Maui Nui 2023 Food Summit

Kamehameha Schools Maui, STEM Works, the Maui County Departmentment of Agriculture, Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute, and the Maui Nui Food Alliance hosted the Maui Nui 2023 Food Summit on Friday, November 3, 2023 with the theme, Harvesting Hope: Growing a Resilient Food Future.

The Maui Nui 2023 Food Summit gathered Maui Nui's food system leaders together to discuss building a resilient food future on Molokai, Lanaʻi, and Maui, and the development of a community-informed Maui County Food and Nutrition Security Plan. Find the event program here. 

The summary of the Maui Nui 2023 Food Summit small group talk story brainstorm sessions can be found here

The slide deck from the Maui Nui 2023 Food Summit can be found here.

The Maui Nui 2023 Food Summit was made possible with the support of the Hawaii‘i State Department of Health SNAP Ed Program; this institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

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MNFA General Alliance Meeting - June 2023

The MNFA General Alliance Meeting on Wednesday, June 21st from 5-6:30PM hosted Polipoli Farms and Noho'ana Farm to discuss emerging Food Hubs and commercial kitchens on Maui. Watch the recording of the meeting here.

At the June 2023 MNFA General Alliance Meeting, we launched the MNFA Kuʻina Exchange – add to it here!

MNFA Policy Training and Q&A

The Maui Nui Food Alliance hosted a Policy Training and Q&A with Nate Hix, the Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute Food Access Policy & Advocacy Coordinator, on March 28, 2023. Nate Hix provided a 2023 mid-session update and a training on how to engage in the State Legislative process. Watch the recording of the MNFA Policy Training and Q&A here.

Maui Nui 2022 Food Summit

Kamehameha Schools Maui and the Maui Nui Food Alliance hosted the Maui Nui 2022 Food Summit, Collaboration and Stewardship: Growing Resilience on Friday, October 21, 2022 at Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus. 

More than 100 farmers, ranchers, educators, representatives, public health advocates, government employees, small business owners, and food system leaders from Molokai, Lānaʻi, Maui, and Oʻahu participated in interactive working groups to support the development of a Food and Nutrition Security Plan for Maui County. Participants were asked to summarize the challenges that prevent food security in Maui County and to identify solutions, and where possible, key partners. The results from these discussions can be found here.

Find the program for the Maui Nui 2022 Food Summit here: 

The 2022 Food Summit was made possible with support from:

Funded by USDA's SNAP-Ed Program through the Department of Health. This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

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MNFA 2021 Virtual Food Summit

The Maui Nui Food Alliance (MNFA) hosted the MNFA Virtual Food Summit on October 5 and 6, 2021. Over 60 Maui Nui residents – including farmers, ranchers, food retailers, educators, public health professionals and representatives from Department of Health and the Maui County Council­ – participated in the event, which was held virtually on Zoom.

The Maui Nui Food Alliance formed in October 2019 and is an important part of expanding Maui County’s local food system to nourish and sustain the people of Maui Nui while fostering human, environmental and economic health. 

The Virtual Food Summit focused on the growth of the Maui Nui Food Alliance's subcommittees, working groups and projects, including their Food System Needs Assessment for 2021-2022. The Virtual Food Summit was facilitated by the National Food Policy Expert for Blue Zones Project, Dr. Maggi Adamek, who supported the Maui Nui Food Allianceʻs foundational 2019 gathering. At the first day of the Virtual Food Summit, participants were joined by guest speakers Hōkūao Pellegrino of Nohoʻana Farm and Kamehameha Schools, Charity Hartman of the Maui Food Bank, and Harmonee Williams of the Hawaiʻi Good Food Alliance.

The Maui Nui Food Alliance hosted Maui County Council Member Kelly King and keynote speaker Mahina Paishon-Duarte on the second day of the two-day Virtual Food Summit. Mahina Paishon-Duarte is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Waiwai Collective and the founding executive director of Paepae o Heʻeia, the first modern Hawaiian fishpond that created ground-breaking ʻāina-based education programming for students from preschool through post-doctoral levels. Today, Mahina is a part of the ʻĀina Aloha Economic Futures movement to bring to life a resilient economy through our core value of ʻāina aloha—a deep and abiding love for Hawaii’s communities and natural environments.

Below, find the Virtual Food Summit program and report, outlining each day of the Summit and ways to get involved with the Maui Nui Food Alliance.

2021 Virtual Food Summit Program:

2021 Virtual Food Summit Report:


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