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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2023 Executive Board
Kaipo and his wife, Rachel Kapu, have four children and are lineal descendants to Maui. 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. Kaipo has donated his services to the Kai'apuni 'O Lahaina Hawaiian immersion school programs, grades K thru 5 for the past 7 years, and now grades 9 thru 11 in the facilitation of their agricultural education programs. Kaipo strongly believes in the importance of generational knowledge to ensure a healthy thriving and a functional society and environment.
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).
Hawai‘i: Kona Chapter
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.
Maui: Haleakala Chapter
Previous Haleakalā Chapter President, Reba 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 Ha‘ikū, 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.
Executive Board Member
O’ahu: Wai’anae Chapter President
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.
Executive Board Member
Hawai'i: Ka'u Chapter President
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...
Dr. Ted Radovich
O'ahu: Waimanalo President
Dr. Ted Radovich is an Extension Specialist and Professor in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM). Born and raised in Waimānalo, Ted received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from UHM, and his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. Dr. Radovich’s research, teaching and extension activities focus on enhancing food security and self-sufficiency in Hawai'i and other tropical areas by optimizing crop yield and quality with regenerative agricultural practices. He co-founded and leads the Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Program at UHM.
Maui: Hana President
Fawn is a talented musician, farmer, and Director for UHMC Hāna Education Center. Her farm Koali Kine began in 2004 on her family's land, and provides fresh fruit, plants and flowers to the Hāna community every Friday at the farmers market. Koali Kine is a 7th generation family-owned and operated farm in the district of Koali. Located on family lands passed down from King Kamehameha III, Fawn Helekahi and Paulo Burns ‘ohana work together to share their farm fresh produce and products with the Hāna community each week at the market.
Maui: Mauna Kahalawai President
Kaiea is a regenerative practitioner and farmer born and raised in Pukalani, Maui, Hawaiʻi. Currently he is the co-owner and executive manager of Kalonize, LLC which is a regenerative organization that strives to create and manage systems in education, economics, leadership and personal/professional development. Furthermore, he is the Regenerative Operations and Training Coordinator for Hawaii Taro Farm located in Waikapū, Maui, Hawaii. He trains, develops, and educates farmers on various topics such as regenerative practices, regenerative farming, organizational values, missions, and visions.
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.
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.
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.
O‘ahu: Honolulu President
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.
Negus Manna, a farmer on Lāna’i, is known simply as Manna (Mana). He has been continuously studying agriculture in the Hawaiian Islands and has several years of growing experience within Maui, Oahu, and Lāna’i.
Manna is a graduate of the 2021 Farming Apprentice Mentorship (FAM) program spearheaded by the Hawaii Farmers Union United (HFUU) with a focus on regenerative and organic farming. Before that, he earned a degree from the University of Hawaii-Manoa campus in Interdisciplinary Sustainability Studies with a focus on environmental sciences and policy.
Manna is interested in being a catalyst for positive change in Hawaii’s food system by supporting our local farmers with unique and emancipated concepts that benefit our community's future developments.
Maui: Haleakalā President
Mason moved to Maui in 2015 as a work-trader on a small organic farm on the Northshore in between semesters finishing college at University of California, Santa Cruz. After graduating UCSC with bachelor degrees in biochemistry and art, he was hired as the farm manager at the same farm he kept returning to and have been farming ever since. Throughout his seven years on Maui he has had the pleasure of managing a handful of farm, garden and nursery projects. He also helped for a year in the conservation efforts on the island of Kahoolawe with the KIRC for invasive species control and native forest restoration. He is currently the farm manager of the Maui Tea Farm in upper Kula growing both Camellia sinensis and Mamaki.
Hawai’i Island: East Hawaii President
In Odysseus's role as Director of Social Responsibility for the Daily Wellness Company, Odysseus has spent the last five years as a community liason advocating for the Hamakua community and actively engaging in community service projects. His primary focus has been on engaging with farmers in an effort to understand the obstacles, challenges and successes in building food security systems, and connecting them with viable solutions in an effort to accelerate the transformation of the Big Island agricultural landscape from chemical to regenerative practices.
Hawai’i Island: Kohala President
Madeline Ross has been in the natural foods and natural medicine industries for over 10 years in the marketing field. After an in-depth education on our food system through her work and living in cities, she desired to be more connected with her food, the land, and farming. She was led to Hawaii to learn more about farming and became an apprentice at the Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture (HIP Ag) farm, quickly immersing herself in what it means to be a farmer in Hawaii. Madeline now works with Starseed Ranch, HIP’s sister for profit organization, as the Director of Marketing and Hospitality, and helps out on the farm as well. She organizes community events, cooks farm to table dinners, and showcases all the amazing food that HIP Ag produces.
Government Relations Representative
Growing up in Hawaii, Hunter forged a strong connection with natural world that led to his studies in tropical forest ecosystem and agroforestry management (A.S.), sustainable community development (B.A.) urban planning (M.A.) and disaster management.
He has been a leader in the permaculture movement in Hawaii, and is a Director of three local non-profit organizations: the Oahu Farm to School Network, Urban Farm Hawaii, and the Asia-Pacific Center for Regenerative Design.
In these and other roles he has designed for projects ranging from homeless shelter to homesteads, and led coursework and community development programming from Vanuatu to Haiti. His work facilitating program design and development has drawn upon his training as an urban planner and wide experience around the Hawaiian islands and internationally.
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; email@example.com.