Thursday, December 21 @ 5:00 PM

Pesticides & Public Health

Presented by The Hawaiʻi Institute for Sustainable Community Food Systems at University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu, Honolulu Civil Beat, UH Better Tomorrow Speaker Series, and Waiwai Collective, this series is meant to generate key opportunities for community dialogue among a diverse audience, aiming to achieve a healthy, equitable, resilient and sustainable food system for Hawaiʻi.

Speakers:
  • Rosana Hernandez Weldon PHD, MPH, Associate Specialist, UH Mānoa Office of Public Health Studies
  • Fern Ānuenue Organizer, Hawaiʻi Alliance for Progressive Action (HAPA)
  • Councilmember Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, Maui County Council (Molokaʻi)

Thursday, October 19 @ 5:00 PM

Disaster Preparedness & Food System Resilience in Hawaiʻi

Hawaiʻi’s greater food system resilience and disaster preparedness in the context of accelerating climate change-induced extreme weather.
The Maui fires exposed Hawaiʻi’s vulnerability to extreme climate change-induced weather events, once again raising questions over how disaster-ready the state is. This panel discussion will highlight the needs and strategies for building greater food system resilience and disaster preparedness for Hawaiʻi.

Presented by The Hawaiʻi Institute for Sustainable Community Food Systems at University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu, Honolulu Civil Beat, UH Better Tomorrow Speaker Series, and Waiwai Collective, this series is meant to generate key opportunities for community dialogue among a diverse audience, aiming to achieve a healthy, equitable, resilient and sustainable food system for Hawaiʻi.

Speakers:
  • Chad Buck, Founder & Owner of Hawaiʻi Foodservice Alliance
  • Jennifer Walter, Deputy Director, Department of Emergency Management – City & County of Honolulu

April 2023

Friday, April 21 @ 5:00-8:00 PM

Taste of Tourism: Can The Visitor Industry Transform Hawaiʻi’s Food System?

Hosted by Stewart Yerto, Reporter @ Honolulu Civil Beat

Presented by The Hawaiʻi Institute for Sustainable Community Food Systems at University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu, Honolulu Civil Beat, UH Better Tomorrow Speaker Series, and Waiwai Collective, this series is meant to generate key opportunities for community dialogue among a diverse audience, aiming to achieve a healthy, equitable, resilient and sustainable food system for Hawaiʻi.

Speakers:
  • Dexter Kishida, Food Security & Sustainability Program Manager, Office of Climate Change, Sustainability, and Resilience
  • Pomai Weigert, AgBusiness Consultant with GoFarm Hawaiʻi, and advisor for the Hawaiʻi Agritourism Association.
Agenda:

Doors open at 5 p.m. for booths, music and a complimentary pupu. Speakers will start at 6 p.m, followed by an optional post-discussion community forum from 7 – 8 p.m.

Parking Directions: Ka Waiwai Parking is located on the makai side of the Varsity Building. The entrance to the lot is located off of Coyne Street. Parking is $6.

***if you park in any of the lots located on the mauka side of the building you will need to self pay at the self pay station. They will ticket/tow in these lots if you do not pay.

CTAHR 5th Food Systems Forum
Visit the Forum’s Website for More Information
Thursday, April 27 @ 12:00-1:30 PM
Promoting Local Food Sustainability

Growing Together: Farmers, Food Hubs & Community Perspectives


In this virtual forum, speakers will briefly explain their current projects, followed by a moderated discussion to identify opportunities to work toward food sustainability in Hawaii.

Speakers:
  • Daniela Spoto: Director of Anti-Hunger Initiatives, Hawaiʻi Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice
  • Susan CrowAssisting Hawaiʻi Farmers with Climate-Smart Practices
  • Saleh Azizi – Improving Hawaiʻi’s Food System & Farm Supports via Food Hubs
  • Thao Le: Hawaiʻi Residents’ Attitudes towards Farming & Local Purchases
  • Haley Miyaoka: Building a Sustainable Farm in Hawaiʻi

March 2023

Thursday, March 9
The Future of Food & Agriculture in Hawaiʻi:

Industrial animal agriculture in Hawai’i: By Whom, for Whom, and at What Cost?

Presented by The Hawaiʻi Institute for Sustainable Community Food Systems at University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu, Honolulu Civil Beat, UH Better Tomorrow Speaker Series, and Waiwai Collective, this series is meant to generate key opportunities for community dialogue among a diverse audience, aiming to achieve a healthy, equitable, resilient and sustainable food system for Hawaiʻi.

Speakers:
  • Chad Buck, Owner/CEO, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance & Big Island Dairy
  • Thomas Heaton, Reporter, Honolulu Civil Beat

This discussion will be dedicated to the recent developments in industrial scale animal agriculture in Hawai’i and the known ecological, social and economic costs and benefits. The conversation will explore best practices in animal agriculture to advance health, equity, resilience and sustainability in the food system of Hawai’i.

Additional Information:

If you require special assistance or auxiliary aids and/or services (i.e., sign language interpreter or wheelchair accessibility), please contact Civil Beat at 808-737-2300 or email your request for an interpreter to membership@civilbeat.org at least 4 business days prior to the event.

Parking Directions: Ka Waiwai Parking is located on the makai side of the Varsity Building. The entrance to the lot is located off of Coyne Street. Parking is $6. If you park in any of the lots located on the mauka side of the building you will need to self pay at the self pay station. They will ticket/tow in these lots if you do not pay.

January 2023

The Future of Food and Agriculture in Hawaiʻi is a joint project of Civil Beat, the Hawaiʻi Institute for Sustainable Community Food Systems at the University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu, and the UH Better Tomorrow Speaker Series. These events are made possible through generous support from the Kellogg Foundation. BTSS is a joint venture of the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation, Kamehameha Schools, and UH, with support from the College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources and the Ulupono Initiative. Civil Beat’s agricultural and food security reporting is funded in part by grants from the Stupski Foundation, Ulupono Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation and the Frost Family Foundation.
Additional Information:

If you require special assistance or auxiliary aids and/or services (i.e., sign language interpreter or wheelchair accessibility), please contact Civil Beat at 808-737-2300 or email your request for an interpreter to membership@civilbeat.org at least 4 business days prior to the event.

Parking Directions: Ka Waiwai Parking is located on the makai side of the Varsity Building. The entrance to the lot is located off of Coyne Street. Parking is $6. If you park in any of the lots located on the mauka side of the building you will need to self pay at the self pay station. They will ticket/tow in these lots if you do not pay.

friday, january 27

The Future of Food & Agriculture in Hawaiʻi:

Disaster Preparedness & Food System Resilience in Hawaiʻi

Presented by The Hawaiʻi Institute for Sustainable Community Food Systems at University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu, Honolulu Civil Beat, UH Better Tomorrow Speaker Series, and Waiwai Collective, this series is meant to generate key opportunities for community dialogue among a diverse audience, aiming to achieve a healthy, equitable, resilient and sustainable food system for Hawaiʻi.

Speakers:
  • David Lopez, Executive Officer of Hawaii Emergency Management Agency
  • Subhashni Raj, PhD, Assistant Professor at UH Mānoa, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Marcel Honoré, Reporter for Honolulu Civil Beat