Field Trip: A visit to a rare plant nursery

On our last seminar to Hawai‘i Island, we had the special privilege to visit a rare plant nursery on Hawai‘i Island — the location is strictly kept a secret because of vandalism and theft — to see the efforts of horticulturalist extraordinaire Patty Moriyasu and her staff to save plants native to the island. This … Read more

Field Trip: How KTA supports local farmers, ranchers

Everyone who shops at KTA Super Stores in Hilo knows Derek Kurisu. That’s apparent just following the executive vice president through the flagship grocery store in Puainako. He smiles at every shopper, waves and shakes hands like he’s running for office. But there’s no hidden agenda here. Kurisu truly loves what he does — and it … Read more

Field Trip: Visiting an odorless piggery in Mountain View

We had pretty high expectations. Michael DuPonte (APL Class VI), the extension agent for the University of Hawai‘i’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), could barely contain his excitement over today’s visit to a nearby piggery that utilizes a Korean-based method of managing animal waste. A method that resulted in an odorless piggery. … Read more

5 things we learned from Hawai‘i Island farms

A big and important — and let’s be honest, fun — part of these seminars is visiting farms, ranches and food producers on the various islands and meeting the visionaries behind these successful businesses. We were fortunate to have the opportunity yesterday to talk story with leaders in agriculture on Hawai‘i Island — and glean from them important … Read more

Lessons in leadership

We are all here for different reasons. Some of us work in the agriculture sector in some form. Some manage natural resources or promote sustainable energy sources. And others — like me — work somewhere in the periphery. But we all have something in common: a desire to better understand the issues surrounding Hawai‘i’s agriculture in … Read more

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