Leadership

Meet the people who have dedicated themselves to the cause of a vibrant local economy fueled by nutritionally dense food grown locally via regenerative farming practices. Our Board of Directors follows the policy provisions, drafted and ratified at each year’s annual convention, to ensure our efforts are aligned with our mission statement and meet the evolving needs of our growing membership. Our board currently meets once a month via teleconference and twice per year in person. For more information please contact us at hfuu@hfuuhi.org.

Our 2016 Executive Board

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Vincent Mina
President

Husband, father of 2, President & founding member of HFUU. Chair of HFUF, Maui County Rep. on HI Board of Agriculture. Since 1993, Vince & wife, Irene, have co-owned organically managed urban family farm, Kahanu Aina Greens LLC.  Chair of Natl. Farmers Union special committee “Regenerative Agriculture Local Food” (RALF). Loves to farm/garden, swim in the ocean & jacuzzi in Iao river.

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Kyle Studer
V.P., Ka'u Chapter Pres.

Kyle is farming 100 acres of vegetables in Ka'u on Hawai'i Island.

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Karen Reid
Treasurer, 
Finance Chair

Karen moved to Maui in 2011 and began working in the restaurant industry where she learned that 85-90% of Hawai’i’s food is imported.  This inequity inspired her to join HFUU’s Haleakala chapter in support of local farmers.  Karen serves as the State VP and Treasurer bringing Quickbooks expertise to the organization.  Karen's "day job" is in accounts payable at Mama’s Fish House.

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David Case
Secretary

Before becoming the founding president of HFUU-Kona Chapter in 2012, David spent 35 years as an attorney in Alaska representing Alaska Native tribes, corporations and municipal govern-ments. Prior to HFUU, he served as the Board Secretary of The Coffee Berry Borer Task Force to assist coffee farmers in the fight against the Coffee Berry Borer. Board member: Keauhou Canoe Club

Chapter Presidents

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Ray Maki
Kaua’i

For the past 21 years, Ray’s company, Permaculture Kauai, has been focused on commercial organic agriculture, agroforestry, permaculture, and promoting sustainable Ag practices in Hawaii and internationally. Ray Maki is a certified permaculture designer, consultant, and educator, and also a certified IMO (indigenous microorganism) practitioner.

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Christian Zuckerman
O’ahu: Wai’anae

 Farm manager and long-term community member of Kahumana Organic Farms. Christian was raised in Wai’anae and feels a deep connection and commitment to supporting the Wai’anae Coast. After graduating in 2012 from the University of Puget Sound, Christian returned home to Wai’anae and has been an active farmer and supporter of the community ever since.

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Dave Burlew
O'ahu: North Shore

Organic farmer for over 20 years; currently farming 10 acres with his wife and son in Kahuku. Dave's concerns for the planet and its people led him to pursue a degree in Environmental Science where an Alternative Ag course inspired his current passions. Organic farming is Dave’s way of interacting directly with the ‘āina; by caring for the land in an environmentally conscious way.

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Sean Anderson
O’ahu: Wai’manalo

Sean founded Green Rows Farm in Waimanalo in 2012 to promote ecological farming as a vehicle for raising awareness about the connections between food, health, environment, community, and culture. He is a founding member and VP of the Friends with Farms Cooperative, helping to increase market access for small-scale farmers.
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James Simpliciano
Maui: Lahaina

Farmer/Chef – Founder of Simpli-Fresh produce farms. President, Mauna Kahalawai chapter of Hawai’i Farmers Union United. Vice President, Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers Association.

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Bobby Pahia
Maui: Mauna Kahalawai

Farm manager at Hoaloha Farms, which supplies Star Noodle, Old Lahaina Lūʻau, Aloha Mixed Plate, as well as Leoda’s Kitchen &  Pie Shop in Olowalu) with kalo and other crops. Raised in rural O‘ahu, Bpbby moved to Maui in the '80's to work for UH College of Tropical Ag & Human Resources. Today Bobby grows 24 heirloom kalo varieties on his Waikapū farm.

