Aloha ‘Āina: Thoughts on the 2022 Convention

Hawaii Taro Farm, HFUU 2022 Convention

Aloha ʻāina! The recently concluded Hawaii Farmers Union United convention was, for those of us fortunate enough to attend, pāhoehoe. That is to say, it was a powerful, Aina-driven eruption and also an ultimately smooth flow of energy. Bobby Paia, our generous host, master kalo grower and steward of 850+ agricultural acres in central Maui, embodied…

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Possibilities Rather than Claiming Perfection

HFUU Farm Tour East Hawaii Chapter Seeger Institute at Eden Farms Hawai‘i Kids

Wandering through the fenced off garden beds made of upcycled materials and underneath a couple shade and greenhouse structures, there were beds of kalo, luffas, poha berries, squash, herbs and tomatoes. Several members of the East Hawai’i Chapter gathered to tour the regenerative farm and animal sanctuary of Seeger Institute at Eden Farms Hawai‘i ( on Saturday…

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A Passion for Conservation

United States Department of Agriculture USDA Hawaii

The heat of the afternoon sun takes a heavy toll when you are out in the field working your kalo.However, it is time well spent knowing you are providing fresh local food for your communityand caring for the land, ecosystems, and the future. Partnering with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), farmers, ranchers, andprivate forest…

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DOA Urged to Prevent Misleading Coffee Labeling

Hawaii Coffee Hawaii Farmers Union United

A coalition of 30 local, state, and national organizations, officials, and experts concerned with the misleading labeling of Hawaii produced coffee blends called upon the Department of Agriculture (DOA) to discuss the conduct of a new study on the matter by commencing a public meeting. The study, mandated by law, will include proposals for new…

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Technology is Changing Agriculture, But is It For the Better?

Written by Carrie Spencer of Agriculture has grown in leaps and bounds in the last century or so, owing to fast-moving technology. But of course, whether or not this growth is for the general good of the population and the environment is also a legitimate question. Hawai’i Farmers Union United takes a closer look…

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Legislative Season Update 2022

Aloha Hawai’i Farmers Union United (HFUU) members, It is with great pleasure and gratitude that I present you with this update for the 2022 legislative session. Based on policy priorities voted in by HFUU’s family farmers for strengthening the local food system, promoting soil health and building a stronger agricultural workforce, the Hawaii Legislature passed…

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Written by HFUU Member Hank Kline Regenerative agriculture is an advanced method of agriculture that follows the example of nature to grow healthy nutrient dense crops profitably without chemical fertilizers or poisons. It increases plant health and nutrient density, which increases the health of the people that eat these plants. It is also a major…

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