Knowledge Products

The Transforming Hawaiʻi’s Food System Together initiative will produce the following knowledge products in 2021 to inform the development of the Integrated Statewide Policy Framework and the Hawaiʻi Food Systems Resilience and Equity Strategy

Systems Mapping: Hawai‘i’s Food System

Co-facilitated by Dr. Brandon Ledward, Amy Brinker and Lihla Noori, Kamehameha Schools; and, Andreana Reyes Liliʻuokalani Trust

Hawai‘iʻs Food Systems Map is a visual way of showing complex relationships and interdependencies, allowing us to identify leverage points and opportunities for collective action. Understanding the complexities of our food system, and where small-scale investments can have out-sized impacts can drive catalytic changes. Ultimately, the map helps us to see where change is needed most and how to address issues through a combination of direct and indirect efforts.

Over 250  stakeholders participated in the creation of the food system map through a dozen virtual engagements. The stories contained in the map’s loops will inform the Food Systems Equity and Resilience Plan and related efforts across the state. With these interventions we hope to see an increase in local food production, supportive infrastructure and policy, and a more resilient diversified economy for Hawaiʻi, one where local agriculture is prominent.

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Social Network Analysis

Conducted by Dr. Noa Kekuewa Lincoln, Assistant Professor University of Hawaiʻi College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR)

An analysis of the current food system in Hawaiʻi to determine who holds influence in the food and agricultural system at different scales to identify key pathways and  explore connections that are currently lacking. The analysis will attempt to identify how to best access different sectors of the food system and where critical connections are—and are not—across the food system. Outcomes from the analysis will allow for efficient leverage of the network for action or information dissemination will inform the composition of the project and highlight key areas in need of better bridging.

Comprehensive State Policy Analysis

Conducted by Dr. Noelani Kalipi, Kalipi Enterprises

This assessment will review systems-based strategies and policies in the context of the SDGs ranging from food, agriculture, ALICE assessment, workforce and farm labor, water, transportation, energy and agriculture-related infrastructure. The analysis will identify and assess factors that inhibit or enable thriving food systems in Hawaiʻi and will highlight on-going efforts and opportunities for collaboration to support widespread systems change. The final report will include a review of different components of the Hawaiʻi Food System system, including historical efforts and ongoing initiatives at county, state, and federal levels. This analysis will be informed by the Hawaiʻi Investment Ready capital scan of the Hawaiʻi Food system which will identify how capital is being utilized within the food system. An analysis of the impact of RPS and Carbon negative mandates by 2045 and the future of the food system will be included.

Food System Vulnerability Assessments

Conducted by Dr. Albie Miles, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Community Food System, University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu, Dr. Amanda Shaw, Independent Consultant and Lecturer, UH Manoa, and Hunter Heavilin, Food System Planner, Supersistence.

Vulnerability assessments measure systemic risks to household food insecurity in Hawaiʻi and will cover the following thematic areas: identification of key points of food system vulnerability exposed during the 2020 COVID19 pandemic; identification iIdentification of state and community-based emergency food innovations and lessons learned that have emerged from the COVID19 crisis:; identification of the key points of food system vulnerability, anticipating future natural disasters and economic shocks to Hawaiʻi,; identification of priority strategies for developing a more resilient and equitable food system for Hawai’i.