April 25, 2023
On April 22, The Sunflower Farm Music Festival celebrated Earth Day supporting the critically important work of Hawai’i food hubs. Set among vibrant fields of blooming sunflowers in central Maui, the event supported regenerative farming, island food security, and helped Hawai’i achieve a clean energy future. Approximately $8 Billion are annually spent on importing foods to the Hawaiian Islands. The pandemic exacerbated the social inequities and vulnerabilities to food security, agriculture and the economy In Hawai’i, putting more families in precarious conditions (‘Overwhelming’ Need Continues for 30 Emergency Food Distribution Sites in Maui County : Maui Now). These liabilities amplified the need to ensure food stability and economic diversity in the State. Maui’s Food Hub, similar to an online Farmer’s Market, collects the food products, takes orders, and delivers the fresh, local food across the island. This provides farmers an outlet for their products and offers more affordable options to Kama'aina.