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.
The best way to add your voice in support of our advocacy and educational outreach is to become a member. Whether a farmer, gardener or just someone who values locally produced food, your membership makes a difference to our legislative endeavors and our grantors who fund our educational outreach. For more information please contact us at email@example.com.
Our 2022 Executive Board & Chapter Presidents
President of HFUU
Maui: Mauna Kahalawai
Husband, father, 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.
Vice President of HFUU & HFUF
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 for HFUU & HFUF (Hawaii Farmers Union Foundation), and is certified in KNF (Korean Natural Farming).
Secretary of HFUU
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 75 Hawai'i island family farms and distributes the produce to more than 65 restaurants, 6 local processors, 15 natural food stores and 375 families through their CSA, Fresh Feast. Maureen lives with her husband Tane in Honaunau on their 7-acre diversified, certified organic, farm.
Haleakala President & HFUU Treasurer
Along with her partner Devin Lopez, owns and operates Birds With Arms Farms, a third generation tropical fruit farm, focused on mangosteen, spanning 25 acres in Haiku, HI. She also represents Hawaii in the Beginning Farmer Institute class of 2018 through the National Farmer's Union. Reba and Devin run a booth at the local farmers market selling fresh pressed sugarcane juice and raw hearts of palm as well as sprouts and any other produce in season. You can find her on Instagram @farmerreba or on Facebook at Birds With Arms Farms and read her blog on the website birdswitharmsfarms.com.
O'ahu: Waimanalo President & Executive Board Member
Vincent is Founder and CEO of Smart Yields. Vincent traces his farming roots back to his grandfather, who first moved to Kauai from Japan to work the sugarcane fields. Born in Honolulu and raised in Asia, Vincent has worked for more than 15 years as an entrepreneur, running three startups. He holds a master’s degree in Global Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, has studied at Beijing Foreign Studies University, and earned his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Oregon State University.
O’ahu: Wai’anae President & Executive Board Member
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.
Hawai'i Island: Ka'u President & Executive Board Member
Andrea was born and raised in Mexico and moved to Canada in 2016 to learn English by working with kids. She is a graduated engineer who now enjoys growing Mamaki in Ka'u with her husband and 5 dogs. She never thought Hawaii would adopt her and can't think of any other place where she would rather be. "I am so lucky the 'aina provides us with so much, so grateful to work with amazing people and my husband Matt who thought me what I know about plants and how to help them grow. He showed me a more sustainable and healthier way of life; I never imagined to be growing my own vegetables; there is not a better feeling than harvesting what you eat."
Rufina, her husband Wayne and 4 children were all born and raised on Moloka’i. She grew up a homesteader, when farming wasn’t a job, but a way of life. Her ancestors the Makaiwi ohana came from Waikapu, Maui where they were known for their ability to live off of the land, and became the pioneers of the first Hawaiian homesteads in Ho’olehua, Moloka’i. She is a small business owner and lives on a one acre homestead in Ho’olehua where her goal is to create a sustainable homestead/food forest/farm to increase her family’s food security and provide other economic opportunities. She then hopes to inspire other families to do the same. Read more...
O'ahu: North Shore President
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 children.
Maui: Mauna Kahalawai President
Bobby Pahia has 34 years of farming experience: from the University College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources to managing 310-acre Hoaloha Farms in Waikapu. Hoaloha Farms produces dozens of kalo varietals, a myriad of crops, pigs, and supplies to establishments such as Star Noodle, Leoda’s Pie Shop, and Old Lahaina Lu’au. Bobby has become a profound mentor for farmers and others all across Hawai’i.
Maui: Hana President
Robert is Owner of Haloa Farms in Hana, Maui, with a primary crop of cacao and 15 varieties of tropical fruit trees. He grew up on a farm in California’s Sonoma County, and learned regenerative agricultural practices from his grandfather. As a FFA member through high school and college, he put his background into practice with a successful Hereford cattle ranch and vegetable truck farm. He purchased land in Hawaii in 2000, and his product line of Hana grown and processed chocolate debuted in 2018.
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.
Maui: Lahaina President
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.
Hawai’i Island: Kohala President
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.
Hawai’i Island: Kona President
Chantal is one of the founders of Ma`ona Community Garden, which works to support and create community food systems, integrating food production, processing, distribution, and consumption to improve the environmental, social, and economic health of South Kona. Ms. Chung has been working on this project since 2007, creating a 5.54 acre demonstration site for various agricultural techniques, providing growing space for individuals, families and partner organizations, and conducting workshops and outreach sessions.
Hawai’i Island: East Hawaii President
Drake started practicing Korean natural farming in 2007 and has visited Korea many times to facilitate a flow of biological based agriculture to Hawaii. His home farm is a living example of KNF technology including odorless pigs, indigenous micro organism fertility and bio-stimulants in action. Being president of the East Hawaii Chapter of HFUU he has a vision of Hawaii as a living example of what can be; an epicenter of prosperous regenerative family agriculture.
Hawai’i Island: Puna President
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).
Business Strategy Chair
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.
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.
Saleh Azizi, PhD
Policy & Legislative Chair
Saleh Azizi is a farmer, earned his PhD 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.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org.