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Annual Recap 2016

ALOHA CONTENTS About HAF .......................................... 4

Event Recaps ..................................... 21-24

2016 At A Glance .............................. 5

HAF Ag Park ....................................... 25-28

Program Highlights ........................ 8-20

Sponsors .............................................. 29

LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Aloha, It has been a truly incredible year for our organization and we’re thrilled to present you with an excting recap of our greatest successes in 2016. From the launch of Eat Think Drink to an unparalleled Localicious Hawai‘i campaign, we’re seeing an increasing number of community members come together to build a more sustainable future for our state’s agriculture. However, creating conscious consumers and supporting local purveyors is only part of our job. We remain committed in putting Hawai‘i on the map for its resilient food production and encouraging more youth to become the next stewards for these beautiful islands. On behalf of our entire team, mahalo nui loa for your support.

Denise Hayashi Yamaguchi Executive Director



Letter from the Eceducate Director




ABOUT HAF The Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation (HAF) is a non-profit organization created to promote agriculture and farming. Established in 2007, the mission of HAF is to support and sustain Hawai‘i’s agricultural industry by addressing critical needs and services of farmers and the agricultural industry in Hawai‘i, and by better connecting the farmers with the community and vice-versa. This involves educational and outreach programs in the community, as well as direct marketing, technical, educational and in-the-field support for farmers.

2015-2016 Board of Directors • • • • • • • • • •

Dean Okimoto, Chairman Mae Nakahata, Vice Chair Meredith Ching, Secretary Patricia Morgan, Treasurer Al Nagasako, Director Alan Wong, Director Conrad Nonaka, Director Jeanine Ogawa, Director Roy Oyama, Director Yukio Kitagawa, Director


2016 AT A GLANCE On The Farms


24 farmers were served by HAF’s workshops and services The Local Inside CSA program distributed produce grown at 13 different farms

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11,000 pounds of farm-fresh produce was distributed through 2,546 Local Inside bags The “Grown in Kunia” brand was established at the HAF Ag Park at Kunia

In The Schools

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3822 students were reached through HAF’s education programs Approximately 193 classrooms statewide have benefitted from hands-on learning initiatives 3 students have received skillbuilding mentorship opportunities through In The Fields 135 teachers have received training through the Veggie U program



PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS Local Inside is a community support agriculture (CSA) program that delivers locally-grown fruits and vegetables to members weekly or bi-weekly. The program offically launched in June 2015 in part of HAF’s initaitive to support the local food producers and increase local food consumption. Produce is sourced from HAF Ag Park at Kunia and other small farms across the Island of O‘ahu, packed in an insulated, reusable bag and dropped off several accessible locations throughout O‘ahu.

Local Inside Overview: • • • • •

109 subscribers in 2016 $15 one-time membership fee $25 for a small bag (feeds 2-4) $30 for a large bag (feeds 4-6) Recipes and subscription info available at 8

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS Veggie U was originally developed by Ohio-based organization, Chef’s Garden, and was introduced to Hawai‘i in 2014. Since its inception, Veggie U Hawai‘i has provided garden kits and structured curriculums with hands-on, STEM-focused lesson plans to fourth-grade teachers throughout the state.

Veggie U 2016 Highlights: • •

147% more classrooms joined Veggie U 111 total classrooms in 59 public schools statewide participated in Veggie U: • 46 schools on O‘ahu • 5 schools on Island of Hawai‘i • 6 schools on Maui and Moloka‘i •


2 schools on Kaua‘i



PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS • Honolulu: ‘Āina Haina, Ala Wai, Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind, Jefferson, Ka‘ahumanu, Kalihi, Kalihi Kai, Kalihi Waena, Koko Head, Lanakila, Likelike, Lunalilo, Mānoa, Nu‘uanu, Royal, Voyager (Charter) • Central O‘ahu: Aliamanu, Alvah Scott, Hickam, Makalapa, Mililani Waena, Moanalua, Pearl Harbor, Pearl Harbor Kai, Red Hill, Salt Lake, Shafter, Solomon • Leeward O‘ahu: Ahrens, Barbers Point, ‘Ewa, Honowai, Ho‘okele, Kapolei, Keone‘ula, Lehua, Makakilo, Nānāikapono, Nānākuli, Waipahu • Windward O‘ahu: Hau‘ula, He‘eia, Kailua, Kāne‘ohe, Lanikai, Mālama Honua (Charter), Parker, Waiahole  • Island of Hawai‘i: Hilo Union, Hōnaunau, Ho‘okena, Kahakai, Kalaniana‘ole, Ka ‘Umeke Kā’eo, Naalehu, Pāhoa • • Maui/Moloka‘i: Kihei Charter, Pōmaika‘i; Kaunakakai, Kilohana, Kualapu‘u, Maunaloa • Kaua‘i: Wilcox and Kalāheo



In The Fields encourages stewardship by introducing high school students to the agricultural industry and related careers. Through the program, students are able to experience the three different types of agriculture: convention, organic and biotech. The program also connects educators to agfocused businesses to ensure their curricula are aligned with the skills needed by the industry.

