Ray Maki, owner and operator of Permaculture Kauai since 1996, is a twenty year resident and active organic farmer on Kauai. Specializing in Permaculture, agroforestry, Natural Farming, native tropical landscapes, and commercial organic production systems, Maki is a graduate of three Permaculture design courses, and has been offering consultation, beginning and advanced training in permaculture and agroforestry in Hawaii. Ray is a trained builder, herbalist, and massage therapist, and seeks to bring a holistic, ecological approach to design and implementation of ag and residential living systems. He is the Kaua’i representative for the Hawaii Farmer’s Union.
Daryl Kaneshiro is a third generation farmer/rancher from the island of Kauai. He owns and operates over 150 acres previously in sugar with over 600 sheep and grass-fed cattle. His father raised poultry and grew vegetables and his Uncle Mamo still owns and operates one of Hawaii’s largest pig farms with 125+ sows. Added to the livestock activity is a commercial size aquaponics farm and a 300 kilowatt solar farm. Currently he contracts with two of KIUC’s 12 megawatt solar farms to perform ground maintenance by sheep grazing and conventional maintenance methods.
Daryl also developed Omao Ranch Lands, a 325 acre agriculture development he previously leased and later purchased with over 15 CPR Units on the south side of Kauai, ranging in sizes from 5 acres to 25 acres, used for farm dwellings and agriculture activities.
Daryl was awarded the 2012 West Kauai Soil and Water Conservation District Cooperator of the Year by implementing sound conservation practices in managing pastures in a sustainable manner.
Daryl Kaneshiro was a 5 term Kauai County Councilmember, where he served as Vice Chair on the National Association of Counties Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee, recently Daryl chaired the Kauai Board of Water supply Board of Directors. He retired from public service in 2010 to ranch full time along with his son, Arryl Kaneshiro and other immediate family members.
David Marcus is an entrepreneur with a passion for the environment. He has owned and operated a variety of businesses over the past twenty three years. He currently owns, develops and manages agricultural, commercial and residential real estate and has grown organic row crops and blueberries and currently has Hemp farms in Oregon under cultivation, and is assisting with Hemp Farms in Hawaii, and as time allows, he does selective consulting for Hemp Farmers around the world. David is also co-founder and CEO of Kanaloa Water Solutions, working with his partners developing clean desalination technology.
During the 2014 academic year, David spearheaded a public event at the University of Oregon Law School presenting the Ocean Frontiers documentary, which highlights deep collaboration between otherwise disparate public/private and NGO organizations to support sustainable fresh water and ocean habitat stewardship.
David recently served three years on the Board of Directors of the Eugene Public Library Foundation. He co-founded Imagination Library of Eugene and co-chaired the Imagination Library Advisory Board. He was recently the Treasurer for the Vote Yes for Libraries PAC, a successful campaign to fund the Eugene Public Library system through a bond levy, adding five million dollars per year to the Eugene Public Library system.
Michelle joined Aqua Engineers, Inc. in 2001 and has served in many roles from accounting and operational support to her current role as the Marketing Specialist. She takes great pride in working for the 100% employee owned, environmental award winning company which owns, operates and maintains water and wastewater utilities throughout Hawaii, keeping communities safe, clean and sustainable.
Michelle currently serves as Chair-Elect for the Kauai Chamber of Commerce. In 2015 under the Kauai Chamber she organized the Kauai Military Affairs Council in which she continues to Chair. She was appointed to sit on the Wilcox Hospital Foundation board and the Amercian Cancer Society – Kauai board.
From 1998 – 2010 she supported her significant other of 20 plus years, Daryl Kaneshiro, as Campaign Treasurer and Coordinator for the Kauai County Council. Currently she assists in the administration of Omao Ranch Lands as an agricultural home site development and a family ranch that owns and operates over 700 head of sheep contracted to graze three solar farms from 300 KW to 12 MW in size on Kauai. Her greatest passion and accomplishment to date besides raising her daughter, was her work with the American Cancer Society’s Hoedown for Hope Gala from 2009 to 2015 of which she co-founded. Michelle is in her 5th year of remission with her own battle with cancer from stage IV Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and was honored to be featured as a Hawaii Pacific Health Reason Story in 2014.
Grant Overton is the cofounder and CEO of Vespucci Collective Inc., a Hawaii-based industrial hemp company specializing in high-tech agriculture and renewable product manufacturing. He is a vocal supporter of the industrial hemp industry, helping to lobby local legislation that will enable a prosperous future for Hawaii. Grant has a background in the legal medical cannabis business with experience in a variety of areas, especially cultivation. He is also a avid laboratory researcher, specializing in genetics and cell biology.
Doug Fine is one of the world’s pioneer voices in cannabis/hemp and regenerative farming. An award-winning culture and climate correspondent on five continents, a repeat Conan and Tonight Show guest, and a genuine Rugged Individualist, he is also a solar-powered goat herder, hemp farmer/entrepreneur, and bestselling author of books like Hemp Bound (a must-read for anyone entering the industry), Too High to Fail, Farewell, My Subaru, Not Really An Alaskan Mountain Man, and, most recently, First Legal Harvest, which was printed on hemp paper.
Willie Nelson calls Doug’s work “a blueprint for the America of the future.” The Washington Post says, “Fine is a storyteller in the mold of Douglas Adams.”
In the hemp sphere, Doug is a research collaborator with the University of Hawaii hemp seed development project, he is marketing a farm-to-table hemp product that he helped grow, and is lead consultant for the first federally permitted Native American hemp project, with the Colville Tribe. Still, he finds helping re-launch humanity’s longest-utilized plant easy compared to homeschooling his (human) kids and outsmarting his (goat) kids.
Doug is a regular on National Public Radio, he has testified before the United Nations on cannabis legalization, and has spoken of the importance of Digital Age Goatherding in a TED Talk.
Lelle is owner of Lelle Vie Hawaiian Artisan Spa & Botanical Bar on the Big Island and Maui Hemp Spa where she is an artisan distiller and perfumer who sources botanicals directly from Hawaiian and exotic farms. She has dedicated her life to educating and connecting others with botanical extraction and distillation of Hawaiian botanicals through private lessons and workshops.
Gail Byrne Baber has a passion for protecting open spaces, including agricultural lands, and has coordinated numerous natural resource management projects on a landscape and watershed scale. Gail has considerable experience with non-profit organizations. She founded two non-profits and has served as executive director or board member for several others. She also has two degrees in civil engineering. Gail is married to Cab Baber, who has been farming organically in Hawaii for 35+ years and is intimately familiar with the challenges and blessings of growing and building a farm. Gail, Cab, and their daughter live in Kohala on the island of Hawaii (aka Big Island).