Warren K. Watanabe, executive director, Maui County Farm Bureau and MCFB Board President Darren Strand presented the Maui County Farm Bureau’s annual membership awards along with government officials Senator Donovan Dela Cruz, Representative Kyle Yamashita, Council members Mike White and Gladys Coelho Baisa, and Deidre Tegarden, Governor Abercrombie’s Maui representative. The membership awards are given annually in September at the Maui County Farm Bureau’s General Membership Meeting. This year, the award recipients included Jamie Shishido, Kula farmer, Member of the Year 2011; The Clark Hashimoto Family, persimmon farmers from Kula, Family of the Year 2011; Representative Kyle Yamashita, Friend of Agriculture 2011; and Aric and Myles Nakashima of Pukalani Superette, the 2011 Mike Lyons Award recipients.
“Recognition of this year’s recipients is long overdue,” said Warren K. Watanabe, executive director, Maui County Farm Bureau. “All of them have been involved in agriculture on Maui for many decades and their hard work, dedication and unwavering support of the Maui County Farm Bureau has been instrumental in Maui ag’s longevity and viability because they run successful businesses and they have each contributed greatly to ag industry programs for more than 100 years combined. We’re glad we could finally recognize each of them and congratulate them on their many years of success.”
Award recipients joined members of MCFB at a potluck dinner where they received their awards and Grown on Maui lei from Paradise Flower Farms. MCFB members also elected its 2011 – 2013 board of directors. The MCFB Board consists of 10 member directors each representing an agriculture sector on Maui. Re-elected to serve the staggered two year term are Carver Wilson, flowers; Kevin Boteilho, landscape/nursery; Darren Strand, pineapples; William Jacintho, livestock; Paul Koehler, seed. Returning members include Doug MacCluer, fruits; Rick Volner Jr., sugarcane; Gerry Ross, coffee; Heidi Watanabe, vegetables, and Greg Hopkins, compost farmer.