Hawaii Mom Blog: Four Leading Women in Sustainability Mold a Greener Hawaii at EAT THINK DRINK






January 8, 2018

Four Leading Women in Sustainability Mold a Greener Hawaii at EAT THINK DRINK

Four leading women will take the stage to educate nearly 300 local consumers about the future of wellness and sustainability in the Islands. On Monday, Jan. 29 at THE MODERN HONOLULU, EAT THINK DRINK: Healthy People, Healthy Planet presented by Hawaiian Airlines will spark a dynamic conversation on the symbiotic relationship between the two industries and how they can work together to preserve Hawaii’s natural resources. The evening will be kicked off with a thought-provoking talk lead 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.

“It’s inspiring to see Hawaii take the torch and pave the way for large-scale sustainability initiatives,” shared Liu. “We’re working on stewarding our own communities in China through JUCCCE’s Food Heroes program, an educational offering that teaches young families how to make and share food that is good for them and the planet. By sharing our story, my hope is to motivate others in coming together to find a viable solution – not just for the health of the people, but also for the health of these precious Islands.”

Afterward, an in-depth conversation will be 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 spokespersons include Kim Johnson of the Kokua Hawaii Foundation and Noelani Kalipi of the Kohala Institute. At the conclusion of the panel, four local chefs will participate in an interactive dine-around, showcasing a menu of creative and sustainable dishes. Featured chefs include Keith Pajinag of Ravish Honolulu at THE MODERN HONOLULU, Eric Oto of Hoku’s atThe Kahala Hotel & Resort, Lawrence Nakamoto of Mariposa’s at Neiman Marcus and Troy Terorotua of BREW'd. Guests will also unwrap locally-sourced frozen treats handmade by OnoPops and enjoy refreshing libations shaken and stirred by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.

“When people become engaged and gather to talk about real local issues, we start to see long-term progress take shape,” shared Kalipi. “We want consumers of all backgrounds to see this particular EAT THINK DRINK as an opportunity to learn more about the significance behind these collaborations and meet a group of individuals who are passionate about creating an eco-conscious future for Hawaii.”

EAT THINK DRINK: Healthy People, Healthy Planet’s specialized panel will identify key points and opportunities that work towards establishing long-term impact, including: Where can we identify intersections between wellness and sustainability initiatives and encourage systemic change? In what way can these two industries work together to act as catalysts for a healthier, greener Hawaii? How can global leaders leverage their power to influence a shift towards sustainable consumerism?

The Hawaii Agricultural Foundation launched EAT THINK DRINK in November 2016 as a quarterly series intended to bring diverse communities together and find common ground on issues of agriculture and food in Hawaii. Targeted at millennials and Gen Xers, the series provides a unique opportunity to learn from innovative minds nationwide.

Tickets are available for $55 and can be purchased at www.onorevolution.com. EAT THINK DRINK is presented by Hawaiian Airlines and supported by Alexander and Baldwin, Fiji Water, Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, HONOLULU Family, HONOLULU Magazine, Kamehameha Schools, Lendlease, THE MODERN HONOLULU, State of Hawaii, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Tossware and Ulupono Initiative. 

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