In The Fields 2016 Highlights: • •

404 students in 9 O‘ahu high schools participated in the In The Fields supervised agricultural trips 250 students in 3 O‘ahu elementary schools

took part in an educational visit to a farm


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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS In The Fields provides support for all types of agriculture, including: 2016 Schools/Students Campbell – 20 Castle – 30 Kaimuki – 22 Kalani – 60 Kapolei – 124 Leilehua – 46 McKinley – 25 Waianae – 25 Waipahu – 50 2016 Veggie Schools/Students August Ahrens – 165 Royal – 63 Voyager – 22





PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS AquaPono provides schools with small backyard aquaponic systems that are affordable, fun and interactive. The userfriendly starter kits are designed to easily house fish and grow vegetables that are free of GMOs, pesticides and soil diseases. In partnership with the Maui Aquaponics Workers CoOperative, HAF works with educators to set up systems and provide them with on-site assistance and technical support from University of Hawai‘i’s trained and certified technicians.




PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS Aquapono 2016 Highlights: • 21 enrolled public schools throughout the state • 10 schools on O‘ahu • 5 schools on the Island of Hawai‘i • 3 schools on Maui • 3 schools on Kaua‘i • O‘ahu: Campbell High, Kapolei High, Leilehua High, Ma‘ema‘e, Mililani Middle, Moanalua Middle, Pearl City High, Waipahu High, Waipahu Intermediate and Washington Middle High and Waiakea Intermediate High • Island of Hawai‘i: Honoka‘a High and Intermediate, Konawaena High, Pāhoa High and Intermediate, Waiakea High and Waiakea Intermediate • Maui: Lahainaluna High, Maui High and Moloka’i High • Kaua’i: Kapa’a High, Kaua’i High and Waimea High



The third annual Localicious Hawai‘i campaign launched in March 2016 as the largest statewide restaurant initiative. The program aims to raise awareness of restaurants that are active supporters of the state’s agricultural industry. For one month, eateries designated one or more menu items that incorporate locally grown, caught or raised products as Localicious dishes. For every dish sold, one dollar was donated to HAF for the expansion of ag-focused education.

Localicious Hawai‘i 2016 Highlights • • • • 21

150% more restaurants (149 vs 58) participated in Localicious since its inception in 2014 12, 115,247 people were reached through Localicious-related media A total of $45,653 was raised for the Veggie U program More than 60 interviews with chefs were featured on radio and TV stations statewide


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EVENT RECAPS Good things happen when we gather to Eat Think Drink! We learn, share, and are inspired by the many thoughtful conversations that happen over the table. The event launched officially in November 2016 with its first series, “Dirt to Plate.”

About “Dirt To Plate”

HAF examined building a sustainable food system from the perspective of the next generation of farmers, chefs, food buyers, community leaders and media. “Dirt to Plate” featured keynote speaker Michel Nishan of Wholesome Wave, a chef and leader in the sustainable food movement, as well as a three time James Beard Award winner. Other featured speakers include John Martin of Vice Munchies, Wendy Akiyama of Armstrong Produce, State Senator Donovan Dela Cruz, Judah Lum of Kahuku Farms and Alex Sou of Aloun Farms. Total attendees: 283 guests and 5 restaurants 24


The HAF Ag Park at Kunia was established in 2011 through a partnership between Island Palm Communities (IPC) and Monsanto Hawai‘i. As part of IPC and Monsanto’s committment to the community, both companies agreed to dedicate 220 acres to small, local farms. To ensure the success of the park, HAF was sought to oversee and manage the land.

Ag Park 2016 Highlights: • • •


24 small farmers, 17 of which were alleged victims of human trafficking, occupied the 4 parcels that make up the park The “Grown in Kunia” brand was created to help brand products so they could be sold at premium prices Approximately 29 tons of diversified produce were grown each week in 2016




HAF AG PARK The HAF Ag Park at Kunia facilitates workshops for farmers to help provide support, improve operations and understand regulatory compliance. Workshop topics include food safety guidelines, integrated pest management (IPM), safe pesticide use and training on understanding pesticide labels, vegetable varieties, irrigation, marketing and branding.

Workshops held in 2016 include: • • • •

Pesticide Labels Workshop, in partnership with Hawaii Department of Agriculture (June 2016) Irrigation Workshop, in partnership with Syngenta (August 2016) Pollinators Workshop, in partnership with Monsanto (September 2016) Vegucation Workshop. in partnership with Monsanto and Hawai‘i Farm Bureau Federation (September 2016)


MAHALO TO OUR SPONSORS GOLD SPONSORS ChefZone (a division of Y. Hata) Hawaiian Airlines

SILVER SPONSORS Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. Hawaii Crop Improvement Association Hawaii Department of Agriculture Hawai‘i Gas Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation

HMSA Foundation International Market Place LendLease Paradise Cove Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits State of Hawaii

BRONZE SPONSORS Atherton Family Foundation C&S Wholesale Grocers Stefanie C. and Keith K. Horita Foundation Fund HONOLULU Magazine Kaiser Permanente



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