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May 25, 2018

EAT THINK DRINK Presents The Future of Food Friendships

Hawaii Agricultural Foundation (HAF) hosts its fifth EAT THINK DRINK: The Future of Food Friendships presented by Hawaiian Airlines on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at THE MODERN HONOLULU to spark a dynamic conversation on the ways in which government, private industry and community are working together to bring progressive change to Hawaii’s agricultural industry. Keynote Speaker Senator Donavan Dela Cruz will start off the evening by sharing the Masterplan for the Whitmore Community Food Hub Complex, comprehensive plan to revitalize Central Oahu’s agricultural landscape and economic footprint.

Joining in the conversation after the keynote will be Stephanie Whalen, Executive Director of the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center and Myra Kaichi, Senior Executive Assistant for the Agribusiness Development Corporation. Augie T., one of Hawaii’s Top 100 Influential Filipinos and a popular comic, will serve as the moderator for the conversation. The panel will provide insight on groundbreaking collaborations that are supporting new agricultural food hubs, innovation centers, processing facilities, ag housing, etc. throughout the state.

“The industry to revitalize the economy is ag,” said Senator Dela Cruz. “The idea with the Whitmore Project is to have this be a hub for all the packing and processing you need, as well as to be a retail hub. If you’re a farmer who leases ag land, your operations would be here, and there would be no need to build new infrastructure.”

EAT THINK DRINK will conclude with five chefs showcasing a menu reflective of rebuilding Wahiawa as a hub for local agriculture. The dishes will be reminiscent of our plantation heritage. Featured chefs include Keith Pajinag of THE MODERN HONOLULU, Raymond Locquiao of Herringbone Waikiki, Aaron Siguenza of Tamura’s Tavern, Guy Smith of Chao Phya Thai, and Jan and Joel Hori of Hawaiian Pie Company whose origin and family roots are with Holy’s Bakery on Hawaii Island. Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits will offer refreshing libations.

HAF 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 Hawaiʻi. 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, Hawaiʻi 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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