In the last 15 years, Aunty Lilikoi has been the recipient of many awards that recognize the company’s excellence in marketing and product innovation. These awards include The Retail Merchants of Hawaii Hoʻokela Award and the U.S. Small Business Administration Small Business Exporter of the Year for the County of Kauaʻi Award. On April 8, 2014, Aunty Lilikoi was named a finalist in the Outstanding Condiment category in the Specialty Food Association’s 2014 sofi awards. A sofi is the top honor in the $88 billion specialty food industry. “sofi ” stands for ‘Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation’ and represents the best-of-the-best from members of the Specialty Food Association. Additionally, Aunty Lilikoi has won 13 medals and a Grand Champion trophy in competition at the annual World Wide Mustard Competition. This event attracts entries from notable mustard giants Grey Poupon, Beaverton Foods, Morehouse and Gulden, as well as smaller manufacturers.
More recently, Aunty Lilikoi’s products have been honored at the World Hot Sauce Awards in Lafayette, Louisiana and at the Scovie Awards in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Aunty Lilikoi Products is owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Elpidio “Tony” Cardenas and Lori Cardenas. Located in historic Waimea Town on the island of Kauai, Aunty Lilikoi specializes in manufacturing and selling a line of desserts and condiment items, such as jellies, mustards, butters, syrups, dressings and sauces made with passion fruit. Also offered is a line of personal care products made with passionflower essential oil.
Aunty Lilikoi is a Better Business Bureau A+ rated company. The company also belongs to the Hawaii Food Industry Association, the Hawaii Food Manufacturers Association, the Made in Hawaii Association, the Retail Merchants of Hawaii, and is a charter member of the County of Kauai’s Kauai Made Program.