Chapter Notes: The Hana Chapter serves farmers in the East Maui communities of Keanae, Hana, Kipahulu and Kaupo. With its remote location, East Maui relies on a self-sufficient agricultural lifestyle, with abundant production of vegetable crops and fruit orchards, as well traditional taro farming, and many tropical flower farms as well. The opportunities and challenges are unique for East Maui farmers, and we welcome everyone to join the chapter to share knowledge and experience, and work together to support the needs of our farmers. Issues that we address include support for the Hana School garden, invasive species information, cooperative marketing, and “made in Hana” branding. The Hana Chapter has also taken the lead in rat lungworm disease response in East Maui, including forming the East Maui RLW Task Force and offering farm visits to help growers with slug and rat vector control.
Meeting Schedule: Our general membership meetings are held every other month on the first Wednesday of the month (February, April, etc.). Our chapter board meetings are held on the first Wednesday in alternating months.
Meeting Time: Usually 4:00pm, but sometimes 5:00pm
Meeting Location: General membership meetings rotate among member farms, with farm tours and locavore potlucks. Board meetings are usually held at Hana Farms (2910 Hana Hwy).
President, Robert Boudreaux, is owner of Haloa Farms in Hana with a primary crop of cacao and over 15 varieties of fruit trees. He grew up on an organic, diversified farm and learned regenerative agricultural practices from his grandfather. As a Future Farmer member through high school and college he put his background into practice operating a cattle ranch and vegetable truck farm for 20 years. He moved in Hawaii in 2000, and his product line of Hana grown chocolate debuted in 2018.
Vice President (Acting), Gina Lind
Treasurer, Scott Crawford has worked as the Executive Director since 2002 for the Kipahulu Ohana, a Hawaiian nonprofit which operates Kapahu Living Farm, a traditional wetland taro farm managed through a partnership agreement with Haleakala National Park; and also operates Kipahulu Kitchen, the only shared-use (and off-grid) certified commercial kitchen in East Maui. Scott also serves on several other boards including the Hana Cultural Center and Museum, Na Mamo O Mu’olea and Ke Ao Hali’i. Scott is originally from Colorado, and plays bass guitar.
At-Large, Lehua Park