April 2017 Highlights

Thursday, April 6, 2017


It's been quite the start of the year! Check out what we're up to this April:


Pack Your Lunch Boxes...EAT THINK DRINK: School Lunch is Here!

The Hawaii Agricultural Foundation (HAF) invites you to join an engaging conversation on “School Lunch - Hawaii’s Farm to School Initiative” for the second EAT THINK DRINK presented by Hawaiian Airlines.



On Tuesday, April 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at THE MODERN HONOLULU, five inspiring thought leaders and policy makers in agriculture will share their knowledge, experience and thoughts on food and education as they examine meals served in school cafeterias. The keynote speaker for EAT THINK DRINK: School Lunch is Ann Cooper, a celebrated author, chef, educator and prominent national advocate for better school lunch programs.

Cooper will be joined by a panel of local and national advocates working to increase the amount of locally sourced food on school lunch plates. Our featured speakers are Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui, Dexter Kishida of the Hawaii Department of Education’s Food Services, JuliAnna Arnett of the USDA Farm to School Program and Greg Christian of Beyond Green Sustainable Food Partners.

After the panel discussion, you’ll get to experience what a locally sourced school lunch would look like in the hands of four local chefs. Participating chefs include Ronnie Nasuti of Tiki’s Grill and Bar, Keith Pajinag of THE MODERN HONOLULU, Matt Young of Hula Grill, and Randy Bangloy of Eating House 1849 at Kapolei Commons.

Check out the school lunch menu to see what our chefs are cooking up:

Tickets are limited and on sale for $55 each. Costs and fees cover event entrance and all food and drink.



Celebrating Another Successful Localicious Hawaii Campaign

That’s a wrap! From our entire team at the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation, mahalo for your ongoing support throughout the 2017 Localicious Hawaii campaign. This year, we’re proud to share that more than 170 restaurants statewide committed to sourcing local and encouraging their patrons to dine for a cause. With each sale of a dedicated Localicious dish, $1 was donated towards the expansion of ag education in schools throughout the Islands.

Check out some of our favorite #LocaliciousHI moments shared on Instagram:

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Take a peek at out what our members received in this week’s bag:

  • Butternut squash from Ho Farms

  • Nasturtiums (edible flowers) from Nalo Farms

  • Italian parsley from Lokoea Farm

  • Cherry tomatoes from the HAF Ag Park at Kunia

  • Round eggplant from Ho Farms

  • Leeks from Aloun Farms

  • Green papaya from Lokoea Farm

  • BONUS: A special recipe and 20% off coupon provided by M.A.C. 24/7