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 2019 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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Anny Bruch
Vice President

Anny Bruch is an international development professional with 25 years of experience with agricultural and community development projects in the Americas. Her expertise in evaluation, NGO management and training has served many organizations. Anny has a farm on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai, serves as Vice President and Treasurer for HFUF (Hawaii Farmers Union Foundation), and is certified in KNF (Korean Natural Farming).

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Annie Alvarado
Treasurer

As the child of migrant farm workers, our family always grew food and raised small farm animals. My father taught us the value of hunting for the purpose of eating. As a national policy writer for USDA and the Treasury Department I helped rural communities through business development. I attended Culinary School on Maui to become an integral part of the sustainable food movement through cooking and baking. My mantra "fresh and local is best."

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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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Brynn Foster
O'ahu: North Shore

Brynn is the Founder of "Island Innovator of the Year" (voted by Hawaii Venture Capital Association) Voyaging Foods, a bakehouse & miller of canoe-plant flour based food products. Raised in California, graduated from Pepperdine University, Brynn moved to the islands to be closer to her heritage. She grows canoe-plants on their family's 7-acre homestead with her husband and children.

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James McCay
O’ahu: Wai’manalo

James is an organizational catalyst with a proven track record of success implementing sustainability initiatives, using energy logic to drive savings and optimizing process to reduce waste. He is passionately committed to using his experience, skills, and education to help make Hawai'i more environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable.
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Kaipo Kekona
Maui: Lahaina

Kaipo and his wife, Rachel Kapu, have three children and are lineal descendants to Maui. Kaipo currently serves as Vice chair on Na Leo Kalele and is on the board of Na Ai Kane O Maui Cultural Center. He is passionate towards his Heritage and Culture and has studied under the tutelage of olohe/ali'i Ke'eaumoku Kapu for the past 16-years in the tradition's and religious rites of Hawai'i.

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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, Bobby 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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John Dobovan
Maui: Haleakalā

Founder of Kulahaven Farms, a trout hatchery and aquaponics operation. His unique system design is based on lessons learned with a successful aquaponics operation on Oahu in 2012. John has a degree in Sustainable Tropical Crop Production and is a mentor with the Farm Apprentice Mentorship (FAM) program of the Hawai’i Farmers Union United (HFUU).

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Matthew Van Paepeghem
Maui: Hana

Matthew is the manager at Mama'alawe Farms where they mainly focus on fruit and have over 30 varieties of fruit trees primarily focused on Durian and Citrus. At Mama'alawe Farms we do everything organically and hope to be in full production in the next few years. Matthew has been at the farm for the last 8 years after the previous 15 years in corporate sales.

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Dash Kuhr
Hawai’i Island: Kohala

Dashiell (Dash) Kuhr, founder and director of Hawai'i Institute of Pacific Agriculture (HIP Agriculture), is the lead facilitator for the organization, and is personally dedicated to the restoration of human and environmental health. Dash has educated and mentored hundreds of youth and young adults on the benefits of healthy eating and hands-on gardening skills.

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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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 Yuri Zhuraw
Hawai’i Island: East

Yuri is a graduate of UH Hilo college of Agriculture and specializes in tropical fruit and, in particular, coconuts. Yuri has been farming on various properties in Hamakua for almost ten years. A pioneer of local business entrepreneurship, Yuri has helped organize and educate many young farmers. As part of HFUU, Yuri hopes to build legislation that encourages local business and production.

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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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Jay M. Lara
Membership Chair

Jay Lara has spent the last 12 years working for various political and nonprofit groups. He came to Hawaii 4 years ago and joined Hawai'i Farmers Union United after discovering how much food Hawai'i imports. Jay has since dedicated his career to empowering family farmers and farms that feed their communities on the islands.
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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.

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Eva Lee
Tea Committee Chair

A tea grower advocating Hawaii's first generation tea culture for statewide industry. She is co-founder of Tea Hawaii & Company headquartered in Volcano Village on Hawaii Island working with a collective of tea growers in all aspects of production involving propagation, harvesting, estate management and processing. As tea specialist Lee has written articles on Hawaii grown tea for different organizations.

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Saleh Azizi
Policy Chair

Saleh Azizi, 34, is a farmer, a PhD candidate at UH Manoa, and works at Kahumana Organic Farms with the farm hub. He is passionate about listening to family farmers trials and tribulations and grassroots advocacy.  Saleh was born and grew up in Sweden with Persian ethnicity and has lived in Hawaii since 2006.

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Dash Kuhr
Legislative Committee

Dashiell (Dash) Kuhr, founder and director of Hawai'i Institute of Pacific Agriculture (HIP Agriculture), is the lead facilitator for the organization, and is personally dedicated to the restoration of human and environmental health. Dash has educated and mentored hundreds of youth and young adults on the benefits of healthy eating and hands-on gardening skills.

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.