particularly suited to grow here.