East Hawai‘i Day 4: Rise and Shine, Volcano Village Explorations, and “A Hui Hou”

Day 4 of ALP Class XVI Seminar 1 found us rising early to head to the Volcano’s Farmer’s market for a delicious breakfast and discussion with Volcano Farmers’ Market Manager Linda Ugalde. The farmers market is one of the many special things that take place at the Cooper Center in Volcano Village. Run by a … Read more

ALP Class XVI Has Arrived! Day 1 of Seminar 1

After months of preparation, including selection of the 14 members of Class XVI, the Agricultural Leadership Program 2018-2019 has begun! Today, we all met in person for the first time in Hilo, Hawai’i. We were greeted by a beautiful spread of home-made, locally-sourced food prepared by class members Olelo Pa’a Ogawa and Julia Nemoto. (Wish … Read more

Day 3, Last Seminar on Big Island of Hawai‘i

We started the day (very hot by the way!!) touring at Blue Ocean Mariculture. Robyn Korte (Fish Hatchery Manager) showed us the hatching process of the delicious Kona Kampachi. It is very impressive the work done at the facility. . Second stop was at Kaʻūpūlehu Cultural Center. We met with Auntie Leinaala Lightner and talked story about … Read more

Day 2 of final seminar

It seems fitting that we find ourselves back on the big island for our final trip considering it is here where we started this journey over a year ago. Some of us are no longer here and some of us have experienced major career changes, however growth, learning, and friendship have been constant factors throughout.

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First Day, Last Seminar

Welcome to our last seminar series for ALP Class XV. A bittersweet feeling as we land back on the Big Island. Together again (though missing SteveO), we traveled to the Hāmākua Agricultural Cooperative to meet with Max Bowman. He shared his story of the membership community of farmers and ranchers who sub-lease land to farm … Read more

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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