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Demand for farm land is so great in Hawai‘i, Aloun Farms is trying to speed up its sale of acres in Central Oahu. Pacific Business news editor in chief A. Kam Napier, has more.

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creative commons

People around the nation and world are using development as a community organizing tool.  Change becomes a reason to work with others and improve their neighborhoods.  Now, the UH Mānoa Architecture School is convening designers, government leaders, and community members to inject fresh ideas into Honolulu’s development plans.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the Building Voices Symposium and Design Competition set for Earth Day, April 22nd .

U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr
U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr

  Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll get an update on the XLR8UH Accelerator program and learn how it’s evolved. We’ll also hear from two companies in the latest cohort who are focused on the agriculture sector and find out what makes this sector so popular.

In Kakaako, A Growing Urban Farm Reaches New Heights

Dec 27, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Between the high rise buildings and industrial warehouses, a farm is the last thing you’d expect to find in urban Kaka‘ako. But one business is creating a space for growing food in an unexpected way.

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Rep. Richard Creagan Facebook

When Hawai‘i’s legislature convenes its next session in January, the state House of Representatives will have a new chair of the Agriculture Committee. Former chair Clift Tsuji of Hilo died earlier this month, and the new chair is also from Hawai‘i Island. He recently spoke to HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken about some of his policy priorities.

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We’ll find out how the State and startup community are looking to leverage tech in the AG sector. We’ll explore how tech can disrupt (improve) the agriculture supply chain from the growing, to storing, to the delivery of product to the market.

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GoFarms Hawaii

Gov. David Ige has pledged to double local food production in Hawai‘i by the year 2030.  To help meet that demand the University of Hawai‘i is expanding its “GoFarm Hawai‘i” agriculture program to Hawai‘i island.  The program currently maintains teaching fields on O‘ahu, Maui and Kaua‘i.

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www.public-domain-image.com

More than two-thirds of Americans now own smartphones. The Pew Research Center says that’s up from 35% just four years ago. Starting next month, five million smart phones will be going to a group of consumers in Pakistan with an unusual story. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Mad for Mangoes: Savoring a Backyard Tradition

Jul 15, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Summer is upon us and that means one thing for fruit lovers: mango season. HPR’s Molly Solomon paid a visit to an O‘ahu farm to learn more about this local treat.

On a one acre-plot of land, Mark Suiso has made the most of his backyard in Mākaha. That’s where he tends dozens of mango trees, some planted by his father more than 60 years ago. His business, Makaha Mangoes boasts more than 70 trees and 12 different varieties.

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Bee Health in Hawaii; Amazing Hawai‘i Comic-Con; Tax Breaks for Organic Farmers; Ka’u Coffee Festival

Outlook for Bees in Hawaii: Michael Kliks

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The Cost of Building Renewable Electricity; Parade of Farms; New Recommendation for Treating Youth ADHD; A Discovery at the Edge of the Solar System

What a Difference a Rate Makes, UHERO blog: Michael Roberts

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Stirling Noyes / Flickr

Coffee can be a challenging crop—whether it’s grown here in Hawai‘i or anywhere else in the world. And while local farmers are battling the borer beetle…in parts of Asia, the enemy is the weather. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The Future of Dole Ag Land; Rock and Roll Pioneer June Millington; Taxing Air BnB; Novelist Cecily Wong

State Should Buy Dole Ag Lands On Oahu: Senator Gil Riviere

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Effect of Global Economic Factors in Hawaii; Erhu Virtuoso Tsun-Hui Hung; New Law Enforcement Legislation; Encouraging Young Farmers on Kauai 

Tourism Impact on Hawaii’s Markets/Economy: Russell Price

Hawaii Department of Agriculture
Hawaii Department of Agriculture

Exactly how much land in Hawai‘i is used for agriculture?

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture has released an agricultural land use study which provides information on the location of commercial agriculture activities statewide.

The 2015 baseline study updates the last survey done in 1980 and provides current information and maps of the locations of Hawaii’s farms and ranches. The 1000 page report published under contract with UH Hilo is intended to help the community to make decisions about agricultural land use in the state.

Could Hemp Be The New Sugar on Maui?

