Thursday September 20, 2012

Keynote Presentations – Sponsored by BEI Hawaii

  • Collaborative Consumption and the Changing Face of Industry – Lauren Anderson, Innovation Director, Collaborative Lab, Sydney Australia
  • Framing Successful Collaboration – Sara Stokes Alexander, Director of Environment Practice, The Keystone Center, Colorado

Plenary Session – Sponsored by BEI Hawaii

Bringing it Home: How Collaborative Consumption Might Work in Hawaii – A Conversation

  • Larry Jefts, Farmer
  • Susan Matsushima, CEO Alluvion Inc
  • Sara Stokes Alexander, Director of Environment Practice, The Keystone Center
  • Lauren Anderson, Innovation Director, Collaborative Lab

All Hawaii Products Awards Luncheon – Sponsored by Kamehameha Schools

Join us in honoring Dr. Donna Ching, CTAHR Extension Specialist and former Program Director of
the Agricultural Leadership Program with the “Monty” Richards Leadership Award

Award Hosts: Diane Ley, Jerry Ornalles, Eric Tanouye


Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Land, Water and a Working Cooperative: Bringing the Pieces Together
Case Study: Kekaha Agricultural Association

  • Landis Ignacio, Association Manager
  • Steven Lupkes, Research Station Manager, BASF
  • Moderator: Steve Kai, Plant Manager, Syngenta

Working Grasslands: Bringing the Beef and Dairy Home
Case Study: Ranch to Plate

Moderator: Alan Gottlieb, Ponoholo Ranch
Dutch Kuyper, CEO, Parker Ranch
Michelle Galimba, Rancher, Kuahiwi Ranch
Corey Gillins, Big Island Dairy
Kyle Datta, General Partner, Ulupono Initiative

Speed Dates: On the Ground Partnerships and Profits

1. From Concept to Collaboration: Building a sustainable biofuels business
and partnering with communities

Jenna Long, Fuel Sales Manager, Pacific Biodiesel
James Twigg-Smith, Crushing Facility Manager at Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, LLC

2. Nurseries and Water Quality – A Profitable Combination

Ellen Yee, The Plant Place
Jean Brokish, Oahu RC&D

3. Naked and Fresh: Naked Cow Dairy and Oahu Fresh-a good match

Melissa Zeman (Lisa), Co–founder and Owner, Oahu Fresh LLC, and
Senior Research Associate in Agronomy at Pioneer Hi-Bred
Monique vander Stroom, Dairy Farmer, Naked Cow Dairy

4. Synergistic Hawaii Agriculture Council (SHAC)

Ken Kamiya, President, Kamiya Gold, Inc
Rod Yonimura Management Consultant

5. Cover Crops: A Symbiotic Relationship Between Farmers And Ranchers

Alika Napier, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Inc
Bob Cherry, President and Owner of Flying R Livestock Company

6. Putting Farmers On The Land

Dean Okimoto, Farmer, President, Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation

Workforce Development: Collaborating to Maximize Success

  • Dwight Takamine, Director, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
  • David Ruf, Chief Executive Officer/Chief System Engineer, Rivertop Solutions

Using Shared Value to Create Resilience in Agriculture–a Primer in Collaborative Leadership

  • Sarah Stokes Alexander
  • Pauline Sato, Agriculture Leadership Program Director
  • ALP Alumni

21st Century Financing: new ways to finance your agriculture endeavor

  • Moderator: Murray Clay, Managing Director, Ulupono Initiative
  • Ted Levinson, Responsible Social Financing – Debt Finance Resources (video)
  • Denise Albano, President, Feed the Hunger Foundation – Micro Loans and Technical Support Partnerships
  • Susan Tai Kaneko, Director, Kaua`i Economic Development Plan at Kaua`i Economic Development Board – Business Training
  • Bob McGee, Chef/Owner, Whole Ox Deli – Crowd Funding

