Farming in Hawai'i

Farm Link Hawaii

Today we put agriculture in the spotlight. The pandemic has underscored the need to become more resilient when it comes to our food supply. The state has lofty goals for the islands to increase our sustainability. One way to do that is to encourage new farmers.

 Joining us today are: 

2020 Election Recap; Local Election Recap; Reality Check: Upset in OHA Race; Big Island Mayoral Race; Persimmon Farming through a Pandemic

After a big weekend on Maui, the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival is wrapping up in Honolulu this week. The annual event raises money for agriculture and culinary projects across the state, and organizers say they’ve raised nearly two and a half million dollars since they started eight years ago. It’s a lot of work, and much of it is volunteer, but workers include students who see their future in the field.

Catherine Cruz

If it’s anything the Christmas holiday season teaches us, its patience! Particularly if you are an Xmas tree grower here in Hawaii.

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Farming in Hawaii has gone from industrial scale to small farms. And the technology supporting the farmers has shrunk too. Today, it often fits right in a phone. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Wayne Yoshioka

Governor David Ige announced last week that he would like to double food production in Hawai’i by 2020, and subsequently extended that deadline to 2030.   The Chamber of Commerce of Hawai’i hosted a forum to address that issue.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.