Bradley “Kai” Fox
Kai participates in extension outreach, and conducts research in integrated farming technology at Windward Community College. He has a BS in Biology, a MS in Animal Science, and a PhD in Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering. His primary goal is to transfer sustainable farming technologies to the public to help increase Hawaii’s food independence.
Michelle helps to manage her family’s ranch in Ka‘ū on Hawai‘i Island. She has a Doctorate and MA in Comparative Literature and a BA in Asian Studies. She is president of the Hawai‘i Cattlemen’s Association and serves on the Hawai‘i Board of Agriculture.
Matt also lectures on ag entrepreneurship at Leeward Community College. Matt is the Treasurer for Hawai‘i Rural Development Council, a statewide rural development organization.
Keone focuses on catalyzing community abundance through relocalization and aloha ‘āina. He has initiated many agriculture-related projects, including a 4-acre community garden, the Kaua‘i school garden network, farm worker housing solutions, and preservation of critical irrigation systems. Keone is a native Hawaiian committed to bridging the knowledge and wisdom of the past with new, innovative approaches to sustainable solutions.
Perry H. Kealoha
Perry manages Kamehameha Schools’ South Kona and North Kohala land assets that include Agricultural, residential, pastoral, mixed and conservation uses. He is also the sector leader for Kamehameha Schools’ statewide regional graze land planning. Perry has a BA in Political Science.
Kānekoa coordinates projects in Kāne‘ohe Bay and assists in a partnership for the restoration of He‘eia Wetlands and the non-profit, Kako‘o ‘Ōiwi. His focus is to balance food security alongside strategies that enhance sustainable management and biological resources. He opens up lo‘i kalo and loko i‘a in He‘eia with his family. Kānekoa received his BA from Occidental College and a MS in Botany from UH-Mānoa.
Chris has a BS in political science from Oregon State University and was elected to the State Legislature in 2008. He has been working to change our social, political, and economic structure to prepare Hawai‘i for the challenges of the 21st century.
On graduating from Tufts University, Palo returned to Venezuela to manage his family’s farm, was a partner in a venture capital firm in Buenos Aires, and co-founded and served as principal broker for Koa Properties. His renewable energy development company is currently working on a 10 MW solar thermal facility, a 5 MW Biogas facility, and an 8 MW Hydroelectric facility on the Westside of Kaua‘i.
Lydi works with O‘ahu schools to bring gardening experience and education to students, teachers, and communities. She is helping to grow an island-wide and state-wide network of school gardens and farmer training programs. Her work with the Farmers Union is bringing communities together for the creation of vibrant local food systems.
Mark manages the Pioneer Kunia Research Center, focusing on production of corn lines for Pioneer’s plant breeders worldwide. He has a BS degree in Horticulture and an MS in Plant Breeding. His goals include fostering coexistence of multiple agricultural systems in the state, and increasing awareness and understanding of the seed industry in Hawai‘i.
Pomai is a Director in training to a multi-generational, family-owned, Native Hawaiian Agri-Tourism Business. Her goal is to build economically sustainable & culturally aware communities in Hawai‘i through education and collaboration on local & global levels.
Joan M. Yoshioka
Joan manages a statewide conservation program that strives to prevent the extinction of Hawaii’s rarest plant species. Joan received her bachelor’s degree in Botany from the University of Hawai‘i and has spent the past 25 years committed to preserving Hawaii’s natural legacy by protecting its native plants, animals, and ecosystems.
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