For years, Hawaiʻi’s food system has been on the precipice of crises. Around 90% of Hawaiʻi’s food is imported, and, as of 2021, almost half of all families in the state reported experiencing some level of food insecurity. The COVID-19 pandemic, the wildfires in Lahaina and recent statewide data have shown that Hawaiʻi is profoundly unprepared for natural disasters. Moreover, recent analysis has found that fires and natural disasters in Hawaiʻi are increasing.
That’s why the (THFST) initiative is hosting its , December 14–15, at the .
“Meaningful change to the agri-food system of Hawaiʻi is critical in meeting our health, equity, resilience and sustainability goals as a state,” said Co-organizer Albie Miles, an associate professor of at UH West Oʻahu. “The annual food system summit is a key forum where important food policies are discussed among elected officials and diverse stakeholders from across the islands.”
THFST is a partnership of public and private agencies that aims to invest in the development of a healthy, equitable and community-based food system for Hawaiʻi is an opportunity to create a new agricultural economy that is more resilient to the climate crisis, increases food security, improves public health and nutrition, and restores Hawaiʻi’s significant biocultural resources.
Registration for the summit is closed, however, the event will be and will feature remarks from U.S. Rep. Jill Tokuda, state elected officials and others.
Other summit co-organizers include Mahina Paishon-Duarte, co-founder and chief executive officer of Waiwai Collective, Roella Foronda, programs director of Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute, and other community partners and organizations.