Episode 18:
Cultivating Hawai‘i’s Seafood Future

Presented by Alaska Airlines

Location: Ward Consolidated Theaters

Wednesday, June 15, 2022



HONOLULU, HI – The Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation (HAF) will host its 18th EAT THINK DRINK (ETD) called What’s the Catch—Cultivating Hawai‘i’s Seafood Future presented by Alaska Airlines on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 from 5:00-7:30pm at Ward Consolidated Theaters. For this event, HAF is hosting a private screening of Hashi Media’s Taste Our Love for Hawai‘i Episode 3: Aqua+Culture, featuring chefs Niki Nakayama and Mark Pomaski. Following the screening, we will hear from keynote speaker Dick Jones, CEO of Blue Ocean Mariculture.

In 2019, aquaculture sales in Hawaiʻi reached a record of $83.2 million, up from a high of $78.2 million in 2014. In 2020, as a result of the pandemic those numbers retreated by about 15 percent.  However, with tourism rebounding at a record pace in 2022, the demand for seafood in Hawaiʻi is expected to also remain strong.

Dick Jones, CEO of Blue Ocean Mariculture, will provide an overview of aquaculture as a global industry and the potential for the industry here in our islands. He will also share his view on why Hawaiʻi can be a leader in new technologies and innovations for the industry. The presentation will be followed by a panel that will share how loko iʻa of the past are also contributing to our local food supply, where investments are being made in aquaculture, and how this industry can contribute to Hawaiʻi’s economic diversification, food resiliency, job creation and cultural preservation.

A panel moderated by Hawai‘i State Senator Glenn Wakai will follow with esteemed panelists:

  • Alexia Akbay, Founder and CEO, Symbrosia
  • John Dobovan, CEO, Kulahaven Farms LLC
  • Ikaika Rogerson, President, Waimānalo Limu Hui

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