Agriculture in the Classroom reaches 1,500 2nd graders

Did you know the average Maui farmer is over 60 years old? Since 2006 concerns about the future of local agriculture have prompted the Maui County Farm Bureau and other local organizations to bring agriculture to our schools. MCFB Executive Director Warren K/ Watanabe says, “hands-on” agricultural education benefits young people and the larger community”.

During MCFB’s August 2012 – February 2013, 15 elementary schools representing more than 1,500 Maui 2nd graders participated its Agriculture in the Classroom in-class program. About a 1,000 of them enjoyed an educational field trip held March 7 & 8 at the Maui Tropical Plantation.

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The field trip allows students, teachers and chaperones to meet Maui farmers and ag educators. This year’s field trip included “Canoe Crops” with the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources; “Daily Nutrition” with Maui Electric Company;  “Seed to Seed” by Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company; “Parts of a Plant” with Monsanto Hawaiʻi; “Planting a Lavender Sprig” with Aliʻi Kula Lavender; “Amazing Coconuts” with Coconut Wilie, and “Value-added Agriculture” with SoMoor. Maui Tropical Plantation provided a tram tour.

Canoe crops with College of Tropical Ag & Human Resources (CTAHR)For MCFB, its youth education program in grade school focuses on building awareness of where food comes from. In high school and college the emphasis shifts to career opportunities including plant and animal science, agricultural economics, human nutrition, and environmental stewardship.

In 2006 Maui County Farm Bureau launched Agriculture in the Classroom and it has been growing ever since. Designed as an eight-month series of in-class farmer presentations titled “Where Would We Be Without Seeds”, students learn about the life cycle of plants. AIC was developed for second-graders of any public, private, or charter school willing to participate. AIC will start again in August 2013 – March 2014.

Maui County Agricultural Festival Grand Taste Education Tickets Now On Sale!

Maui County Agricultural FestivalAt the root of who we are, each of us wants food that is fresh and flavorful. At Grand Taste Education, we taste food that is Grown on Maui. this year, 12 Maui farmers and ranchers pair with chefs to cook up a series of full-flavor edibles. This event will awaken your senses. Taste is a sense. Good taste is common sense and grows a sustainable Maui.


Saturday, April 6, 2013
9:00 am – 4:00 pm  Maui County Agricultural Festival
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Grand Taste Education
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm  Live Chef Competition & Awards Presentation


Maui Tropical Plantation
1670 Honoapiilani Highway
Waikapu, HI 96793

Grand Taste Education is collaboration between Maui County Farm Bureau and Slow Food Maui. The mission of Maui County Farm Bureau is to protect, and advance the social, economic, and educational interests of the agricultural community of Maui County.
Maui County Ag Fest Farmers
We look forward to seeing you at the event! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

We can Kendama, can you?

Anyone who attends the upcoming “KOKUA AG: Growing Our Future Together” event on Sunday, May 18th is eligible to participate in this one-of-a-kind Kendama Dance Moves Contest.  Just bring your imagination and your dancing slippas!

There will be three competition categories: ages 1-11, 12-17 and 18-older. Everyone will be invited to participate. When the age category is called, everyone comes to the floor where participants will be judged on their moves.

Did you know there are over 50 Kendama moves – probably more by now? Show us your airplane, light house, lunar, jumping jack, bird, UFO, jumping stick, helicopter, eagle, ring, butterfly …. or create G-rated moves of your own. Remember this is a family-fun event. Check out this webpage for ideas

Three winners (one per category) will receive a gift certificate to the kendama store, Kaleidoscope: ages 1-11 category wins a $50 gift certificate, ages 12-17 wins a $70 gift certificate, and 18 and older wins a $80 gift certificate. All dance contest participants are eligible to win a special prize – a  Mini iPad!

The “KOKUA AG: Growing Our Future Together” event, a benefit for the Maui County Farm Bureau, will be held at the Baldwin High School Gym from 11 am to 1 pm.

For more information on this Kendama Dance Moves Contest, call Alice Lee at 244-2119. Hope to see you there!

