Willie Nelson and sons help celebrate Hawai’is agriculture

by: Dennis Fujimoto

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HONOLULU — Celebrating Hawai‘i’s Agriculture is the theme for this year’s Hawai‘i Farmers Union United convention that is intended to be a regenerative exploration of our environment and how it inter-relates to our well-being as individuals and as a species said a spokesperson for the Hawai‘i Farmers Union United.

The convention that will be held between Nov. 12 through 15 will feature a video series highlighting the stories of Hawai‘i farmers who are innovating during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with interactive question-and-answer sessions and networking opportunities.

Entertainment sessions will include nearly two dozen national and locally-based performers including Willie Nelson and the Boys, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Edie Brickell, Michael McDonald, Ricky Lee Jones, Pat Simmons Jr. and Sr., Daniel Lanois, Rocco De Luca, Gail Swanson, Josh Klinghoffer and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Emily Turner. Hawai‘i-based artists include Makana, Jack Johnson, Mike Loove, Tavana, Marty Dread, and Paul Izak.

Interactive sessions start at $10 and can be purchased ala carte through the HFUU.org website. Full registration for the three days is $65 for HFUU members, and $125 that includes membership and viewing of all presentations for up to a year.

Support for the convention is through a grant from the County of Maui and a number of individual sponsors.

The Hawai‘i Farmers Union United is a leading statewide agricultural organization and chartered chapter of the National Farmers Union. HFUU is celebrating 10 years serving Hawai‘i farmers and the local food economy with this special interactive virtual convention.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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