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.

2015 Friend of Agriculture Award goes to ….

Chef Francois Milliet captures the honor at 13th Annual ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards

The Westin Ka‘anapali’s Executive Chef Francois Milliet received a special honor: the Friend of Agricultureaward. Unlike the majority of ‘Aipono Awards, whose winners are determined by the readers of Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine, Friend of Agriculture is sponsored and its winner selected by the Maui County Farm Bureau.


“Chef Francois wraps his menus around local ingredients, says Farm Bureau President Warren Watanabe, noting Milliet’s support of Maui agriculture in ways big and small, from participating in events like the Maui Onion and Maui County Agriculture festivals, to fostering relationships between the island’s chefs and its farmers and ranchers. “For example, he paired with Lynn and Russell DeCoite of Moloka‘i’s L&R Ranch to create a sweet potato gnocchi for his restaurants.” The hens at Theo Morrison’s small-scale Neighborhood Farm don’t lay enough eggs to supply The Westin’s restaurants, so Milliet supports her endeavor by featuring the eggs in the hotel’s gourmet market. “Chef Francois also added a Grown on Maui salad to his menu,” Watanabe says, “and donates a dollar to the Farm Bureau’s Growing Future Farmers program each time a diner orders that item.”

On Sunday, April 26, Pulehu: an Italian Grill earned its third consecutive Gold ‘Aipono Award for Best Italian Restaurant, tying with Sale Pepe in that category. The win brings to eight the number of ‘Aipono Awards Pulehu has won since 2010, including four Silvers for Best Wine List and one Silver for Best-kept Secret. Pulehu is located in the Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas at Ka‘anapali Beach Resort.

Sister venue Ocean Pool Bar & Grill made its ‘Aipono debut that evening, winning the Silver award in a new category, Best Fish Taco.

   ‘Aipono combines the Hawaiian words ‘ai (food) and pono (excellence) to encompass the theme of exceptional dining. Sponsored by Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine, and held this year at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, the ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards recognize the best of Maui’s food, wine and hospitality industries.

More than 400 restaurant professionals and industry supporters attended the 2015 ‘Aipono Gala — the largest in ‘Aipono history. Each year, the event raises substantial funds for Maui Culinary Academy at the University of Hawai‘i–Maui College, and provides a rare mentoring opportunity for Academy students, who spend the day of the gala working side by side with professional chefs in a real-world restaurant environment.

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Maui Chefs’ Collaboration Dinner

Nine Maui chefs are joined by Chef Richie Nakano of Hapa Ramen San Francisco and chefs from Orange County and Los Angeles.

Nine Maui chefs are joined by visiting chefs from San Francisco, Orange County and Los Angeles.

Maui Chefs’ Collaboration Dinner

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Venue: Maui Culinary Academy, Paina Building

Cost: $89 plus online fee

Purchase online: ORDER TICKETS HERE

Background: A memorable and delicious Localicious Maui dinner prepared by Maui’s top locavore chefs takes place April 2 at the Maui Culinary Academy Thursday, April 2, 6 pm – 9 pm.

Localicious Maui dinner includes passed appetizers by Kyle Kawakami, Maui Fresh Streatery, Jojo Vasquez, Plantation House Restaurant and Lyndon Honda, Laulima Catering. Plated courses by Marc McDowell, Mill House at Maui Tropical Plantation; Riko Bartolome, Cane & Canoe at Montage Kapalua; Ryan Luckey, Leilani’s on the Beach; and Isaac Bancaco, Andaz Maui at Wailea with Chef Richie Nakano of Hapa Ramen San Francisco. Dessert courses by Chelsea Whisenant of Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop and Liz McDonald, B3 A Beach Bunny Bakery.

$89 covers all food and entertainment.

Grand Taste Tickets on Sale Now!

Grand Taste 2015 – “A bite of Maui”

Annual Grand Taste at NEW time 3:30 - 5:30 pm features a dozen farmer and chef booths.

Annual Grand Taste at NEW time 3:30 – 5:30 pm features a dozen farmer and chef booths.

Presented in partnership with Slow Food Maui.

Time: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm (new time).

Cost: $30 purchased online (plus fee) by April 2 or $40 at the event.

Location: Field of Dreams/Lu’au Grounds at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu.



Instructions: Print ticket/receipt and present at the Grand Taste admission tent starting at 2:30 pm. Organizers will check ID’s and issue wrist bands starting at 2:30 pm. Grand Taste will start at 3:30 pm. Ticket holders may present their ticket at the main entrance to Maui County Ag Festival. The $3 admission fee will be waived.

