Lahaina Chapter

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Chapter Notes: Lahaina chapter is on Maui's west side.

Meeting Schedule: Last Monday of each month.

Meeting Time: Doors open at 5:30pm. Pre-meal pule begins around 6pm followed by member announcements. The meetings typically conclude before 8pm.

Meeting Location: Na Aikane O Maui. 562 Front Street Lahaina , Hawaii 96761

President, James Simplicianois the owner of Simpli-Fresh Produce, LLC, established in 2010, and a professional chef. He has farmed numerous sites on the westside and is currently producing 50 different crops on 20 acres of Princess Puahi Bishop Estate land owned by Kamehameha Schools and markets to local restaurants, resorts, and stores. James is the state Vice President for Hawaii tropical fruit growers, and is one of the founders of HFUU's Farmer Apprentice Mentership (FAM) program. James is the farm director for the 12.5 acre Ku'ia agricultural center where he is perpetuating the Ka Malu Ulu o Lele - a breadfruit restoration initiative and overseeing the project with the FAM program. Over the course of the past year James has hosted 5 apprentices on his land and is now working with 4 apprentices as they begin implementation of a Moringa Specialty Crop Grant on 2 acres where he is acting as Site Manager and mentor. Apprentice/graduates work on creating a farm operation and business plan for marketing the multiple uses of the Moringa tree. His farm will host the next cohort of FAM apprentices to participate in the harvest of the Moringa in year one of the BFRDP, and rebuild with Hawaii Farmers Union Foundation Ku'ia Maunakahalawai community engagement thru teaching, sharing, and embracing aloha 'aina, malama 'aina.

Chapter Secretary, Jade Chihara, was born and raised in Lahaina, graduated from Lahainaluna High School in 2013, and recently graduated from Smith College with a bachelor's degree in the Study of Women and Gender with a concentration on Sustainable Foods. Jade is passionate about women’s rights and happy to learn new things about food justice and community engagement. She has a deep appreciation for the engineering and architecture of traditional lo'i kalo complexes and is honored to be working in the ahupua'a of Ku'ia to restore "Ka Malu 'Ulu o Lele", the breadfruit shade of Lele.


Vice President, Kaipo Kekona (34) and his wife, Rachel Kapu, have three children and are lineal descendants to Maui. Kaipo currently serves as Vice chair on Na Leo Kalele, a 501c3, and is on the board of Na Ai Kane O Maui Cultural Center, also a 501c3, both in Lahaina Maui. Kaipo is on the Aha Moku O Maui Ka'anapali Moku shoreline committee and has been a member of Na Papa Kanaka O Pu'ukohola for the past 16-years. He is passionate towards his Heritage and Culture and has studied under the tutelage of olohe/ali'i Ke'eaumoku Kapu for the past 16-years in the tradition's and religious rites of Hawai'i. Kaipo has donated his services to the Kai'apuni 'O Lahaina Hawaiian immersion school programs, grades K thru 5 for the past 7 years, and now grades 9 thru 11 in the facilitation of their agricultural education programs. Kaipo strongly believes in the importance of generational knowledge to ensure a healthy thriving and a functional society and environment.