4th Annual North Shore Food Summit

"Community Food, Community Water"

September 22, 2016

Waimea Valley

7:30 am Participants Check-in and enjoy Continental Breakfast

8:30 am Opening Protocol and Pule

8:40 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Nick Kawelakai Farrant, Community Outreach Coordinator, North Shore Community Land Trust

8:45 am Morning Keynote: "Ea Mai ke Kai o Waialua: The Sea of Waialua Rises"

Kekuewa Kikiloi, PhD, Assistant Professor of Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Dr. Kikiloi’s presentation will provide an overview of the Hawaiian cultural landscape of Waialua and the importance of the past in understanding societal growth, water, food production, and sustainability in the district.

9:15 am Break

9:30 am Morning Panel Discussion: "Overview of Water Issues and Opportunities on the North Shore"

A diverse panel of experts in the fields of water law, water distribution, water quality, and water use will discuss water issues affecting the food production on North Shore of Oʻahu.


Denise Antolini, Associate Dean for Academic Affaris at the Univeristy of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law.


Kyle Barber, Irrigation Manager, Dole Foods Hawaii

Marvin Heskett, Senior Chemist and Water Quality Expert

Erwin Kawata, Water Quality Division Program Administrator, Board of Water Supply

Ellen Kitamura, Deputy Manager and Chief Engineer, Board of Water Supply

Kapua Sproat, Professor, William S Richardson School of Law

Isaac Moriwake, Attorney, Earth Justice

11:15 am Lunch

11:30 am Lunchtime Panel Discussions: "Food System Sprouts"

A panel of emerging North Shore farmers discuss how they have have benefited from their ongoing participation in the North Shore Food Summit as well as other programs which support up-and-coming Hawaiʻi food producers.


Nick Kawelakai Farrant, Community Outreach Coordinator, North Shore Community Land Trust


Rob Barecca- Counter Culture Farms, 2015 KS Mahiʻai Matchup Finalist

Dave Burlew- Punaluʻu Farmer who received funding through Feed The Hunger

Makani Ortogero- Mahaʻulu, 2016 KS Mahiʻai Matchup Finalist

Steven Chiang- Director, GoFarm Hawaii

12:30 pm Midday Keynote- "What is the Slow Money Network?"

Carol Peppe Hewitt, founder of Slow Money North Carolina and author of Financing Our Foodshed

Slow Money is the concept of connecting environmentally and socially-conscious investors with farmers in need of low-interest loans. Hewitt will discuss the her experience of developing a Slow Money chapter in her community and explore the potential for establishing a Slow Money chapter in Hawaii.

1:15 pm Participants begin boarding buses for field trips

1:30 pm Participants depart Waimea Valley to their respective field trip locations, briefly outlined below. Click here for more information on each field trip track.

Wahiawā: Participants will visit Wahiawā Reservoir, one of Hawaiʻi's largest reservoirs and the primary source of agricultural water for the district of Waialua, and the associated irrigation systems it supports.

Mokulēʻia: Participants will visit Hawaiʻi Fish Company, a family-owned and operated tilapia farm which has been in existence since 1978, making it the Hawaiʻi's longest-running commercial aquaculture farm.

Kamananui: Participants will visit, Nā Mea Kūpono, a community driven organization which promotes community education through stewardsship of a Loʻi Kalo, or traditional Hawaiian wetland taro terrace system, in the ahupuaʻa (land divistion) of Kamananui in the moku (district) of Waialua.

Kawailoa: Participants will visit Loko Ea and Ukoʻa, two distinct loko puʻuone, or sand-dune fishponds connected to the sea by a stream or ditch. These fishponds once helped to sustain the community by providing aquatic food resources like native fish and seaweed and are currently in the process of being restored to their former productivity.

4:30 pm Participants arrive back at Waimea Valley. Local pupu and drinks are served while the group waits for all vans to return.

5:00 pm Closing remarks

Invitation to continue socializing or check out Farmers market

6:00 pm Pau