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Chapter Notes: The Kona Chapter is on Hawai'i Island.

Meeting Schedule: Quarterly

Meeting Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm.

Meeting Location: Kainaliu Extension Office

Vice President, Tōnya Lee Coulter homesteads a food forest on 2 acres at 1800’ in the Kaawaloa Ahupua`a, South Kona. She is a farmer, local food enthusiast, resilience community organizer & activist, rites of passage facilitator & curator, mother and Buddhi Mana instructor. Tōnya creates mind, body, soil, soul integration programs to serve individuals, children, mothers and collectives in enhancing wellbeing, assist in crossing thresholds, realizing potential and deepening relationships.

Treasurer, Maureen Datta, is vice president and co-owner of Adaptations, Inc., a certified organic farm and regional food hub in Kealakekua on Hawaii Island incorporated in 1993. Maureen holds a B.A. in English and Public Relations from Radford University in Virginia. Each week, she oversees the consolidation of the harvests from about 70 big island family farms and distributes the produce to more than 86 restaurants, 11 local processors, 14 retail stores, 3 schools and 450 families through their CSA, Fresh Feast. She lives with her husband Tane in Honaunau on their seven acre diversified farm, which has been certified organic since the early 1980s. In addition to raising two daughters, Amber (30) and Saffron (24), they also raise cinnamon, vegetables, herbs, edible flowers, micro greens, avocados, citrus and exotic fruit. Their farm and home are solar-powered and utilize on-farm vermiculture and soil composting systems.

Director, Shannon Ramirez is the director for FarmCorps Hawai’i an AmeriCorps community service program located on the Big Island.  A certified Hawai’i Master Food Preserver she is passionate about developing recipes using local crops.  Shannon was led to establish a new career in agriculture after a 25 year of service in non-profits serving families and children.  Shannon, her husband and children have a family farm in Kaawaloa focusing on dry land taro varieties and chili peppers.  Serving on the board of the Hawai’i Farmers Union United allows her the opportunity to network and support other farmers in her community.

DirectorNoa Kekuewa Lincoln is a professor of Indigenous Crops and Cropping Systems at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa where his work focused on place-based agricultural practices. He is the president of Māla Kalu'ulu, and cooperative organization focused on restoring traditional agroforestry systems. He is the production advisor for the Hawaii 'Ulu Producers Cooperative and Kuleana Farms. He serves as a board member of multiple community-based non-profits including the Kona Producers Cooperative, Ulu Mau Puanui, 'Aina Momona, the Friends of Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, and a member of the Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry council.

Former PresidentSteve Sakala is founder and owner of Honaunau Farm an educational farm and eco-retreat.  He has been a leader in the sustainability movement for over 20 years and has worked as an independent consultant for 15 years including several years in W. Africa.  During his 10 plus years in Hawaii he has worked on a diversity of projects including permaculture, renewable energy, green building, animal husbandry and soil health.  His diverse agriculture experience includes almost 20 years working with medicinal cannabis. The last six years he has focused on high CBD (cannabidiol) strains and their potent and diverse health benefits.  Currently, he is launching HICBD Organics a Hemp CBD company with locally grown ingredients.  Steve graduated from Humboldt State University with a B.S in Natural Resources and City Planning with an emphasis in Appropriate Technology.