Advocating for food systems change in Hawaiʻi

Hawaiʻi Food+ Policy is a group of students & recent graduates from the University of Hawaiʻi - West Oʻahu's Sustainable Community Food Systems program who are striving to keep you updated on food & agriculture policy in Hawaiʻi.  

This group is under the direction of Purple Maiʻa & is independent from the University of Hawaiʻi. 

We are tracking food & agriculture legislative measures & encourage you to join our efforts to support a more sustainable & resilient food system!

Food + Policy
Community Outreach

Food + Policy strives to create and maintain important spaces, build relationships, and be the action to #FIXOURFOODSYSTEM.
Share with us your mana'o and time
Checkout our past, current, & upcoming events or challenges.

Challenge Winners!


Amy Perruso
Happy Vibration
Izzy Patino

Mahalo for all of your Mana'o & time with our Community Outreach Efforts:

Be on the lookout for upcoming events as well as how to get a copy of our "Grow Our Ono" Recipe Books


Kerystn Afuso

Chili Peppers

2022 Food+ Policy Priorities:

  1. Counter dependence on extractive tourism and military presence by making it possible for people to make a living doing small farming for local consumption.

  2. Incentivize and support regenerative and Native Hawaiian traditional farming and fishing practices.

  3. Create access to healthy, culturally appropriate foods for food insecure communities and demographics.

  4. Farm to school for all learners (the 3 parts of farm to school are: production, education, procurement).


2022 Food+ Policy Internship

Aloha mai kākou!

Our internship application portal is now officially closed for the 2022 session cohort. We are now reviewing all potential candidates and will notify selected interns when a decision has been reached. E kala mai if you missed this opportunity, but please stay tuned for future possible internships for the 2023 session. Mahalo nui!

Me ke aloha,

Hawaiʻi Food+ Policy

Announcements & Upcoming Opportunities

Here are ways to learn more about our food system & get involved!


Transforming Hawaiʻi’s Food System Together Website​ 

"Transforming Hawaiʻi’s Food System Together" is an initiative that seeks to build statewide capacity and pave the way for a more robust, sustainable and resilient food system, especially in times of crisis. The initiative harnesses innovation and momentum developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, documents lessons learned, articulates policy and planning recommendations, and sets up the State to expand large-scale institutional purchasing of local foods.

To learn more, visit: transforminghawaiifoodsystem.org

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