Local farmers will soon get a boost from technology because of a very "fresh" idea.
It seems many Hawaii residents were hungry for dishes made with local ingredients.
"If you taste some of these local fruits and foods, the taste is so much better," said Mark Suiso, of Makaha Mangoes.
In fact, Wednesday night at the Honolulu YWCA, island fruits and foods were the toast of the town.
There was just one problem when it came to getting the very freshest of ingredients.
"A lot of people can't identify what was locally grown and when it was available," said Melanie Kosaka, a co-founder of Lei Fresh.
But a new cellphone app called Lei Fresh will soon show everyone where to get items fresh from the farm.
"It will help the localvore movement. The intersection between technology, agriculture and consumers. When you can build that hub together great things will grow," added Kosaka.
A good example of how much the app would have helped came from this year's local mango crop.
"This year mango season came early. It would have been nice to let everyone know the mangoes came early," said Suiso.
The new app will not only let people know when and where to find the freshest food, it will also give farmers and backyard growers a better idea of which stores and outlets are buying their products.
"There are a lot of individuals with fruit in their yards -- that is falling to the ground. They haven't been able to bring them to market. Anything to help connect the people that buy the fruit with the people growing the fruit will really help a lot," said Suiso.
The "Lei Fresh" app comes out in August, and that is also when another crop of locally-grown mangoes is expected.