About Hawai‘i Island Food Summit Webcasts

The Kohala Center is making these webcasts available because we believe that food self-reliance is important to everyone—not just residents of Hawai‘i Island. We hope that access to this material will stimulate dialog and galvanize action throughout the state, the US mainland, and into the Pacific, helping families and communities work towards a secure and sustainable food future.

This site was created so that presentations and panel discussions at the October 2007 Hawai‘i Island Food Summit can be viewed online.  The two-day Hawai‘i Island Food Summit explored the visions, possibilities, ideas, and practical solutions to answering the question, "How can Hawai‘i Feed Itself?" The  Summit was intended to be a catalyst not only for changes in policy and practice at the island level but also a convening of the agricultural community to create a compelling vision for the future of food and farming across the state.

The Summit was comprised of two days. October 5, 2007 was a limited attendance meeting that aimed to explore public and business policy, build a knowledge base for decision-makers, and set a vision for how Hawai‘i can feed itself. October 6, 2007 was open to the public for a broad examination of the challenges and opportunities to creating island food self-reliance.

The time has come to make a strong positive statement for the future of our island’s agriculture, with an emphasis on our keiki, their education, and their future participation in our communities as leaders. We can assist our island planet to produce and consume food in a healthier way, creating a thriving and resilient economy while preserving our precious natural and cultural resources.

Please click here for photographs of October 6 by Craig Elevitch.