As one of the most isolated archipelagos in the world, Hawaii must work hard to protect and preserve its fragile ecosystems and limited natural resources. However, as today’s consumer society continues to place emphasis on convenience, our Islands’ environment and communities are becoming more and more at-risk.

On Monday, January 29, from 6-9 p.m. at THE MODERN HONOLULU, EAT THINK DRINK: Healthy People, Healthy Planet presented by Hawaiian Airlines gathered innovative minds to lead a conversation on the symbiotic relationship between wellness and sustainability. The evening was kicked with an inspiring talk by Keynote Speaker Peggy Liu, chairperson of JUCCCE, an internationally-recognized nonprofit dedicated to building a greener China, and one of the world’s leading minds in sustainability and cross-cultural collaboration. Afterward, the conversation was moderated by Kimi Werner, a U.S. National Spearfishing Champion, a globally-renowned advocate for sustainable food systems and an ambassador of Patagonia Provisions. Featured panellists included Kim Johnson of the Kokua Hawaii Foundation and Noelani Kalipi of the Kohala Institute.

Featured chefs included Keith Pajinag of Ravish Honolulu at THE MODERN HONOLULU, Eric Oto of Hoku’s at The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Lawrence Nakamoto of Mariposa’s at Neiman Marcus and Troy Terorotua of BREW’d.

Click here for photos from the event.

Click here for Peggy Liu’s keynote presentation.

Click here to watch the full panel presentation. (COMING SOON)