HIFS Event Schedule

Hawai‘i Island Food Summit: “How can Hawai‘i Feed Itself?”
October 6, 2007 - Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort

Saturday, October 6, 2007: Exploration of Challenges and Opportunities to Build Community Food Self Reliance

7:30-8:30 a.m.  Registration and Light Breakfast  
Advanced registration recommended.
Payment for this event must be received by Sept 25th.
8:30-8:45 a.m. Opening Ceremony - Na Wai Iwi Ola Halau and Jerry Konanui
8:45-9:00 a.m. Welcoming Remarks:  Dr. Manu Meyer, Professor of Education, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
9:00-9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks:  Dr. Bill Steiner, College of Agriculture, Forestry, & Natural Resource Management, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
9:15-9:45 a.m. Finding Food on Hawai‘i Island: Whole Systems Agricultural Report for Hawai‘i Island
Lionel Bony and Laura Schewel, Rocky Mountain Institute
9:45-10:15 a.m. Plenary Address: How Can Hawaii Feed Itself?
Claire Hope Cummings, Environmental Lawyer and Food and Farming Journalist
10:15-10:30 a.m.  Break
10:30-11:30 a.m. Panel:  Why Sustainable Agriculture?
Traditional and Modern Practices
 

Dr. Hector Valenzuela – CTAHR Organic/Sustainable Vegetable Specialist
Richard Ha – Hamakua Springs Country Farm
Jerry Konanui – Traditional Hawaiian Kalo Farmer
Melanie Bondera – Kanalani Ohana Farm and Keauhou Farmers Market
Jim Reddekopp – Hawaiian Vanilla Company

11:30-12:30 p.m. Panel: Land and Policy
 

Brad Kurokawa – Deputy Director, Hawai‘i County Planning Department
Angel Pilago – County Councilman North Kona District
George Zweibel – Attorney, Honoka‘a
Michael Dimock – President of the Roots of Change Fund
Nancy Pisicchio – Kona Community Development Plan Coordinator and President of the Kona County Farm Bureau

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-2:30 p.m.   Breakout Session #1
  Panel #1- Challenges and Opportunities for Marketing and Distribution of Food on Hawai‘i Island (Keauhou II)
 

Derek Kurisu – Apple Brand, KTA Superstores
Russell Ruderman – Hawai‘i Organic Produce Company
Franz Weber – General Manager, United Natural Foods
Colehour Bondera – Kanalani Ohana Farm and Keauhou Farmers Market
Ken Love – West Hawai‘i Tropical Fruit Growers

  Panel #2 – Home Production – Food Security Begins at Home (Keauhou III)
 

Geoff Rauch – Know Your Farmer Alliance, Puna
Gerry Herbert – Kawanui Farm – Experimental/Educational, Honalo
Tom Baldwin – Uluwehi Farm – Permaculture, Hawi
Andrea Dean – Volcano Island Honey and Local Food Writer
Una Greenaway – Kuaiwi Farm, Captain Cook

2:30-2:45 p.m. Break
2:45-3:45 p.m.  Breakout Session #2
  Panel #1 Agricultural Education Opportunities from Keiki to Kupuna (Keauhou III)
 

Manu Meyer, Professor of Education, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
Nalei Kahakalau –Kanu o ka ‘Aina New Century Public Charter School
Amanda Rieux – Mala‘ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School
Dr. Michelle Suber – Mala‘ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School
Dr. Bill Steiner – Dean, College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
Bodhi Searles – Boys and Girls Club Community Garden, Hilo

  Panel #2 Producers On the Edge – Dairy, Egg, Cattle, Ocean Resources (Keauhou II)               
 

Sara Peck – UH Sea Grant Extension Service, West Hawai‘i
Isaac D. Harp – Fisherman 
Ed Boteilho – Cloverleaf Dairy, Hawi
Garnett Puett – Captain Cook Honey Company
Jack Spruance – Manager Pu’u O Hoku Ranch, Molokai

3:45-4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks – Nancy Redfeather, Hawai‘i Island Food Summit Coordinator
  Closing Pule:  Reverend Jiko Nakade - Daifukuji Soto Mission, Honalo
  "Farmers of Hawai‘i Island – a minute slide show by Craig Elevitch
Session Facilitator: Richard Spiegel – Volcano Island Honey Company, Honoka'a

Conference Participants will sign-up for future involvement on specific topics as they leave.