Hawai'i Island-East Hawai'i-Chapter

HFUU-East Hawai'i

Chapter Mission:

"He ali'i ke aina, he kauwa ka kanaka"
The land is the chief, man is the servant.
We firmly believe that regenerative agriculture is the nexus of solutions for the most pressing challenges facing our community today.
-Food security
-Healthy nutrition
-Climate change
-Economic and supply chain upheaval
By empowering small, family farms and focusing on soil health and regenerative farming practices together we can build a strong, thriving food system for our community.
Through strong cooperation, shared education and a collective voice to leverage legislation, together we can manifest that vision, not only for ourselves, but through our actions become a beacon inspiring and activating the wider global community.
We are blessed in the East Hawaii community, to have outstanding resources:
-some of the best soil on the planet, now decades removed from the toxic sugar industry
-abundant rain and underground water
-a wide range of elevations to suit many diverse crops
But our most precious resource is the deeply passionate and knowledgeable farmers that have dedicated themselves to cultivating and stewarding the land.
Together we can build a future to make our keiki and our ancestors proud.
The power of a union, is far greater than the sum of it's parts.

Meeting Schedule: Quarterly

Meeting Time: Varies*

Meeting Location: Varies*

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Board of Directors

President, Odysseus Yacalis In his 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.

As president of the East Hawaii chapter his kuleana and focus is on understanding the needs and visions of the chapter members and empowering them with solutions, resources, cooperative and educational opportunities, and the power of a collective voice by serving as their representative on the state level.
Odysseus first moved to the Big Island in January 2000. His ancestors are from the Greek Islands of Crete and Kos, where he spent a decade raising his son and farming heirloom watermelons, sweet melons and choke tomatoes.

Board Member, Jackie Prell

Vice President, Michael Cundick

Secretary, Rebekah Cryderman considers herself a life-long student, beginning farmer and steward of the ʻāina who values curiosity, integrity and compassion. She has collaborated with organizations for sustainable development, environmental regeneration and community health across California, Ghana, Rwanda, Tanzania and now Hawaiʻi, and is passionate about encouraging multiple perspectives and supporting locally-based solutions. Currently she serves as the Director of Education and Guest Experience at Kalani Retreat Center, a nonprofit educational retreat center tucked into the coastal jungles of lower Puna. She looks forward to being of greater service towards efforts of food sovereignty, sharing knowledge and thriving community within the island of Hawaiʻi through her participation with Hawai'i Farmers Union United.