The Conversation: Fishing, Farming and Food Banks Support Community Though Crisis

Oct 2, 2020

Hawai’i Foodbank; Molokai Food Distributor; Bounty From the Sea; Western Regional Fisheries; Oahu Fishing; Hawaii Arts Alliance; Local Artist Zachary Angeles

Hawai’i Foodbank

Have you been eating well, taking care of yourself? It takes more planning and effort these days, but there is help. The Hawai'i Foodbank, working on O'ahu and Kaua'i, partners with Maui Foodbank and Hawai'i Food Basket to at least make sure no one is going hungry. We hear from Ron Mizutani, President and CEO, Hawai’i Foodbank about what that effort has been like. Lately, he's been partnering with farmers to get the job done.

Molokai Food Distributor

Twice a month on Moloka’i, federally funded food arrives on island. These canned goods and staples are then combined with donations from Maui Food Bank and some produce and wild fish and game sourced on island, and distributed through the Equal Opportunity Office and Alu Like to little organizations like Gospel Shoes of Jesus Church in Kaunakakai. Judy Caparida runs the food pantry there and says times are really tough.

Bounty From the Sea

Have you had a poke bowl recently? Ahi Katsu? Or a Mahi Mahi filet? Fish is an important food in here Hawai’i. John Kaneko is Program Manager for the Hawaii Seafood Council. He’s been around the fishing industry for over 30 years, and specializes in seafood safety— you’ll hear he addresses a major reason some people avoid eating fish.

Western Regional Fisheries

In Hawai’i, we do not leave fishing to the professionals. Ed Watamura is a professional photographer, and member of the Western Regional Fisheries Management Council and the Waialua Boat Club.

Oahu Fishing

Eric Kingma of the Hawai'i Longline Association says 80% of the fish we eat is in restaurants, so much less fish is cooked at home. But that could be changing. Jamie Hamamoto grew up fishing on O'ahu, and writes the Ask Jamie column for Hawai'i Fishing News. She says more people may be discovering the pleasures of fishing. 

Hawaii Arts Alliance Hawai'i's art scene is stirring. Opportunities ahead. Artists across the islands have been sewing, carving, pit firing their entries for the Hawai'i craftsmen show--deadline to enter Monday, opening October 24th 2020 at the new Downtown Art Center. The new Arts and Letters building will open on Nu'uanu under Maile Meyer of Pu'uhonua Society, and a new CEO is leading the Hawai'i Arts Alliance, Teri Skillman. Teri has teamed up with the new Hawai'i Contemporary led by Associate Director Sara Raza, and Executive Director Katherine Don. Let's take a closer look, Katherine starts off with how this happened and what's in it for you. 

  Local Artist Zachary Angeles Local artists Zachary Angeles has donated four painting to a fundraiser for the Hawai'i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice. The paintings are based on inspiring messages Zach has focused on during the pandemic. But painting isn't all he does - Zach explains.