Maui Ag Festival a Success

The Maui County Farm Bureau hosted its 10th Annual Maui Agricultural Festival this past weekend, attracting a crowd of enthusiastic food and farm supporters to the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu. The popular event showcases local producers, while underscoring the vital role that agriculture plays in supporting the economy, environment and lifestyle of Maui. The Ag Festival is made possible through the generous support of the Maui County Office of Economic Development, sponsors and industry allies.

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A shopper selects fresh produce grown by J. Shishido Farm in Kula.

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Today’s students and tomorrow’s farmers represent the Lahainaluna High School Future Farmers of America (FFA).

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Maui legislators Sen. Kalani English and Rep. Lynn DeCoite pause at the display of MauiGrown Coffee, which is grown on the island’s west side.

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Hawaii Gov. David Ige enjoys a snack while visiting the displays.

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Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse BBQ, led by Chef Chris Schobel, sets out tasty samples of Maui-raised venison.

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An employee with the Hawaii Department of Agriculture shares information about how invasive pest species harm agriculture and the native environment.

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Alii Kula Lavender presents its wares in a colorful display.

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Children practice their milking skills on a model cow that produces realistic squirts.

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Maui County Councilmember Yuki Lei Sugimura discovers how Integrated Pest Management works, and the importance of beneficial and non-beneficial insects.

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Young ag supporters sell produce grown by Waipoli Hydroponic Greens co-owner Geoff Haines (background right), who stops to talk story with Rep. Kyle Yamashita.

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Extension services staff from the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agricultural and Human Resources (UH CTAHR) host a comparison tasting of different types of taro.

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Maui Sen. Roz Baker (left) and Rep. Kyle Yamashita step in to help farmers sell their fresh produce at the Maui County Farm Bureau table.

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Sweet samples are a hit at the Maui Gold Pineapple table.

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The folks at MVB Farms are all smiles as they share their wide selection of fresh produce.

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Dawn Bicoy presents some of the many different types of vegetables grown from the Monsanto seeds that are available to farmers.

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Rep. Kyle Yamashita and Sen. Roz Baker flank “Legacy Farmers” (from left) Peter Baldwin of Piiholo Ranch; Doug MacCluer of Maui Pineapple Co. and Maui Gold Pineapple Co.; Richard “Dick” Cameron of HC&S; and Patricia Yee of Yee’s Orchard, representing her late father, Dr. Wilbert Yee, who is famous for his Golden Glow mango variety, as they are honored for their contributions to Maui agriculture.