Background: Maui chefs pair with Maui farmers and ranchers to create localicious bites at this year’s Grand Taste. Guests will enjoy a mouthful of local, fresh and flavorful bites made by 12 Maui chefs. 12 farmer and chef stations feature six bites with a local protein as a main ingredient and six bites with a locally grown vegetable as the main ingredient.

This is an event for those who seek dishes inspired by local ingredients grown, raised by Maui’s farmers and ranchers, and prepared by a dozen of Maui’s top locavore chefs.

Other: Payment includes one bottle of water per ticket holder. Beverages will be available for purchase.

Disclaimer: No refunds, exchanges or reimbursements. Some of the dishes will be vegetarian or gluten free. Menu is subject to change without notification based on availability of produce and products.

Agriculture in the Classroom 2014


Second graders in five classrooms at Princess Nahi’ena’ena welcomed Maui County Farm Bureau to their classrooms today for its annual Agriculture in the Classroom program. Charlene and Ka’ eo presented the lesson plan “Where would we be without seeds”. The focus was on parts of seeds and lifecycle of plants.

The Ag in the Classroom program is available to all second graders on Maui.  To sign up contact In-class presentations run Tuesdays and Thursdays December through February. The second part of Ag in the Classroom is a field trip planned in March.






Meet Bryan Otani

Bryan OtaniA fourth-generation farmer, the wisdom of Maui’s soil in his body and soul, Otani manages all farm operations as well as sales and marketing for 17 acres of upcountry Kula land, deeply aware of the value of a farmer’s work. “People want and need to eat locally grown fresh vegetables,” he says. “That’s enough to make agriculture a career and lifestyle choice.”

Brian supplies green beans, broccoli, red cabbage, and, foremost, famed Kula onions, which have an entire festival dedicated to their name and serve as a fine example of the impact of agriculture on the local economy. “We are not there yet,” Otani says. “I would like to see agriculture become a bigger part of the community as far as developmental plans are concerned.”

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Meet Farmer Walter Evonuk

Walter EvonukA third generation farmer, Walter Evonuk (and his wife Terry Chang) manages 30 acres of farmland in Kula, Maui. Both left their architecture careers in San Francisco to return to the family farm Walter’s parents, Edward and Joan Evonuk, started in 1975. Culinary herbs are the foundation of their operation, with over 25 different herbs under continuous cultivation. They also grow gourmet beans and lettuces.

Learn more about Localicious HERE

Learn more about Localicious Farmers HERE

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Chauncy Monden

Chauncy MondenChauncy Monden – A graduate from the University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa, Monden could have chosen a fast-track job in finance, but turned to farming instead: In 1998, when his father retired, he took over the family farm as a fourth-generation farmer who held his first hoe at age five.

Monden and his wife, Teena, run Kula Country Farms inspired by a conscientious choice to raise their children in the country, enthused by a love for Maui’s land. Their vision transcends their 55 acres of juicy, sweet strawberries, onions, and cabbages. “One of the benefits of being a farmer,” Monden says, “is the gratification you feel when you produce a consistent product. But we farm also to ensure that we don’t lose agriculture, our farming legacy.”  Kula Country Farms hosts annual “pick it yourself” events, year round for strawberries and, in October, pumpkins. Its Farm Stand is open six days a week. Kula Country Farms.

Meet Tylun Pang

Chef Pang Maui

Maui County Farm Bureau’s 2012 Friend of Agriculture award recipient, Tylun Pang is also one of the founding members of Localicious, Dine Out Maui, a chefs’ initiative to support local ag and grow the next generation of farmers and rancher on Maui.

As Director of Food & Beverage and Executive Chef of The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, Chef Pang oversees banquet and catering operations, as well as the resort’s three restaurants including Kō plantation inspired cuisine, Luana Lounge and Caffe Ciao gourmet bakery and deli. Chef Pang began his career in 1974 and brings many years of experience to his position. He was presented The Mayor’s Award in Culinary Excellence for the County of Maui in 2005.  He currently serves on the advisory board of the Maui Community College Culinary Department.

Fortunate to be Hawai’i born, Chef Pang has grown up with many cultural influences. This diversity reflects in his style of cooking. The emphasis on using fresh fish and local ingredients from sustainable resources adds to a unique cuisine that nurtures the aloha spirit inside you.


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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!