Hawai'i Island-East Hawai'i-Chapter

HFUU-East Hawai'i

Chapter Mission: As a Chapter of the larger Hawaii Farmers Union United State organization, we are in alignment with State and National Mission Statements. These largely revolve around

  1. Supporting Family Farms
  2. Promoting Regenerative Agriculture

Our Chapter’s focus is to gain critical mass in membership. We believe we need a stronger voice in the legislature and all political arenas, and to do that, we need numbers in membership. An organization with thousands of members is impossible for any politician to ignore.

Farmers are an endangered species, so we are open to anybody and everybody that has an interest in agriculture, especially food production. Everybody on some level is engaged in agriculture and we aim to make that something that can bring us all to the table to work together.

We are non-dogmatic in our beliefs, we promote solutions and lead by example. Instead of saying “no, you can’t do that”, we demonstrate “this is what works for me”. Our aim is to share and lift each other up.

We strive to offer value to our membership by publishing a monthly newsletter, negotiating with local businesses to extend discounts, hosting super fun quarterly potluck meetings, facilitating farm engagement opportunities, and in general, just making agriculture attractive so it can grow!

Meeting Schedule: Quarterly

Meeting Time: Varies*

Meeting Location: Varies*

*Subscribe to our newsletter to be notified of the time and place of upcoming meetings, potlucks and educational events.

HFUU-East Hawai'i Chapter Facegbook Page

 

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.