KOKUA AG benefits Maui farmers and ranchers

 “Growing our Future Together” theme of family-friendly event 

WAILUKU, Maui – GO Maui and the Maui County Farm Bureau will hold a family-friendly event promoting Maui agriculture on Sunday, May 18, 2014, from 11 am to 1 pm, at the Baldwin High School Gym. KOKUA AG “Growing Our Future Together” will feature local food, entertainment, games and educational displays about Maui’s farmers and ranchers.

Organized by community volunteers as a benefit for the Maui County Farm Bureau, KOKUA AG dovetails the farm bureau’s mission to educate and connect Maui’s ag community with the general public.

“Maui’s agricultural roots are so deeply entwined with our community, from our family connections to agriculture, to our daily connections to the foods we eat and enjoy every single day,” said Alice Lee, event chair and president of GO Maui. “KOKUA AG is a great way for the community to come together and celebrate all that Maui ag is today and all that it will be in the future.”

Event highlights will include taiko drummers, line dancers, games, prize drawings, a fun kendama dance contest, and great local foods by well-known families including Lilia Ross’ pork adobo, Buddy Nobriga’s stew and rice, and Tommy Lau Hee’s chicken hekka. Mary and Manuel Tunta will serve as emcees.

Admission tickets are $5 suggested donation each; children up to 12 years old are free. To obtain tickets, please contact Alice Lee at 808-244-2119. For more information, visit Like KokuaAg on Facebook.

GO Maui is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicating to empowering local residents to obtain housing, educational opportunities and employment in a healthy environment and vibrant economy while respecting our diverse cultures. GO Maui engages and represents local residents on key initiatives and issues that affect Maui’s quality of life and champions for a cohesive community on Maui.


Grown on Maui Chefs’ Collaboration Dinner

John Jackson and Connie DeSousa of Calgary, Albertaʻs CHARCUT Roast House

John Jackson and Connie DeSousa of Calgary, Albertaʻs CHARCUT Roast House

A benefit for Maui agriculture, this special Chefsʻ Collaboration Dinner brings five Maui
chefs together with four chefs from Calgary, Alberta Thursday, April 3, 5:30 pm at Maui
Tropical Plantation.
Maui chefs include Sheldon Simeon of Migrant and Mala Wailea; Ryan Luckey of Leilaniʻs
on the Beach; Lyndon Honda of Laulima Events and Catering; Eric Faivre of Bistro Molokini
and Humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa at Grand Wailea; and Tylun Pango of Kō at The Fairmont
Kea Lani, Maui. From Calgary meet star chefs John Jackson and Connie DeSousa of
CHARCUT Roast House, Jessica Pelland of charbar Restaurant & Patio and Pierre Lamielle.
5:15 pm  Check in
5:30 pm  Reception with music by Reiko Fukino
6:45 pm  Dinner 
7:30 pm  Entertainment by Lehua Kalima and Shawn Pimental 
Free parking. No host bar. Weather permitting, outdoor seating otherwise event held indoors on luau
grounds.  Jacket or sweater recommended. No refunds. 
More information:

2014 Maui County Ag Fest Grand Taste Education Tickets Now On Sale!

Maui County Agricultural FestivalGrand Taste at Maui County Agricultural Festival 

Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 11 am – 2 pm
Lūʻau Grounds at Maui Tropical Plantation
Grand Taste is a collaboration between Maui County Farm Bureau and Slow Food Maui featuring 12 farmer and chef pairings to raise awareness about the important relationship between Maui farmers and chefs. Grand Taste is one component that takes place during the Maui County Agricultural Festival. AgFestival runs from 9 am – 4 pm and Grand Taste hours are from 11 am – 2 pm. Grand Taste is a ticketed event. Tickets purchased, in advance, are $30 each (adults and children). Tickets purchased on the day of the event cost $35 (adults and children). Tickets are limited.