Farmers and Technology Solutions: Articulating the Problem, Finding the Match

  • Cynthia A. Stiles, Soil Scientist, USDA – Web Soil Survey
  • Elyse Peterson, Global Tea Ambassador – Tealet
  • Bob Bates, Filmmaker Ingredients & Ingredients Hawaii – Abundance
  • Melanie Kosaka, First Daughter MediaWorks, Inc. & Uapo, LLC – Lei Fresh
  • Matt Johnson, Sustain Pro Management/Oahu Fresh – CSA Management Tools
  • Design Thinking Facilitators: Ian Kitajima and Rechung Fujihira

Partnerships in Politics: Understanding the Drama at the Capitol
Amy Brinker, Director of Policy at KYA Sustainability Studio

A Pau Hana Reception

Chef Demos and Tasting, DYI Backyard Gardens, Youth Ag Displays and Local Libations Hosted in Memory of Jim Wriston III

Friday September 21, 2012

Plenary Session – Sponsored by Ulupono Initiative

Just the Facts Ma’am! Current State of Hawaii Agriculture Facts, maps, industry updates -what you need to know and how can WE do it all!

  •   Mark Hudson, Hawaii Field Office Director for USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service
  •   Industry Leaders: Livestock, Tropical Fruits, Vegetables, Specialty Crops, BioTech, Floriculture

Keynote Presentation – Sponsored by Ulupono Initiative

Food Commons:  Land, Finance and Infrastructure: localized options for our food system –
Lawrence Yee
, Co-founder and Coordinating Director for the Food Commons

Networking Lunch; Table Topics: Important Agricultural Lands, Food Safety, School Gardens, Financing, Tech Tools, or start your own topic!

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

  •   A Conversation with Larry Yee about possibilities for a Hawaii Food Commons
  •   Moving the Needle: Metrics for Self Sufficiency and Collective Profitability, Peter Adler
  •   Laulima Center Workshop A: Cooperatives an overview, Melanie Bondera
  • Laulima Center Workshop B: Cooperatives the nuts & bolts to building a successful business, Melanie Bondera
  • Workshop – Food Futures. Hawaii Food Policy Council takes a seriously fun look at the future of our food. What role can policy play to influence our food system?

Post Conference Grown on Oahu Farm Tour

Grown on Oahu Farm Tour
Presented by the Hawaii AgriTourism Association and 2012 Hawaii Agriculture Conference
Saturday September 22, 2012 8:00am to 3:00pm

8:00am – Meet at the front lobby entrance of the Ala Moana Hotel for pick up by a deluxe air conditioned micro-bus, depart by 8:15am.

9:00am – Arrive at MARI’S GARDEN the largest Organic Aquaponic Farm in Hawaii, located on 18 acres in Mililani Town. Inspired to conserve and reuse water, Fred and his son Brendon Lau created their model of sustainable farming. Take an easy walking tour to learn how Aquaponics is another alternative to creating a healthy farm to table experience, which is good for you and good for the environment.

11:00am – Arrive at the KAWAILOA WIND FARM which is a 69 megawatt wind farm currently under construction on Kamehameha Schools’ land on the North Shore of Oahu. Located five miles northeast of Haleiwa, the wind farm will consist of thirty 2.3 MW Siemens wind turbine generators. Upon completion later this year, Kawailoa Wind will produce enough clean, renewable energy to power roughly14,500 Oahu homes and supply as much as 5-10% of the island’s electrical load. Our tour will allow us to see and learn about this state-of-the-art renewable energy project.

12:45pm – Arrive at the KAHUKU FARMS, where wholesome country freshness begins! A delicious locally sourced lunch of a Panini crusted sandwich filled with a medley of farm grown grilled veggies, a fresh hand picked salad topped with a lilikoi vinaigrette, a bottomless glass of refreshing mango iced tea, and homemade banana bread topped with vanilla caramel sauce. Take a fun and educational wagon ride and experience the beauty and history of this 4th generation farming family.

3:00pm – Arrive back at the Ala Moana Hotel

Advance reservations required. Limited seating.
$85 per person – Conference Attendees

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Pre Conference Workshops

Good Agricultural Practices Workshops
Tuesday, Sept. 18 – Hilo
Wednesday, Sept 19 – Honolulu

For more information or to register on line go here:

Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers
22nd Annual Hawaii International Conference
September 13-16, 2012 – Honolulu, Hawaii

Producing Quality Fruit for the Future of Hawaii :