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Simon Russell
Maui: Haleakala

Simon Russell owns Hui ‘O Mālama ‘Āina LLC, an agricultural consulting company, and Farm Maui LLC, a farm operations management company. He is President of the HFUU-Haleakalā Chapter.

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Mikala Minn
Maui: Hana

 Born and Raised in Hana, Maui. Currently employed as Volunteer Coordinator/Outreach Education at Mahele Farm (Hana’s Community Farm), a project of Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike and Kahanu Garden. Acting President of HFUU Hana Chapter since October 2015. Food Review writer for Hanaside News.

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Cab Baber
Hawai’i Island: Kohala

Cab has been farming organically in Hawaii for 36 years. He co-founded the Hawaii Organic Farmers Association (HOFA) and was a charter member of the Hawaii Culinary Herb Association. He helped pioneer the use of effective microorganisms on Hawaii Island and has worked to spread the word about the value of microorganisms in farming.

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Maureen Datta
Hawai’i Island: Kona

V.P. & co-owner of Adaptations, Inc., a regional food hub in Kealakekua. Maureen oversees the consolidation of the harvests from about 35 big island family farms and distributes the produce to more than 65 restaurants, 6 local processors, 15 natural food stores and 125 families through their CSA, Fresh Feast. Maureen lives with her husband Tane in Honaunau on their 7-acre diversified, certified organic, farm.

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Eric Drake Weinert Jr
Hawai’i Island: East

Drake was born to legendary fruit tree propagator Eric Sr. in an orchard on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Drake loves building machines that build machines and studied Computer Science when he realized that the best artificial intelligence software is that which mimics nature. He is a persistent KNF Farmer and has inherited much kuleana to spread the microbes to the world.

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Steven Lund
Hawai’i Island: Puna

Steve is owner and founder of Hawaiian Sanctuary, an eco-educational retreat and healing center. For the last decade, the Hawaiian Sanctuary family has been committed to rebuilding the soil and natural habitats. He holds two certifications in permaculture, as well as natural farming with Master Cho, Kim ChongSuk Chang and JADAM (Jayonul Damun Saramdul).

Committee Chairs

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Melissa Jenks-Olivit
Membership Chair

Former chef and caterer in London. Restaurant owner/chef in Singapore where she met her husband, George, a yacht builder. Joining George in his business they raised a family. After sailing to Hawaii, Melissa became involved in farming/food issues. Now an organic farmer researching the connections between health, happiness, and soil.

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Keith Ranney
Communications Chair

HFUU webmaster and lead NeonCRM administrator. Digital media production professional since 1989, specializing in video production, information architecture & graphical asset managment. Member of the sharebuilder.com startup team. Volunteer manager for Maui Film Festival since 2001. Musician & property manager at Kaimana Farms in Keokea.

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David Fisher
Business Strategy

Getting “hands on” developing a small diversified backyard garden in Huelo. 27 years experience on Maui helping small businesses.  Taught Regenerative Business Development webinar series in 2017. Working on an enterprise accelerator for the “slow” movement – working name: Hawaii Community Exchange.  Much traveled youth via a Foreign Service family, played bass in the Maui Highlife Band. Husband & father.

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Ray Maki
Education Chair

For the past 21 years, Ray’s company, Permaculture Kauai, has been focused on commercial organic agriculture, agroforestry, permaculture, and promoting sustainable Ag practices in Hawaii and internationally. Ray Maki is a certified permaculture designer, consultant, and educator, and also a certified IMO (indigenous microorganism) practitioner.

Get Involved!

The best way to add your voice to our efforts to promote regenerative farming practices is by becoming a member. Interested in getting more involved? Join a committee, or the board of your local chapter. For more information about how you might get involved, contact the HFUU communications chair; hfuu@hfuuhi.org.