As in yearʻs past, Mauiʻs top locavore chefs present a dish to showcase one grown on Maui main ingredient. Participating chefs include:

Grand Taste – Chefs 
  • Isaac Bancaco, Kaʻana Kitchen at Andaz Maui at Wailea
  • Eric Faivre, Humuhumuapuaʻa at Grand Wailea
  • Gevin Utrillo, Japengo, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
  • Wesley Holder, Pūlehua, an Italian Grill
  • Chris Kulis, Capische?
  • Bobby Masters, Hula Grill Kāʻanapali
  • Marc McDowell, Mākena Beach Resort
  • Tylun Pang, Kō at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui
  • Jeff Scheer, Maui Executive Catering
  • Chris Schobel, Fat Daddyʻs BBQ
  • Sheldon Simeon, Migrant
  • Jojo Vasquez, The Plantation House
Grand Taste – Farmers
  • Dave Horsman, ʻAina Haumana
  • Noel Escobedo, Escobedo Farms
  • Walter Evonuk, Evonuk Farms
  • Geoff Haines, Waipoli Hydronics
  • Bryan Otani, Otani Farms
  • Chauncy Monden, Kula Country Farm
  • Gerry Ross, Kupaʻa Farm
  • Jamie Shishido, J. Shishido Farm
  • James Simpliciano, SimpliFresh
  • Sylvestre Tumbaga, Sylʻs Produce
  • Fernando Traje, Traje Farms
  • Emanuela Vinciguerra, Kumu Farms
Schedule of Events
  • 9 am  Maui County Ag Festival begins
  • 9:30 am  Live Chefsʻ Challenge sponsored by Kula Fields – Main Stage
  • 10 am  Judging – Live Chefsʻ Challenge
  • 11 am  Judging – Grand Taste
  • 11 am  Grand Taste opens
  • 11 am-2 pm Chef presentations at Grand Taste Stage
  • 2 pm  Grand Taste ends
  • 2:15 pm  Awards for Live Chefsʻ Challenge and Grand Taste – Main Stage
  • 4 pm  Maui County Ag Festival pau!
* Schedule is subject to change based on farmers and chefs availability.
* Menu is subject to change based on availability of product due to weather and discretion of chef.  
* Ticket holder should print a receipt after purchasing tickets online and bring it Grand Taste area starting at 10 am until 1 pm to pick up Grand Taste ʻstamp cardʻ. 
* Ticket holders are allowed to get one taste from each farmer / chef station. 
* Ticket holders must arrive no later than 1 pm. 
$3.00 fee collected at the main entrance for Maui County Ag Festival
Free parking
Free entertainment
Free access to Grown on Maui Farmers Market, Grand Taste Education Chef Lecture Series, Value-added Tent, Keiki Zone, LIvestock Exhibit and more.



Chef Jamie Kennedy of Gilead Cafe in Toronto on Maui

Chef Jamie Kennedy
Chef Jamie Kennedy of Gilead Cafe in Toronto is on Maui April 9 through April 16 on a cultural chef exchange. Three consumer events are planned (see schedule of events). In addition, Chef Jamie will visit several farms to learn more about Maui agriculture and the islandʻs local food movement. The farms include The Breadfruit Institute at Kahanu Gardens, Hana Fresh Market, Kupaʻa Farm, Yeeʻs Orchard, and others. Chef Jamie will meet several Maui chefs including Perry Bateman of Mamaʻs Fish House, Jeff Scheer of Maui Executive Catering, Chris Spe ere of the Maui Culinary Academy, Craig Erickson of Nāpili Kai Beach Resort, James Simpliciano, and Lyndon Honda.

For over three decades Jamie Kennedy has been instrumental in shaping the culinary landscape in Canada. His innovative approach to gastronomy, commitment to sustainable agriculture and advocacy of local food have been unwavering. He uses his role as Chef to strengthen the vital links within Toronto’s community of artisans, farmers, wineries and fellow chefs, while providing his audience with an educational and nourishing demonstration of the bounty and excellence possible right in our own backyard.

Jamie has applied the slow food philosophy in every aspect of his acclaimed restaurants and his flourishing catering business. His seasonal methods of cooking and involvement with the local food movement continue to inspire progress in agricultural and gastronomical communities across Canada.

In 2010, Jamie was honored for his contributions with two major appointments; with Chef Michael Stadtländer, he was awarded for his leadership at the inaugural Governor General’s Award in Celebration of the Nation’s Table, and soon after he was appointed to the rank of Member of the Order of Canada.

