President, Steve Sakala: Steve 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.
Secretary, Maureen Datta is vice president and co-owner of Adaptations, Inc., a regional food hub in Kealakekua. 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 35 big island family farms and distributes the produce to more than 65 restaurants, 6 local processors, 15 natural food stores and 125 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 (25) and Saffron (19), they also raise 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.
Treasurer, Franz Weber - Before moving to Kailua-Kona in 1992, Franz worked in a lawyer’s office for 12 years, and was a city council member for 3 years. Since 1994, he's been a member of HOFA, on the board of various non-profits (HFUU, HOFA, VASH, KBDC, CJC), and volunteered for various sport organizations (Ironman, Honu, Lavaman, HCC, MS rides), as well as other local groups.
Communications Liaison, Diana Duff - is the director of operations for the agricultural consulting team, FarmWorks Hawaii. She has spent over 20 years farming and marketing organically grown coffee, bananas and vegetables on a 3-acre Kamehameha Schools’ lease in Honaunau. She holds degrees in English, Education, and Horticulture and is a graduate of the UH Agricultural Leadership Program. Diana has coordinated agricultural and horticultural education programs as well as taught classes for the Kona Outdoor Circle, the UH Master Gardener Program, the Kona County Farm Bureau, Hawaii Community College, and Tropical Edibles Nursery. In her weekly gardening column for West Hawaii Today, she has been writing about ways to grow healthy plants and healthy food for over 10 years.