It all Began Here . . . in Hilo

Seminar 1 Day 1 Hawai‘i

What a fantastic first day we had!  We have a wonderful team of class members and the speakers who generously shared their time with us were fantastic!  Special thanks to Stevie Whalen of Hawai’i Agriculture Research Center, Jeff Melrose of Island Planning, Barry Taniguchi and Derek Kurisu of KTA Superstores, JB Friday of University of Hawai`i, and Pat Tummons of Environment Hawai’i for sharing their in-depth and well-informed mana’o about agriculture and natural resources management in Hawai’i. Wow, we learned so much from their years of experience. Our brains are full!

One piece of information that made some of us rethink the meaning of and path toward food sustainability in Hawai’i is that we must not use a cookie-cutter approach for solutions. Every island, every region, every community, and every type of agriculture is different so the solutions must be designed to meet the needs of every unique situation.

Mahalo also to Sharon Ziegler Chong and her team at PIPES (Pacific Internship Program for Exploring Science) at the University of Hawai’i for hosting us today.

Pauline

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