PROTECTING LOCAL FARMERS.
Local farmers are the heartbeat of West Hawai'i. Kona Coffee, likewise, is one of Hawai'i's most iconic treasures. Our farmers grow the products–from macademia nuts to fruits and vegetables–that provide food security for our community. When farmers prosper, our economy thrives, our families are nourished, and our children grow strong.
I will support local farmers by fighting to protect the Kona name from misuse by commercial exploitation. I will secure funding for the research and programs needed to eliminate agricultural infestations, including the coffee berry borer beetle and rat lungworm disease. Finally, I will expand farm-to-school initiatives and agriculture-based vocational training for public schools, connecting our keiki with curricula and careers that cultivate local food production.