Resilient Island Food Systems: Food Security and Climate Change
Tuesday, March 1st, 6pm
Church of the Crossroads, Weaver Hall
The Hawaii Food Policy Council is dedicated to facilitating thoughtful debate and discussion regarding Hawaii's Food System. This community forum series is intended to promote conversation across the various sectors of our food system, from mauka to makai, ground to garbage, farm to fork. We look forward to your contributions to the conversation.
**please bring a plate, fork, and small local dish to share.**
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Our forum will be 1 hour long, followed by 30-45 minutes of community Q&A and networking. We will also have an opportunity to hear form our various Coordinating Committee Reps on the status of the working groups and the FPC as a whole.
Forum Speakers: Maxine Burkett, Nahaku Kalei, Jack Kittinger
Maxine Burkett - William Richardson School of Law
Maxine Burkett is an Associate Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai'i and serves as the inaugural Director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP), at the University of Hawai'i Sea Grant College Program.
As the Director of ICAP, she leads projects to address climate change law, policy, and planning for island communities in Hawai'i, the Pacific region, and beyond. In its first eighteen months, ICAP has completed several climate change adaptation related policy documents for Hawai'i and other Pacific Island nations, specifically the Federated States of Micronesia. It has also hosted numerous outreach and education programs on island resiliency and climate change and engaged planning agencies in all four counties in Hawai'i and seven state agencies and offices, as well as several federal entities and many state legislators. Most notably, ICAP has partnered with the Hawai'i State Office of Planning to conduct early planning and assessment for a statewide Climate Change Adaptation Plan.
Nahaku Kalei - Mahuahua `Ai o Hoi
Nahaku is currently one of two Marine Fellows working for The Nature Conservancy. She has been actively involved in a number of Kako'o research projects focused on the role of the Mahuahua Ai o Hoi wetland habitat in the context of the larger ahupua'a mauka-makai system. Nahaku has also been an active participant in the development of our lo'i system cultivation.
Māhuahua 'Ai o Hoi is a project created to restore Heʻeia Wetland into naturally productive kalo fields and other agricultural production for economic sustainability, education, biological resiliency and cultural purposes. Their mission is to be an advocate for the establishment of Hoi as a pu'uhonua, a sanctuary and place of healing, through pule, planning, partnership, and management.
Jack is a human geographer and coastal ecologist who studies the interaction between society and marine environments. He's primarily researched historical interactions between society and marine environments, but have increasingly focused on contemporary challenges in marine resource management, planning and conservation. Jack has worked in marine ecosystems and coastal communities in the mid-Atlantic, the Hawaiian Archipelago and other Pacific Islands.
The Hawaii Food Policy Council is a permanent forum whose mission is ensuring that all people obtain a safe, culturally appropriate, nutritious diet through a sustainable and resilient food system that maximizes community self-reliance and social justice. We will achieve this by facilitating thoughtful debate and discussion, program incubation, and policy advocacy and analysis.