Please list any initiatives you have supported in Maui County to increase food access and food production that you are proud of:
I actively kōkua at our ‘ohana lo’i where we grow kalo that is harvested and shared with family and community.
I founded and am the Board President of the non-profit Kūpeke Ahupua’a, which manages Kūpeke Loko i’a (fishpond). Through active management and maintenance we are working to increase fish reproduction and growth and to revitalize traditional aquaculture and food systems.
County of Maui Department of Agriculture
I voted in support the ballot initiative to establish a County Department of Agriculture. If elected, I will work on the State end to provide support for this new County department.
‘Āina Momona Keawanui Cultural Learning Site
As a Project Coordinator for ‘Āina Momona, I secured grants for farm expansion at Keawanui. These grants supported planting a grove of ‘ulu trees, ‘ulu plant distribution to the community, planting dry land taro fields and other crops, and provided hands-on opportunities for school students to visit and learn about indigenous food systems. Harvested produce is used to supplement meals at the onsite school and distributed to the community.
Community Farm Fresh Food Pantry
As a Board Member of the Molokai Community Health Center, I supported creating an onsite Community Farm Fresh Food Pantry which provides no-cost access to food for community members in-need. This food pantry is open 5 days a week and is the only food bank on Molokai that stocks chilled and frozen items. See press release: https://themolokaidispatch.com/farm-fresh-food-pantry-opens/
I am an enthusiastic consumer and supporter of the Sustainable Molokai Food Hub, which promotes local food systems by serving as a market and intermediary between local growers/producers and local consumers.