HIFS Event Schedule

Hawai‘i Island Food Summit
October 5-6th, 2007
Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort

“How can Hawai‘i Feed Itself?”

Friday, October 5 – 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Registration and light breakfast from 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Exploring Agricultural Policy for The Future of Food Security, Farming, and Agricultural Educational Opportunities on Hawai‘i  Island 

  • Hosted by University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources’ Dean Bill Steiner and Richard Spiegel, Volcano Island Honey Company:  Invited stakeholders, decision and policy makers will be asked to explore the opportunities and challenges to policy development that promotes food security, self-reliance and sustainable agriculture. 
  • Presentations, Conversation, Summary and Commitments
  • Invited speakers include Mayor Harry Kim, Environmental Lawyer and Food and Farming Journalist Claire Hope Cummings, and Michael Dimock, Executive Director of the Roots of Change Fund.
  • Attendance is limited to facilitate discussion.
  • A fee of $60.00 covers the sessions and a light breakfast and lunch of locally sourced food.

Click here for full conference agenda for Oct. 5th

Saturday, October 6 - 8:30 am – 4:00 pm: HIFS Conference

Registration and light breakfast from 7:30 am - 8:30 am

Multiple events throughout the day and evening.

8:30 am to 4:00 pm: Hawai‘i Island Food Summit Conference: How can Hawai‘i Feed Itself?
Dean Bill Steiner and Richard Spiegel will host a day long conference for the general public to explore issues, raise awareness, and provide ideas and direction for future food security and self-reliance for Hawai‘i Island focusing on Education, Marketing and Distribution, Land and Policy Support, Role of the Home Producer, Traditional and Modern Sustainable Agricultural Systems, and Our Vanishing Food Producers, as well as knowledgeable and inspiring plenary sessions by agricultural leaders.  Invited speakers include Environmental Lawyer and Food Journalist Claire Hope Cummings, and Michael Dimock, Executive Director of Roots of Change Fund.
Tickets required: $60.00 includes a light breakfast and lunch featuring locally sourced food.

Click here for full conference agenda for Oct. 6th

4:00-7:00 pm: “Haumea’s Garden” - A Local Food Exposition
A local food exposition of of Hawai‘i Island farmers, food producers, supporting agricultural organizations and institutions, chefs, and island educational gardening projects.  Free and open to the public.

7:30 -10:00 pm: Concert to Benefit Youth Agricultural Projects on Hawai‘i Island
Keoki Kahumoku and Friends Diana Aki and Herb Ohta Jr.: meet Hawai‘i Island’s Agricultural Teachers and hear about their innovative programs. Open to the entire community. 
Tickets required:  $20.00 in advance, $25.00 at the door.

Tickets for the Summit Meeting and the Concert will be sold separately.  The Kohala Center will oversee registration and tickets at 808.887.6411 and online. Payment for the Summit Meeting must be received by 5pm on October 2, 2007.

Sunday, October 7 - Hawai‘i Organic Farmers Association Annual Meeting at Keauhou Yacht Club

Click here for more information on the Hawai‘i Organic Farmers Association Annual Meeting.


Other October Events

Slow Food Hawai‘i will be sponsoring a month-long series of events that showcase local foods and food producers. Contact Nancy Piianaia at 885-6085 for further details. For more information please visit the Eat Hawai‘i Island Grown web site or the Slow Food Hawai‘i Calendar of Events.

Eat Local, Drink Local
Kona Brewing Co., Kailua-Kona
October 20th at 5 p.m.
75-5629 Kuakini Hwy.
Slow Food members and the public are invited to Eat Hawai‘i Island Grown and enjoy a pint or two of Kona brewed beers and ale. Take a tour of the brewery at 5 p.m. then join in on the fun as Slow Food members engage in their philosophy of slow dining, conviviality and supporting local producers of food. Sponsored by Kona Brewing Co. with proceeds going towards the Slow Food Hawai‘i EHIG campaign. Admission is $35. Call 334-2739.

From Plantation to Diversification come celebrate the Agricultural Festival of the year "Hamakua Alive!".
October 27th from 9:00am to 2:00pm.
Hamakua Coast, Paauilo Elementary School Grounds.
This event will feature the bounty on the Hamakua Region. Purveyors include Hamakua Springs, Hamakua Heritage Mushrooms, Hawaiian Vanilla Company, Mother Nature's Miracle, Volcano Island Honey, Hamakua Macadamia Nut Co., Kihalani Orchards, Hawaii Island Goat Diaries, Hearts of Palm, Long Ears Coffee Co., Hawaii Tea Society, Slow Food Hawaii, Paauilo Mauka Kolopa Community Association and the Big Island's Best Chefs. This is a free event and open to the public. Come explore all five senses in Hamakua!