May 22, 2020


The Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation (HAF) will host its tenth EAT THINK DRINK: Food Supply Disruption – COVID-19 on Thursday, June 18, 2020 from 
6-7pm. COVID-19 has ravaged the global food supply chain, affecting farmers, processing plants, shipping, retailers and more. This online event will feature key players in Hawai‘i’s food industry as they discuss how our local food supply has been affected and what they’re doing to ensure our communities have the food they need. The panel discussion will be moderated by Ron Mizutani, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaii Foodbank, and include:
  • Chad Buck, Owner & Chief Executive Officer, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance
  • Tom Jones, Chairman, Hawaii Restaurant Association
  • Eric Kingma, Executive Director, Hawaii Longline Association
  • Brian Miyamoto, Executive Director, Hawaii Farm Bureau
  • Jason Wong, President, Sysco Hawaii
  • Lauren Zirbel, Executive Director, Hawaii Food Industry Association
This special event will take place online and is free to attend, with registration and attendance limited to 50. 

HAF has also partnered with restaurants O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Maui and the Island of Hawai‘i to offer attendees tuning in from across the state a meal to take home and enjoy during the event. A portion of the proceeds from each order will be donated to support HAF programs for farmers and the community. Attendees can add-on an EAT & DRINK order from these restaurants with their event registration. Restaurants on O‘ahu include MW Restaurant, Foodland Farms Pearl City, Gyu-Kaku Mililani, Kalapawai Café & Deli and Roy’s Ko Olina; on Maui – Fond, a neighborhood eatery and The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea; on Kaua‘i – Contemporary Flavors Catering; and on the Island of Hawai‘i – Big Island Brewhaus and Hula Hulas. 

Farmers were one of the first to feel the devastating effects of the food supply chain disruption caused by COVID-19. All over the country and here at home, farmers have had to dump their crops, and many have shut down permanently.
“Discussions about our food supply and how crises like COVID-19 affect us as a community are so important right now.” says Dean Okimoto, Chairman of the HAF Board of Directors and former owner of Nalo Farms  “This is an opportunity for the public to hear directly from those who are working within our local food systems and to learn more about what can be done to support long-term food security and sustainability in our islands.”

Details on how to participate:
1. Register for EAT THINK DRINK 10: Food Supply Disruption – COVID-19. Registration and attendance are FREE but limited to 50.

2. Add-on EAT & DRINK options to your order from one of our restaurant partners. 

3. Check out and complete the payment process. A link to join the webinar will be included in the confirmation email. 

4. On Thursday, June 18, pick up your EAT & DRINK order at your selected restaurant from 3-5pm

Attendees registering for the event will automatically be entered into a lucky draw. HAF will choose five winners to receive a farm basket curated with products from local farmers, and one winner will be chosen to receive a complimentary 12-issue subscription to HONOLULU Magazine. Winners will be announced on Thursday, June 18 during the live online event. 

For more information, visit OnoRevolution.com

EAT THINK DRINK is an event series by HAF, developed to bring the community together to discuss issues around food sustainability and security. By finding common ground, raising community awareness and support for local farmers, and developing better infrastructure and consumer demand for value-added products, EAT THINK DRINK aims to build and engage a large network of Gen X and millennial consumers. The series is an opportunity for the public to learn about food – from farm to table – empowering Hawaiʻi’s next generation of community and industry leaders. 

EAT THINK DRINK is supported by Alexander & Baldwin, ʻAlohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, Bayer, Fiji Water, HONOLULU Family, HONOLULU Magazine, Kamehameha Schools, Kona Brewing Company, Lendlease, State of Hawaii, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, and Ulupono Initiative. 

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