Jamie’s headquarters and restaurant, Gilead, are located in historic Corktown. Jamie Kennedy Event Catering is based out of the beautiful Gardiner Museum, where one can also enjoy the Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner Café.  Windows by Jamie Kennedy, at the Sheraton on the Falls hotel in Niagara Falls, opened in February 2012.

Visit for more information, including a complete bio. Follow us on Twitter at #MauiAg.

Schedule of Maui Events:

  • “Lunch at The Leis Family Class Act Restaurant” - Friday, April 12, seatings at  11 am – 12:30 p.m. Maui Culinary Academy’s highly acclaimed fine-dining restaurant is a 75-seat facility with a breathtaking ocean view. At the center of this living classroom is the Exhibition Kitchen, where restaurant patrons can watch up-and-coming chefs as they deftly wield pots, pans, knives and spatulas to prepare cuisine that is unrivaled on Maui. Appetizers, salads, soups, entrees and desserts will highlight the Island’s freshest locally-grown produce. Tucked into the corner of the restaurant is a beautifully appointed 16-seat private dining room.
  • “Frites Stand at Upcountry Farmers Market” - Saturday, April 13, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. Meet chef Jamie Kennedy at the Upcountry Farmers Market. Jamie will prepare his signature ‘frites’ (french fries) from locally sourced Grown no Maui breadfruit, taro, and potatoes sourced from The Breadfruit Institute at Kahanu Gardens, Kupa’a Farm and Nohoʻana Farm. He will also feature Molokai Sweet Potato from L&R Farm. The Frites Stand is a benefit for Slow Food Maui, a member of Slow Food USA.  Chef Jamie Kennedy is a founding member of Slow Food Toronto. Jamieʻs Gilead Cafe is recognized for “best french fries in Toronto”.  Members of Slow Food Maui and chef Jeff Scheer of Maui Executive Catering in Haiku will be on hand to help Chef Jamie at the Frites Stand
  • “Chef Jamie Kennedy presents Grown on Maui Dinner at Merriman’s Kapalua” Four course meal prepared by chef Jamie Kennedy with support from chefs Peter Merriman and Ricky Sakoda of Merriman’s Kapalua, Jeff Scheer of Maui Executive Catering, Lyndon Honda and  students from the Maui Culinary Academy. This event is a benefit for the Maui County Farm Bureauʻs Grown on Maui program. $100 per person, four courses and passed hors dʻoeuvres. Cocktails/Wine charged separately.   5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Limited to 70 guests. Call 808-669-6400 for reservations.

Maui County Agricultural Festival Map

The 2013 Maui County Agricultural Festival map helps you plan your day. Don’t forget to

take advantage of the free, continuous shuttle service between Baldwin High School and

Maui Tropical Plantation. Shuttle service starts at 8:30 am and runs until closing.

See you there!


Free Shuttle Service for Maui AgFest 2013

Ag Fest Adds New Free Shuttle Service

Baldwin High School to Maui Tropical Plantation and Return

In response to ever growing crowds and limited parking at the Maui Tropical Plantation the Maui Ag Fest has added continuous free shuttle service to and from the event in Waikapu on Saturday, April 6.

Those attending are urged to park at the Baldwin High School and catch the shuttle. The service starts at 8:30 am and runs both ways throughout the day. The ride sponsored by Roberts Hawaii only takes seven minutes. Shuttle riders may also enter to win round trip air for two from Go!

General admission to the annual Maui Ag Fest is free. It features many exhibits, demonstrations, panels, guest speakers, special events, animals, food and fun for the whole family.

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Maui Youth Ag Network Comes to AgFest!

Maui Ag Youth Network


Taylor, a student in the Science and Natural Resources Academy at Kamehameha Schools Maui is working on her senior project. Born and raised on Maui, she wants to know what youth know and feel about agriculture.

Complete this survey AND meet Taylor at the Maui County Ag Festival on Saturday, April 6, from 9 am – 12:30 pm at the Grown on Maui tent. Participate in the Instagram Contest scheduled 9 am – 11:30 am. Itʻs easy. Post your photos and captions about “Grown on Maui”. Use #MauiAg. Top three photos/captions will be announced at noon. Giveaways and prizes.


Grand thank you to 2013 Maui County Ag Festival sponsors!


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