Jan 13, 2016
Rep. Cynthia Thielen
Rep. Cynthia Thielen

It’s been a big week for agriculture in the state: the island’s last sugar plantation announced plans to close this year. But one state lawmaker sees an opportunity for a different kind of crop. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

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International Hydropower Association / Flickr

Hawai‘i  has committed to an ambitious goal of using 100-percent renewable energy within thirty years. Part of that picture includes hydroelectric power. And a bill put forth by a representative from Kaua‘i would help increase the adoption of water power. From Kaua‘i, Scott Giarman has more.

 On this episode of Town Square... The farmers' views of what's happening at the Legislature. Our panel looks at the agriculture bills still in play and growing attention- and what they could mean in practice for those on the front lines, Hawaii's farmers. 

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www.natureworldnews.com via Creative Commons

Invasive species are always a concern here in the islands. And while culprits here range from the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle to little fire ants, in New Zealand there’s another focus. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

What kind of nutritious health products can be made from common backyard plants? We’ll find out as Bytemarks Café goes on location at Windward Community College to speak with Professor Inge White and lab assistant Nyan Stillwell. We'll tour the garden and learn about the new Agripharmatech program.

First we'll look at the latest tech news and happenings in Hawaii and beyond. Then we have Julius Paulo from UH Outreach College here to talk about Science in Action. Finally, we'll talk to Benny Ron and Kerry Kakazu about new tech in agriculture. 

From Bean to Bar: Celebrating Hawaii's Chocolate Scene

Feb 21, 2014
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Flickr / kzuhr

This weekend Hawaii’s new wave of cacao lovers will descend on the Chocolate Festival at Dole Cannery. Hawaii is the only state in the country where cacao is produced from seed to bar. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with a local business that’s seeing the sweet return on keeping chocolate local.

How Will the Farm Bill Be Felt in Hawaii?

Feb 3, 2014
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Flickr / KevC-6

A long-awaited version of the farm bill is heading for the Senate this week. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on the 5 year, $500 billion package, and how it will be felt here in Hawaii.

Winners Announced for Mahi'ai Match-Up Ag Contest

Jan 15, 2014
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Flickr / KevC-6

Winners from a local farming contest will receive a five year land lease … for free! Three agricultural business plans were selected from the nearly 150 applications submitted last year. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with one of the winners and has this report.

Little Fire Ants Cause Big Problems

Jan 13, 2014
Hawaii Department of Agriculture
Hawaii Department of Agriculture

They’re no bigger than the head of a pin, but the Little Fire Ant can cause a huge amount of damage. The stinging ants have been on Hawaii Island for years. And now officials are worried it’s spreading to outer islands. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

"Invasion: Little Fire Ants in Hawaii" screening dates:

Grass-Fed Dairy Farm Coming to Kauai

Dec 4, 2013
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Flickr / kevinzim

Plans for a dairy farm on Kauai will soon become a reality, thanks to a $17.5 million investment from Ulupono Initiative. The move is expected to double the amount of locally produced milk on the islands. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Thanksgiving is a week from tomorrow, which means it’s almost time for Christmas trees. Every year, containers stacked with trees from the Northwest, pile up at Hawaii’s harbors, waiting to be unloaded and inspected. HPR’s Molly Solomon joined a group of state inspectors and got a look at the first Christmas trees of the season.

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Flickr / camerai2i

A date has been set for a Kauai County Council meeting to vote on whether to accept or override Mayor Bernard Carvalho’s veto of Bill 2491.

The bill would require large agriculture companies to disclose the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops. The six-member council would need five votes to override the Mayor’s veto. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

GMO Debate Heats Up On Kauai

Oct 14, 2013
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Flickr / yeeyes

The next step in the battle on genetically modified organisms takes place on Kauai. The Kauai County Council is taking more time to consider a bill that would require companies to disclose the presence and use of pesticides and genetically modified crops. HPR’s Molly Solomon has the latest.

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Flickr / equalexchangecoop

While the wet weather across the islands is only expected to last a matter of days…longer lasting rains are disrupting a favorite crop in Asia. The coffee crop in Indonesia has been hit with wet weather that’s lingered for two months. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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