Agriculture celebrated at Hawaii State Capitol

Lawmakers and folks who support local farms and ranches gathered for the Hawaii Farm Bureau’s annual “Ag Day” celebration at the state capitol on Feb. 23. The popular event gave farmers an opportunity to educate legislators and the general public about issues affecting large and small agricultural producers in the Islands, while showcasing top-quality local strawberries, honey, flowers, grass-fed beef, pork, taro, coffee, papaya, cucumbers, tomatoes, bananas, cabbages, seeds and more. They also shared tasty products made from Hawaii-grown crops.

Sens. Jill Tokuda and Kalani English find much that pleases the eye as they view the beautifully decorated HC&S display.

House Agriculture Committee Chair Richard Creagan, right, talks with Big Island watercress farmer Roy Berger as Dean Okimoto of Nal0 Farms enjoys a light-hearted moment in the background.

HFB President Randy Cabral, left, joins the throng in the Capitol’s corridors as state Board of Agriculture member Jerry Ornellas, right, and Kauai Farm President Laurie Ho (gray shirt) staff the Kauai display.

HFB Vice President Darren Strand, left, and Rudy Balala, center, both of Maui Gold Pineapple, talk farming with Maui County Farm Bureau Executive Director Warren Watanabe at the pineapple exhibit.

The Molokai Homestead Farmers’ Alliance proudly displays some of its produce.

It’s not Ag Day without food from Hawaii’s small farmers.

One of the “2 lady pig farmers” smiles as she serves.

The Kauai-grown booth offers a colorful display of that island’s bounty.

HC&S shares its plans for transitioning from sugar to diversified ag in an attractive informational display.