March 2, 2022

The pandemic has intensified the conversation around Hawai‘i’s food security and its reliance on imports.

This Need to Know event explored what steps are being taken by farmers, suppliers and non-profits to help Hawai‘i reduce its reliance on non-local food sources and how you can support those efforts.


Based on the Food Security panel discussion, we compiled a list of resources that were mentioned throughout the conversation!

Hawai’i Agricultural Foundation

• Hawai’i Agricultural Foundation: Localicious Educational Program 

• Hawai’i Agricultural Foundation: Eat Think Drink Educational Program

Kupu Team-Based and Individual Opportunities

Hoʻowaiwai Youth Leadership Training, Maʻo Organic Farms

Hoʻokuaʻāina: A community group using ancient Hawaiian traditions of kalo cultivation to engage and improve the lives of today’s youth

Sustainable Community Food Systems program, University of Hawaiʻi - West O’ahu

College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

• Online platform to submit testimony and learn about bills in the Legislature

14-day emergency supply kit, Office of Public Health Preparedness

• Nature-Based Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change in Hawaiʻi (click here to download the PDF)

Aloha Harvest

Hawaii Foodbank

Transforming Hawaii’s Food Systems Together

Disaster Recovery Pod, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance


Denise Yamaguchi
Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation 

Chad Buck
Hawaii Foodservice Alliance LLC

Kāʻeo Duarte
Kamehameha Schools

Albie Miles
University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu

David Lopez
Hawai’i Emergency Management Agency 

Moderator: Steve Petranik
Hawaii Business Magazine

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